October 30, 2008

A Final Election Post

If I lived in Colorado about 120 years ago, today would probably be the latest I would be getting any election news before I sent my husband to the polls on his horse. (Remember, I couldn't go, just send the breadwinner with exhortations.) So, I'm closing out my political series for a while. I decided to close with the lyrics to one of my favorite Jackson Browne songs (if you don't listen to him, start now. He still rocks.) When I was singing along with this song on my walk yesterday, I realized that it contains all I have left to say about this election. Perhaps, if we could all sing this song, this time of year would be a lot easier.


And the river opens for the righteous (5 times)
Someday
I was walking with my brother
And he wondered what's on my mind
I said what I believe in my soul
Ain't what I see with my eyes
And we can't turn our backs this time

I am a patriot
And I love my county
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
People who understand me
I've got nowhere else to go
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And I was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said, "Baby, what's on your mind?"
She said, "I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight"

And I ain't no communist
And I ain't no capitalist
And I ain't no socialist
And I ain't no imperialist
And I ain't no democrat
So I ain't no republican
I only know one party
And it is freedom

I am, I am, I am
I am a patriot
And I love my country
Because my country is all I know
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And the river opens for the righteous...(repeats)
I want to run like the lion,
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
I said what I believe in my soul
It ain't what I see with my eyes
Someday (repeats)

3 comments:

Gypsy said...

i'm really disappointed in your lack of a response.
i hope you get out there and vote (for Obama).

Amanda said...

Gypsy--I have been trying to craft a response both literate and moderate. I suppose I thought of this post as a response. I believe that Sarah Palin has a right to be treated fairly, just as Obama does. If by one of THEM, you mean someone who grew up on a family-owned ranch who looks seriously at a candidate's stance on agricultural issues and the death tax, yes I am. If by one of THEM, you mean someone who has traditionally voted Republican, then yes, I am, as they are the party that typically supports agriculture and small farms and ranches. (I tried earlier to name a recent Democratic candidate from a western state. I failed.) If you mean one of THEM as someone who tries to carefully and fully consider each candidate, yes I am. To be honest, I have not yet decided who to vote for. My very intelligent father prefers McCain for his stance on issues important to him. I also have intelligent friends voting for Obama. I am torn--I am inspired by the rhetoric and hope of Obama, but disappointed by his stance on some of the issues (and Biden, as a VP choice, disappointed me. Plagiarism to an English teacher is not a good thing.) I do agree with McCain/Palin on many issues, but am disappointed with the negative attacks. I guess what offended me the most by your comment (and I was grateful for your flattery and enjoyed your fantasy ads), was the idea that intelligent people can exist on only one side. I believe John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to both be fiercely intelligent, and yet they also disagreed and felt a degree of hate for each other (and belonged to different political parties.)

Ultimately, my vote is my own decision, whatever fairness I've tried to communicate. Whether I turn out to be one of THEM, or one of YOU, I will continue to love and support the U.S.

Lynn Trew said...

Well said Amanda!