Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes. You. Can.

It is a beautiful sunny day in southern Ontario, and everyone I know is watching and waiting. Anxiety and anticipation over an election that is not even our own.

I think one of the reasons Canadians are so baffled by Americans is the presence of such extremes. There are extremes of opinion and emotion that we just can't get our heads around. Sure, we have extremes here, our fundamentalists and our anarchists, but they are tempered by a moderation that is accepted as the norm.

That's probably what draws Canadians to Barack Obama. He is so moderate. So reasonable. So calm. So clear and articulate. Not to mention his ability to bring people together, to inspire.

So I sit here watching and reading about all the people going out to vote. So many positive stories of people coming together to make a statement, to make history. And I wait, thinking yes. Yes you can.

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