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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 10:18 PM
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It's a small well-kept house in a modest neighborhood. The sign on the door says
Edited on Fri Sep-24-10 10:39 PM by struggle4progress
"Try back door if no answer" There's no answer, so I walk down the driveway and knock the rear

Fellow (I'd guess him to be past the long side of seventy) strolls over from an adjoining lot and asks if he can help

I'm a volunteer for the Democratic Party, looking for Mr Y Z

That's him. I run my spiel: Important election. Everybody registered? Need folk who'll support Our President. Want lit on our Senate candidate?

He holds out a gnarled garden-dirt encrusted hand and catches the little flier between two knuckles. A couple of grandkids, maybe five and eight, come from the house and flank him

Will you be voting, sir?
Oh, I never miss an election

I glance at the grandkids. The little girl has adorable braids twisting out every which way. Both of them are beaming beaming beaming at me. I nod and smile at each of them

Can I ask if you'll be voting Democratic?
I always vote Democratic. I've never made enough money to vote Republican

The kids have come out to talk with him not me, so I smile, thank them all, and move on down the block









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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 10:28 PM
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1. Good enough for a bumper sticker -
I always vote Democratic. I've never made enough money to vote Republican
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 10:28 PM
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2. Thanks for all you do...It is SO important.
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 10:29 PM
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3. If he is in his 70's he remembers Truman saying, "If you want to live like a republican,
vote for a Democrat."
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 01:41 PM
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5. I like that! Never heard that quote before.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 05:47 PM
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15. Maybe a little change there
If you want to be poor and stupid then vote Republican.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 10:50 PM
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4. kick (nt)
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Stumbler Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 02:11 PM
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6. I'd like to have that bumber sitcker
I'd put it on my car & my bicycle, tho I don't know how folks would read it from the bike. Either way, simply said:

"I always vote Democratic. I've never made enough money to vote Republican"
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 02:46 PM
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7. Truer words never been spoken! K&R
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 02:56 PM
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8. That's how my grandparents are
New Deal Democrats, 80 and 82, old enough to remember actual Hoovervilles. They know the truth, and raised me to understand it: the Republican Party is the rich man's party. Full stop.

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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 03:57 PM
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11. My Aunt was 73 yrs old and a child. She always said that. She would never vote for a republican.
They don't care about the lower middle class. She was right. I never have either.
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 03:39 PM
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9. Great story, thanks... K&R too!
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Change Happens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 03:50 PM
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10. I have made plenty of money in my life, I always voted Democratic!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 05:44 PM
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14. Same with my Dad. My mom only moved over to R because she fell under
Ronnie's spell. My Dad and I thought she was crazy.
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 04:06 PM
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12. I always told my B-I-L if you don't have enough money were you can live off the
interest alone, you shouldn't vote for a repug.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 05:21 PM
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13. Unless you got taken
to the cleaners anytime in the past three years.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 05:54 PM
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16. I posted this to my FB page...
of course I gave credit to you, and a link to the page. What a wonderful story. Thank you SO much for sharing :hug:

Jenn
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dimbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 06:19 PM
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17.  When I was a lad, if I knew absolutely the Dem belonged in jail,
I would vote R. That was long ago. Now I vote anything else, Green, Libertarian, whatever, never Republican.

Like their slogan says, wrong for America.
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 08:03 PM
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20. +100!
beautiful story...thank you SO much for canvassing!

I actually made contact with someone in charge of our area, but they said they didn't have any onsite or remote jobs...i can;t do the walking with my arthritis...so I am glad to know SOMEONE is out there!
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 07:48 PM
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18. Pure Poetry. eom
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 07:48 PM
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19. In the "Alabama" T-zone in central Penna., we got some good feedback at a recent lit drop.
A lot of people pumped their fists in the air and said, "We have to keep fighting!" When you're down because of all the negative news reports, it's the folks on their porches, promising to get to the polls and vote Democratic, that keep you going.
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 08:21 PM
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21. Had a conversation with someone doing voter registration at an event today
It was at a seminar on veterans' education benefits, hosted by my CA (GOP) congressman. He wasn't there (duh, Congress is still in session), but had two aides reprsenting him (and he recorded a video to welcome us to the event).

A worker at a voter registration table in the back of the room noticed me in my VN jungle shirt (I was working two of the booths there) and asked if I'd served in Vietnam. Her grandfather had served there, too, and she was outspoken in her appreciation and support for veterans.

I thanked her for being there to register voters. I asked what group she was with, and she named a Republican group for which she works as paid staff. "I happen to be a Liberal," I said, "and I work for dem candidates." I told her I'd gone to Ohio for two months to work for Kerry in the '04 campaign, and I respect anyone who devotes his or her time to political activism--from any party. I thanked her again for doing voter reg. (I HOPE she's turning in dem registrations, because we've had a documented problem in CA with some Republican groups not doing that.)

Thanks for canvassing, struggle4progress, and thanks for sharing here. I hope you'll have more stories to post from the trenches...

:yourock:
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-10 10:00 PM
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22. Recommended; see you in R/T. nt
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