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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:37 PM

"I'm really sorry" she said...

Freeport, Illinois resident Tina Miller really, really, REALLY wanted to vote.

The lady, however, didn't want to burden anyone with her medical condition in getting her to the polls and back - severe Multiple Sclerosis.

"I'm really sorry," the gal said, over and over as her DORS (Dept of Rehabilitation Service) appointed assistant and I moved her from wheelchair to car and back to to wheelchair when we got her to the appointed place.

I told her plainly, "No problem, Tina... it's my honor and privilege to help you out with this."

"I'm really sorry," the gal said, over and over, again, as we moved her from wheelchair to car and back to to wheelchair when we got her back home.

I finally had to set her straight...

"Every four years there comes a day, Tina, that has the solumn dignity of both Veterans Day and Memorial Day. That day also has the patriotic zeal of the Fourth of July and the the same promise of a new beginning as with any New Year's Day or someone's birthday. It's the one day that says, 'I am an American.' That day is Election Day, Tina. Please don't apologize for it: Enjoy it!"

This is a photo of Tina Miller and her "I Voted!" sticker.

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Reply "I'm really sorry" she said... (Original post)
OneAngryDemocrat Nov 2012 OP
Care Acutely Nov 2012 #1
Scuba Nov 2012 #2
Hoyt Nov 2012 #3
wellstone dem Nov 2012 #4
PATXgirl Nov 2012 #5
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Indpndnt Nov 2012 #16
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Historic NY Nov 2012 #18
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Lilma Nov 2012 #21
defacto7 Nov 2012 #22
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Auntie Bush Nov 2012 #24
susanna Nov 2012 #25
Kennah Nov 2012 #26
yesphan Nov 2012 #27
sarge43 Nov 2012 #28
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #29
Sophiegirl Nov 2012 #30
dvhughes Nov 2012 #31
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #32
Crusoebear Nov 2012 #33
McCamy Taylor Nov 2012 #34
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 #35
JoyBugaloo Nov 2012 #36
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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:39 PM

1. Amen. nt

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:39 PM

2. Thank you Tina, and thank you OAD.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:42 PM

3. Thank you.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:43 PM

4. This is beautiful

thank you for posting, thank Tina, and thank you for making sure she got to vote!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:43 PM

5. Thanks to both of you!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:46 PM

6. i thought she was apologizing for not voting

when i started reading this. that's the only reason she should apologize.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:48 PM

7. This is AWESOME!!!!Thank you OAD & Tina & DORS

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:03 PM

8. That is a beautiful photo!

R&

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:07 PM

9. Thank you for your generosity, turning what some consider a chore into a honor.

I've been pushed in a wheelchair in the past, and apologized the entire time. She was blessed to have a person like you.



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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:21 PM

10. Kind soul.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:25 PM

11. Tina, we love you!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:26 PM

12. Thank you!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:34 PM

13. Dammit!

I thought I was done crying with joy.

And here I go again!!!!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:37 PM

14. Bless her heart.. when I think about all the apathy

I've run into..which just boils down to ignorance.

Thanks Tina Miller and OAD!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:48 PM

15. Thanks for this picture...thanks for the story...thank you for your service!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:50 PM

16. This is awesome! Both of you are just wonderful.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:54 PM

17. You're a peach, OAD.

So is Tina.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:57 PM

18. Thank you Tina..everyone no matter what their station or condition in life has a right to vote..

and there should be no impairment that overcomes that right.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:58 PM

19. Completely awesome. I wish I could stockpile recs. n/t

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:26 PM

20. Thank you, Tina. You are just plain awesome.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:32 PM

21. Thank you for taking her

As a person with MS, not as bad as hers, be sure and make sure she has a way to get to the polls next time. Please!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:01 PM

22. This is a true American!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:02 PM

23. Bless you.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:07 PM

24. It's because people like the two of you that we win elections. Thanks!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:16 PM

25. You're amazing, OAD.

I'm crying. Bless you, all the DORS volunteers and Tina!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:37 AM

26. OAD, you're my goddamn hero!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:04 PM

27. Excellent !!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:26 PM

28. Don't forget Thanksgiving Day.

Well done Tina and OAD. Thank you.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:29 PM

29. Way to go TINA!! Keep on going, girl!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:06 PM

30. DAMMIT..

Here I thought I was done crying for joy.

Tina - you inspire me to be a better person, a better mom, a better spouse and a better friend.

Sheesh...I'm investing in Kleenex tomorrow. Who's with me?

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:32 PM

31. F*ckin Hell

Happiness and desperate sadness existing in the same small place.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:37 PM

32. Awesome!

 

Thanks OneAngryDemocrat




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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:37 PM

33. THIS is what it is all about...

Tina, a smile & a Thank You to this kind person is all that is needed - but please don't ever feel like you have to apologize for voting! Your friend here is obviously (and deservedly) quite honored to give a helping hand. What a wonderful example for humanity. Great job (both of you)!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:05 PM

34. No one should have to apologize for voting.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:38 PM

35. You did a great thing.

 

Well written OP.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:41 PM

36. May the Gods bless you Tina!

So mote it be!

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:47 PM

37. I'm really glad, Tina

and OAD-- you both helped make this happen

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:57 PM

38. This is what Moves me more than Anything

my eyes are welling up, but this time for a good reason. Thanks for posting and for just being you.

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