I Voted: Now THAT Felt Good!

aka It’s My Birthday & I’ll Vote If I Want To!

ivotedstickerAs the economy continues to wreak havoc on friends, family and strangers, as the wars rage on in the Middle East, as my own future looks incredibly uncertain, I went out today and voted for Barack Obama & Joe Biden. And while the cynical part of me knows that it’s very likely Obama may disappoint in many ways, the optimistic part of me has allowed myself to believe this guy may actually create huge positive change and is a self-aware individual, something I’ve never felt about a candidate in my lifetime (I’m 45 today). So I’m hoping that Obama is a president I can take pride in and can restore this country to a country I take pride in. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to feel that. 

It saddens and confuses me when I think about family members I dearly love whom I believe will be voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin today. Family members who struggle to make ends meet, find themselves out of work, deal with major and minor physical and emotional disabilities, have young children who will want an education and a safe future rich with possibility, homes that are under construction and in flux… It pains me to watch decisions be made that I think are destructive, both to self and others. And I can’t help but feel that it’s not unlike finding your family members in support of Joseph McCarthy and his power-hungry, hate-filled communist witch-hunt. People whose fear is so malleable that they can be made to believe that cutting off one leg will help them run faster. It’s a terrifying misjudgment of character and an extreme example of the political illiteracy of many Americans. Let’s hope not too many.

This election has moved beyond simple ideological differences. It has moved to the difference between right and wrong. In this time of such conflict the world over, in a time when our country faces its greatest struggle for survival since, well, the Civil War, it’s difficult to watch the ones you love be taken in so easily. Good people, kind people, well-meaning people. It does not sit easily in the gut. And it is disheartening, frightening and confounding. And it is hard to know exactly how to react, except to know that it’s okay to feel torn, to be confused, and to wish it were otherwise.

And to hope.

I Voted: Now THAT Felt Good!

McCain Campaign Aligns Itself With America’s Most Ignorant

In the final week of the election, John McCain continues his almost unbelievable descent into the darkest, most shallow recesses of America. Now famous plumber without a license, Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe The Plumber), has been on the campaign trail with Sen. McCain. And not only has Mr. Wurzelbacher been offering up his political 2-cents, but Mr. McCain has been agreeing with him. And what have the two “foreign affairs experts” been agreeing on? That “a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.”  Yes, that’s right, while Mr. Wurzelbacher waxes poetic about the demise of Israel at the hands of Barack Obama, Mr. McCain’s response has been:

“While he’s clearly his own man, so far Joe has offered some penetrating and clear analysis that cuts to the core of many of the concerns that people have with Barack Obama’s statements and policies. Whether it is Obama’s willingness to sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or his plans to redistribute the paychecks of hardworking Americans, there is good reason to question the judgement that Obama would bring to the Oval Office.”

Watch Fox News’ Shepard Smith’s open disbelief as he interviews Joe The Plumber ending his interview by turning to the camera and, almost completely at a loss to fathom the ignorance and dangerous accusations of Mr. Wurzelbacher, state:

“I just want to make this 100 percent perfectly clear — Barack Obama has said repeatedly and demonstrated repeatedly that Israel will always be a friend of the United States, no matter what happens once he becomes President of the United States. His words. The rest of it — man… some things — it just gets frightening sometimes. We’ll be right back.”

Whadya think? Sarah Palin/Joe The Plumber 2012?

Leaders of the free world?

McCain Campaign Aligns Itself With America’s Most Ignorant