Tag: Election 2008

Too tight

I’m watching the results on the web. It’s looking like we just might be making history this evening.

One thing appears certain, the Democrats now have a solid filibuster proof majority in the Senate and we even have a solid majority in the House too. So even if McSame does manage to get elected, he gets to contend with an unfriendly congress.

But think about it, in my lifetime I’ll have seen a man who identifies as black become President. I think of the speeches given by the Reverend Doctor King and I just choke up. It’s such a shame that King couldn’t be alive to see this.

I just want it to be over, I want to wake up in the morning to the alarm that’s set to the local NPR station and hear “…President Elect Obama..”, it’ll make the last eight years seem like the nightmare that it is.

As it stands the tally of electoral votes is 207 Obama, 135 McCain. Not the landslide I’d imagined, but it’s not over yet. I want McCain and the Rove/Bush policy of the last eight years to be thoroughly discredited.

That reminds me, in one of his final acts as President, the Shrub has actually weakened the Clean Air and Water Act.

I so hope they send UN troops in and on January 20th they escort him from the dais and transport him directly to the Hague for trial on war crimes charges. With any luck it’d be a speedy trial and he’d be executed by hanging.

But for now it’s pins and needles. Last time I felt like this was the 2006 election for Rhode Island governor. I was a volunteer on Democrat Charlie Fogarty’s campaign. I canvassed, did phone bank, stuffed envelopes, worked parade routes, everything in that campaign. To see him lose by only 8,000 votes was heartbreaking. That the people of RI could be so stupid as to re-elect Don Carcieri astounded me.

Political Activism

It finally struck me the other day. A co-worker was a bit agog that I actually KNOW a sitting U.S. Senator, I worked for the guy when he was Attorney General of Rhode Island. So far as I’m concerned, Sheldon Whitehouse is righteous Senator and I’m glad he’s in Washington.

But then I thought back, I am what one would call politically active. Not holding up signs, oh wait, I’ve done that. Damn, I’ve made phone calls, stuffed envelopes, canvassed door to door, emailed my state rep and senators, and the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, essentially calling them hateful and bigoted assholes.

I’ve testified at a hearing for marriage equality, I’ve created a database of all judicial committee members with their full contact information and shared it with Marriage Equality Rhode Island.

I do this because I am of the firm belief that the politicians should be there to do OUR bidding, not that of the corporations. Can’t remember where I’d seen this but someone compared the U.S. political system to those in France and Germany. They said that in the European countries, governments were actually afraid of the people whereas in the U.S. people were afraid of the government.

My hope is that in my lifetime we see politicians in the U.S. scared of we the people and the enormous force that we can generate for political change.

Look at the Obama campaign, it’s heavily branded, and very well managed. The people on the campaign believe in their candidate and to me that’s a wonderful thing. Look at the fund raising. The vast majority of his donors gave < $200. Then look at McCain and who funded his campaign and the answer is the big oil, banking, and other industries. Who would you rather have, a puppet of big business or a true leader like Obama?

What I find interesting about the Obama campaign is it has used a populist message to tap into the power of the zeitgeist.

For many years I would disaffiliate when I left the polls on primary day but this year I just let it slide. I did it because for the first time in my life, I have some faith in the Democratic party. I still abhor the fact that both parties get a majority of their funding from big business, but I think we may be on the cusp of a major change

What I find interesting is here in little Rhode Island they’re expecting between 500,000 and 700,000 people to vote this election. And most of those people, registered Democrats. Consider RI’s population hovers around a million people. Of that million I’d say maybe 15% are kids who can’t vote so we’re left with 850,000 people. Say 5% of that total cant’ vote because they aren’t citizens, we’re left with 807,500 people. If we get 700,000 votes that means that voter turnout would be close to 90%!

I hope that we’re entered an age of the more politically conscious citizen. But we still have an awful lot of distraction out there. We need everyone to get involved.

Read an interesting bit a couple weeks ago, it said that if newspapers want to survive they have to get hyper-local. Our local rag, the Providence Journal needs to park a dozen or more reporters at the State House.

Then media won’t be a distraction anymore, it’ll be informative. But I fear that the owners of the media can’t see the forest for the trees, and so they’ll just continue down the path of ruin until they spontaneously combust.

As a people we need to dig in, we need to become more fully a part of the political discourse and continuum. Because if we don’t we have no control over our own lives.

Start off gently, write a letter to the editor. Email, phone or visit your state representative and then go up a level to the federal representatives. Participate in a political campaign, donate money to one. Take control.

Vote Smarter

These ads are great. They need to be picked up by the Obama campaign and it needs to go viral.

I think this is the election where the net will really show its power. McCain and his Luddite redneck crowd probably don’t even know what Google is.

Anyhow, I don’t have to say much since these videos say it all:

Met someone who won’t vote for McCain or Obama

Last night Keyron and I met up with friends, one of which I hadn’t seen in a while. Kerry is a 39 year old white woman.

Know why she won’t vote for Obama? Because she wanted Clinton to get it. So instead she’ll waste her vote because things didn’t go her way. She says she’s going to do a write in so maybe it’s not a complete waste, but it just gives advantage to McCain in my view.

But it gets better. Neither David or Jon are registered to vote but David has a firm belief that Obama would be assassinated and that because of that people would vote in McCain. I told them that 8 years of George W. Bush was enough of the neo-con agenda. I also mentioned if you really wanted to cover the racists the misogynists and the homophones you should run a black lesbian for president, that way we could easily spot the bigots out there.

But the thing about not voting for Obama because Hillary Clinton didn’t get the nomination irks me. David and Kerry were both making noises about how Clinton had the experience. I looked at both incredulously and asked how being first lady made one more experienced. Instead I see Hillary Clinton as a conniving bitch who’ll stop at nothing to be first. Of course in this latest episode I’m reasonably certain that the party elders told Clinton to step aside this time around.

Kerry made the comment that Obama’s campaign was about change, but she claimed she didn’t know what changes he had in mind. I told her that Obama’s campaign had much more substantive ideas about energy, the economy and civil rights. It’s interesting to see McCain parroting some of Obama’s policies. I hope that Biden assumes the attack dog role and slams McCain over that.

I have to admit I am suffering from a bit of fatigue in all this since my decision was made long ago to support Barack Obama. I just can’t wait for election day to be here. If John McCain wins I’m definitely moving forward with obtaining Italian citizenship as I plan to be the hell out of the U.S. if we’re going to be subjected to four more years of Bush/McSame rule.

The Real McCain: Why he shouldn’t be President

I’m not going to say too much on this one. I think the video does a good enough job of making McSame look like the bumbling old fool that he is.

Actually I think will say a little bit about it. McCain strikes me as an evil old man. Imagine a hawkish version of Ronald Reagan and you get what I’m saying here.

But I also see serious signs of mental decline in McCain. He’s definitely lost his short term memory. Do we really want someone in office that maybe six months in will be a total basket case?

I’ve often though that the rules on who can run for president should be changed. Maybe put an upper limit of 65 on the office. The requirements are that you reach the age of 35 when you start your term as President of the United States. I think a 30 year span would be sufficient.

Yes We Can

I know we’re only hours away from Super Tuesday, the day when the parties do the majority of the choosing of their candidate of choice. I’ve been an Obama supporter for the last few months. Why?

Because while some may say he has no experience his resume includes helping people more than corporations. Few people know that much about him because the media won’t go into his time at the Illinois state senate. But he’s always been there for the people.

But I think his key gift is his method of connecting us together for change. This video is a good reminder.

Pick your candidate

    Yet another quiz to identify your ideal presidential candidate. And as usual, no surprises in my results:

Score Candidate Disagreements, Unknowns, Other

  • 86 Kucinich Disagreements: (1) Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (0)
  • 64 Gravel Disagreements: (2) No Child Left Behind, Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (5) ANWR Drilling, Guns – Background Checks, Wiretapping, Net Neutrality, Minimum Wage Increase
  • 49 Dodd Disagreements: (5) Death Penalty, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action
    Unknowns/Other: (3) Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Civil Union, Universal Healthcare
  • 48 Clinton Disagreements: (7) Death Penalty, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (0)
  • 44 Biden Disagreements: (5) Death Penalty, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Iran Sanctions, Same-Sex Marriage
    Unknowns/Other: (4) Kyoto, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Civil Union, Universal Healthcare
  • 44 Edwards Disagreements: (6) Death Penalty, Patriot Act, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (2) Kyoto, Border Fence
  • 43 Obama Disagreements: (5) Patriot Act, Border Fence, Iran Sanctions, Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (4) No Child Left Behind, Kyoto, Torture, Iran – Military Action
  • 41 Richardson Disagreements: (6) Death Penalty, Patriot Act, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Civil Union
    Unknowns/Other: (3) No Child Left Behind, ANWR Drilling, Iraq War
    1. And this is where it gets interesting. The only Republican with a positive single digit score is Ron Paul. The rest go into negative numbers.
  • 9 Paul Disagreements: (12) Abortion Rights, No Child Left Behind, Embryonic Stem Cells, ANWR Drilling, Kyoto, Guns – Background Checks, Citizenship Path for Illegals, Border Fence, Net Neutrality, Minimum Wage Increase, Same-Sex Marriage, Universal Healthcare
    Unknowns/Other: (1) Same-Sex Civil Union
  • -25 McCain 14/1
  • -30 T. Thompson 10/13
  • -36 Brownback 14/3
  • -38 Huckabee 14/5
  • -44 Cox 12/9
  • -51 Giuliani 16/3
  • -70 Tancredo 20/2
  • -71 Romney 19/3
  • -77 Hunter 20/3
    1. Interestingly Romney and Hunter are the bottom two. In the case of Romney I know what a lying sack of shit he is so that explains it. Don’t know jack shit about Hunter and have no interest in finding out about Hunter based on this.

    Gravel has fire in his belly

    Wow, this is just too much. At the very beginning of the clip he shreds Hillary Clinton for voting in favor of attacking Iran, though what she voted for was just a pre-text.

    As much as everyone fawns over Clinton I strongly suspect business as usual. Oh don’t get me wrong, if she gets elected things will get better for the U.S., they almost always do under Democratic leadership.

    But Mike Gravel shoots from the hip. In this clip he also explains how to pull us out of Iraq using Parliamentary tactics. For more info, check out Roberts Rules of Order since these are used for congressional as well as being the basis for judicial proceedings.

    I dare say, I’d like a liberalized version of Reagan for a President.

    But I’ll let him do the speaking because he makes some very good points.