Given the whole context of the last two blogs, I want to add something. When the new citizens from Africa came in, had their questions answered, and David handed them their ballots, the husband said, "She is blind. She cannot vote." He was just resigned. She was after all "less than" - and therefore had to be mentally deficient. Or maybe their voting places in their home country just weren't prepared. Whatever the reason, neither were expecting her to be able to vote. When Meredith said, "of course you can vote", the big smiles began.
That is the opportunity this country gives those who come to our shores wanting a better life. A chance to vote, a chance to participate, a chance to be a whole person even if there is a disability. And that, my friends, is my political statement for the day!!