I am a liberal voter, but I am not particularly political in any overt way. I don't put signs in my yard, and I live peaceably alongside my conservative Christian neighbors. They are the parents of my children's friends, the people who answer ambulance calls and plow out driveways and coach Farm League teams and fix chainsaws and let me visit their classrooms to read poems and sing songs with their kids. I care about them as human beings. And that's why I get so angry at the Tea Party's manipulations. How dare you lie to my neighbors about the Constitution and the nationality of our president? How dare you teach my neighbors to revoke their rights to health care and clean air?
I'll be voting for the Independent Eliot Cutler today. Usually I vote the straight Democratic ticket; but according to all the polls I've seen (not to mention the groundswell among my liberal acquaintances), Cutler clearly has a better chance to defeat Republican Paul LePage. I hate the idea of voting against rather than for, but that's the way it has to be this year.
So on this election day, when I am pessimistic and angry, I just want to say that I'm standing up for the oppressed--the people who are voting for a candidate I despise--these people who don't even know that they're oppressed. Their party of choice is teaching them to poison their own wells, and that's an appalling immorality.