I can't take it. I want it to be tomorrow already! The two year long, probably-most-important election of my life so far is finally about to reach it's culmination. Tomorrow I'll vote on a new president, senator, representative, and a whopping ten state amendments and four state referendums. It feels like Christmas eve, except with more excitement and anticipation -- sort of like Christmas eve when I was a little kid and just couldn't wait.
I'm voting for Obama because I think he represents the best chance to drag America, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century, and I hope he does. This election is symbolic on levels that previous ones weren't -- not just republican Vs. democrat ideology, but past Vs. future. Will we continue to embrace the past, as we have been to our detriment for the last eight years, or will we decide that things can become better than they used to be, better than they are right now? Will we decide, after years of anti-intellectualism, that being very intelligent is a more important quality in a leader than being folksy? There are so many other things that could be added to this list.
I don't really hope that Obama will deliver on all of his campaign promises, which would probably be impossible. I do hope that he'll get us started in a new direction, a better direction. I hope that the coming years will bring massive reform to energy policy, health care, foreign policy, and progress in stabilizing the global environment and protecting biodiversity. I hope that Obama is capable of bringing that about, and I believe we have a better chance of accomplishing it with him and Biden as opposed to McCain/Palin. Plus, you can't help but remark upon the fact that 150 years ago the man who I hope will be elected president tomorrow would have been considered property, a home appliance with arms and legs. That would in itself represent progress the likes of which have only been dreamed of until now. How many hours until it's over? I can't wait.