I take it for granted. I didn't know that people worked for 72 years to make it legal for women to vote. I didn't know that the right to vote came to women only 88 years ago. Imagine working for 72 years on an idea, to have it shot down again and again and again. for longer than many peoples' entire lifetimes. I have been working intermittently and occasionally and sporadically for prairie restoration and preservation for about about 15 years and I think that is a pretty big deal. I have had a few successes and more than few failures. And each failure about made me give up on it. I cannot imagine the disappointment that must have been in the air with each mounting defeat for the 72 years it took to get women their right to vote!
Yes, I really really really hoped for a woman president in my life time, and yes, I really thought Hillary Clinton had the stuff to be the first woman president, and yes, for quite a bit of the primary season, I really believed it would happen. The disappointment was hard to shake. It is hard to shift loyalty to Barrack Obama. But it is the right thing to do. If this primary campaign had been Barrack against nearly any other possible candidate, Barrack WOULD have been my certain choice. Wait, is David Carradine a Democrat? I might have picked him over Barrack. But I don't think he ever expressed much interest. So I will support Barrack Obama. Because a vote for John McCain is a vote against fairness and equality for women. Any man who would joke that his wife should be in a beauty pageant just doesn't GET IT. Obama gets it. He conducted a respectful campaign against Hillary Clinton. I have heard too many bitter Clinton supporters say they are going to just not vote. I have heard others say they are going to write in for Hillary. The first option, not voting, is a slap in the face to all those people who worked for 72 years to get you the right to vote. Not voting is NOT an option. The second proposal of writing in Hillary Clinton might feel good. But it will be a wasted vote. There will never be enough people doing that to make a difference. You got your chance to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries and I hope you did, but now is the time to support Hillary Clinton by voting for the candidate her party, the Democrats, will run for president. Now is the time to, like Hillary Clinton, support and vote for Barrack Obama. It is your duty to those people who worked to get you a vote for 72 years and it is your duty to Hillary Clinton and it is your duty if you are someone who thinks '4 more years of the last 8 years' is a terrible idea. Please don't squander your vote trying to make some point. Support Hillary by supporting the Democrats by supporting Barrack Obama for President in 2008. That is how we will make history.