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Paul Vitello: Need to Feel Patriotic? Vote
November 3, 2002

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Patriotism comes up as an official subject only two or three times a year -- on Independence Day, Memorial Day, maybe Veterans Day. The rest of the time, frankly, it is the domain of political professionals and profiteers who twist its meaning to suit their purposes and (Okay, Okay) a silent majority of people who choke up at the national anthem.
All of which is fine by me. Patriotism, in order to mean anything in this particular country, has to be a pretty bendable, flexible and even distortable idea. But here's a modest proposal from an amateur patriot who thinks patriotism is too important to leave to professionals:

From now on, the premier American holiday for patriotism should be observed on the first Tuesday in November, also known as Election Day. (I propose to change the name to Voters Day -- to put the accent where it belongs -- though I could be convinced otherwise on that point.)

It should be a day off from work. Waive the bus fare and the bridge tolls. Let there be no excuse. It should be the one holiday in which Americans are expected to answer the question put by Kennedy in that inaugural speech: They can vote, is what they can do for their country.

There is no holiday that really asks for anything tangible from us. It seems like a good time to have one.

Sept. 11 is somewhere in the back of my mind here, I'm sure. Terrorism, after all, is the polar opposite idea from democracy. In democracy, you compromise and cajole and try to win over the other person. In terrorism, you blow him up. We are democrats.

But I have always, even before the terrorists committed their putsch attempt on our Sept. 11, believed in the fundamental patriotism of politics.

Soldiers who die in the service of their country are patriots. Politicians who die in small airplanes between campaign stops are patriots, too.

On their best days, good candidates who run tough and honest campaigns for the school board are patriots, in my book. Even if they are members of the party I can't stand.

This is a country where 100 votes in your candidate's camp are still worth more than 100 soldiers in your candidate's camp. And amen.

If you want to keep it that way, vote. Between you and me, I don't really care if they make Voters Day a holiday. We probably have enough holidays for patriotism. They always seem to turn into White Sale days, anyway.

They could just keep the polls open later -- maybe even keep them open for 24 hours, instead of the usual day's vote.

I'm not sure how I feel about voting by mail, or by phone, or by Internet -- all ideas that have been floated in recent years to boost the dismal voting rate of Americans.

It should require some real-time sacrifice, don't you think? It doesn't quite mean as much if you just log on and push the mouse. I like the idea of standing in a place to vote, waiting in line, checking out the condition of the voting machines, looking at the people who are part of the same community of amateur patriots as me.

That's my feeling, anyway. I could be convinced otherwise on the details, of course. Cajole me a little.

Copyright 2002, Newsday, Inc.


Oct. 29th, 2002 06:08 pm
demyankee: (green espo)
...is there a temperature restriction I should've known about before I stuck my Pampered Chef Pizza Stone in the oven? Cause it broke in three pieces.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!


Sep. 18th, 2002 09:06 pm
demyankee: (happy)
hockey_hoMichelle & jessindenverJess did I just hear that it snowed in Denver?

Please confirm - snow. In September. Odd that.
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] puglover. I hope you're having a great day!
Happy Birthday lisabethnycLisa! I hope you have a great day!
Did I forget to mention I was going to be out of town for a couple of days? Sorry. :)


Mar. 21st, 2002 10:28 pm
Sore throat...

sniffly sniffles...

please, cold, go away...


Mar. 20th, 2002 11:11 pm
It's officially spring.

I officially love spring.

I love spring so much I actually look forward to some skunk smell - means it's warm enough to drive with the windows down.

Yeah, okay, spring break does have something to do with the fact that I love spring.

Hmm, you know? Since it's officially spring, I think I have to officially change my sheets from their winter flannel to their spring-y 230 thread count sheets.

Is there anything better at all than really, really, really, extraordinary sheets?

Okay, there are, but right now I can't think of any.

Where are those sheets?

Why am I still awake?

Must. Go. To. Bed.

edited to note: posted at 11:11, must make a wish, THEN go to bed.
...simply because it was.
...but Dick Gephardt is just scary looking.
I love this weather!

I love spring!

I have this overwhelming urge to take a long drive so I can smell skunk and fertilizer, that way I'll really know spring is here.

Did I really just say that?!

I think I've been in Virginia toooooo long.


Feb. 26th, 2002 08:17 pm
All my girl scout cookies are gone.


Feb. 18th, 2002 10:29 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. in an ICE DANCING routine?

Like this chick's hair wasn't already a stretch?
It was close to 50 degrees today, and yet...there were snow flurries.
It is good to be me!
Lasagna should cure all the world's ills.
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