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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Voting Miracles Do Happen

I'm so proud of my brother, the apathetic nonvoter from Texas.

Despite my encouragement [grin], he's become an Obama fan. And now, at the age of 41, he's actually going to register to vote for the first time! Here is Monday night's e-mail conversation between the two of us. But first you'll need to know that he's a help-desk guy for a large satellite communications company; before he started working there a few years ago, he had his own business as an information technology specialist.
wally: One of my long-term customers (one of only two whose computers I continue to maintain even today) made a comment to me today when I asked what he thought of the Obama–preacher ordeal. He said, "That nigger will never get my vote." I turned around and told him, "This faggot would vote for that nigger in a heartbeat, if I were registered to vote!" Yes, I said it just like that. I was going for the shock effect. You could have heard a pin drop. I finished fixing his computers and wished him a good evening. As it turns out, he wants that Bush look-alike asswipe [McCain] to take office.

me: Wonderful! (And if you want to vote, there's still time to register. I can e-mail you the link to a downloadable registration form and give you the address for mailing it in [grin].)

wally: You’re shitting me! Yes! If it's not too late, please oblige!
Now I can die happy, because I never thought I'd see the day that my brother, Mr. Stay-Out-of-It-All, would want to vote. Miracles do happen.


Stephanie E. said...

Great story! Your brother's response was priceless. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness it all ends well!

I remember in '04 having a long argument with my older aunt, who was telling me John Kerry was going to take away people's Bibles (why that would worry her, since she doesn't have one and doesn't attend church, I have no idea) and I was getting pretty steamed.

Finally she said she would never vote for Kerry, even if she was registered to vote. But I still couldn't let it go.

This is the same aunt who had no idea, a year ago, who Dick Cheney was.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing story! In just one moment all the reasons to be a part of a campaign of hope were clarified for your brother.

And all God's children said, "Amen!"

Mary Beth said...


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