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The Mask Slips
The lesson for Americans suffused with anxiety and dread over the crackup of the financial markets is that the way you vote matters, that there are real-world consequences when you go into a voting booth and cast that ballot.
For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman theyâ€™d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund youâ€™ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as youâ€™d like it to be.
“To get in the debating mood, Republican John McCain will host a town-hall event and take a short nap. His rival, Democrat Barack Obama, will work out or shoot hoops.”
I guess Denny’s took a lot out of him. Â He is an old, old man. Â Do they even have a rocker in the White House?
Forget about the lipstick.
I awoke this morning to find that someone had defaced my poster advocating voting for Obama Â on the door of my home in 1st Little, Markley (not to mention the other Obama posters on the hall). Â I guess that some McCain supporter must have slipped through the cracks during the admissions process getting into this prestigious university, because you can’t have brains and support that guy. Â He happened to have done his little work of malice on a day that the Stock Market tumbled, Lehman Brothers files bankruptcy, and Merrill Lynch is bought out. Â The Bush-McCain Legacy. Â That fellow needs to learn something of respect and values for the property of others. Â I guess they don’t teach that in Republican Households. Â Buncha Hypocrites.
Don’t worry. Â A new poster is already up. Â And I’m Fired Up and Ready to Go.
I’ll admit it. Â I was (and am) a Joe Biden guy. Â As a Philadelphia son, Senator Biden is right next door, and shares a media market. I even went to his birthday party! Â What I can say is this: Â Obama made a GOOD decision with the Senator from Delaware. Â The guy has cajones, and while a wind-bag, he knows what he is saying. Â I trust him. Â While this may be just talk, I hope it pans out.
“pursue the violations that have been made against our Constitution by the present administration”
Go for it! Â I got your back!
Susan Rice in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League
Today Dr. Susan Rice, of the Brookings Institute, a foreign policy expert and one of Senator Barack Obamaâ€™s top advisors, came to the University for the purpose of detailing why we should vote for the Senator from Illinois from a foreign policy perspective, and even more so, how irresponsible it would be for John McCain and Sarah Palin to be given an opportunity to further destruct, from the top down, our American Nation. She began by detailing how Senator Obamaâ€™s campaign utilizes the â€œbottom upâ€ approach that has changed the face of politics. Here are some of my notes:
Dr. Rice spoke of how the next President of the United States will inherit an â€œunprecedented series of foreign messesâ€, that include but are certainly not limited to Iraq, Iran, Al Qaida, a growing China, a renewed Russia, Genocide in Darfur, and a climate crisis that doesnâ€™t recognize borders. The U.S. now has a military that is overstretched, nearly to the point of breaking, and a reputation that has been tarnished by scandals (i.e. Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and the suspension of Habeas Corpus).
Simply put, the world we live in now is the â€œditch that George W. Bush has driven our bus intoâ€. Of our two choices on November 4th, one ticket is nothing more than Bushâ€™s cheerleaders, but the other (and the one I support!), represents a new approach, a new vision, â€œchangeâ€, if you will. The ticket that brought the messes of the past eight years will not be the ones to fix it.
Yet Barack Obama isnâ€™t running to â€œsimply clean up George Bushâ€™s messesâ€(although getting back to where this country was on January 19th, 2001 is going to be a priority), but to reshape the face of our nation, to renew that â€œhopeâ€ and that â€œAmerican dreamâ€ for the next generation. I have no doubt that an Obama Administration will alter the face of government, just as the Obama Campaign has altered politics forever.
For Barack Obamaâ€™s full detailed plan, visit http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlueprintForChange.pdf
Here are some of my notes from what Dr. Susan Rice said today:
The situation was put plainly, â€œMcCain wants to put a 20th century square peg into a 21st century hole. Itâ€™s not going to fitâ€
â€œWe share a common security, and so we must invest in a common humanityâ€
Barack Obama is â€œcalm, wise, strong, doesnâ€™t rattle under pressure, doesnâ€™t fly off the handleâ€. McCain is of the variety that would â€œshoot first, and ask questions laterâ€ (One who jokes about bombing Iran to the tune of an outdated Beach Boys song).
â€œWe have a choice in the U.S., on November 4th, a crucial choice. The rest of the world will be looking on January 20th.â€ McCain is nothing more than an â€œaffirmation of the worst of the Bush yearsâ€. Obama represents an â€œAmerica that is capable of growth and changeâ€. They will be saying, upon an Obama victory, â€œAmerica is backâ€.
While I canâ€™t summarize the contents of an hourâ€™s speech in this little passage, one thing I took to heart is her closing statement:
â€œDonâ€™t just vote. Michigan could well determine the fate of the election. Get out there and register voters, raise money, give money, call people, talk to people, and bring people to the pollsâ€
Iâ€™m only a freshman, but I realize that the time is now to finish what we started. We cannot let this opportunity slip away from us. A vote for John McCain is irresponsible in the perspective of the future of American foreign policy and reputation abroad.