Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On The Red Hills of Georgia

Lately, I'm so filled with hope I can hardly stand it.

Literally, I get goosebumps when I think about what might happen and what it might mean for us.

For all of us.

As I've been driving around and leading my predictable, little life, I've noticed an ever increasing density of yard signs.

Obama...  Obama...   Obama...   Obama....

Right here in Georgia!

I don't think I've ever been as excited about a Presidential election before.

On the night of the second debate, Molly, Michele, myself and six other women threw a fundraiser, raised $2,600 and sent it off to Chicago.

I'd never done anything like that either.

This weekend I went to an event organized so moms could learn how to volunteer to support the election.  

[It was held at the local jumpy place and both admission and pizza were free for the kids. It was a GENIUS idea. The place was packed.]

Obama...  Obama...   Obama...   Obama....

When I was recently in Virginia, I saw my cousin Cary.  

He was my childhood hero and he'll always be dear to me, however...

Cary is a die-hard conservative.

As the two of us waited in line for homemade country ham biscuits, the last of the season's butter beans and all the other covered dish masterpieces the ladies of the church had laid out, he said,

"Much as I hate to admit it, I don't think my boy stands a chance."

My jaw nearly hit the floor.  It is wholly unlike Cary to concede anything when it comes to the Republican Party.

"I'm kind of looking forward to the Obama administration," he said.  "It will be fun to watch them dig themselves into a hole."

That was my opening.

"If you're looking forward to it so much," I said, "can I get you to vote for him?"

He gave me The Look.

I don't want to count any chickens... I've always thought that was bad luck, but more and more I keep thinking...

"Is this really happening?  Are we really going to do it?"

I find myself grinning like an idiot, feeling hopeful about the future.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Patois said...

Well said. Absolutely all of it.

Day Dreamer said...

It's happening in Oklahoma too!

Lots and lots of Obama fans coming out of the woodwork.

I'm so excited!

(Lived in Marietta when I was a girl. Sure don't miss the clay! LOL)

Anonymous said...

De-lurking to say "Well said sister".

It's also happening in Ohio! One sign for McCain...three for Obama!

Vodka Mom said...

I have a dream, that men WILL be judged by the content of their character. I agree, Dr. King, I agree.

Debbie said...

I am in a Republican strangehold, I mean stronghold. There are 2 Obama signs in my neighborhood of 100 houses. One of them got ran over yesterday (yes the car ran through the yard). Sad.

ewe are here said...

We can hope.

My mom lives in Virginia...Once a Republican, now she's even volunteering at the local Obama office she's so determined to see the Republicans lose. woo hoo

Sue at nobaddays said...

Feeling the same in the surprisingly conservative city of San Diego!

Miss Grace said...

I'm starting to feel hopeful, but then I don't want to be TOO hopeful and get disappointed, so then I feel disappointed, but then I can't help but feeling sorta hopeful...It's a vicious cycle.

Omaha Mama said...

A few weeks (or maybe months?) ago, I feared a McCain administration. And told my Hubs in hushed whispers about my fright. Now the hope has been growing and feels so real, so attainable. Oh I hope! I really hope. Good for you for digging in and getting active. Good for you!

Karen said...

yes, I feel the same way. I want Obama to win, he is the best man for the job. McCain and Palin are the biggest insults to women to come down the political pike for as long as I can remember.

I am from Georgia, I lived the first 49 years of my life there. My family is still there. I am ashamed of the way they are--my mother, sister and nephews were all for Hillary, but when it comes down to it, they can not bring themselves to vote for a black man. I just don't understand how they could actually cast a vote for McCain and still sleep at night.

Stephanie said...

My husband and I were reading the other day that the campaign is actually starting to gain force in Georgia because WE HAVE A SHOT in this oh so red state. I love my Obama yard sign! I was not able to attend Sunday's meeting but a good friend of mine did and said it was incredible to see and feel the force behind the campaign.

I've been reading your blog for a long time - HUGE fan - but tend to lurk. Just wanted to say that I am here in Atlanta, too and hope to see even more Obama signs and bumper stickers and t-shirts. Change feels imminent and blessedly wonderful.

Nancy said...

Oh yes!
This election has stoked the nation... young and old.
We will have change =)

(In)Sanity Gal said...

I knew there was a reason I liked your blog so much! (aside from the great posting of course) I'm a Georgia gal born and raised (although currently transplanted) and most definitely an Obama gal!

Little Monkies said...

Feeling soooo hopeful, but scared.

Scared shitless for our man.

I don't know why I am so worried, but the hatred and venom scare me.

But your words give me hope and lift my spirits.

And that's why I love you, my friend.

Obama! Obama! Obama!!!

Lizzi said...

Long time reader of your blog, but I'll be the voice of reason here and point to the last line of your post about character.

If the country actually votes on character as opposed to some dreamy eyed illusion of change (change can be bad too, you know), Obama will tank. The man has no character - his entire campaign is based on a straw man representing a country's need for change.

He's a proven liar - and nobody cares.

So I'll obviously respectfully disagree - but I'll still read your blog... ;)

Ben and Bennie said...

And I'll step in and say that Lizzi's man has been lying for about 22 years longer than she hallucinates about Barrack. She is definitely not a voice of reason. If she were then she'd concede that the choice of Sarah Palin as veep was asinine and proves McCain is faltering in the memory department.

Change can be bad? How can change be any worse than what we have now? Seriously Lizzi, you need to wake up and smell something other than the blonde dye of your hair.

Sorry J. but that last comment REALLY chaps my A. It is very typical of the republican agenda - "you, who are too stupid to know better, are voting wrong - excuse me while I go get my Bentley waxed." That is what got us into this economic mess to begin with.

Glad you were so condescending Lizzi.

mamatulip said...

I'm hopeful too, and excited - and I'm not American. I've never felt this way about an election before.

Jen said...

I'm excited too. Change is in the air, I can feel it!

Marmite Breath said...

I hope, I hope, I hope.

And even though I can't vote, I'm getting the word out about Obama and doing what I can to help.

The alternative is terrifying.

Shannon said...

See - this totally gives me hope. All we have around here (other than me and my neighbor) are McCain signs. I've been afraid to hope as the disappointment of not getting Obama would just be too much. If there are Obama signs in Georgia, though, there's definitely hope....

Joie said...

I have that dream, too. SO many reasons why I love Obama but I have this memory. I worked the primary for Obama and I remember this young (under 35) African-American man in my pretty conservative VA county coming into the polling station. I said, "Good morning" and he said, "It IS a good morning." We talked after he voted and no I am not being stereotypical, he did vote for Obama. Then I went to the first rally for the general election held in neighboring Prince William Co. and saw all these Af-Am. families. Little kids who can look at this great, brilliant man and know that they, too, can be anything they dream. I want my blonde haired, blue eyed son to know that all God's children can become the people God created them to be no matter what!

Anonymous said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter. I love your blog, and your outlook, and consider your existence and the fact that you're raising children a ray of hope for the future. I also share your hope and excitement about this election, and for the first time I'm doing more than just voting.

California will almost certainly vote Obama regardless, but I got out and helped register voters. I attended a moveon.org calling party, and called 70 people in Ohio; at least 5 of them committed to going to their local Obama office this week to get out and encourage others to vote for him.

Next on my list: take care of the mess at home, and call California voters to encourage them to vote NO on Prop8. How a proposition to *take away* civil rights and discriminate against a portion of the population even made it onto the ballot...!! But here's hoping it goes down in flames, and Obama wins by a landslide!

Lizzi said...

Jess, just wanted to make clear (in light of a certain response to my comment) that the "voice of reason" was so you would know who I was. Used to be my tagline on my previous blog that you used to visit from time to time.

I consider you a bloggy friend and hope we can respectfully disagree.

Leslie said...

I've never been this excited about a Presidential election either. My tiny town here in Ohio seems to be McCain country, but Obama signs are steadily popping up. I have hope!

TRS said...

I'll be brave like Lizzi - what do you think is actually going to change?
Either candidate is going to face equal difficulty turning things around.
If McCain faces trouble - You'll all say "Told you it shoulda been Obama."
If Obama's stumped you'll just say, "See how badly the Republicans mucked it up?!"

Change schmange.

And could someone please PLEASE tell me what Obama has accomplished? I know of nothing other than ONE successful senate campaign - and getting on Oprah's good side.

From Wikipedia:
A cult of personality or personality cult arises when a country's leader uses mass media to create a heroic public image through unquestioning flattery and praise.

A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship except that it is created specifically for political leaders. However, the term may be applied by analogy to refer to adulation of religious or non-political leaders.

JCK said...

I find secret little smiles attacking my face whispering...hope, hope.... Yes, I do.

But, I am afraid to count my chickens, too.

Not Hannah said...

Here's what's changed: WE HAVE.

America is not so interested in what Obama has accomplished so much as what WE have. The incredible wave of support (and yes,even of criticism and vitriol) for this man are exciting because we realize that he is a representative of our best hopes and ideas.

The nastier aspects of McCain's campaign haven't worked not because they aren't true (although most of them aren't) but because we are a nation ready for something different. We don't want anger and ugliness. We want hope and, more than that, we are demanding it and, finally, working for it together.

It isn't about one man. It isn't about a vice-presidential candidate. It's about US. The slogan is "Yes WE can."

And, y'all, we ARE.

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Emily N said...

I WAS for Obama, until I read this, and now I'm wondering if *I* can be the republican VP candidate next time around? I could use some new duds: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html

Denguy said...

Good luck down there. As you know, everything that your country does, affects us so greatly.

prescott said...

It is very typical of the republican agenda - "you, who are too stupid to know better, are voting wrong - excuse me while I go get my Bentley waxed."

Please, there are plenty of "how can anyone be dumb enough to vote Republican" comments to balance things out. This whole election is chock full of hate from *both* sides.

(not a McCain *or* Obama supporter, fyi)

Merrily Down the Stream said...


Anonymous said...

wow. i have to say that i am terrified of both sides....even more so after reading the pro-obama and pro-mccain blogs. if i could just have a candidate with the best attributes of each candidate- if only---then you'd see me jump for joy. i'd even settle for one who is completely truthful and doesn't hand out empty promises. until then..... I'll just keep my babies close to me and hope that someday it'll happen.

Anonymous said...

before anyone jumps on my comment i am voting...my head is not in the sand.... i'm just not happy with either of the choices in front of me.

The Sour Kraut said...

Me too! Me too! Me too!

I am so tempted to go down to Grant Park on election night.

Jennifer said...

Well, I was doing fine, reading your post and nodding, until The Quote. And then the tears came.

Can we really do this? Can we really? Really?


ImpostorMom said...

I hear you! I feel the same way although I'm doing my best to hold on to my cynical ways so as to brace for any disappointment. But sometimes I just can't do it and I get really excited by the 12:3 ratio Obama to McCain signs in MY neighborhood.

Megan said...

I am with you. It is amazing. I am in Oklahoma and I can see the hope too. You have to look a little harder in this bleeding red state, but it is there.