Reaction to the Reaction to the Election

To all the people who say that the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president will lead to the end of the United States of America . . . Now you know how I’ve felt for the last eight years!

To all the people who say that this country has turned, is turning, or will turn into something that they don’t even recognize . . . Now you know how I have felt for the last eight years!

To all the people who say that they’re afraid that an Executive and Legislative branch both ruled by the Democrats will ruin their security and their future . . . . Now you know how I have felt for the last eight years!

To all the people that say that Barack Obama isn’t American enough to be president, because he’s not white, not a Christian, or has a funny sounding name. . . .Well you can just Fuck Right Off!

This is my country, too. I am not 100% Caucasian. I am not a Christian. I don’t live in “the heartland.” I am a Real American . . . so all of you who have insinuated or implied that you had to be all of those things to be an American or to represent and serve this country . . . . I want you to kiss my lily-white, mix-raced, agnostic, raised by a Buddhist and a feminist Methodist, female, mutha-fuckin’ ASS!!!!!!

Bitch all you want . . . it’s not going to change the fact that you are now THE MINORITY!

And if you don’t like it . . . well you have four years to try to figure out how you’re going to change it. And don’t even think that your pathetic, delusional Alaskan is the answer. She’s not. She may be an American, but she is not The American. Also, it’s time to re-think this whole strategy of telling the ruralites that they’re the only real Americans, and that those of us that live in the urban areas . . . you know, on the coasts . . . are out of touch and off base, because all you did was PISS OFF a lot of people who are making MOST OF the money for this country. You won’t get very far by biting the hand that feeds you.

I am so freaking happy with the election. This is America the way that i have always seen it, where I feel like it’s something that represents me, and that I can represent, as well. I am damn proud of my country. Damn proud.

So don’t you dare piss on my parade!

ACORN Rebuttal

One of the things that Republicans and conservatives have liked to bring up in regards to Barrack Obama is ACORN.  ACORN is a community organization that works to register voters, especially low income, minority voters.    Obama has had ties to them in the past.

There have been allegations that ACORN has submitted fraudulent registration cards, and that they are somehow trying to steal the election.   Here is their response:

 

The Air Quotes That Drove Me Mad

This is the point at which I started throwing things at the TV last night:

OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!!  Please tell me that this man did not just put air quotes around health. Yes, allegedly these healthcare providers are interested in the health of a woman.   But not really.   Just air quote health!

And apparently giving a crap about a woman’s health and well being is a “radical” opinion.

Because, you know, all those selfish, irresponsible women carry pregnancies for months and months and months and then one day they just decides that they should have had an abortion, and then, conveniently, their doctors comes up with a cockamamie excuse, such as placental abruption.    Yeah, that’s EXACTLY how it goes down.   It’s all just lies and smoke screens so that selfish women can live another day to, you know, raise the children they may already have or to have more children!    Who do they think they are?

End sarcasm.

FUCK YOU, MCCAIN!!!!!   UP YOURS!!!!!!!

Growing Up with Strong Women

I think, if you’ve read my blog much, you probably realize that I’m an independent type of person. And by independent, I mean feminist. That’s how I was raised. Above and beyond the lessons my mother taught me, and the examples of my grandmothers, though, at a certain age I looked around at the world, and thought to myself, “Yeah, that makes the most sense.” Some of the other things parents and grandparents tried to teach didn’t make it through the filter.

Another influence on my young mind was Judy Blume. I *loved* her books Superfudge and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. So, when I saw a write up for the site YA for Obama on Salon:Broadsheet, I had to check it out.

Here’s a letter from Ms. Blume, posted on the site:

Why I Support Obama

The first time I was old enough to vote in a presidential election John Kennedy was running against Richard Nixon. I was 22, married, expecting my first child and living in suburban New Jersey. My husband, a lawyer, belonged to the Young Republicans club. He expected me to help his cause by making phone calls urging people to vote for Nixon.

I never made those calls. And on election day I was thrilled to pull the lever, casting my vote for Kennedy. I’ve never responded well to being told what to do. I prefer to make up my own mind.

Like so many others, I was inspired by John Kennedy and excited about the possibilities for our country. Coming out of the sleepy, complacent fifties, he made me believe that change was possible. I believed in him the way my parents believed in Roosevelt. I remember the night Roosevelt died in April, 1945. I was seven years old and just recovering from chicken pox. When my parents heard the news on the radio, they fell into each other’s arms, crying. I cried, too, although I didn’t have a clue.

My generation wept the same way when we lost John Kennedy. Then Martin Luther King. Then Bobby Kennedy. We mourned what might have been. In the dark days that followed, those of us who were young and idealistic were forced to grow up fast. I watched the Vietnam war unfold on TV as I played on the floor with my two small children. I became a skeptic about politics and politicians. Yet there was never an election when I didn’t vote. For me, voting was both obligation and privilege.

I’ve never spoken publicly about my politics. But I’m speaking out now because at last we have a candidate who makes me believe again. A candidate who I see as America’s best hope, a candidate who inspires not just my grandson’s generation, but my own, and my children’s.

Whoever is elected in November is going to face a daunting challenge. No one person can clean up the mess it took 7 and ½ years to create. That’s why I want the calm, thoughtful candidate I believe will surround himself with the best and the brightest. I believe the decisions Obama makes will be made based on what’s best for this country.

I want a president who can make us proud as Americans. How great would it be after 7 and ½ years to have an articulate leader, an eloquent speaker, one who is not only willing to talk, but to listen? I believe Obama will be that kind of president. Plus, he has a sense of humor. He has two young daughters and a working wife. He’s smart. And let’s not forget the magic. Nothing wrong with having the ability to connect with people around the world –young, old, and in-between.

In some ways an election is like life – a lot of muck comes your way. It’s hard sometimes to slog through it. It’s exhausting. It can be scary. You can feel like you’re drowning in it. You’ve got to work hard to pull yourself up and out of it, then to rise above it. We need a leader who can help us do that. That’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama.

All I ask is that you make an informed decision. It’s about the issues. It’s about health care, the economy, education, the environment, a woman’s right to choose, equal pay for equal work — it’s about who will be appointed to the Supreme Court, and it’s about never rushing into war again – not without all the facts, not without trying everything we can to prevent war first. This election is too important for all of us to decide in any other way.

Tell your parents, tell your grandparents, it’s not just about them this time. It’s about you and your future. It’s about my grandson’s future. That’s why I’m speaking out.

Thanks,
Judy

“Are you there, Judy? It’s me, PeggyLuWho. I just wanted to say ‘thanks’.”

Yesterday I got my absentee ballot in the mail. I filled it out. I mailed it back today.

Go out and vote people.

If you’re in California, and you’re not registered, you have until the 20th.

Register To Vote