For two weeks after the Republican convention I was obsessed with the the presidential election. My mind was ablaze with skepticism, incredulity, frustration. I tried to remain level-headed, analytical, open-minded, looking at where the candidates stand on various issues, but still came up frustrated and saddened at the prospect of a McCain-Palin White House.
I tried numerous times to organize my thoughts into some cohesive arguments that would persuade other undecided, or at least open-minded, voters to check a box for Barack Obama in November, but the right words just wouldn't fall into the right order for me.
So then I decided to put my money where my words failed me and, for the first time in my life, make a financial contribution to an election campaign. I went online to www.barackobama.com, hoping that it could be used by people with better powers of persuasion than mine.
And then my bank called to verify some activity on my credit card. It seems my donation to an American political campaign was flagged as suspicious and they immediately blocked my card. It didn't take long to make a phone call and correct the situation, thank goodness. I know it's completely absurd to consider (especially since most every non-American I've talked to also wants Obama to win), but I'm still curious what might have happened if my donation had been for McCain's campaign instead of Obama's. Charles thinks I should have also told them I wanted to clear a donation to the VVD while I was at it!