Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Just About Sums it all Up

It all comes down to this, doesn't it? I have to stay positive. I have to believe in the cause, I have to believe that the people in this State really don't want to hurt my family. Throughout this campaign, I have tried my best to educate, but have I done enough? Have I talked to enough people? Have I opened enough minds?

My mind is swirled with incessant thoughts of "what if..."

I can't do anything. It's out of my hands. All except for one thing.

I can vote. And I can pray.

Send me all your well wishes and prayers. And please, if you're in Utah or in any State that has a marriage amendment on the ballot, please vote against it. Don't vote families like mine out of existance.

The Poor Voter on Election Day

John Greenleaf Whittier

The proudest now is but my peer,
The highest not more high;
Today, of all the weary year,
A king of men am I.

Today, alike the great and small,
The nameless and the known;
My palace is the people's hall,
The ballot-bow my throne!

Who serves today upon the list
Beside the served shall stand;
Alike the brown and wrinkled fist,
The gloved and dainty hand!

The rich is level with the poor,
The weak is strong today;
And sleekest broadcloth counts know more
The homespun frock of gray.

Today let pomp and vain pretense
My stubborn right abide;
I set a plain man's common sense
Against the pendant's pride.

Today shall simple manhood try
The strengthen of gold and land;
The wide world has not wealth to buy
The power in my right hand!

While there's grief to set redress,
Or balance to adjust,
Where weighs our living manhood less
Than Mammon's vilest dust-

While there's a right to need my vote,
A wrong to sweep away,
Up! clouted knee and ragged coat!
A man's a man today!


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