"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Voting Behind Enemy Lines

We went to the polls at 8:00 AM, and it was jammed. Matters were not helped by the celebrity in our midst: Chuck Schumer. We decided to abort, and Chuck was right behind us as Samantha, Kitten, Pugsley, and I exited the school into a phalanx of news cameras. We watched him make his statement ("I love my job"), took the kids home, went to our parent-teacher conference (Kitten is a well-adjusted, delightful genius), and went back to the polling place at 9:00. Waited about 45 minutes to cast our ballots.

Buttons abounded, reflecting the wonderful diversity of opinion in our neighborhood: "Kerry/Edwards", "Bush Lied", "Re-Defeat Bush", etc., etc. The ostentatious display of political buttons in the polling place is distasteful, and while it may not be illegal, it violates the spirit of the law, in my opinion.