I am optimistic. Yet I am also terrified, because I have been optimistic before. I will never forget Bush's smirk on TV when they originally called Florida for Gore - it was the look of a man who knew the fix was in. I will never forget that night in front of my television, hearing about voting irregularity after voting irregularity, hearing about black voters pulled over on their way to their polling places and delayed til the polls closed. I will never forget the announcement that six ballot boxes went missing from a polling place in Pembroke Pines, Florida - my town, which was polling 98% Democrat. I will never forget seeing ballot boxes in a Jewish retirement community, a week later, never picked up. And hearing the same about Liberty City.
I will never forget my five-year-old daughter's dismay at Bush being handed the presidency.
Guys, they will try to screw us again.
And I know people are saying that Obama's lead is insurmountable, that they'd have to flip too many states and it would be too obvious. And I say "They've done it before."
So what I am saying is that we cannot be complacent.
We cannot kick back and say "He'll win no matter what." No. They will take everything they can. So we have to give more than they can take. Make 'em choke on it, y'all.
Every single one of us has to get out there tomorrow and vote. Everyone. And do what you can to help others do the same. Man the phone banks. Drive elderly voters to the polls. Be on the lookout for any irregularities, and report them instantly.
I'm taking Elayna to the polling place tomorrow. She asked me why - after all, she can't vote yet. I told her that tomorrow was going to be a historic day. That tomorrow would be a day that she'd tell her children about.
That tomorrow would be the day that America would rise up and say "we are better than these last eight years". That people would do the right thing. That people would act toward the principles this country was founded on.
It's time we remembered who we are.
It's time to decide who we're going to be.
Be there on that day.
Now do it.