I think that Florida has MAJOR issues. I was out and about today with my husband, being his day off. We stopped to have a drink at a local bar in Longwood, Florida. In the same town, there is a bar for-sale that my husband-and I have-expressed some interest in purchasing. Immediately, we were discouraged from doing so - due to the current state of the economy. I stated that I would certainly waituntil after November, and see that Obama was elected before making a final decision. The hostility and anger that met me was unexpected and vicious. I was called disparaging names such as n*gger lover, Muslim lover, terrorist-and communist. Everyone within range of the conversation actually got involved, berated me and then left to sit elsewhere --where they continued snide remarks from afar. I did not even have the opportunity to share my reasoning/opinions/facts with anyone. It was out and out war in their minds. Or this is how I felt. Amongst their comments was that a Democratic Congress is at fault for the past (3) years. Bush had no fault in the past eight years. (Huh?)
If this is the way Republicans/McCain supporters conduct themselves and think, it makes me even prouder to be a Democrat and Obama/Biden supporter.
Against too many odds, I left. Yes, I feel smaller for having done so, but against so many.....I can only imagine what Barack goes through on a daily basis. He has earned an even greater respect in my eyes as of today. My family of three shall be casting our votes for Obama in November!
Later, speaking with a woman who has chosen an alternative lifestyle, she-encouraged me to continue my pursuit to see Barack in the White House. I found strength in her support, although my decision about whom to cast my vote for never wavered, despite the prejudices I encountered.
I pray that my revelations encourage others to stand strong in their decision to see Barack elected our next President and to encourage others to do the same.
Respectfully,Ellen N.Winter Springs, FL.Proud Supporter of Obama/Biden '08---