Ilivetolearn's Blog

September 22, 2006

lack of red tape, US version

Filed under: books/authors,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 10:56 am

I am ashamed to say that last year it didn’t occur to us to vote from here. This year, we are desperate to be part of the mid-term changing of the guard (we hope). We are especially glad to have four anti-Santorum Pennsylvania voters in the family (Evan turns 18 Oct. 30th, just in time). Rick Sanctimonious, I call him, after reading this excerpt from his book:

“What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism…The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

It’s enough to make me resurrect my “Feminist Menace” T-shirts.

We read the Federal Voting Assistance Program and VoteFromAbroad websites and had a moment of panic…one said the PA deadline for requesting absentee ballots was Sept. 6th.Ignoring this, we downloaded the request forms and, given our recent Spanish experiences with red tape, made sure to have them witnessed even though it was said not to be required. After only a few days we got our ballots, filled them out as compulsively as possible, and mailed them. We have voted! If only our party in the US was as diligent as Democrats Abroad here, which is sending daily e-mail reminders.

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