Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Today is my first presidential election as a U.S. citizen. Today I cast my vote without any reservations, without feeling that I have to pick the lesser of the two evils. Today I vote in a swing state, where my vote will matter.

Four years ago, almost to the day, I cast my vote for a person who I believed could transform my old country, my country of birth. That election turned into much more than just an election—it became a revolution, a peaceful revolution, one for the history books. The man I voted for was eventually named President. I still have a lot of respect for him, but it has become painfully obvious that one man, no matter how genuine and good, is powerless against a hundred years of corruption, brainwashing and fear-mongering. I believe there is a bright future for my country, but it is generations away.

I don’t want to be disappointed again. Not today, not tomorrow, not a year from now.

Today I can smell the change in the air.


Rachel said...

That is really cool. Congratulations on your first vote as an American citizen!

My youngest brother voted for the first time yesterday too. Even though he lives in a different state and was voting for a different candidate than me, I kept calling and texting him to see how it went. He was so excited, it was contagious. It is wonderful to be able to be a part of this process.

Tinker said...

Okay, now you've really piqued my interest -- I'm very curious where you're originally from, as I've been operating on the assumption that you're American-born.

Lindsey said...

I wish I had good enough foreign government knowledge to guess where you are originally from. :)

Congratulations on your first vote. Though I've voted every occassion I could since I turned 18, I still feel excitement every time.

It is a good smell, isn't it?

Sarah said...

well you picked a great one to start with!!