I am not selling anything
Californians descend on Reno and Carson city.
An empowering, hopefull energy fills us as car after car
in the parking lot turns out to carry California state plates.
We gathered in front of the Democratic HQ in Reno... The mission is going door to door to encourage registered Democrats and Non Partisans to get out and vote early.
It is very difficult to gauge what impact our personal visits had. In an upscale suburb of Reno on saturday, most people were not home. I am hoping they all were at the nearby library where an early polling station was set up. Those who were home to answer the door for the Nth time I am sure, politely redeclared their intention to vote for John Kerry. I was perplexed by women married to Republican voting husbands. I imagined myself in their place, and was clear that if it was my marriage - it would not survive this years elections.
Sunday, Carson City. A lower middle class neighborhood. A few more surprises.
Ignorance of facts and narrow-mindedness have produced a few G.W. Bush supporters:
- An older man who thinks both Kerry and Bush are same caliber opponents - equally dumb. He doesn't want to be responsible for electing either one of them.
- A redneck gay couple wanting to bomb the entire middle east - because We Can!
- A US born man of a Mexican descent, voting for Bush because he feels he's been doing well economically. Discussion about minimum wage and job losses did not interest him - he described himself as "rich" earning a top amount of 15$/h.
He said all the lazy minorities should get off welfare.
Too bad he did not run into his elderly neighbor a street away who struggles to support her brain damaged son.
- And finally a woman squandering her opportunity to vote for a candidate who's got her best interest at stake - by shutting the door in my face topping it off by: "I am not interested".
Only, I wasn't selling anything...