Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day - Post #5 - A Touching Comment

I might be from far away from where I grew up and living next door in Canada, but watching and listening to you all today makes me feel like I did on the momentous day in May 1994 when I voted for Nelson Mandela in the first Democratic elections in my home of South Africa. I'm crying as I type, but it's all in happiness, filled with hope and memories.

My friend ROB left this comment on one of the other posts. It is so powerful that I wanted you all to see it.

The internet at its best.

Thank you Rob

31 comments:

Raven said...

It is a momentous day and I hope we will vote as wisely as South Africa did.

maryt/theteach said...

Dianne, I'm home and finished teaching I voted this morning and took a couple of pix. Maybe I'll upload them. I think I'll also post what I write a couple of days ago...I'll be back! :)

Dianne said...

Raven - Amen to that

mary - let me know if you do upload them, I'll link you :)

maryt/theteach said...

Dianne, I posted what I was going to post at 10 O'clock tonight..."Obama Wins!" Take a look while I uplard the pictures...

Diane Mandy said...

Such a nice compliment.

How are you feeling right about now? Nervous? Confident? Tell me what you are hearing!

Dianne said...

mary - be right there!!

diane - it's early. some analyst just said that McCain rests within the margin of error on most polls so ...
PA is a key state as is VA
a friend in Brooklyn just called - she told me they waited hours on line - the line wrapped around an entire square block
people brought their children, there was singing.

Linda Reeder said...

I was a Hillary supporter, because I liked her politics, her skill and her gender. I had to make a switch. I read Barack's books and all I could in order to get to know him. I backed him because he was the best choice. His being part African American never figured into my thinking until I voted two weeks ago. Then it hit me what a bonus his race is to our country. It will say so much to us and to the world that we can make this choice - finally.

Charlotte said...

As a South African watching this election closely, I have to agree with Rob. I'm getting all shaky just imagining it.

bobbie said...

Such a nice comment from Rob!

Kit had a nice video on her blog. I copied the link on mine. check either if you want to.

maryt/theteach said...

Okay, dianne, I put up my voting pix! I can't believe I didn't take a picture of me pulling the lever for Obama!

bobbie said...

Sorry. My link isn't working. Check Kittys - http://fetalpositions.blogspot.com

Dianne said...

linda - exactly - it's not that his race is the factor, it's that he mobilized US!
one of his best speeches where he said that "we are the people we've been waiting for"
it isn't about him, it's about us!

charlotte - thank you for adding your feelings, we all appreciate it :)

bobbie - I'll come check it out :)
Rob is a good guy :)

Jackie said...

It's the memory of queues of voters in S.Africa in 1994 that always ultimately gets me out voting. Over here our politicians are all so uninspiring and their policies are all so similar that every election I get into that mindset of wondering why I bother. And then I remember those queues (and not to mention all those women who were beaten and arrested and worse so that I could vote at all) and I can't not vote.

Maybe one day we'll have a Mandela or an Obama here. I can dream, eh?

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Oh Dianne, you honour me with your post and I am humbled indeed. I've spent the day wearing out the TV remote and stress testing the interweb watching and reading all I can of election fever as seen from around the world and of course right there with you all. This is History being made, this is hope daring to flourish.

Askew To You said...

I enjoyed reading all your election day posts. I put mine up at www.askewtoyou.blogspot.com I love voting. I was unable to take photos inside, but I took a few outside and my daughter took one of me after. Very exciting. I can't wait to watch the results tonight.

Dianne said...

jackie - I just saw a story on the news of a woman who came here 14 years ago from Iran. Her parents had been killed and she had family here. She waited to become a citizen and then today she voted. Her tears were so strong. She kept telling the reporter - "my parents would be happy, they would be proud"

bobbie - Kitty's link worked fine - I put her in the post above

mary - I linked you and pimped you above LOL

rob - hope daring to flourish! you have such a way with words my friend

Dianne said...

askew - I'll put you on the sidebar - I actually meant to originally and then I got 'election fever' LOL
how cool that your daughter went with you

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