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I think I’m going to have to stop reading the paper and keeping up with what is happening in the U.S. It’s getting depressing.

Besides Mitch McConnell saying he is going to focus on getting Obama out in 2012, there is a story about three of the Iowa Supreme Court judges being thrown out by voters because of their ruling in favor of gay marriage. Someone said that with special interests and people giving money to oppose rulings they don’t like that the message has become “justice is for sale.”

Years ago, I hardly knew anything more than the President’s name. I voted all the time, but issues didn’t seem to bother me as they do now. I was pretty much ignorant of what was going on and I remember that it didn’t make me unhappy. I trusted that everything in government was running without my attention.

The first notice I began taking of politics was when Newt Gringrich promoted his Contract with America and the terrible way Clinton was being prodded and poked when he was doing a good job. That’s when I first donated money to the Democratic Party. Gringrich scared me. Out of fear for him continuing to influence political decisions, I paid attention to what was happening in the news. This is when I had a long commute for work. The drive each way was 1-1/2 hours so there was plenty of time to listen to the news on the radio.

Out of all the uncertainties and questions I have now is if the Republicans want Obama out, who would they suggest instead: Palin? Rand Paul? Glenn Beck?

God. I’m scared again.

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As I first wrote, the reason for a blog was to spew my frustration to the etherness about the election and dysfunctional candidates. Just letting it all out helped.  Although there is still a low level of frustration — caused by our current administration —  it’s more easily ignored, because (thank you God) The End Is Near!

Now, there is nothing to let out. But, I’m kind of invested in the blog. It is like keeping a journal I’ve discovered. However, without the highs and lows of the election, the necessity to spew just doesn’t seem to be there.

Currently, the one topic that I am most passionate about — civil rights for gays — isn’t one that I feel like vocalizing much. I’m pretty vocalized out, if you will. All the talk in the world isn’t going to change the minds of those who are convinced that gays are sinners.

It’s funny in a way.You would think these people would be more concerned about promiscuous gay lifestyles. Instead, the gays that are in stable relationships and more than likely holding  good jobs, and contributing their share of money and energy to their communities, are regarded as sinners because they want to marry.

Okay. I guess I’m not out of words on this subject. And, once I think about it, I do need to spew!

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After the long process and high tension of the election, I feel drained. And, kind of depressed. Probably the combination of emotions is caused from missing  the stimulation of daily news and crises and worrying about the post-voting consequences. There is a sense of rising anxiety over the forward direction in the case of the future president and in the passing of Proposition 8.

With the hopes, dreams and expectations of so many being voiced, I don’t see how Obama can meet them all. He hasn’t even gotten into office and is behind the curve of public expectations. Plus, there are people who are already taking serious issue against some of Obama’s beliefs — whether they truly know them or not. Will he have a chance to make changes with this type of pressure coming at him from different places?

In time, I believe gay people will be given the same civil rights that everyone else enjoys. But, it’s difficult to visualize just how they will get to that point. It seems all their battle tactics carry some type of backlash consequences. Furthermore, the gay opposition doesn’t have a real leader. It appears they have no cogent overall plan to attain their rights. Maybe these shortcomings will soon be remedied.

In both cases, opposition was born from a spontaneous expression of social unrest. We, the troops, are formed up and ready to follow. It will take a strong leader, respected by all,  to guide us through the long war that is bound to ensue.

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How is it possible for a candidate to lie, exaggerate, and exhibit bizarre actions and still be in the running?

With almost 83-90 percent (depending on the poll) of our country saying we are on the wrong track, how can there be such a close presidential contest when one of the candidates is almost a carbon copy of Bush?

Every poll says Obama is ahead. Yet, words of caution always follow. It’s too early (11 days to go) to count McCain out. Really?

His campaign has considerably less money than Obama’s, hasn’t been able to focus on a consistent message, has a vice president with a big question mark, and is managed chaotically.  But, news sources say he can turn things around and win the election?

Unbelievable.

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Lately, I’ve been wondering about something that has to do with the presidential campaigns. Why was it that years ago, certain smaller states did not decide presidential elections?

Is it because the people are more polarized now? Or, because some states are late deciders and not predictable? Or, because the electoral college should be scrapped in favor of presidential elections being decided by a popular vote?

There’s a sense that states like California who carry a great number of electoral votes and are solidly backing Obama in this election are marginalized. Candidates have to concentrate on those who are not decided and could cause the vote to change.

Not being able to elect a president on the basis of a popular vote makes me wonder what my vote is worth. Although I have voted in all the elections since I registered to vote in my twenties, and I still consider it my privilege and responsibility to vote, my vote doesn’t seem to carry much weight any more.

I suppose wondering began with the first election of George Dubyah. He lost the popular vote and still became president. Then, with the results of the second election I felt a mixture of shock and denial. Taking away the fraud factor in Ohio that we all heard so much about, the election result still did not reflect the popular vote.

In addition to wanting to do away with the electoral college, my desire is also to vote separately for a vice president. The Sarah Palin fiasco may bring America to the brink — or even push it over the edge — of a Third World status, I believe we cannot trust the presidential candidates to wisely choose a vice president. In Palin’s case, we have no way to cast a vote against her while casting a vote for McCain. To think of her being President solely because she was chosen by a senile, belligerant, loner is frightening.

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This election campaign has been like a nightmare serial. Especially in the past few days. There have been angry and violent-sounding remarks made at McCain and Palin rallies. The tone of the rallies has begun to morph into the feel of a lynch mob, prompting Congressman John Lewis to issue a warning to MCain/Palin.

I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse….As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.

Here’s a link to the background on this action: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/11/john-lewis-warns-mccain-y_n_133903.html

Palin’s jabs particularly rankle me. She isn’t in the same league as Obama, but doesn’t seem to know. Her opinions are offered to crowds with a snide and nasty attitude. Many of the people in those crowds don’t follow the news, apparently, and are not well informed. So, for them, her words are (pardon the expression) gospel.

Let’s hope that this incitement to anger will be decreased. Once it is fanned into flames, as the Congressman said, there will be no stopping it. Now is the time to scale back their words. It scares me to think of what could happen. To Obama. To the country. To friends and neighbors.

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It’s with bewilderment that I witness people embracing Sarah Palin as a viable Vice Presidential candidate. As much of our country has overlooked the “emperor with no clothes,” it also seems bent on overlooking “Ding Dong Bell(e).”

Interestingly, women who haven’t been willing to place their trust in and support of Palin, who see the picture clearly, and who don’t want to suffer four more years of incompetency, have spoken and continue to speak out at http://womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com/

The tsunami of reaction began on September 3 with two women sending letters to 40 friends and business acquaintances asking them to respond to Palin’s candidacy. Those people forwarded the letters to their friends. At this time,  responses number 170,000! And, they continue to come in!

We can only hope that these numbers reflect a fraction of the people who have the same thoughts and intentions of voting against Sarah Palin becoming our worst nightmare — POTUS!

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