I am feeling much relieved that the recent Referendum on National Direction and Leadership is now over, and the country appears to be in hands that I trust.
This is not to say that Election Day was not without some intrigue in my family. Among my friends on Facebook is my cousin J. and his wife K. K. put up a status saying "K. is glad that J. voted first so my vote cancelled his." This left me puzzled. J. is an IT executive, and K. is a homemaker, though a school teacher by education. That makes it seem that J. might vote Republican and K. Democrat. Looking at where they are from, J. is from a predominantly Democratic area and household, whereas K.'s Dad is a stark raving conservative Republican in one of those sleepy, semi-rural areas that foster good Republican values. In short, I had no clue who voted one way, and who the other.
Later in the evening, I asked my Mom about it. She comes from solidly Democratic stock. Her Dad worked in the coal mines in the 30's, 40's, and 50's and was a United Mine Workers local President for a time. She said "I don't know. I thought K. was saying that she'd vote for Obama. If I find out that J. voted for McCain, he's going to get an earful from me! He's forgetting where he came from! He would not be where he is if it wasn't for the Democrats."
I hope that I haven't created tension around the holiday table this Thanksgiving or Christmas.
on 2008-11-05 at 6:38 p.m.
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