Michael Totten

Election Day

Let’s get a couple of things out of the way before today’s votes are counted.
You have the right to vote. You do not have the right to see the man of your choice in the White House.
If George W. Bush wins the election, the world will still spin on its axis. Canada will not grant you asylum. If John Kerry wins the election, America will still be America. Australia will not grant you asylum.
People who vote for the other guy aren’t stupid, brainwashed, or evil. They are your friends and family. Someone you love will almost certainly cancel your vote. (My wife cancels out mine.)
If, by some chance, everyone you know votes for the loser it won’t mean the election was stolen, it will only show that you live in a bubble.
If this thing is close (the victor could easily win by 0.1 percent) try not to read too much into it. We’ll still be closely divided.
If the election doesn’t go your way, don’t pop off as though America were Guatemala under the generals. You’ll get lots of attention, but it won’t be the kind you want. People will laugh, not near you but at you.