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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 11:08 PM
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The One Door Knock that Made My Entire Day Worthwhile
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As some know, I needed a boost midday, posting almost out of desperation for good luck to be sent my way. Well, this is a big thanks DUers, because I got back out there after a fairly discouraging day of talking to all kinds of voters, registered Dems, Repugs, Independent Americans (don't ask), Non-partisans and Libertarians (uggh...).


And here's my story.

I was walking a list of targeted voters - a list that the field organizer had created. I was getting frustrated because the houses on the list were so far apart and sporadically spaced, and it was hot. Wanting to clean up the list and get the stragglers, I walked quite a distance for one house. As I approached, two men were sitting on their porch. One was on his cell, the other was very old. I waved and walked a bit further to allow the man on his cell to finish his call. When I walked back by, they both waved and I approached.

The targeted voter was 22 years old, a registered Repug, neither fitting this description. I asked if 'James' was around, and they both answered, "He's in jail." I explained that I was walking for the General Election and that I would mark him down to recontact at a later date. "James is my son. Whose campaign are you with?" The younger of the two asked. "Obama," I answered. He smiled slyly and put his beer down. I braced myself for a negative response -- again, it had been a long day with many McCain supporters or undecideds -- what Democrat in their right mind can be undecided at a time like this?!.

"Good on you!" he exclaimed. I breathed a sigh of relief, and the elderly man, rail thin and toothless, interrupted loudly, "It doesn't matter who wins anyway..."

"Oh, boy," I thought, "here we go again."

"Jesus is coming and he's gonna make the final decision, and he's coming soon," he said, shaking his fist at me. I politely smiled and responded, "Well, until he does, I will try my hardest to make a difference." I turned toward the other man and he winked at me. The old man got up, shook my hand, said "Good day" and went inside. "Thanks for being so polite to my dad," the man said. "No problem," I said. I had thoughts of ending the conversation right there, but something made me stay. "If your son gets out of jail, he should check and see if he can still vote." "You know," said the man, "I'd like to know how I can do that." I thought he was referring to his son, so I started to explain. "No," he said, "I've never registered to vote and I'd like to do that." "Well," I said, "I have voter registration forms right here. Wanna do that now?"

He did. And he asked a lot of questions, like, where he needs to go vote, how the voting is done, etc., questions that so many of us take for granted as seasoned voters. I spent the next half hour telling him how to vote. It felt good, and he was appreciative of me taking the time to tell him how while not passing judgment on him for not ever having done this. We shook hands and he thanked me for the work I was doing. He told me how badly his business was doing, and how poor and ill his father was -- how he had to move in with him to take care of him, and how senility had set in. I said, "Just don't forget to vote," as I walked away. He yelled back "You have my word I'll vote! Let's get these assholes outta' there!"

That was worth all the door knocks -- all the assholes; all the whiners; all the greedy, ill-informed voters; all the pissy people who couldn't be bothered -- that I completed today.

A man in his 50's who had never voted in his life who just needed someone to help him do it.
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  -The One Door Knock that Made My Entire Day Worthwhile Emit  Sep-06-08 11:08 PM   #0 
  - Thanks ForThat Great Report  JimGinPA   Sep-06-08 11:11 PM   # 
  - TX, JimGinPA!  Emit   Sep-06-08 11:32 PM   #23 
  - You did an incredible thing today. In the spirit of "pay it forward" that man may very well  BrklynLiberal   Sep-06-08 11:11 PM   #1 
  - Thank you, BrklynLiberal  Emit   Sep-07-08 11:36 AM   #52 
     - Good Job.. Thankx...  lib2DaBone   Sep-07-08 02:57 PM   #71 
  - Wow... that is a great story...  mamalone   Sep-06-08 11:11 PM   #2 
  - The way to win is one vote at a time.  AZBlue   Sep-06-08 11:12 PM   #3 
  - That's a terrific story!  MPK   Sep-06-08 11:12 PM   #4 
  - Well, MPK, I could've written about the guy who answered his door butt naked  Emit   Sep-06-08 11:37 PM   #28 
     - LOL.  MPK   Sep-06-08 11:43 PM   #32 
     - That's what camera phones are for!  progressoid   Sep-07-08 10:00 AM   #48 
  - what an inspiring story  TexasLady   Sep-06-08 11:12 PM   #5 
  - oh wow, and that is why we do what we do.  yellowdogintexas   Sep-06-08 11:13 PM   #6 
  - yellowdogintexas!  Emit   Sep-07-08 01:55 AM   #41 
     - you were near Benbrook Lake, when that area was just starting to be built up  yellowdogintexas   Sep-07-08 10:21 AM   #50 
        - I only recall the name  Emit   Sep-07-08 10:24 AM   #51 
           - it is pretty good sized, although when we have drought it gets very low and  yellowdogintexas   Sep-07-08 01:29 PM   #62 
  - Wonderful story!  Kristi1696   Sep-06-08 11:15 PM   #7 
  - At least once a day you guys make me cry.  madmax   Sep-06-08 11:16 PM   #8 
  - A job well done  DebbieCDC   Sep-06-08 11:17 PM   #9 
  - Emit, you made my night! What an encouraging and inspiring post!  babylonsister   Sep-06-08 11:20 PM   #10 
  - babylonsister,  Emit   Sep-07-08 01:11 AM   #40 
  - Oops! Dupe, but I mean that! nt  babylonsister   Sep-06-08 11:20 PM   #11 
  - Thank you for doing what I can't do anymore. I can't drive anymore, and I have a difficult time  napi21   Sep-06-08 11:21 PM   #12 
  - TX, napi21. I don't have the $$ so I'm putting my legs to work  Emit   Sep-06-08 11:33 PM   #25 
  - Wow, Emit. That really was a good day. I'm sure from now on  spenbax   Sep-06-08 11:24 PM   #13 
  - You truly are a hero in my heart  Liberalboy   Sep-06-08 11:24 PM   #14 
  - Good job!  mnhtnbb   Sep-06-08 11:25 PM   #15 
  - That was absolutely beautiful.  johnaries   Sep-06-08 11:25 PM   #16 
  - Thank you. You are MAKING A DIFFERENCE. And you give me hope. n/t  TygrBright   Sep-06-08 11:25 PM   #17 
  - Man, I feel good about that too!  Gregorian   Sep-06-08 11:25 PM   #18 
  - I love this story  abumbyanyothername   Sep-06-08 11:26 PM   #19 
  - thanks for telling that story  wellstone dem   Sep-06-08 11:27 PM   #20 
  - Thanks for inspiring me to get out there and do what you're doing.  calmblueocean   Sep-06-08 11:28 PM   #21 
  - I was intimidated at first, too  Emit   Sep-06-08 11:58 PM   #34 
  - That's inspiring...  YvonneCa   Sep-06-08 11:31 PM   #22 
  - The One Door Knock that Made My Entire Day Worthwhile  pklaz96   Sep-06-08 11:33 PM   #24 
  - Emit  Lex   Sep-06-08 11:35 PM   #26 
  - ...  Emit   Sep-06-08 11:40 PM   #30 
  - You also write very well.  tabatha   Sep-06-08 11:36 PM   #27 
  - "field organizer"? I guess that's sorta like a small town mayor without the paid DC lobbyist  Stop Cornyn   Sep-06-08 11:37 PM   #29 
  - Thank you for your action,  Undercurrent   Sep-06-08 11:41 PM   #31 
  - Awesome work today  Egnever   Sep-06-08 11:44 PM   #33 
  - Me too, Egnever  Emit   Sep-07-08 12:00 AM   #35 
     - Hopefully that one will keep ya going for a bit  Egnever   Sep-07-08 01:47 PM   #64 
        - I'm in Reno, NV - a battleground state  Emit   Sep-07-08 02:37 PM   #69 
           - lol well Hi from Las Vegas!  Egnever   Sep-07-08 04:57 PM   #79 
              - lol, Egnever! You're in Vegas!  Emit   Sep-09-08 03:17 AM   #100 
                 - I cant imagine walking out there  Egnever   Sep-09-08 10:34 AM   #101 
  - A wonderful story.  Beregond2   Sep-07-08 12:14 AM   #36 
  - Thanks for this  CitizenPatriot   Sep-07-08 12:14 AM   #37 
  - If we win it will be because of folks  nevergiveup   Sep-07-08 12:25 AM   #38 
  - I'll see all their Jingoistic flag-waving  casus belli   Sep-07-08 12:56 AM   #39 
  - I salute you  librarycard   Sep-07-08 05:11 AM   #42 
  - Let me add my story to yours  POAS   Sep-07-08 06:27 AM   #43 
  - I am volunteering in Ohio on Monday too - It will be in respect to Barack and people like you!  1776Forever   Sep-07-08 07:06 AM   #44 
  - LOL, great story, and my favorite part;  1corona4u   Sep-07-08 07:10 AM   #45 
  - THANK YOU.  VolcanoJen   Sep-07-08 07:14 AM   #46 
  - Thanks for getting out there, especially in a Repub area.  Maureen1322   Sep-07-08 07:22 AM   #47 
  - I would like to recommend this five times  psychopomp   Sep-07-08 10:03 AM   #49 
  - Wow! Talk about a gift  zidzi   Sep-07-08 12:00 PM   #53 
  - What a moving story! What a fantastic thing you did a n/t  dadsblacksheep   Sep-07-08 12:37 PM   #54 
  - K&R Wonderful story.....does my heart good too! n/t  snappyturtle   Sep-07-08 12:45 PM   #55 
  - Face to face  Iwillnevergiveup   Sep-07-08 12:50 PM   #56 
  - Beautiful!  bpcmxr   Sep-07-08 12:56 PM   #57 
  - What a wonderful story, Emit.  Kajsa   Sep-07-08 01:01 PM   #58 
  - Good for you.  drm604   Sep-07-08 01:02 PM   #59 
  - What a story!  goodgd_yall   Sep-07-08 01:15 PM   #60 
  - Wow, Emit, a grin grew on my face as I read your post.  tosh   Sep-07-08 01:15 PM   #61 
  - Wow, what a great story -- thanks for sharing! (nt)  TuxedoKat   Sep-07-08 01:36 PM   #63 
  - You are my kind of hero,Emit!!!  yellerpup   Sep-07-08 01:58 PM   #65 
  - wow, what a great story! I had similar experience while canvassing in PA this past Fall  secondwind   Sep-07-08 02:12 PM   #66 
  - K&R  Seldona   Sep-07-08 02:16 PM   #67 
  - You did a great thing. nt.  swimmernsecretsea   Sep-07-08 02:33 PM   #68 
  - As someone who has walked, knocked on doors since I was 17, you are a hero to me.  David Zephyr   Sep-07-08 02:56 PM   #70 
  - Emit, you made me weep  Bluenorthwest   Sep-07-08 03:12 PM   #72 
  - That is just beautiful!!! Good job!  kwenu   Sep-07-08 03:16 PM   #73 
  - Excellent work. It isn't easy either. Takes courage & wherewithall  debbierlus   Sep-07-08 03:25 PM   #74 
  - What a wonderful story, Emit  sabrina 1   Sep-07-08 03:50 PM   #75 
  - Oh man, I love you. nt  thereismore   Sep-07-08 04:07 PM   #76 
  - K & R... I thank you, and WE THE PEOPLE thank you...  RoccoR5955   Sep-07-08 04:23 PM   #77 
  - Great story. Good inspiration as I go out to register voters myself.  trickyguy   Sep-07-08 04:26 PM   #78 
  - Thanks for sharing your experience, and for your dedicated work for Obama.  flpoljunkie   Sep-07-08 04:58 PM   #80 
  - Thanks for that great story!!! I have a little hope today because of it.  NoSheep   Sep-07-08 05:51 PM   #81 
  - Lucky for him that you showed up today!  dddem   Sep-07-08 06:13 PM   #82 
  - This post absolutely made my day.  racaulk   Sep-07-08 06:47 PM   #83 
  - Recd with thanks.nt  nam78_two   Sep-07-08 06:55 PM   #84 
  - Thank you, just thank you  Synnical   Sep-07-08 07:12 PM   #85 
  - Wonderful story!  Mad_Dem_X   Sep-07-08 07:13 PM   #86 
  - A huge thank you, Emit, for doing this. Loved the story too!  mother earth   Sep-07-08 07:17 PM   #87 
  - Thanks  stuartallenmills   Sep-07-08 07:23 PM   #88 
  - Thanks. /nt  Festivito   Sep-07-08 07:32 PM   #89 
  - That is a wonderful story and thank you for sharing.  vanderRock   Sep-07-08 07:34 PM   #90 
  - Don't know if you're a veteran, but Thank You For Your Service!!! This was truly  calimary   Sep-07-08 07:38 PM   #91 
  - Thanks very much, man. I'm giving money, sending emails, signing petitions,  codjh9   Sep-07-08 07:39 PM   #92 
  - Thank you.  Revlon10   Sep-07-08 08:32 PM   #93 
  - Wow...  Madd_Mann   Sep-07-08 08:52 PM   #94 
  - Great story. Everyone can have this experience if they will get out, canvass & register voters. n/t  1Hippiechick   Sep-07-08 09:24 PM   #95 
  - Nice!  jjr5   Sep-07-08 09:51 PM   #96 
  - so cool  joop   Sep-07-08 10:12 PM   #97 
  - That's great.  gal   Sep-07-08 10:39 PM   #98 
  - I Just Want to Thank Everyone Who Responded to this Thread!!  Emit   Sep-08-08 09:51 AM   #99 
  - Thanks for your hard work! nt  flamingdem   Sep-09-08 10:38 AM   #102 
  - What a wonderful thing you did for that man, but you think  alyce douglas   Sep-09-08 10:44 AM   #103 
 

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