Friday, November 03, 2006

John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #137: Your First Vote

"Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win."

-Dan Quayle

Weekend Assignment #137: Recount the first time you voted in a local, state or national election. That's to say the first time your vote counted, not a play vote like Athena's. For this, primary voting counts too. If you want to share who you voted for and whether they won, that's cool, but if you feel like you want to keep your political affiliation unstated, that's fine too.

Extra Credit: Are you voting next Tuesday?

-John Scalzi

I know the above graphic is of Clinton/Gore from the "96" campaign, but that isn't the first time I voted for them. See, I was a believer since 1992, the year I cast my very first vote! Up until that time I hadn't voted, because I simply hadn't been impressed with the candidates that were running for office. Bill Clinton and Al Gore changed all that, they were so dynamic together that it actually made me excited to vote for the first time. I have to admit, I had been impressed with Bill Clinton, from the first time I saw him play his sax on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show." I remember telling Alan the next morning, "Clinton will be president someday."

He spoke to a lot of young adults. He really seemed to be listening to what was important to young America, and I have to say, he never let me down. Yes, as we all know now, he engaged in less than honorable activities with Monica Lewinski, and he was impeached for it, but I always thought at the time, as I do now, that essentially it wasn't any of my business. That act however ill advised, did not raise my taxes, it didn't cause oil prices to rise, it didn't harm foreign relations. It was a moral situation between himself and his family. There were enough villans in that whole situation to go around. Did it disappoint me? Yes. Did it harm me or my country? No. Enough said.

I am hoping, in two years, when we all go to the polls nationally, that we will once again have someone we can get excited about on the ballot. Someone who will be listening to us again. We have a chance on Tuesday to send some pretty clear messages. I am not taking anything for granted. Just because the polls are indicating that we might see real change in America, as we all know, anything... a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g... can happen. I want to see America get back on it's feet. I want to see us all fear less, to see that happen will take some courage. I remember how good it felt all those years ago, to cast my first vote, and then witness the change for the better, and I will tell you the truth...there is just nothing like it! Be sure to VOTE! :)

Extra Credit: I have already cast my vote by way of absentee ballot!



Anonymous said...

I remember the first time I voted and really participated in the political process.

It was to elect Gerald Ford to a full term. I don't remember why I was so passionate about this election. But I do remember I was disheartened when he lost and I lost interest in the whole political process.

Funny how I remember how I felt after the election but I can't remember what inspired me about campaigning for him.


Linda (Lou) said...

I turned 18 in 1983 and was sooooo excited that I would be able to vote to re-elect Ronald Reagan as president in 1984. To this day it remains the best vote I ever cast.

Pamela said...

I was 20yrs old when Reagan got elected the first time. My mom handed me her sample ballot and said " for these guys." End of story. Then, his second time around I was in a political science class...and I learned how to make my own decisions about voting. Nobody I know votes anymore. They come up with all kinds of excuses, too. It kind of sickens me. Ah well

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Gee, you're making me feel old here. I voted 17 years before you did!