Being stuck out of town, watching the news out of Iran on a little hotel TV, I couldn't help but compare their election frustration with ours in 2000 and 2004.
Iranian Mousavi supporter 2009, or disenfranchised Floridian in 2000:
Confused Iranian voter 2009, or confused butterfly balloter 2000:
Iranian protestors questioning their vote count results 2009, or U.S. Ohio demonstrators in 2004:
Yes for a brief moment I did wonder if perhaps I had timewarped back to our presidential election in 2000 or 2004 -- but then I remembered the good citizens of the United States did not take to the streets en masse when confronted with questionable election results. That's why I'm so proud of the Iranian citizens for putting their bodies on the line standing up to the police and military and other power status quo. The ability to have valid elections goes to the very core of what democracy means. My heart goes out to the brave Iranian men and women who are risking all in an effort to get their votes accurately counted.
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