Well, I served my civic duty today. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes (not including finding a parking spot which took another 5 to 10 minutes.) They have condensed our town's polling places which makes things take a lot longer. Some how, in the change, someone forgot to add more voting booths to the already fewer polling places.
I'm not really a complainer when it comes to such things. I mean, really, am I going to complain about an hour or more of peace and quiet? So I had to stand in a line that moved REALLY slowly. Oh, the torture of being able to hear my own thoughts and not have to wipe anyone's nose or hiney. However, I was very bothered because about 5 minutes into the wait, I spotted a little elderly lady entering the gym. She was hunched over and using a cane. She looked bewildered as she looked at the line and slowly she turned to leave. I asked the lady in line behind me to hold my place while I went to see if I could help her. I put my hand on her shoulder and said, "Ma'am, if you want to stay, I will get a folding chair and move it along the line for you so you can have a place to sit while you wait." She said, "Thank you, Honey, but I just don't think I can last that long." I asked her if she was sure and told her again that I'd be happy to move along the line with her with a chair because I hated to see her miss her opportunity to vote. She again told me "Thank you but it is just too long of a line."
Now folks, isn't that silly. She fought the same traffic I did, made it all the way out to the polling place and they had no special concessions to accommodate her physical limitations. She left without her voice being heard because no one thought ahead. It made me really wonder how many more people didn't get to vote because they didn't get a long enough lunch break to wait in that long line or had physical limitations that caused their voice to be silenced. Just sad.
And speaking of sad...I pray that God will not remove his hand of favor from our nation and turn us over to the selfish desires of our hearts. We have chosen a president who can't answer the question "When does life begin?" because it is "above his pay grade." We have chosen a president who cannot make a stand and say that partial birth abortions are absolutely wrong. We have chosen a president that does not value life and he will be the leader of our nation in a time of war. He will likely appoint at least one Supreme Court justice. He will most likely push our health care and economic systems in the direction of socialism.
His rhetoric and policies do not line up. They do not match. You cannot preach responsibility and expand government handouts. You cannot preach compassion and allow babies to be victims of abortion. You cannot preach about how you will protect our country from terrorist who would kill us because we are Americans and negotiate with them in hopes of building "trust" and working together. It makes me wonder which Obama we will see lead our country. Thankfully, God is in control.
And I'd just like to give John McCain credit for being very gracious in his concession speach.