So I have three different opportunities tomorrow to help the Kerry campaign. Opportunity #1 GOTV (Get Out The Vote) with local grassroots group Kerry Win Georgia. #2 Voter registration and more general GOTV with Georgia for Democracy. #3 Phone Banking with a local women's organization. Here's the dilemma part:
1. the Kerry Win Georgia folks are going to a section of Atlanta that, well, frankly, scares me. Of course, this is precisely the type of neighborhood where GOTV efforts are most important and can have the most influence. And the group is well organized and has been going to the surrounding area for weeks now and the primary organizer always checks out the neighborhoods beforehand to make sure we'll be safe and whatnot. The rational part of my brain knows everything will (most likely) be ok. Also, my most recent pledge/resolution/whatever was to be braver, so, really, for my own personal betterment, I should make myself do this. But I'm scared.
2. I have a lot of homework to do this weekend. If I decide before I go to bed tonight that I'm going to do one of the above options, I know I'll get up early enough and get organized and get everything done (as I always do). But, selfishly, I've gotten up by 7 am for the past 6 days and I'd like to sleep a while tomorrow. And I'm a little stressed out about the workload for this weekend and the upcoming weeks, so it would be good to get really on top of things this weekend. On the other hand, as I keep harping, the next 38 days are critical, and the above opportunities are really good, effective ways to practice what I preach. So I keep flipping back and forth between school really should be my top priority right now as my success here will have the most long term impact on my ability to 'do good' (whatever that means) later and longer in life, and the terrifying thought that another four years of this man could have just as long of an impact on my life and really, how much of an influence can a shift in priorities for 38 days have on my academic career? So, yeah, that's what I'm mulling over this evening. Well, that, and these things:
Welcome to the America we now live in - another article
about the arrests during the GOP convention. Go read the whole thing, but here's the scariest part:
"Too many New Yorkers were willing to look away," said Norman Siegal, a civil liberties lawyer who is representing Pincus. "We don't lose our rights overnight with a big bang; we lose them incrementally over time."
A particularly excellent Badmash cartoon.
The questions journalists should be asking
about Bush's National Guard Service (instead of salivating over Dan Rather and 'memo-gate').
An interesting get out the vote tactic
. Carrie, I'm particularly interested in your take on this.
And lastly, a question. I know very little about the details of the electoral college, but I started wondering this the other day, while standing in the shower (where I do my best thinking; I've really got to start keeping some sort of water-proof paper/pencil thing in there) - why is the electoral college all or nothing? If a state has, for example, 15 electoral votes, and 2/3 of that state votes for Bush and 1/3 votes for Kerry, why doesn't that state send 10 votes for Bush and 5 for Kerry? I realize the math never works out that neatly in real life, but just hypothetically speaking, what would happen if the electoral college votes from each state were allocated in a way more representative of the actual popular vote in that state?