Posts Tagged ‘election’

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YES We Can and YES WE DID!!!

November 5, 2008

Barack Obama has won the election and is the President Elect of the USA.

Democrats have 56 seats in the Senate.

Missouri has a Democratic Governor.

I have never been so proud to be an American, so thrilled at the political process, so elated at the numbers of voters who turned out.  This election made history, not just because of the candidates, but because of voter turn out.  That is HUGE, folks.

While I’m not now, nor have I ever been, a fan of John McCain, his concession speech was one of the classiest speeches I’ve ever heard on a campaign trail.  I only wish those in the crowd had half as much class.  Regardless, I found his concessions speech to be moving and heartfelt and I’m going to post it here in case you missed it.

And our President, Barack Obama, gave a powerful speech himself.
Part 1

Part 2

I write this and post these videos not to be smug, not to gloat in glory, but to document history in the making. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.

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Kids vote, too!

November 4, 2008

Be sure to let your kids vote, too, for whomever they want!  Check it out!

ZOOMout The Vote!

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If you do nothing else today

November 4, 2008

Be sure to go vote.

Party politics aside, this is a historical election.  Be a part of it.

GO VOTE!!!!

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Equal time – pretty funny stuff (and free coffee, too!)

November 2, 2008

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Tell 5 friends

October 2, 2008

The only thing Palin has ever said that makes any sense is “Inaction is not an option.”  It applies here, too.  If you haven’t done so, for the love of all things Elvis, REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY.  If you are registered, get someone else registered.  And most of all, please, don’t let it pass you by.

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Hey Arena, here’s my hat

September 25, 2008

I’m a very political person.  Very.  I have extremely strong views and am incredibly passionate about my views.  I have marched.  I have protested. I have held signs. I have blogged and called and written and screamed from the rooftops.  All the while, I have always maintained that *everyone* has the right to believe what they believe, *everyone* has the right to feel what they feel, *everyone* has the right to vote the way they want to vote.  As I age, I get a bit quieter in my politics.  My passions have not ebbed, my fierceness has not waned one iota, but I have learned that a revolution can be caused by a ripple and that a monsoon is not always warranted.  I haven’t written much about the upcoming election.  I haven’t said that I think Sarah Palin is insane and a disgrace to feminism.  I haven’t said that I think McCain is an ancient liar.  I haven’t said that this is the time to wake up and take notice before it’s too late.  I haven’t said that … until now.  Fortunately for me, I don’t have to say too much – many others have said it much better than I ever could.

Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for “The Vagina Monologues”, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.

Drill Drill Drill

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.”

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

There it is -there’s my hat.  6 more weeks in the arena.  It’s going to get ugly and some folks are going to have to take some blinders off before the whole country goes burning down in a shithouse fire.  It’s time.