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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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A couple of days after the election and there is talk of the Obama’s being the new Kennedys.

Not that I have a problem with that. It’s that there’s always a tendency to find a similarity somewhere in history, so we can grasp our present condition.

The present isn’t completely allowed to speak for itself. But, it’s comforting to know that the similarity is a positive one. Maybe looking back and comparing helps many of us accept what is now.

Although, history or not, some are not accepting. One friend mentioned “mourning” the outcome of the election. Then said the bright spot in the days following the election was that Prop. 8 passed.  I’m pretty sure that there are a multitude of good people who feel this way.

Yet, it’s ironic. We have finally accepted and voted for a leader from a group overcoming discrimination, and then voted to discriminate against another group. Why do we do this? Who’s in and who’s out?

Looking back again in history for a similarity — Is anyone reminded of those boys who cobbled together a clubhouse out of cardboard and painted a “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” sign on the door flap? Or the country clubs who have written “no Jews allowed” into their policies? So many other examples can be brought to mind, as well, ranging from the banal to horrific.

Again one must wonder, why did we do this? Why do we continue to do it?

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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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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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