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QUOTATION: People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. - Walter H. Judd

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2004-07-26 - 1:52 p.m.

We Can Only Hope

We can only hope that Senator Kerry can catch the imagination of the people of the United States during the next four days. The past few days, I've wondered where our country would be today had things gone differently in Florida in 2000. How would Al Gore have responded to 9/11? Would he have unilaterally gone after Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden? Would he have had any special interest in Saddam Hussein and Iraq? Would we be at war? Would he have been more inclined toward diplomatic solutions? What if...?

My grandson came for his writing class today straight from baseball practice...and without his notebook with homework and finished assignments. He asked if we could do some kind of writing game. Flexible and unfazed, I had him do a quick "Daily Grammar" test and then do a "brain dump" page on any subject of interest to him. His subject: Is there any point to "what if" questions? Do they help one to think more deeply about things?

What if we had worked a little harder during the last election for the candidate of our choice? What if we had donated a bit more money to the party of our choice? What if the country had been a bit more knowledgeable about George W. Bush and his cohorts then? Would it have made a difference? What if...?

I had a "Gotta get Bush out of office; Vote for Kerry" logo, but I forgot...be positive!

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