Saturday, November 01, 2008

Make History; Vote Early Make History copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. In this election year, America has made history. Throughout the country, people are able to vote early. Millions have decided to take advantage of what never was this easy to do, contribute to the greater community. The question is will the once apathetic, those who felt powerless, or the people who were willing to be labeled as lazy participate. Might any of these individuals be deterred by the rumors. Absentee ballots and tallies transmitted before the official election date will not count. Ballots are altered by machines or perhaps, inept poll workers. Proper attire must be worn or a constituent will be refused a place at the polls. Could citizens consider the lines are long as an excuse to wait or a reason to forfeit the role they may play in the future of this nation. There is much to ponder. Perhaps the reason people do not partake is the survey is too long. Initiatives, Judges, Representatives, and the Presidential race; some might say there is just too much to research. However, in America today, wherever a person may go there is talk of tomorrow, a hope for change, fear of what could be, and most importantly a sense that anything is possible. After all, if citizens can choose early, and the hours to vote are more extensive, perchance, for the first time ever, more, if not every eligible American will have a say. Apparently, the novel arrangement known as "early voting" appears to be a triumphant. We may not yet know which candidates will win. Nevertheless, it seems the people are a bit more victorious. Countless pound the pavement. The electorate runs, walks, bikes, and drives to the polls in numbers never seen before. People hope to make history,...
Madelyn Dunham; American Mentor Obama Discusses Visiting His Sick Grandmother copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. She gave him life through her wit, wisdom, work, and commitment to family. Madelyn Dunham helped to teach her grandson the importance of sincerity and service. Ms Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother, physically gave birth to the woman who conceived the potential President, Stanley Ann Dunham. Her being, who she was as a person, created more than a daughter, or the baby her offspring later brought into the world. Grandma Dunham, "Toot," mentored the man who now makes history. Madelyn Dunham walked a path her grandson embraces. She was the precursor, the predecessor, and a pioneer prior to Barack Obama's thought to pursue the Presidency. The 86 year-old, who passed on the eve before the child she raised would, perchance, win a bid for the White House, traveled a feminist trail. In Hawaii, in the late 1960s, this petite and proper woman entered the business world. She began her career as a humble bank teller. However, with grit and gumption, this courageous lady climbed in banking circles. Madelyn Dunham's professional journey began before other daughters of Eve, even on the mainland, sought to survive in a "man's work world." By the early 1970s, she had become one of Bank of Hawaii's first female Vice Presidents. A young Barack Obama watched his grandmother do as he hopes to do today. She overcame odds and broke through barriers, real and, those while palpable, invisible. In earlier decades, in Hawaii, the way of a white woman was not easy. Discrimination was direct. Discretion was not the better part of valor. Indeed, valor was not found in vicious cries of condemnation. Native Hawaiians were brash in their bigotry. Sam Slom, a Bank of Hawaii economist then, who is now a Republican state...

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