I have not been this optimistic about the upcoming election in quite a while. I have been in the battleground state of Indiana visiting relatives for the weekend. I usually politely sit back and listen when politics come up since I am the lone-wolf liberal. But with such an important election just over a month away I couldn’t help myself. And I’m so glad I couldn’t! I learned that not only are some of the family possibly casting a vote for Obama, but the others aren’t sure that they want to vote for McCain. This is a first. We were able to talk issues. Some of us listened politely during parts of the discussion, and others listened politely at other times, but we discussed.
I am optimistic. I know now which people welcome the information and which do not. I know which issues are important to certain people and will be sharing all pertinent information with them. I said I would not flood their in-boxes, but I am already having a hard time with that promise. I have so much to share with them.
I feel like I might make a difference. My current home is in a state that is rather hopelessly red, but I’m here in a state that really matters. I will be campaigning until the end. I will do all that is within my power to get the information out there to help these people make the right choice.
I think I was taken so off guard that their minds were open to discussion that I am giddy with ideas. Almost everyone has a topic that is near and dear to them. Since many of this part of my family are historically conservative, I have new hope that the United States as a whole is not doing business as usual. I don’t know how many votes I will actually sway, but we are discussing issues and that is a wonderful place to be at this stage of the election. My mind has been made up for over a year, they are still unsure. That means I am coming from a place of strength and they might just be ready to listen.