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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

God Bless the Yellow States of America

by Christopher Wilde


Dear Mr. Obama,

Thank you for your efforts this election season.  Your campaign has been the galvanizing force behind more voters registering and participating than at any other time in my life.  I am so grateful. 

When I look at the polls and the electoral maps I see multiple states that are neither red or blue.  Tonight the nation will collectively hold its breath waiting to see how our country men and women have voted.  If only every state in this nation could be a swing state it would be a better country.

Many Republican minded individuals have participated to oppose you.  Young, minority voters, and the apathetic have stepped forward to vote for the first time.  John McCain did not inspire this fervor.  You did.  In doing so you have done more for the country than either you or John McCain have collectively done by passing legislation.

It is my fervent hope that politicians everywhere have been paying attention.  Our nation's future should always be dictated by close elections that drag into the wee hours of the morning.  That means better candidates in the future.  Our choices should be made up of candidates that inspire and motivate people to be as active and involved as they have been in this election.

Mr. Obama, win or lose, your contribution to the American election system is perhaps the greatest act of patriotism I have ever seen.  Getting millions of people, who have never voted, to turn out for elections is a far greater act of patriotism then spending time in a prison camp. 

Specifically I'm speaking, of course, about John McCain who has without fail utilized the politics of victimology to get elected and stifle criticisms of his continual failures as a leader.

While I am rooting for you to win the election what I most desire is to see a close race.  I'm hoping to see states that were thought to be red and blue completely swing in an different and unexpected trajectory.   I'm hoping that tomorrow American's will wake up energized and realize that they are a strong and powerful force than can alter this country's direction by their continued participation.

Perhaps this day can be a major turning point in ending the reliance on the red state blue state paradigm. 


Thank You,

Christopher Wilde

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