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October 22nd, 2008

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08:52 pm - On the US Presidential Election

You know, I usually try to keep my posts here amusing and light, but I want to be serious just this once. I feel that it's critical to the health and welfare of the USA as a whole that Barack Obama wins this election.

I have never donated to a political campaign -- until now.
I have never voted for a candidate I wanted to win (just against one I wanted to lose) -- until now.
I have never felt much hope for the future of our country based on a candidate -- until now.

I'm not 100% happy with Obama's policies. For example, as you may know, gay marriage is one of my personal hot-button issues, and while I understand why Obama is steering clear of that issue, it hits a nerve. There are other areas where we differ as well. But in this time, in this place, I think he may be the last best hope for the US.

Sound dramatic? Sure. But we're in dramatic times. We simply cannot afford more of the same as the last 8 years. 

We can. Not. Afford it.

So I'm asking you now: if you support Obama, or if you just want to see a change in the party that holds the office of the President, please help.

You can donate money at donate.barackobama.com.
You can volunteer in your area at action.barackobama.com/page/s/newvolunteer
You can help make calls to get out the vote at my.barackobama.com/page/content/makecalls
And many other options can be found at www.barackobama.com/index.php

If you can donate one dollar, it will help. If you can make one phone call or talk to one neighbor, it will help. If you can post these links on your blog, it will help.

And most important of all: VOTE.  Early voting has already started in some states. Remember, vote early, vote often!

Er ... I mean ... yeah. Vote early, anyway. What if you get hit by a car before voting day?

We can make this happen. Together.

Yes, we can.

Thank you.

And good night. :-)

(11 comments | Leave a comment)


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Date:October 23rd, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Amen, sister! I feel the same way, and this was also my first time donating to a campaign. Clearly, others thought this was a good idea, too, considering he raised $150 million. Or am I confusing that with the amount of money that the McCain campaign spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe? It was also the first time I've watched all the debates...and LOOKED FORWARD to them. I already sent in my absentee ballot, which also included a big ol "NO" vote on California's proposed ban on gay marriage. November 4th can't come soon enough.
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
How funny you posted this today - I almost mentioned to you earlier (but then didn't) that this morning I donated again to Obama *and* again to the "No on Prop 8" folks here in CA.

Great minds, etc.

I can't help feeling hopeful whenever I look at him or read his words. It almost hurts to feel that hope.

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Date:October 23rd, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
Voted today, yes- I could care less about the rest of the ballot, the Obama ticket was the first thing I marked.
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute: there's a presidential election going on?!? How come no one's said anything about it until now?
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
By the way, here's another way to support Obama: Yes, We Carve!
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell, I blew the surprise.

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Date:October 23rd, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Barack is my homeboy.

Like you said, I don't agree with him 100%, but he's the best I've seen in a long time.
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I will remain sensible and apathetic, but McCain needs to motherfucking lose.

Unfortunately, even with his loss, I don't think we've heard the last of Palin. Pandora would be proud.
Date:October 23rd, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I think that Palin's political future depends on the outcome of troopergate and whether she adopts a 'business as usual' approach to governing when she returns to Alaska. I suspect that she won the race to the governor's job not because she was so great but because the other guy was so awful. I also suspect that the scrutiny of the presidential campaign has raised questions in the minds of the Alaskan voters that she may have difficulty explaining away. Her campaign for re-election will be no cakewalk I am sure.
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Date:October 23rd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, even with his loss, I don't think we've heard the last of Palin.

I'm not too worried about this either. Recall that Dan Quayle was once the golden boy of the Republican party just as Palin is now.
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Date:October 30th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Mrs. Vee!

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