Speak now, or forever hold your peace

So far I have been careful not to write about politics on my blog(s), with the exception of a few non-partisan posts about design, comedy, and music. I have also tried, usually with success, not to comment on other people’s political posts. I have done this thing which is so strange for me — that is, to NOT say what I think — because while I tend to have strong opinions, I also value and respect the opinions of others, who may not always agree with me, and I do not wish to alienate anyone. To me, people are worth more than politics.

However, Andy has recently subscribed to The Economist, and in flipping through the Oct 30th issue, I came across their endorsement of Obama, which I found to be extremely eloquent. I link to it now because each and every sentence is almost exactly the same as what I have thought, felt, and concluded myself.

America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world

Before any McCain/Palin supporters get upset, OR any Obama/Biden supporters applaud me, please read the editorial. It’s not very long, and I believe it treats both men fairly, giving due respect to McCain and his service to our country, and expressing legitimate concern over Obama’s potential presidency.

Also, please note that comments have been disabled for the first time ever. I’m not looking for an argument, or even a friendly debate. My mom and I had plenty of those when I was home last week, thank you very much.

Regardless of who you support, I sincerely hope that all of you vote tomorrow. For local concerns, consult your newspaper or Google “[your city] voter guide” to do some quick research on the candidates and issues on your ballot. You can even “vote” ahead of time and then write down or print out your results to bring with you to the polls. (That’s what I did.)

Speak now. Exercise your right, your responsbility, your privilege. Your vote.