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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Citizen Mudede

posted by on November 4 at 10:56 AM

30 minutes ago, I found myself in the situation of voting for the first time in my life. As a lover of philosophy, and Greek philosophy in particular (Socrates is my holy ghost; Plato my king; Aristotle my prince), it was meaningful to finally perform (rather than consider or read about) a democratic act. I was too young to participate in the only democratic election in Zimbabwe’s history (1980), and by the time I was old enough to vote (1988), there was no reason to—one of my own relatives, Zimbabwe’s Register General, kept one man and one party in power.

I got my American citizenship three years ago, and today I really did this thing. I voted for people and propositions. I committed the act in the International District, and during my walk to work, I didn’t listen to a reading of Plato’s Republic (I wanted to revisit his anti-democratic allegory of the ship) but instead listened to the traffic on Interstate 5. Seattle has become my Athens.

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Yo, I did it by mail like everyone else, sauce

Posted by Prefers G.O.P. Party | November 4, 2008 11:00 AM

This goofy country keeps attracting the best people.

Posted by elenchos | November 4, 2008 11:02 AM

Congratulations citizen, and thank you.

Posted by Gordon | November 4, 2008 11:04 AM

Congratulations, Charles! I hope you voted for Obama.

Posted by Bub | November 4, 2008 11:04 AM

Congratulations :)

Posted by JenK | November 4, 2008 11:04 AM

Right on, Charles. I'm so happy for you. this year of all years.

Posted by Fnarf | November 4, 2008 11:04 AM

Congrats, Charles. May your first vote be for a winning candidate.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 4, 2008 11:04 AM

When did you move to Seattle, Charles? As a fan of your stuff, just curious.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | November 4, 2008 11:11 AM

@ 8, in 1992.

Posted by charles mudede | November 4, 2008 11:14 AM

Congrats, Charles. I voted in the ID too (I live there). Well, I voted a bit north of it (Yesler). Where exactly in the ID did you vote?

Posted by Jason Petersen | November 4, 2008 11:17 AM

Congrats! My mom just got a certificate from the state of Pennsylvania for voting in the general elections of the last 50 years. Hope you put together a similar streak!

Posted by the old galoot | November 4, 2008 11:19 AM

Felicitations upon this momentous occasion! And may you vote many more times in the years ahead.

Posted by eliza | November 4, 2008 11:20 AM

@ 10, across the street from the panama hotel. one of favorite blocks in the city.

Posted by charles mudede | November 4, 2008 11:21 AM

Charles, I totally think most of your stuff is unbashed wankery (and I love the Greeks), but I just teared up a little bit.

Posted by el | November 4, 2008 11:22 AM

*unabashed. I'm clearly too distraught to spell.

Posted by el | November 4, 2008 11:24 AM

@13, that's a great little tea shop in the Panama.

Posted by Fnarf | November 4, 2008 11:28 AM

Congratulations, Charles. What a great first vote.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 4, 2008 11:28 AM

If we shift to base line - an honest, fair and big turnout election - the vote and voters - that is what keeps us free.

There is really nothing else short armed conflicts and a slew of rioting.

The Republican modern tradition of voter suppression and fraud is the MOST despicible thing about their neo facist agenda.

Charles, Seattle is my Athens is the BEST line of the day. Take note city council and mayor.

Posted by Zak | November 4, 2008 11:29 AM

Well done, Sir.

Posted by Eliza | November 4, 2008 11:34 AM

Congratulations, Charles! Way to go!

Posted by NaFun | November 4, 2008 11:37 AM

That's wonderful, Charles. Welcome, welcome, welcome.

Posted by MichaelPgh | November 4, 2008 11:38 AM

Welcome, Charles. Don't let this simple act cause you to be grounded or anything - we like bashing your wankery.

Posted by Ad | November 4, 2008 11:47 AM

Congratulations and thank you for accepting the responsibilities of citizenship in our beloved city state.

Now, run out and reap the rewardsófree coffee, free ice cream, free masturbatory aids, and doughnutsóbut be forewarned: the penalty for corrupting our youth is steep. (This is your only warning.) But we don't need to go into that.

I just hope your first time ends with a more progressive result than mine—1984. [shudder]

Posted by joey | November 4, 2008 11:48 AM

Chaz, I take back every mean thing I've said about you on Slog. Let's start fresh tomorrow. Congratulations, BTW.

Posted by DaiBando | November 4, 2008 12:03 PM

Congrats, Mudede.

Posted by STJA | November 4, 2008 12:14 PM


Posted by hillpagan | November 4, 2008 12:18 PM

God I'm a wreck today! :-)

Charles, this brings such a new perspective to you. I've always enjoyed our interactions, but now I see them in a new light. I had no idea that you had never voted.

Thanks for your participation. That simple act is at the core of all progress everywhere. Willful participation.

Posted by Timothy | November 4, 2008 12:23 PM

This one gave me chills.

Wonderful, Charles, wonderful. I hope that you are able to take a certain degree of "ownership" in your President when he becomes such.

Posted by Non | November 4, 2008 12:28 PM

Well played, Charles. As a fellow citizen, I salute your act of democracy.

Posted by Greg | November 4, 2008 12:33 PM

Congratulations, Charles. I'll never call you "Chaz" again, and I'm sorry six months ago I told you to go out and get a real job. You have a great and important job.

Posted by Big Sven | November 4, 2008 12:33 PM

Congratulations Charles!!

I'm an immigrant too, although I moved to America and became a citizen years before you did.

This is something I think many native born Americans take for granted. They are US citizens by birth, not by choice. They knew growing up that they could vote any time they chose to after they turn 18. But we moved here by choice (or our parent's choice), and have actively worked to become a US citizen. I could not vote until I was in my late 20s. I think going through that process gives me a less casual view of voting, and I never miss an election.

I just voted about an hour ago, and have rarely felt more proud.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | November 4, 2008 12:36 PM

What an occasion! Congrats to you, citizen.

Posted by kid icarus | November 4, 2008 12:58 PM

Great story Charles.

Posted by gnossos | November 4, 2008 1:19 PM

i would totally smoke you out, citizen.

Posted by max solomon | November 4, 2008 2:03 PM

This brought a huge smile to my face. It's a momentus occasion and it's wonderful. Thanks for voting Charles!

Posted by Donolectic | November 4, 2008 5:16 PM

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