JPG’s 23rd issue is in the voting process right now and (as I realized tonight) I have a photo submitted for the Transformations theme. I’d love & appreciate your votes! Voting closes on December 15th, so vote soon and spread the word! Please and thank you!

This is the picture open to votes:

Releve en pointe

Go here to vote.

I told you yesterday that I would not campaign here for a candidate, but I feel that this is a message that must be shared here. We must come together now as ONE NATION under our President-Elect and support him and support one another. Give him a chance.

Last night, President-Elect Barack Obama told America,

“So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too. “

And Senator John McCain asked his voters,

“I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.”

Class acts. Both of them. Listen, believe, hope… and give peace a chance. As Obama noted regarding our world relationships, “our stories our singular, but our destiny is shared,” the same is true for these United States of America.

ETA: I’ve added links to full copies of both speeches. Just click their names.

And you can vote however you’d like, just ask these kids that are all over YouTube:

While I certainly hope that my candidate wins, I don’t plan on campaigning here for that person. (In fact, I’d prefer a landslide so that I don’t have to go to bed unsure of the outcome. I know it’s unlikely given how the polls are constantly up and down and super close between McCain and Obama, but I can hope.) Honestly, I hope that most people know who they’ll be voting for in the next few hours already. I hope that people have educated themselves on the candidates, the issues, the propositions, and the measures because even though it’s a lot of work, it’s a privilege. We are blessed to be able to vote and it’s our duty to vote.

P.S. Take a coloring book, sudoku, crossword, etc… with you to the polls. There will be some long lines (hopefully).

It’s November 4th… just a few days away. Do you know what you’re voting for?

Me? I voted by absentee today.

The last day to register in California is October, 20, 2008.

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