11/3/04

Election Day, 2004


We all heard the Four
Horseman (Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, and Rummy)
and we did what we could to stop them. I've
been out for Kerry four times now, today for
over six hours. First registering people to vote, then, later, knocking on doors, telling
people where their polling place was and to go
vote, dropping literature, and meeting many
really great people who all want the same
thing. It was very cold this morning,
election morning, and yet at the Kerry HQ on
Dahlia and 33rd street there were over fifty
people ready to head out into the snowy yards
of Denver to drop off VOTE TODAY door
hangers.

Denver is awash in Kerry
signs. They are plastered everywhere: on
every corner, on the medians, on cars, on
kids strollers, in store window after store
window along Colfax. There are vans with
loudspeakers driving through the
neighborhoods playing music, young people of
all races out on street corners holding signs
to cars honking in sympathy, people pointing
proudly to their "I voted" sticker affixed to
their shirts and blouses...there is something
like democracy happening in Denver. No
loyalty oaths or pledges, no country club
membership background checks, no closed door
energy policy meetings. Just normal people
acting more like citizens than I have ever
seen before. Never happened in Texas. Imagine
that.

Now it's returns time and I am
sick with worry. Not because there is any
good reason to be, but because this is the
first Republican whose prospect of reelection
ever filled me with Millennial-sized dread.
If I could, I'd pray. I can't so I will hope.

And if Bush wins, the people who
banded together to oust him will remain
united and will work to undermine him every
minute of every day. We will boycott the
Sinclairs, deluge CBS when its courage flags,
call our congressperson to complain, write
letters to our newspapers, and support our
MoveOn's. Bush has taught us an important
lesson: democracy is fragile, and it's all of
our part-time jobs to keep it healthy, let
alone off of John Ashcroft's ICU.


That is all. Back to our lives.

--- DH, 8
p.m. MST on Election Day in Denver, CO.



P.S. This morning, the Denver Post and the
Rocky Mountain News were on folks lawns
wrapped in a white plastic bag advertising
the NRA and Pete Coors. Do these papers
really represent our city? Why shouldn't
every subscriber to these papers not suspend
their papers for a month, just to send a
message? How about a boycott of a bit longer?
Serious news is on the internet anyway, so I
don't see why they should see a little
reverse marketing from a predominantly
Democratic readership. BOYCOTT these papers!