Champagne or Hemlock? Election 2012

Today’s the day and tonight’s the night!

“Why don’t you come over to our house? We’re going to have both champagne and hemlock so we’ll be ready!”

Today in the United States ballots have already begun trickling in from east coast to west. All eyes are glued to television and computer screens as we watch Wolf Blitzer appear in hologram, listen to pundits with bald heads, and enjoy our own commentaries in the privacy of homes or in public venues like good dive bars. The champagne/hemlock reference was said to a friend of mine by her dad as they made plans on where to watch the election results.

And that about sums up this last year. Judging from the vitriolic, heated comments and responses from both donkeys and elephants, half the country will end up drinking champagne while the other half takes hemlock!

And the world will watch, because policies and politics of the United States affect a great many people — either for good or for ill.

And with that I’ll sign off and leave you to ponder our Champagne or Hemlock election – the election of 2012 where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face off.

Happy election day 2012. May the odds be ever in your favor! Now – Let the games begin!

If you haven’t already seen this 20 second video, I think you’ll enjoy this 4-year old speaking for the world.


I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them to vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy; to speak no evil of the person they voted against; and to take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side — wise words from John Wesley penned on October 6, 1774.

19 thoughts on “Champagne or Hemlock? Election 2012

  1. I LOOOOOVED that video clip of the four year old! I feel like her and I’m on the other side of the world. I can’t imagine how you must all be feeling… well acually, I imagine a lot of relief as it’s finally over!!


    1. So much relief Sophie – and it is amazing isn’t it that even you who are across the world from us, oceans apart, feel the frustration of the media attention on this election. So yes – so much relief. Biggest relief is that the division among Christians is HUGE and so tiring. I long to be overseas again where we learned that we could focus on what divided or what united – and chose the latter.


      1. Yes I actually did, woke up the next morning to hear hubman talking on the phone saying “i’m going to bed for 4 years.” I confronted him about it and he said “oh was just joking.” um yeah. Well I’ll send ya postcards while I’m living my life, darlin’.


  2. We get to spend the day with your parents talking on the Canadian side of Niagara. Reminiscing and laughter will scare their election jitters away. I’m so excited to see them!


    1. Donna…. are you going to see my mom and dad too? They live 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, ON and would love to see you! Facebook message me and I can get you their phone number if you have time. They’d love to have tea with the Browns and the Blacks!


      1. Robynn, didn’t know they were so close. Tomorrow is our last day here at the Sheraton. Had a fabulous day with Hambrey, Naylor, Morrises, us and the King and Queen, Ralph and Polly. I was so excited I hardly slept last night. I figure it’s been about 15 or 16 years since I’d seen them. Oh, and we talked about the election a ‘little’ bit.


      2. Robynn, we’ll have to get together with your parents some time. It’s not that far from Rochester, And “King and Queen” indeed – we are far from deserving it except maybe for living so long! But they did treat us royally, and we loved seeing all of them. I fell asleep while Ralph was still watching the results, and then he fell asleep and almost missed it!


  3. From this side of the Great Pond my friends we all wait with held breath. We feel we have as much at stake in your elections these days as we do our own. Please – all we ask is that you vote and that you do it wisely in a very difficult situation. We are trusting you to keep us safe!


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