Subject: Why vote for Obama?
Let me count the ways...
Republicans just can't understand why people don't
find them warm and lovable,
and why everyone loves Obama. I mean, hell,
he's a n***** after all.
And did you know that John McCain was a POW?
Why? Let me count the ways:
1. A woman in Grosse Point Woods (A white
suburb that borders Detroit) posted a sign outside
her house that served notice to all trick-or-treaters.
It read: "No handouts for Obama supporters, liars,
tricksters or kids of supporters." She
was, BTW, a Republican convention delegate. How charitable.
How Christian. And how could d she tell
which children were the scions of Obama supporters?
I mean you can't tell by looking, can you...........
2. There's a road that runs along the lake
that I take almost every day. It is in a ritzy neighborhood:
the houses are huge, and the lake has very limited
public access. One guy built a retaining way that
jutted out into the already narrow road, which
has gotten busier over the years, as the area had developed.
It was really quite tight, and cars would line
up on either side, letting one go through at a time. I lost a
side-view mirror there. CIty officials
had long asked him to move the wall, but he was a lawyer and
he refused. Drivers universally hated him.
They finally solved the problem by repaving the
road and, in the process, rebuilding all the retaining walls.
The road reopened yesterday, and as I drove along
it, I noticed a McCain Palin sign in the asshole's yard,
on top of the new retaining wall.
3. My neighbor has prided herself for years
on splitting her ballot. She is a democrat at heart, but would vote
based on the individual, not the party.
We had a disagreement yesterday about our state senator--she didn't like
either of the candidates very much, but was going
to vote for the incumbent Republican because the Democrat
was a bit flaky, and was all about wind power,
which she didn't feel was that important an issue.
My Obama signs finally arrived Friday. I
put them together Saturday, and gave her one, which was up on
her lawn within minutes, even though she said
it probably wouldn't make much of a difference at this point.
One hour and fifteen minutes later it was gone,
along with the one across the street from her. She is really,
really pissed off. As she wrote me, "Helped
me decide a couple of races I was questioning my voting on
- the Republicans around here have set off
my firecracker. "
4. I used to pride myself as an independent.
I often split my ticket, and would vote for non-major party
candidates. (I especially enjoyed voting
for the Socialist Workers' party candidates for the board of regents
of our local, suburban, lily-white university.
They never won, though.....) Then Bush stole the presidency
and his party decided I was un-American for exhibiting
opinions opposite of those approved by the ONE PARTY.
I have been voting straight ticket since.
Today I was chatting with a bunch of neighbors,
and another one pulled up. (We hang out on the curb,
sort of like the gang in King of the Hill).
He was a Republican, but told me he could understand why people
would vote against McCain because of Bush policies.
(Everyone in the neighborhood knows my political views,
because of the bumper stickers on my Jeep, now
up to 20 or so, and the lawn signs.) He couldn't understand,
though, how anyone could vote a straight ticket.
I told him I did, and it was a "F*** you" to the Republican
party which had told me I was un-American.
He laughed and said he saw my point.....
I'll be doing GOTV work all day tomorrow, an d
working as a poll worker all day Tuesday. I did GOTV
last year, but this is my first time helping
gin our nation's electoral process. I read a while back that one
the best ways that people could help keep the
vote fair was to get involved in the non-partisan aspect of voting.
The average age of poll workers is 72 in this
country, and many of them have trouble dealing with technology
or complex legal issues involved in the right
to vote. It's not their fault, but they need help. It's going
to be a
long, miserable day, as we don't have early voting
in Michigan, and turnout will be huge.
One person I won't be voting for--our City Clerk.
She gave the talk at my training session, and I was very
unimpressed with her. Her staff seemed on top
of things, but she was not really up on election rights. I, a newbie,
actually corrected her (in the form of a question)
on two points wrt voting rights. My correction were based on
the actual material she had given me that day
and I was looking at as she was talking to us. I mean, she didn't
know her own material!!!!
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