I couldn’t believe this really happened, but here’s the story directly from the boy’s mother:
I hope no other child has had this experience.
My 10 year old Jaron’s school in Wilmington, NC, had a mock election that was supposed to be a fun and educational experience.
After the election, the kids were waiting to go to the bus when my son was approached by one of his classmates who said he had voted for Obama and asked who Jaron had supported. Jaron said Mitt Romney. At that time, the other child called my son a racist and said Mitt Romney is a racist too. Then they parted ways. Jaron said it made him feel “kinda bad, like he had done something wrong”.
When he told me about this incident, my first reaction was the urge to call the school. I didn’t. Jaron said no one had heard him, and in dealing with this school in the past (bullying of my older son who had Asperger’s), I know that unless it was witnessed, nothing would be addressed.
I found out later that the rules had always been that no one was supposed to discuss the election, to avoid arguments among the students. Apparently, at least one student thought rules didn’t apply to him.
I have told both my boys that you follow your convictions and the candidate that most mirrors your personal beliefs. I have been Conservative for decades, and I told the boys that if I changed my core beliefs to vote for someone based on skin color, then that is just as racist as voting against someone based on skin color. I have tried very hard to teach my kids to be colorblind. I feel totally undermined by the left using race as an intimidation factor, screaming ‘racist’ to anyone who does not vote for Mr. Obama.
My silent anger rolls in, as Mr. Obama is half white, raised by his white mother and white grandmother, attending Ivy League schools. I could make the argument, if I was so obtuse, that he is more white than black. This scenario just shows the ridiculousness of the racism name calling.
(H/T to Barbara Buffing for the story)
Ohio, especially southwestern Ohio, is awash in political operatives of all stripes. Cincinnati is my hometown, and I can tell you this isn’t the norm. (Honestly, it can be a little sleepy.) But now– three days out from the most important election in our lifetime– the pols and politicians’re everywhere.
On the road to Middletown in an AFP van this morning, we passed a minivan with two Mitt Romney bumper stickers on it. The license plate? “Eyes Open”. According to our driver, it was a Mitt Romney campaign vehicle.
You can’t throw a rock without hitting a pollster or a news crew from the PBS News Hour or Fox News. Or “elite” members of the new media. Proof:
R. Stacy McCain (The American Spectator) and Ali Akbar (National Bloggers Club president) doing show prep for their special Ohio BlogTalkRadio broadcast, The American Resolve. It aired tonight. Listen to the half-hour podcast at the link. Or read the new Ohio numbers post by The Other McCain here.
(H/T Fariba Mitchell)
Former Senator Fred Thompson spoke in West Chester, Ohio, on Thursday.
Stuart Jolly was Thompson’s escort for the 10-plus hours that he spent in southwestern Ohio, until about 7:30pm when it was time for him to be dropped off at CVG. Jolly is the OK State Director for Americans for Prosperity. He’s been in Ohio since Monday.
Sitting in a Starbucks with Sen Fred Thompson in Dayton, Ohio. Wow! #AFPhq—
Stuart A. Jolly (@jollytime101) November 01, 2012
What did they talk about during that time? Everything. He rattled off the list of topics, including sports, food and war. Doubtless, the latter’s a topic that would appeal to Jolly, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.
My first, full workday with Americans For Prosperity left me buoyed about the future of America… and that wasn’t just because of this.
More to come tomorrow…
EDIT.1: Hey, it’s tomorrow…
A comment from a certain blog I read:
Darleen and I just returned from voting early in Hamilton, Ohio. We were stunned when we got there as there, as there had to be over 200 people inside the Butler County Board of Elections voting, or in line like us, waiting to vote. The line moved fairly quickly as there was quite a few voting machines. I asked the fellow that assisted me how busy they had been and his one word answer was “swamped” Butler County went to McCain by around 44 thousand votes in 2008. If the early voting is any indicator. I predict that this county will double that if not more. Oddly enough, as we were leaving I noticed that there was more voters in line than when we got there.