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The Dems are blowing it

Okay, I’m pretty frustrated with the more liberal party right now. Tuning in, there are two major themes right now. Health care and Fort Hood. These are both important issues, but I am not liking what I’m hearing.

First, Fort Hood was a tragedy, plain and simple. But the theme that I’m hearing on the (left) radio is almost a defence of of Hasan for the pressures he was under. Laying the onus on the military, that they didn’t listen enough. It’s a military, not a cruise ship. I do not, and cannot know the true motivations of the shooter, whether he snapped, if it was terrorism, or what. But what he did was wrong, extremely wrong, and he is the responsible party in the end. This was premeditated. And it was a tragedy. My heart goes to all those affected.

Second, health care. Now that things are happening (for better or worse) people are bitching about one particular issue. Abortion. And that it may or may not be covered by the health care plan. All I can say is that this is not the time or the place to make a Roe v Wade stand, or whatever bill is up your craw. Abortion as covered in the health plan must defer to other laws as to its treatment. That’s right. Leave it the heck out of the health care bill, at most indicating that it will be covered as a health issue as prescribed by the law. Then if there are laws that block what you see is right, tackle those. But quit screwing up our freaking health care bill, it’s complicated enough already.

So those points bring me to my overarching problem with the dems. They just can’t seem to get their act together. Really. Let’s find some alignment. It isn’t perfect, you won’t please everyone. One of your jobs isn’t just to represent the people (or too often the money), it is to turn it around and influence the people with what is right. You need to make the hard decisions and sell them back to your constituents. So get it together, get a keel on your ship, and let’s get something done before half of you get fired next year.

Just Do It

Okay, last email here.

Hopefully I can make it count.

The topic for today is what are you afraid of?

I’ve had a lot of conversations with people who “don’t like either candidate” but are voting for McCain.

My question for them is — Why? What’s wrong with Barack Obama? Sometimes you don’t trust him, sometimes he’s not experienced enough, sometimes, you can’t really express it.

What has Obama ever done to break your trust? He has run an extraordinarily open and honest campaign. On experience, even if he truly was inexperienced (which he’s not), isn’t it about time that we move away from the political dynasties?

“I’m a uniter, not a divider.” This quote from George W. Bush is the most important difference, in my opinion, between the two candidates and their campaigns. While McCain and Palin have attacked, spreading lies (really. lies. Palin is a liar.), mistrust, doubt, and fear, Obama/Biden have been direct. They have sought to unite. They have plans.

After 8 years of neoconservative power, we have found ourselves in a downtrodden state. We’ve been at war. Many believe that we should never gone there to begin with. We’ve alienated allies. Our economy outlook is frightening. Jobs are moving overseas, or just going away. I believe that the administration of the last eight years has been a failure in nearly every way.

Obama/Biden have plans. And while they can’t please everyone, they’ll at least have respect. McCain’s plans are almost identical to what we’ve had over the last eight years.

What are you afraid of? Vote for change, and a united America. It really does matter.

Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfe9hNxWXVw

While I’m at it, California friends please vote no on 8.

In Good Company (Email Campaign)

Sent: 10/22/2008

It appears that internally, at least, al-qaeda and other terrorist organizations support McCain’s candidacy. Makes sense, considering how successfully the war in Iraq has divided the country, emptied our coffers, exhausted our military, and alienated our allies.

“Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the “failing march of his predecessor,” President Bush.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/21/AR2008102102477.html?hpid%3Dtopnews?=new

At least Sarah Palin got a new $150K wardrobe.

You May Have Heard (Email Campaign)

Date: 10/19/2008

Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for president (of the United States). Personally, I think this is huge. A Republican who has always provided a steady, well-reasoned approach, he is widely respected on both sides of the aisle.

But this is more than “a rightie supports Obama.” This is support from a figure broadly and recently well-regarded in national defense.

“As gifted as he is, he is essentially going to execute the Republican agenda, the orthodoxy of the Republican agenda, with a new face and a maverick approach to it, and he’d be quite good at it,” Mr. Powell said. “But I think we need a generational change.” – Colin Powell

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/powell-endorses-obama/?hp

Hopefully this helps to dispel any doubts about Obama’s ability to lead, the untrue accusations about his relationships, and his ability to handle our diverse wars.

The linked article is brief and interesting.

My Email Campaign

Tired of all the right-wing emails I’d receive, and especially the fact (yes, fact) that most of them contain gross inaccuracies or straightout lies, I began writing and sending my own emails. I am trying to keep them as factual as possible, and while they highlight issues more popular on the left than on the right, I am trying to present facts in a “think about it” approach, rather than an editorial.

I’ve received requests from friends to send these emails so that they can forward to their families, so I’m going to post them here. I’ll include legacy emails too, so at first they won’t be in any particular order than the one I find them in.