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I went out in the neighborhood to knock some doors for Obama on Saturday. A supremely weird experience. Voting is a personal decision… or at least that’s what I’ve always been taught. So I felt like I was violating some part of my upbringing. On the other hand, I think that sharing my beliefs and convictions with my neighbors and my community is important at well. So, in a bit of a conflict I set off to knock some doors.

And it was hard to ask the question… “Who are you voting for?” The campaign gives you a script, so I wasn’t simply launching into that question, but still, getting to that question was hard, with people you sort of know, but mostly don’t.

Let’s just say this, it’s easier to do it when you’re in some other neighborhood where you don’t know anyone.

I think the campaign thinks that perhaps its more powerful coming from a neighbor. Maybe that comes from the fact that it’s a lot tougher to take a chance on a relationship that has basically been formed at a few block parties and passing conversations while walking the dog down the street.

Standing at Starbucks the next day, I was reminded again of this when I overheard conversation between two older gentlemen while waiting for my pumpkin spice latte.

The first gentleman was explaining to the second that he couldn’t believe the gall of the Obama supporters who were at his door trying to find out who he was voting for, and trying to stick a sign in his yard.

Perhaps emboldened by the caffeine, I took a seat next to them and introduced myself as somone who was out yesterday doing that exact same thing (although not forcing my opinions or signs on anyone).

And I tried to explain why I felt compelled to go out and do that, even though I knew that voting was a personal decision. Gentleman #2 clearly got it, and said a few words about going out and telling people what you believe.

Gentleman #1 started into a rant about Obama and how he doesn’t really have him figured out yet. Gentleman #2 says “What do you need to figure out at this point? He’s better for the country than McCain!”

With that, I took my pumpkin spiced lattes and headed out the door.

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5 Responses

  1. Well done, my friend. I’m traveling too much for the job nowadays to do the door-knocking, but I keep sending in money to make those yard signs you’re forcing on people. :-)

    John10/13/2008 @ 10:58 pm
  2. mmm, Pumpkin Spice Latte! Good work!

    Doug10/14/2008 @ 6:31 am
  3. Geesh, I am proud of you. I have also been asked to promote, and I after a few adult beverages at a work event talked about…. POLITICS!

    Fortunately everyone I was talking to agreed, and was chiming in as well because I certainly wasnt holding the crowd.

    I dont think I would be good for the personal conduct though, because I am emotionally involved at this point. McCain scares the crappola out of me. But Palin scares me worse.

    Perhaps I should call people and just ask them will they want 8 years of listening to Palin’s voice or looking at McCain clench his jaw and wondering if he is going to get violent?

    Melissa10/15/2008 @ 8:54 pm
  4. In the 90s I went door-to-door for Clinton in Lubbock, TX. It was very interesting. Most people were very nice. Others were not. One person threatened to sick his dog on me and another one said, “I’m a member of the NRA and I’m not afraid to prove it.”

  5. good for you…;)
    i wish i had more courage on that part.. thanks for spreading the word..



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