Open Letter to the Undecided Voter
I cannot vote in the US Election, yet this year more so than ever before, the outcome matters to me. The US president is the most powerful man on the planet, and the choices he makes affect not only the United States of America, but indeed all the inhabitants of our world.
If you can vote tomorrow, please do not give your vote to Bush.
The world is not only black and white. It cannot be run through sheer might alone. Shock and Awe will not create democracies. “Bring ’em on” will not save lives.
Please help bring home the soldiers from crossfire, and not in a coffin. Don’t stay home tomorrow, but use the voice you’ve been given.
— Consider the opinion of the rest of the world.
In case you were wondering why I decided to replace my frontpage with an, “Open Letter to the Undecided Voter”, there are only a few reasons.
As I mention in the letter, I cannot vote in the US election, yet it does impact me, but more importantly, those I care about.
During the course of the last 4 years, on more than one occasion, I have touched political subjects in this journal. Discussions have been rough at times, but never un-interesting, quite the opposite. But one thing is discussing it, another thing is acting upon it.
I do not believe in fate, nor destiny. I believe we make our own future. Knowing this, is to know that change is possible, even great changes. All it takes is to act, once in a while. Heck, even Nader could be elected by the traditional couch voters.
So I summed up an endorsement of Kerry, and replaced my frontpage with it. Why? Because if I can tip the scales of just _one single voter_, I will essentially have voted in the US election.
On the Election
Nov. 2nd, 00.30: I have been following the election on CNN all day, but I do need sleep. If all goes well, I’ll smile tomorrow at 7 o’clock when the result is in. Unfortunately I have the nagging suspicion that we’ll once again have to wait a month for a judge to decide.
Nov. 3rd, 07.51: Just woke up to see Bush the projected winner. I’m so sorry to hear that.
Nov. 3rd, 09.58: Ohio will decide the election. FoxNews calls it for Bush of course, but fact is that until overseas votes and absentee ballots are in, Ohio cannot be called, or even projected. We’ll know in 11 days from now.
Nov. 3rd, 11.40: Reports show hour long queues outside polling places in Ohio, during pouring rain. Some voters having waited 8 hours to vote, several students not having had their chance to vote even 3 hours after polling places were scheduled to close. How can that be described as a functional democracy? How could that not have an effect on the result? After all, it’s not easy for women with children and the elderly to wait 8 hours in pouring rain, is it? It’s a farce.