The morning after...
Last night I headed over to the children's music clinic at Sound Cafe, and then stayed to watch the early returns. When Fox News announced that Obama had won Ohio, I headed home to the dogs, spent some time in the yard and then piled into bed to hear the final speeches. I was impressed with what McCain had to say, and I wish he had conducted his campaign in a similar fashion. Then the image of the Obama family taking to the stage was all I needed--incredibly moving and exciting to seem them as our First Family.
Of course, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. I've heard from several people in the past few weeks who have let me know that they will never buy or read any of my books again. Because I supported Obama. Because I posted something about Cindy McCain's illegal actions while addicted. Etc. Of course, these same people forwarded character assassinations of the Obamas which were not based in fact at all. That is, apparently, a patriotic activity.
All of this made me consider the number of businesses I support that obviously don't share my views. I live in a red state. I make a point of shopping local businesses. Yet it has never occurred to me that I should threaten a boycott until they apologize or change their political views.
My favorite of these emails included a claim that I would be shocked when Michelle Obama's senior thesis was finally released after the election. Of course, it was released long ago, and is available for download by anyone who wants it. I pointed this out to the reader, and never heard from her again.