Super Tuesday: I Voted for John Edwards (updated)
This morning I woke up about 5:30 and read the paper. I discovered the precinct polls would be open at 6:00. Wearing a turtle neck, a pair of navy blue paints, and my poverty band that is identical to the one I gave JRE in June 2006 (and he wore for weeks), I cast my ballot at approximately 6:10. I voted for John Edwards and all of his delegates.
As the man handed me a "I voted" sticker, I took the time to write on it, "for JRE".
There were mainly Repugs who voted in my precinct. With the weather being mild, I think there will be a good turnout.
I went home, retrieved my yard sign, and took it back to the polling place and stuck it prominently where everyone could see it. I figured, what the hell, it would be better served there. The polling place is on one of the major thoroughfares in town, so everyone can see it.
I was surprised there were no Obama or Hillary signs. The other sign was for Ron Paul.
Despite many on the Daily Kos and actually one person on Taylor Marsh's site who tried to persuade me that my vote would be wasted and to vote for either Hillary or Obama, I do not believe it was. I voted for the voiceless. I voted a person who cared the most about the 46 million who do not have health care. I voted for the person who wanted to end poverty for the 37 million who may have gone to bed hungry along with their children, or the 200,00 veterans who were homeless.
I voted for a man who stood for principles. I voted for a man who had the decency to suspend his campaign and let all of us make our own decisions. And I voted for the most progressive ideas.
I voted proudly --albeit bittersweet--for John Edwards.
Update: links about similar thoughts by JRE supporters who are voting for him today or in upcoming primaries:
Acebass at the Daily Kos
BruceMcF's Midnight Oil at the Daily Kos
NcDem Amy at JRE's blog
Ted Daley at Alternet
Sarah Lane at Lefty Lane
Vyan at the DU
Ellinorianne at the Daily Kos