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05 November 2008 @ 10:53 am
Signed, sealed, delivered  

This is the 4th Presidential election I've voted in, and finally my person won! It feels especially sweet because I helped volunteer with the campaign. I had never done that before.

To the people whose person didn't win, welcome to my life since I've been of voting age. Now you can be the ones to rub it in to me when the President messes up. I do think he will be a more centrist President than some people think. He's a very smart man. I wouldn't put much stock in the scare tactics and ridiculous campaign commercials. And please remember that there are other issues of Life besides abortion. Poverty. War. Genocide. Health care. I even consider the environment one. Maybe we can make some progress towards reducing deaths in those arenas. Pro-life doesn't end at birth.

And also, please remember:

Probably 3rd party. ;)
explosivespamexplosivespam on November 5th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
"To the people whose person didn't win, welcome to my life since I've been of voting age."

It's not quite the same. You won't have the media and every entertainer in New York and Hollywood constantly telling you how stupid and evil Obama is. You won't watch once funny comedians and shows become panderers to New Yorkers who scream with delight when they mock him. You won't have your college grades affected when you vocally support Obama in your classes. You won't have to sit with a straight face while intelligent people call Obama a murderer, fascist, etc.

It's not really the same at all.
Sarahgem77 on November 5th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I was writing about having a President and Vice President that has done things that have appalled me and shamed me as an American. People seem to think Obama will do the same to them.

I am sorry those things have happened to you. I have definitely received my share of disdain for my political views (though not at your level), and so have many Obama supporters. I don't really care what anyone in Hollywood thinks, but it has hurt some with friends and family.

As far as the media and comedians, I think many of them are so upset at the Iraq WMD stuff and being so deceived by the Bush Admin. that they are reveling in anything that makes him look bad. And yes, Obama does make for a more sensational story.

I know McCain is your political hero. I have a lot of respect for him. In no way would I put him on the same (low) level as Bush. I contemplated voting for him briefly, but what has transpired over the last year convinced me otherwise. As I started reading and learning more about Obama and his plans for our country and observing how he was running his campaign, I was very impressed at how he was running it and who he chose to work alongside him. I didn't understand the people who said he says all these things but had nothing to back it up. I don't think they took the time to look into his plans. Are they realistic financially? Not all of them, especially after the bailout. Neither were McCain's. But it should give people an idea of what his priorities are and how he will operate. If one doesn't agree with the plans, fine. But there is plenty of substance there.

McCain in contrast, did not run even close to as good of a campaign. Lots of gaffes, people being replaced, a lot more mudslinging, and just not nearly as organized. Now I see why he never made it to the Presidency, even though he sure wanted it. A good Senator, but not Presidential material. And then there's Sarah Palin. She did NOT deserve to be drug through the mud like she was. That was shameful. It was funny at first, but then it just got sad. I would love to see a woman as VP or Pres., but her political views were mostly too different and her knowledge was too little for me to feel comfortable with her as VP.

Anyways, the pendulum will swing your way again someday. :)
explosivespamexplosivespam on November 5th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
This campaign made me hate George W. Bush more than ever before, as I saw him screw it up for McCain not just in 2000, but now in 2008 as well.
Sarahgem77 on November 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Despite being new to the game and African-American, Obama won because he ran a brilliant campaign, and you are right, because he wasn't a Republican.
Ameliaamelia_83 on November 6th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
i have to side with you, i have *literally* gone from an A to a C in a class because I refused to be preaches to every single day in the education system about how I was terrible and worthless because of my views. Either way it is important to stand up for what you believe...and hope.
Sarahgem77 on November 6th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
That makes me sad. :( Anyone higher up you two can talk to?
Ameliaamelia_83 on November 6th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
i tried, they dismissed me. it's no biggie, i still graduated...and i'm happy with the things i wrote and said. i mean...it was an ethnic study class...and the professor was from berkeley...he was a little nuts to start with. but...it happens.

although, the one time it really pissed me off, was with a critical thinking professor, she really liked me and i had a high A going into the final research paper...my topic, affirmative action...maybe i bring it on myself. anyway, her comment to to me was "no one feels this way" and i got a C...bringing me down to a B in the class. so lame!

i'm just glad i have a good sense of humor and actually like everyone...i would hate to be bitter towards these people.

Brack Obama is my president...i am not about to disrespect anything about the position or the responsibility. maybe i'm lucky having grown up in california...i generally let it all go and do what i need to do for me.
Sarahgem77 on November 6th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
You are a strong woman, that's certain. I have a lot of respect for you.
Ameliaamelia_83 on November 6th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
and i for you.
randompostingrandomposting on November 5th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I am so so happy.
Sarahgem77 on November 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Me, too, friend. Me, too. :)
randompostingrandomposting on November 5th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Allisonallilm on November 5th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about who you voted for in 1996 if you didn't vote for Clinton?
Sarahgem77 on November 6th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Dole. :)

He came to my college, I shook his hand. What can I say. I wasn't very political then.

I was a teenager during the Clinton years. He kind of creeped me out for some reason.
jill.catherinejillcatherine on November 7th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
yayyy obama!

for me the environment is issue numero uno. i think of it as the trickle down environmental theory =)

i'm really super excited. we're trying to get tickets to inauguration...one of my friends is trying to pull a string with kerry. ahhhh craziness!!!!
Sarahgem77 on November 7th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I thought of you, living in D.C., and I hoped you would be able to go. I hope you get to!
jill.catherinejillcatherine on November 7th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
thanks! i'm calling my senators and representatives too! here's hoping =) apparently there are like NO tickets, but it's worth a try!