Putting my money (or at least my time) where my mouth is

This weekend, I’m going to Nevada with the Barack Obama Drive for Change. All day Saturday and most of Sunday, I’ll be volunteering at one of the campaign offices in Reno, NV — registering voters and/or canvassing for Obama.
A bunch of reasons. I believe in Obama. He’s smart and he’s on board with the things I care about (reproductive rights, ending the war in Iraq, regulation, lowering taxes on the middle class while raising ’em on the wealthy… I could go on and on). I’m terrified of what this country might look like under a McCain/Palin administration. I want to help, but feel like there isn’t much I can do here in California, where Obama is up by over ten points in every poll I see. Nevada is a swing state, though, and it’s only a few hours’ drive away. It’s just a bonus that now when people start opining about their candidate I can say, “oh, I gave three days of my time and spent X hours sweating in the desert for my candidate. What’d you do?”
I’ve never worked on a political campaign for anything, so this ought to be an adventure.

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5 Responses to Putting my money (or at least my time) where my mouth is

  1. Keith says:

    man I wish I could do something for the campaign! we are not really supposed to talk politics in uniform and I’m kinda stuck so… yeah. Not much i can do, but i am voting!

  2. munichmaedchen says:

    Have fun in Nevada. Make sure you are not heading for the office that just got raided because of major voter fraud. I am glad you go there as then at least I know that somebody honest registers votes.

  3. Ealasaid says:

    Keith – Thanks! You do so much for this country already, you kick ass. Love ya, cous!
    Sylvia – That wasn’t an Obama office, it was an ACORN office (ACORN pays their staffers). Obama’s campaign is associated with them, though, because Dems generally benefit from get-out-the-vote efforts and thus fund orgs like ACORN. (And don’t get too high up on that horse of yours — it was Republicans throwing out Democratic voter registrations in the last election. There’s been plenty of fraud on both sides.)
    Yet another reason volunteering is so important — if enough good, honest people would show up to staff voter registration booths, places like ACORN wouldn’t even exist.
    I’m hoping to have a good time, but that’s not the important thing. I’m going because someone has to. I can handle a shitty weekend if it means a few more people show up on election day, regardless of how they vote.

  4. RachelRo says:

    Way to go Ealasaid! I can’t wait to read all about it! Hopefully you can help Nevada turn a little blue. It’s getting blue here in WI. We usually see Republican yard signs everywhere, but I can count the McCain signs I’ve seen on two hands. The Far Rights are p-i-s-s-e-d that the Pragmatic Majority isn’t following along this time.

  5. Munichmaedchen says:

    I protested against the Bush voter fraud and will do the same against Obama. Just for the Record, I am not a Republican nor can I vote. Supporting voter registration is good. I guess in this case increasing your carbon footprint will be justified.