Another Democrat for Obama4 November, 2008
(((Wife))) and I are back from voting. Actually, we voted in the early afternoon. There were a total of four people in line ahead of us. There were only three electronic voting machines. We were voters 279 and 280.
While waiting for (((Wife))), I asked another voter (we were away from the machines at this point) why he was voting for McCain. I guessed he was voting for McCain because of the “Another Democrat for McCain” button. He said he was not sure about Obama.
“What are you not sure about?” I asked.
“Well, I’m not sure if he’s an American.”
“Why?” I asked. “His name? You do know that he was born in Hawai’i, which is a state, right?”
“Well, yeah, but I’m not sure if he’s a patriot.”
“Why would anyone go through what he went through if he doesn’t love his country?” I wasn’t going to let this rest. I wanted a real answer.
“He may be a patriot, but his pastor is real weird. And he may be a Muslim.”
I shook my head to clear it and asked, “How can he be a Muslim and have a weird pastor?”
“I just can’t vote for a black man.”
“Thank you for being honest. Forget the rest of it. Go with what you believe.”
Every time I see a “Another Democrat for McCain” yard sign, bumper sticker, or button, all I can think is “Another racist asshole for McCain.”