Perhaps you’re like me, and you’ve got some charmingly romantic ideas when it comes to voting. Free, responsible adults, who take seriously what it means to be a self-governing people, head to the polls, and based on a combination of wisdom and maturity they cast their vote in favour of the candidate who they believe will best perpetuate their liberty, their safety, and their prosperity. But of course, you’d be wrong:
THORNTON, Ill. (FOX Chicago News) –
A very pregnant Galicia Malone was so determined to participate in her first presidential election that she took a few cleansing breaths and put those labor pains right out of her mind until her vote was cast.
Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that Malone, 21, started having pains in her back and pelvic area around 3 a.m. Tuesday. By the time she drove from her mother’s house in Richton Park, where she stayed last night, to New Life Church precinct in Thornton, the pains were five minutes apart.
“This is my first baby, a girl, and I wanted to make a good impression,” Malone said. “I want to have a story to tell her.”
Malone, whose due date isn’t until Nov. 10, was en route to South Suburban Hospital when we caught up with her.
“The pains are pretty steady but my doctor says to think of it as getting ready to give life,” she said.
Though she is against abortion, Malone, of Dolton, said her belief that women should have the right to make their own decisions prompted her to vote for President Barack Obama.
“I just agree with more of his policies than with (Mitt) Romney’s,” she said.
“I grew up on Sesame Street and PBS,” she said. “He wants to cut that. What will my daughter grow up on?”
Indeed, among the most pressing issues of our time. If you can’t park your kid in front of the TV all day, who knows how she’ll turn out? May as well place the fate of the nation in Big Bird’s hands! Well done, America. Well done.