Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bold Move: Keeping On

My polling place is at Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, about a quarter mile from my front door. Today is long-awaited primary day in North Carolina. I was voter number 73 at 8:45 this morning. There was no line; I could walk right in and vote. And it's always thrilling to me to do it.

I voted for Obama because I think he's less hawkish, more a negotiator than an adversary; because he's African-American, and he'd bring in a new set of Democrats. At the same time, I hated not to vote for Hillary Clinton. I like her health care plan. And the fact that she's a woman.

Most of all, I like the fact that she hasn't quit. She has kept going, full tilt. I admire that enormously.

For artists and others who work in nonmainstream ways, that kind of bold gutsy persistence is probably the single most important ability to have (assuming basic work competence.)

I like watching that bold persistence in action. Even if Clinton is defeated this year, I think there's a reasonable chance she may yet in a later election become president. I'm planning to vote for her next time (unless she's running against a bold gutsy persistent pacifist.)








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7 comments:

mamie said...

At 8:30 this morning I was voter number 158. I also voted for Obama. To me he represents our greatest hope for restoring peace and our reputation as a nation that gives generously and cares about the rest of the world.

I would love to see an Obama/Clinton ticket, but can't see Hillary in the back seat.

mamie said...

PS I'm looking for some doodles....

Peggy Payne said...

I agree with you about Obama, Mamie. And about Clinton not taking a backseat. Though she might surprise us that way.

I'm glad you're looking for doodles to post. I had to use old ones, because doodling with posting in mind would have altered my doodling, I'm sure. This whole discussion has made me want to start drawing.

mamie said...

I got my doodles up today. Hope some others will too.

Peggy Payne said...

I have visited your doodles, Mamie, and urge all to do so. They're so directly descriptive of what's going on in you and the room. A totally different approach.

Lisa Gates said...

Peggy, I'm so grateful for this post. I struggled with the same thoughts. It's so difficult not to vote for a woman. No matter our vote, she is a model for all of us, and a leader.

Peggy Payne said...

Good way to think of it: a model for us all.

This morning on NPR a commentator said that if anyone else were in her position, he'd feel there was no chance; but since it's her....