Since we were kids, we we've been hearing about why it is important to vote. And many of us have said yeah, yeah -- and essentially pay no attention to the election at all, maybe remembering to vote and maybe just deciding you have better things to do. I'm on a mission to change this, inspired by the following letter, written by my friend Dudley Dudley for a Get Out the Vote Rally that takes place at my house tomorrow:
A Personal Cautionary Tale.
Remember the Bush-Gore campaign of 2000 -- just 12 years ago? Going through that late summer and fall I remember feeling confident that Gore was going to carry New Hampshire; everyone I knew was going to vote for him; there were signs everywhere; the pollsters said it was close but my gut told me that Gore would win. I gave a little money, I licked some envelopes but not much more. Gore lost New Hampshire.
I am haunted by my inaction.
If only 3606 more people in New Hampshire had voted for Gore he would have won New Hampshire and if he had won New Hampshire GORE WOULD HAVE WON THE ELECTION. If New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes had gone for Gore, Florida wouldn’t have mattered. The US Supreme Court would not have been involved. There would not have been an Iraq war. We would have elected President Gore, not President Bush.
I fear the same thing could happen in 2012. New Hampshire is a “swing” state -- one of only eight states designated as battle-ground states. How New Hampshire goes in November may very well decide how the nation goes.
Please come to the RALLY/PARTY on September 23rd (invitation attached and details below) and to sign up to volunteer. The work can be boring but -- so much is at stake.