Not Spencer: The Fight For Our Future

Today’s Not Spencer post is from the 49%er.   Next week the ladies take over with posts from Merujo, Suburban Masquerade, and my wife Senorapants.

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The Fight For Our Future

In my lifetime, there have only been a few elections that I actually remember. I only really became politically aware when Bill Clinton took office in 1992.   History will show that Clinton’s time in office saw peace and prosperity.   He left this country with an economic surplus.   Yet, Republicans are still trying to blame him for terrorism and our economic slide over the last eight years.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Since the year 2000, the United States has seen the government attempt to wire-tap citizens and even try to suspend the writs of habeas corpus to people who were deemed enemy combatants of the United States.   After eight years of George W. Bush, this election will not only determine the direction of the country – it might also determine the fate of democracy itself.

The only thing I am truly sure of is how this election proves that we are, in many ways, a nation divided.

Because of this, I decided that I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.   There was never any way I was going to vote for John McCain.   With Sarah Palin in the mix, I am actually afraid when consider how close this race is heading into November.

Americans are facing a deal-breaking choice in 2008.   We can either elect Barack Obama   – who stands for tolerance, intelligence, education and patience in a world gone absolutely berserk financially and politically.   Or, we can elect a candidate (McCain) who has chosen the most polished of all political sewer pickles (Palin is that sewer pickle) to get flushed down the pipe in my lifetime.

To me, this race is about electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they are the right men for the job.   It is also about stopping John McCain and Sarah Palin dead in their tracks.

Why?

John McCain and Sarah Palin are frauds.

That’s why.

First of all, Sarah Palin is the most ridiculous choice for a vice-president anyone has ever seen…ever.   She is the product of a political jack-off machine that preys on the complete stupidity of a large segment of the public.   The worst part is that John McCain didn’t even pick her himself.

On paper, Palin wouldn’t even be allowed to wash my car.   Her only qualifications are being mayor of a town about as large and socially tolerant/diverse as the 700-level of the now paved-over Veterans Stadium.   She is a political attack-dog who sets herself up as Eva Braun standing by her man – who in this case is a snowmobile-racing “himbo” secessionist.   Her convention speech slurred the criticisms of George W. Bush with war-cries about the liberal-media conspiracy.     She belongs to a church whose pastor, Ed Kalnins, claims that such criticisms “come from hell” and wondered aloud if anyone who voted for John Kerry could be saved.   He also believes that Alaska will be a “refuge state” for Christians in the last days, which he speaks of as if they will occur if Palin slips in the next poll.

Palin has been caught on tape spewing the same right-wing, vomit-inducing bullshit about the Iraq War being “God’s will”.     Her church also seeks to convert Jews and “cure” homosexuals.

Read that again.
I’ll wait.

Now, let’s examine John McCain.
After Sarah Palin?

Sure.
Let’s face it, he has become the under-card on his own ticket, at this point.

As a senator, McCain put himself first when he allowed someone else to choose Sarah Palin to be the VP nominee.   No one was putting “Country First” when she was chosen for this ticket.

Between McCain and Obama, McCain is the true elitist, having spent most of his life getting special treatment as the son of a career Navy man and the grandson of a respected admiral.   At Annapolis, he was a terrible student who graduated second from the bottom of his class.   He has crashed more planes….let’s just say he has destroyed more military hardware than a Michael Bay film. McCain’s record as a pilot is actually worse than George W. Bush’s was as an Air Force reservist.

McCain is a dangerous hawk with an even bigger “Daddy” complex than George W. Bush. McCain’s recent remarks have heightened tensions with Iran. In April 2007, when a voter asked him about his policy toward Tehran, McCain sang, “Bomb bomb bomb” Iran. This was meant to rally the GOP base, but it also strained relations with Iran, whose foreign minister condemned McCain’s “jokes about genocide” as a testament to his “disturbed state of mind” and “warmongering approach to foreign policy.”

This election has come down to me protecting my son from war.   McCain stated that he would stay in Iraq for 100 years if that were what it takes to win the war and defeat terrorism.

Really?

Well, that means that my son might have to be a soldier serving in a war because McCain and “vice-president Moose-Burger” can’t negotiate peace.

Because McCain is either going to be infirmed or interred before the end of his first term.

We all know it.

Now more than ever, it is about stopping the people who will not hesitate to sacrifice their own children (Palin), and anyone else’s for the sake of “God’s will”.

I am sure that John McCain doesn’t consider his five years as a P.O.W.   “God’s will”.

In this election, the Republicans even co-opted, and subsequently watered-down, Obama’s promise of “change”.   They couldn’t compete with the promise of change.   So, they flooded the market with it.   “Change” is everywhere, now.   As a stock, its worth would be plummeting.

So, why is this election so close?

Because, many Americans like their leaders to be like them. They want a fat, barely literate and totally disoriented shame-fest running their country.   They like their leaders mean and unwavering, even when all the facts point to them being wrong.   And even when being wrong means that they are gambling with the lives of America’s young.

This kind of thinking got Americans to turn a blind eye while George W. Bush stole two elections, right out from under us.

The most telling moment of this campaign season was George W. Bush’s absence from the Republican National Convention.   Thanks to a well-timed hurricane, Bush was excused.   He addressed the booze-addled flock via satellite and his name was never mentioned again.   With his approval ratings, the GOP didn’t need the stink of loser that follows that recovering-alcoholic-fucktard wherever he goes.

So, George was out.

Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?

George W. Bush.
John McCain.
Sarah Palin.

Even Republicans are ashamed of these three, at this point.

Is this the best we can do?

For me, the only light in this forest is Barack Obama.   So, he is the only real choice.   He stands for a dream realized after eight years of a torturous national nightmare.   The only thing that will make me happier than watching Bush be let out the side door of the White House is watching Obama take the oath of president and finally sticking it to the bible-thumping, gravy-train riding shitheads that Bush so smugly referred to as “his base”.

This election is not so much about embracing the promise of good over an impending evil – it’s about good’s triumph over bedrock stupidity.   When Obama wins, we could finally see the nation engage in intelligent discourse with other sovereign nations as it works towards peace in our time.   We have the chance to see the leader of this country be a man of respect and sincere adulation wherever he goes.   We have a chance to save our endangered environment and protect this planet for future generations.   We have a chance to silence the religious throng who insist on challenging Roe V. Wade, year after year. We have a chance to elect a highly qualified candidate and show the most racist people in this country that open-minded people mean business and we are not going to bow to the lowest elements of a tired misanthropy. We have a chance to see Wall Street be made to conform to regulations that eradicate the kind of greed that has destroyed our economy while shipping our jobs overseas.   Hopefully, this will also mean the wealthiest residents of this country will start paying their fair share of taxes.

In short, we can rescue the once great reputation of this nation from the gutter that George W. Bush and his henchman pitched it into during their eight years in power.   We can finally derail the gravy train that Bush so smugly referred to as “his base”.

I am voting for Obama to protect this country from further constitutional abuse. A McCain presidency will be a third term of George W. Bush.   Going a step further, Sarah Palin is an unqualified, mean-spirited and brutally inept tyrant.   If Palin is allowed to walk the halls of The White House on any other business than being part of a tour group, she will usher in a new generation of religious-fueled intolerance.

Mostly, it’s about America moving forward and trying to heal while the people of this country reclaim what has been lost over the last eight years.

What have we lost?

What do you lose when your when your president talks about suspending the writs of habeas corpus and the government allows wire-tapping – while the same president takes three days to react as New Orleans drowns in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?

What do you lose when your country is anchored to a costly, seemingly endless war in the face of a struggling economy that needs to be bailed out to the tune of over one trillion dollars?

What do you lose when the world sees your leaders, the supposed leaders of the greatest democracy in history, act so inept and stubborn – seemingly devoid of decency or common-sense?

What do you lose?
You lose precious time.

And, if you wait too long, you live to see the greatness of this country continue to erode until the country itself is almost unrecognizable.

Can Obama make a difference?

I will tell you when he gets there.

And people, he needs to get there.

Please vote on November 4th.

The 49%er is plotting a desktop revolt from the Philadelphia suburbs.

  • Jack

    You have some good points. However, I am curious as your brought religion into this mix, how you feel about Obama’s connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright; and some of his views/quotes (e.g. 9/11, Jewish people and history; and government support/ties to white supremacists). I also remind you that Wright is a man whom married Obama, baptized his daughters, helped come up with the title of one of Obama’s books, was publicly acknowledged by his campaign as both a spiritual adviser, and a member of his primary campaigns religious steering committee. While I am unclear as to Palin’s ties to her church; Obama enjoyed the ministry of Wright for about two decades.

    Thus, I am not sure if referring to Palin as the wife of Hitler is the most accurate thing you could say looking at some of Wright’s views, speeches and award winners in his name (e.g. Farrakhan).

    Certainly Palin (a VP candidate) religious views and ties are out of place for many Americans…however the same can easily be said about Obama (a Pres. candidate).

    As a moderate I find both Palin and Obama rather far from the center in regards to religious affiliations; and frequently find myself not as ease with the people they feel/felt are/were their spiritual leaders/guides.

  • Spencer

    I would agree that arguments about religion aren’t the strongest, but I want to draw a distinction.

    I don’t find Obama to be particularly religious. I believe him to be as religious as the next man; part of his life, but not the center of it. With Palin I believe it defines her, and guides her every decision. It’s a slight distinction.

    Religion in the inner city serves a different purpose. For many churches, they serve as a inspiration for social change. In the way that Martin Luther King and others of his generation, this inspired a generation of clergy. You will not find an black American that doesn’t know someone that sees things the way Wright does. When you have a country that has systematically maintained a system that has kept blacks down – disproportionately part of the lower class and the prison system. Dying younger than whites – this after being enslaved by white America for 200 years in this country. You have to understand then why so many black Americans have turned away from this country.

    It really bothers me that you assign Obama far from the center for his affiliation as opposed to what he says. Obama hasn’t said a war is “God’s will” for instance. It also bothers me that you don’t bring up the fact that every Republican curries the favor of Rev. Hagey. Why doesn’t this association get brought up when discussing McCain?

    It annoys me to no end that people get their collective panties in a bunch about what Wright says, but those same people don’t seem to worry about the issues that affect the congregation that Wright faces.

    Ask yourself why his church is filled? Ask yourself why so many black Americans turn towards Islam?

    Anyway – you sent me off on a rant.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    I bring religion into this because the Republicans made it in an issue. I remember hearing my friends come home from Catholic services in 2004 after being told that good Catholics should not vote for John Kerry because he favored Roe V. Wade.

    After that, I never attended mass again. That scenario played itself out across the country. Religion has been used, by the right, as a weapon. They have used it to keep all their religious-minded supporters “in line” and voting for Republicans for the last eight years.

    Spencer is right. I teach in a school where the majority of students are African-American. Many of them have expressed to me that they fear Barack Obama will be assassinated if he is elected president.

    Now, that might be hysteria/paranoia.

    Call it what you will.
    But, the fact that so many young children believe that means that many of their parents believe it.

    What you have here is a community that stands for a microcosm of society. We need to ask ourselves why so many African-Americans believe that if Obama gets elected as the nation’s first African-American president he will be killed for his trouble.

    To me, that is disturbing. Children should not live their lives believing that a system is rigged against them. How does that offer them hope?

    I have heard just as many white people express the same concern for Obama’s safety. My sister has a neighbor in the Secret Service. He spends a few weeks of every month with each presidential candidate. He has said that worries when he is with Obama. He worries about Obama’s safety and his own.

    I am personally tired of religion being made an issue in these campaigns. I am also just as tired of hearing about Vietnam where these things are concerned. Hopefully, an Obama presidency will slam the door shut on the “Vietnam issue” in every election that follows this one.

    Palin gets to be Eva Braun because she is married to a crazy person who belongs to a group that expresses outright hatred for the continental United States. She also does it while smiling and standing in front of a flag.

    Oh, that’s right….it’s our flag, isn’t it?
    She blames all the countries ills on “the coasts” and their “liberal media” – while setting herself up as a “Washington outsider”.

    Listen, Mrs. Palin…you would be VP of ALL THE STATES.
    Not just the ones in the middle of the country, dummy.

    Jeremiah Wright might be nuts, but no one is nominating him to run for president. And, at least Obama had the good sense to denounce him. It doesn’t matter when he did it.

    On the other hand, Palin spoke to the AIP as early as last year and said she embraced their views.

    The Alaskan Independence Party has stated that they want to secede from the US. The believe they should be their own country. They also believe that Alaska will be a refuge for good Christians when the end of the world comes.

    Really?

    Well, if Obama is elected president – his first order of business should be to cut all the federal funding that goes to Alaska. They get more per resident than any other state in the county, by the way. He should announce to the world that Alaska is there for the taking. Anyone who wants it, can come and get it.

    Let’s see how well “President Of Alaska Palin” does when Russia or Canada comes calling with their plastic forks. Because, let’s face it – that’s all it would take to successfully invade Alaska.

    In fact, I could take the residents of the neighborhood where I teach and we could take over Alaska by noon.

    Religion has been made an issue by the Republicans. You know and I know it. I am just sick of it because the Republicans are, by far, the biggest hypocrites where this issue is concerned.

    Spencer is right on the money. This country needs to examine the reason why so many people in the African-American community feel so disenfranchised/embattled by their government/country.

    For many of the young men I teach, Islam is a clarion call to rise against a system that has kept them in schools that are falling down, without enough text-books or desks – while the Bush administration spends billions on a mismanaged war and bails out greedy businessmen on Wall Street.

    How did the GOP do it?

    They convinced the religious fanatics in this country that they were “God’s chosen”. Bush said he had better morals than the other guy. Palin is trying to do it, too. McCain can’t grab his ass with both hands. So, he just looks bad trying to do it.

    Religion….religion…..religion.
    It has proven to be opiate of the masses and it’s all bullshit.

    On my band’s website, a young girl wrote, “If I liked sharing my wealth, communism and terrorist ties I would vote for Obama. GO MCAIN…or go back to communist Russia.”

    Wow.

    I thought you had to be at least 50 before you started hating your life.

  • Jack

    @Spencer

    I do not mean to attack anyone; and unlike a lot of people I will even say some of the things Wright says makes sense, is fair and is understandable. I certainly do not think of Wright as evil; just a bit extreme. Is this level of extreme needed in some areas of our country and in some cases may do more good than harm, absolutely.

    I am also not defending Palin’s religious fervor as mainstream either. Lets be real clear about that. However I also do not believe that McCain has ever appointed Hagey to his campaign as an advisor, or on a panel. I could be wrong here, but I have not seen it.

    That said, I support the right of both candidates (and all Americans) to worship their god(s) in their way(s). Religion is an important right for many Americans.

    Obama’s voice has been a voice of positive change; and its a voice and a call to action I hear. However Wright is NOT always a voice for positive change; and Wright is most certainly in the DNA of Obama. Is Obama able to channel the positive things he learned under nearly 20 years of ministry of Wright; I am sure he can. He is is after all his own person.

    However, Wright aligns himself openly with other religious leaders who and whom have said some amazingly inappropriate and misguided things about Jews and Isreal, over the years. Wright himself has, at least, skirted the line himself personally on this matter. While I recognize that many in this country seem to be changing or rephrasing their views on Israel (e.g. Carter). I have concerns that Obama can be at ease in this particular environment for so long.

    I don’t really care if Obama is deeply religious; it matters to me that another leader in this country in this case Wright, whom Obama has self identified to be important in his life; is so far from center. I will take the time to point out that Obama has never seen Ayers as a leader; and Obama has never on his own sought his council on anything. So don’t anyone think I am painting with this brush.

    I do not turn away from the embarrassing histories of our country (from 300 years ago or last year). And as a man whom worked and taught in a inner city Muslim community; while I still may not be able to understand the full of the difficulties of black people in this country; I can certainly appreciate them more than some of my race and gender. I may not know all the reasons black Americans turn to Islam but I know a lot of them. I also heard nothing in my time with them that even approaches many of the things I have heard from Wright. I will also point out that I am now unable to purchase many of his previous sermons from Trinty’s website, which I have wanted to do since this news broke in Feb, and this is at best suspect.

    However

    Does Wright = Evil NO!

    However I DO NOT believe Wright’s views fit the framework of the views of a Moderate Political Leader in this Country.

    That said I do not think Obama or Palin are moderates.

    That I think (hope) is something we can agree with.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    I didn’t feel attacked.

    I think I was just pointing out that religion does matter, to an extent. It matters because it was being misused by one side to slander the other.

    The Republicans use religion where it suits them.

    In this case, they couldn’t actually attack Obama as a black man. So, they attempted to assassinate his character by using his religious affiliations.

    The fact that none of it worked speaks volumes about how disgusted with the GOP most people are. It also speaks volumes about how well Obama represented himself in the face of a “scandal” that would have brought down most political candidates.

    We can all agree that the GOP was slobbering all over their lobster-bibs when the saw that tape of Reverend Wright going crazy at his pulpit.

    They really thought that was going to be the end of Obama’s candidacy.

  • Jack

    @ Joey

    In addition to the GOP a lot of Clinton supporters at the time were thinking the same thing.

    A lot of people have held Bill Clinton up as one of the best campaigners in the modern era of politics; but he has nothing on Obama.

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    Joey said, “The Republicans use religion where it suits them.” I completely agree. It seemed most obvious to me with the Palin teenage pregnancy thing. If that was Obama’s daughter the Religious Right would have used that as some sort of indictment against him – whether an outright attack or innuendo – it would have been used. But when it’s one of their own, they just see two young lovebirds who should be kept left alone by the media (even as Baby Dad is cleaned up and put on display at the convention) and everyone revels in the “freshness” Sarah Palin brings to the ticket.

    Add the obvious irony that so much of the Republican campaign has been “unchristian” in tone. Mocking and misleading. Not that that’s unusual for politics…but I don’t believe that sort of behavior is in the What Would Jesus Do handbook.

    As far as Wright…I think that’s a non-issue. Spencer said it all better than I could.

    You know what? I’m afraid for Obama’s safety too. Because phrases like “palling around with terrorists” can incite crazy people to do crazy things.

    If this Wright/Ayers stuff is the worst thing they can dig up (and you know they have been digging furiously) well…that’s what makes me even more sure of my support of Obama.

  • http://www.merujo.com merujo

    Cyn, the Republican response to Sarah Palin’s knocked-up teenager reminds me of the response to Rush Limbaugh being an illegal drug abuser who actually drugged himself into deafness. “Awww, he’s not a junkie – he’s a man who just had terrible pain he had to manage.”

    “Awww, they weren’t getting it like crazy horny kids, they were sharing god’s love!” ;)

    I better stop before I get tasteless on Spencer’s page.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    Oh, go on!

  • radiocynic

    Good post and good discussion; wish I wan’t arriving late to it as usual.

    Absolutely religion becomes an issue, only when certain religions force themselves on politics, and reveal themselves as very exclusionary. Indeed very “un-Christian in tone.”

    And yes, the difference is how much Obama (vs Palin, for example) live out the more-controversial teachings of their respective churches, and how much they do or do not let it influence their politics.

    Being a traffic reporter on a bunch of African-American-oriented radio stations over the years certainly doesn’t qualify me to speak for the community, but it has certainly helped me to better understand its viewpoint — So am I the only goofball middle-class white boy who was not shocked by Rev. Wright’s “God Damn America”? Not that I agreed with it, but I certainly appreciated the emotion and history from whence it came.

    Luckily, my personal religion reassures me that my own abstract-concept God is far too busy being a force for goodness and all to have time to damn or exclude anyone! Hmm, maybe that’s why I’m not a member of an organized church.