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Yes! We did!

I was my daughter's age, 9, the year Dr. King was shot. I saw Nixon and his cancerous bunch of thieves rise to power and then descend in the flames of Watergate. I watched body-count updates on the nightly news while a hopeless, pointless war raged in Vietnam. I cast my first presidential vote for Jimmy Carter, then went on a presidential losing streak for a decade or so after that. Moon landings. Shuttle explosions. Bay of Pigs. JFK. Whip Inflation Now. It's the Economy, Stupid. W. 9-11.

32 years of being old enough to vote, lots of wars, protests, social shifts, victory, defeat, victories that turned to defeat. Nine presidential elections. Nine times picking between white guys.

This was my favorite vote I've ever cast. I'm the face of the old America -- white, middle-aged. I'm happy that I'm here to watch, incredulous, as the reigns of power are gracefully accepted by someone with a face so much different than mine.

Sleep well. Get to work tomorrow.

Right on.

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damiarayne
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Great post!
meisterdorf
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Im with you buddy
horror_romance
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
<3











you're old.







<3
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