Friday, November 7, 2008

"I Didn't Vote For Obama" by Kentucky Scott


Posted by Ladilovely on Sandrarose.com
Which I borrowed from Attorneymom @ Character Corner
This article spoke to my heart and I want to share it also, with anyone who stops in to see me, and it reads...
"I’m a middle-class white guy living in Jacksonville , Florida . I’ve got a wife and two kids. Because the kids had no school today, I took a vacation day from work, and took the kids downtown to vote early. Fifty-nine minutes later, two smiling children and I proudly sported ‘I Voted’ stickers.But I didn’t vote for Obama.
I voted for my ancestors, who believed in the promise of this country and came with nothing as immigrants. I voted for my parents, who taught in the public schools for decades. I voted for Steve, an acquaintance of mine from Kentucky . (Killed by an IED two years ago in Iraq ). I voted for Shawn, another who’s been to Iraq twice, and Afghanistan once, and who’ll be going back to Afghanistan again soon — and whose family earned eleven bucks a month too much to qualify for food stamps when the war started.
I voted for April, the only African-American girl in my high school — it was years before it occurred to me how different her experience of our school must have been. I voted for my college friends who are Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and yes — Muslim. I voted for my grandfathers, who worked hard in factories and died too young. I voted for the plumber who worked on my house, because I want him to get a REAL tax break. I voted for four little angels from Birmingham . I voted for a bunch of dead white men who, although personally flawed, were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, and used a time of great crisis to expand freedom rather than suspend it.
I voted for all those people and more, and I voted for all of you, too. But mostly, I voted selfishly: I voted for two little kids, one who has ballet in an hour, and one who has baseball practice at the same time. I voted for a world where they can be confident that their government will represent the best that is in this country, and that will in turn demand the best of them.I voted for a government that will be respected in the world. I voted for an economy that will reward work above guile. I voted for everything I believe in. Sure, I filled in the circle next to the name Obama, but it wasn’t him I was voting for — it was every single one of us, and those I love most of all."
Oh how I love this man!
Deb

36 comments:

Mrs. B said...

Deb, that was so moving. I'm crying right now. Thank you for sharing this. Although I don't like to talk politics in blogland, I will say that I voted for him for all those same reasons. I hope you have a great day!
Hugs,
Mrs. B

Donna Marie said...

Deb,

Thank you! That was beautiful!

I wish I could say I felt better... I am working on it. Truthfully, I don't care who voted for Obama... I don't care who voted for McCain. I care about the quality of people that I associate with. I wanted everyone to know how disgusted I was with the hatred etc.. I also wanted "Jody" my verbal attacker to know that I had an Idea who she was.

Politics and opinions are one thing.. I can stomach that all day long! Hatred and just plain disrespect... Emmm Emmm I cant deal with it..and I wont.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Miss you much!
Donna

Kindra said...

Deb, thank you so much for posting this. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly here in blogland with this election. Your post was such a breath of fresh air. I am so hopeful for the future for our country. Obama is such a wonderful person and mentor. As I look into the future for my 2 little boys and I can honestly say that it will be alright.

Have a blessed day. Hugs.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Deb, Touching post. I'll be honest, I didn't vote for Obama. As we all make our prayerful decisions on who we will support, we each come from "different places" and seek different things in a candidate. ...therefore we vote differently. I respect those that voted differently from me, and know that they had their heartfelt reasons for their choice. ....But that is not to say that I thought McCain was the perfect answer. And needless to say, Bush has been a terrible disappointment. But I do however, hope that this is a positive turn for our great country, and will now back and pray for our President-elect. It is sad how many people are reacting with such hatred on some blogs, isn't it? This is a chance for a new beginning! :) I'm just so glad Bush is out! LOL!

Thank you for the wallpaper tidbit you left on my post today. This has been a bugger of a job! What was I thinking??? LOL! After you got the wallpaper down, what did you do? Did you just start painting, or did you treat it with anything before you painted? If you check your comments before in the morning, could you let me know. I would certainly appreciate it. I'm headed to Lowe's in the morning. Thanks! ~Rhonda :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Thanks Deb for getting back to me so quick. I've taken down borders, but never wall of wallpaper! My walls were white underneath too, so I should be good to go. I didn't know if I needed to treat them or not! So glad that I don't! I remember your kitchen turned out fabulous! ~Rhonda :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

oppps...meant entire wall of wallpaper...

Deb said...

Thanks for your comments. My reason for posting this is to co-sign with the words of this gentleman, Kentucky Scott that race was not an issue for all, and to say that I totally found myself and my own reasons within his words. I also found by listening to Barak Obama's words, that becoming America's first Black President was not the agenda. I was captured by his wanting the best for all Americans, remaining true to that through out his campaign, and his confidence that it can be done. (Yes We Can!)

Sharon said...

That's a neat letter. I don't like talking about politics, but I do agree with Donna Marie in that we all need to stand together. I will be praying for our new president and all of our leaders as Christ calls us to do.

Hugs, Sharon

Bo said...

Hi Deb...so good to see a post from you again...and what a post this is...very well said! ;-) Bo

squawmama said...

It doesn't matter who you voted for it is coming together and supporting this country with repect and kindness... also working on a common gaol of peace and well being...It's over let the healing begin.... and pull together... This was a beautiful post...

(((HUGS)))
Donna
Donna

PAT said...

Dear Deb, I've read lots of things during the campaign and after the election. Although there were some that moved me and touched my heart, yours was the first that made me shed tears. What an absolutely beautiful post! Thank you so very much!

This was Xanti's(age 18)first time to vote.

It is so good to hear from you and I hope you keep writing. Miss you!

Donna Marie said...

Hey Deb,

I back to read your post again! It's really awesome! Thank you sooooo much for inviting me over. It took all day.. and I am finally feeling better. (Thanks to you and a lots of my good blog buddies.)

xoxoxoxo
Donna

Kathi said...

Deb, This is very beautiful and uplifting. I honestly have not read any hate or disrespectful blogs yet, but I've been working and busy, plus sick so I've missed a lot. It's unthinkable that people can be nasty and mean over this. People should be respectful and kind. I guess you could say that my feelings are DITTO to Rhonda's. I'm terribly dissapointed with Bush. Well, enough said. I'm still thrilled to have a Black president and first lady. It's about time. Hugs, Kathi

Sue said...

Hi Deb, Curiosity made me click on your post and I'm sure glad I did! What a beautiful and moving letter. I am one who loves Barack Obama for his intelligence his demeaner, his love for all Americans and wanting us to have better, I'm so hopeful for the coming years, and to be apart of this is such a blessing! Thanks so much for posting this! xo Sue

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, that was great! I really enjoyed this. I voted for him because I truly believe he will be the best man for the job.

Kady

Ma'dame French said...

Isn't that the truth in a nut shell? Thanks for sharing it with us;) French

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Deb I did not vote for Obama either, (too far awar!) but he has my prayers! You would not believe the euphoria here!

Lovely post! Glad to see you again too!

Twice as Nice said...

Our family was a mixed bag of who we were voting for president and I loved that. As much as some people played up race, that was never an issue with us. I also didn't like the digs they gave Sarah Palin. We don't want our children bullied yet I think that is what many did to her. If you don't have anything nice to say.... But I guess that is politics. I'm just glad it's over and I feel that whom ever is our president we need to back them up 100%. He has a tough job ahead of him and I don't expect changes over night but I do hope he isn't like most polititians all talk!! I can't wait to see what the future holds for him and us!!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-that is such a lovely post, thanks so much for sharing. Very true too, this change will be so much the better for all of us.

Have a wonderful weekend Debs-so glad to see you back my dear!!

Sue said...

Hi Deb, of course will will stay in touch! I added you to my blog list and I see here you have added me to yours, thanks sweetie! TTYL Sue xo

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Deb...I just read your comment...and I'm just jealous that you can still run! If they were after me a quick waddle would be the most I could accomplish!

WendyB said...

Very nice!

clnmike said...

That was a great letter.

Donna Marie said...

Hey Deb,

I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend! Thanks for being there for me! :)

xoxoxoxoxo
Donna

Connie said...

I'm going to committed Christians today because I need prayer desperately for this man and I know you pray, chickee!! Please read my latest post on him.
Smooches,
Connie

Adventure girl wanna be said...

New here. I love your blog and this post. Very moving!

KKJD1 said...

What a sweet post. Now I have to tell you I didnt vote Obama either but along with the rest of my sweet friends in blogland, I know we all dont share the same opinion. I do not agree however with the way people voice their opinions when they hurt others no matter who they vote for. I love each and everyone of you for being who you are and if you voted Obama or McCain. I appreciate you just for voting. God is in control so who are are we to judge? Blessings, Karen

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Deb!
This post is so beautiful! I did vote for Obama for the same reason's as this sweet man did. I have hope that he is gonna make a difference in Washington. I don't talk politics on my blog, but I am appreciative to all who did talk about it. I think we connected at a difficult time.

Deb, I want to thank you for stopping over and talking to me girl,....now I just want everyone to see what I wrote on today's post...to think I have my dad who sometime's tunes in to my blog, and other family too. I hope he didn't see what I saw. You made me feel alot better and I appreciate that! Glad to see you are back....
xoxo,
Queenie

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Deb what a wonderful offer! I just might take you up on that! I know they will be in great care!

Have a great day!

Raquel

Sharon Kay said...

Wat a touching story. I enjoyed reading some thing that is positive.

Rue said...

Hi Deb :)

Let me just say that I'm glad it's over, mostly because the kids have moved on and have stopped picking on Annie.

My political views have everything to do with politics and nothing to do with what color a man's skin is.

I just wish everyone would just go back to having fun now :)

hugs,
rue

Sue said...

thanks for stopping by Deb with your kind words! I love fleamarketing and also try and fill every nook and cranny! Have a good night! xo

Enuk's Mom said...

Hi Deb:
I ran across your blog while visiting various other blogs and your "I didn't vote for Obama" caught my eye. What a moving post. Thank you for sharing it with everyone in the blog world. I too voted for Obama and feel so strongly that he is exactly what this country needs and am confident that he can bring us all together.

Raggedy Angel said...

I loved that...wish everyone could see so clearly! Thanks! Beth

Carrie said...

Very fine post...thank you!

Happy To Be said...

Oh Deb I am an Obama Mama also..I was doing my happy dance when he won..Had no douts he would...hugs and smiles Gloria