Thursday, October 30, 2008

Election day is almost here ...

... doo dah, doo dah ...
You'll have to excuse my excitement. I'm so happy right now, it's not even funny. I got to vote early last week and I am not ashamed to tell you all that I was verklempt while standing in line to cast my ballot.

I could do this long cheesy soliloquy about why I vote but honestly, none of it would be the truth. Quite frankly, I vote because so many of my ancestors died so that I could have the right.

I feel like doing anything less than registering and exercising that right would be spitting on their hard work and pissing on their legacies. And, I wouldn't be able to live with myself.

At any rate, I'm encouraging you guys to get out and vote, either early or on Election Day. Be prepared to wait in a long line for extended periods of time. Take you lawn chairs, pack a lunch, carry your iPods and a couple of books and magazines. I would even encourage you to take a friend.

This is quite possibly the most important election we've ever had. Take you place in history. With that said, I have a problem I was hoping you all could help me with.
As of late, I have been suffering from political road rage and I'm not sure if there's a cure. Every time I see one of these bumper stickers while I'm driving, it kind of makes me want to ram the car in front of me until it's smoking.
No, for real. I think it's some sort of an allergic reaction or something. Do ya'll think I should be medicated for it?

As of yet, I have not acted on my urges, but it is only a matter of time. Granted election day is Tuesday but I don't think they're going to take the stickers off. The only thing I can think of is getting a bottle of rubbing alcohol and pouring over the stickers so that they will detach themselves and blow away.

Is that against the law, like stealing and defacing signs? I hope not, I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's been a few days ...

... and so much has happened. First off, early voting is under way throughout the country, I hope you all have voted or plan to go soon. I'm going this afternoon. You get two guesses as to who my candidate is. *tee hee hee* I wrote, by hand, a post for you guys last week and reading over it today, it is a little old as far as news goes. But, because I am such a great person and I really don't feel like re-doing it all, I am going to post it for you below in its original form.
October 14, 2008
This afternoon when i should have been working, I over heard a conversation between three co-workers - a white guy and two black women. He's working on a story about the upcoming visit of one, Sarah Palelynn, to the area. He, very innocently, asked if he was naive for being surprised at seeing black folks in line for tickets to see the governor. Of course they, being the consummate professionals that they are, gently informed him that all black folks don't vote the same because we're black. One of the the ladies said, "You can't expect 12 million people to all vote for the same candidate because of skin color. I agree. Also, last week, I saw three black men - two professionals, one student - being interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN about why they are voting for Sen. John McCain. Add to that the small cadre of people of color present during the Republican National Convention and I'll say that these ladies are extremely accurate. Because Sen. Barack Obama, like all of us, has black blood coursing through his veins, race was injected into this presidential race very early on. Sadly, it shows no sign of exiting any time soon. Since the 1600s when the European settlers made their voyage to the New World, there has always been this misconception that the people with darker skin tones are somehow less intelligent and unworthy of any job that is not strenuous, stressful and pure manual labor. That could perhaps explain the tendency to enslave and cast off those of the darker hue. Something that is even funnier to me is immediately after slavery, former slaves actually belonged tt the GOP. It wasn't until after Republicans over threw/cast out/drove away rightfully elected black Republicans that black folks started to vote Democratic. That has since become our country's method of operation. Because a lot of my counterparts in the media tend to major in the minor, what should be a campaign focused on our country's policies has become a campaign laced with painting the Democratic candidate as a villain. Now all of a sudden, all black people are voting for Obama because he's black. That is simply a crock. Nobody ever accused white voters of voting for past candidates simply because they're white. Like always, this election is a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. They're both politicians and that means there's something wrong with both of them. Obama isn't more evil because he's black. McCain isn't less evil because he's white. Because the issue of race is hundreds of years old, we would hope that we have moved away from this backwards thinking. We haven't. It's downright pitiful that we all carry the fears and prejudices of our forefathers. Scientists say that people - all people - are 99.9 percent the same. It's that other .01 percent that gives us our skin, hair and eye color. When you think about it, why wouldn't we share the same DNA? If you believe in creation, we're all descendants of Adam and Eve. If you believe in evolution, we all descend from the first civilization in Africa. You read it right, Africa! Sit in on any World Civilization class and you'll learn how there was only once civilization that became many mutated civilizations and tribes over various periods and ages. Why the history lesson? I'm glad you asked. I feel like if we all know, understand, comprehend and accept where we come from, we can't help but get over the bullshit that is racism. That means the stereotypes, the hatred and the whole process of treating other differently based on their race or skin color. Can you get over it? I can get over it - I've been over it. Will you join me?

Friday, October 3, 2008

I would like to congratulate Sarah Palin ...

... on last night's debate. It looks like Debate Camp paid off. She managed to memorize key facts and figures and what sounded like a research paper and it almost made sense. She is now a mediocre politician and I applaud her for that. Now, let's just go ahead and agree that Sen. Joe Biden won that debate. First off, their debate was a damn site more exciting than the Obama/McCain debate. I swear ya'll, last week, that debate was like watching paint dry. This one was a tad more exciting though and it could have been because I was waiting for Palin to make an ass of herself. While she didn't succeed in making an ass of herself, she did succeed in contradicting herself a few times and that is typical of a politician. I don't think the debate did a thing to help the McCain ticket other than making her look like she's not an idiot. Don't get me wrong, I still think she's an idiot, I just think that they prepared her well, probably too well. She caught a lot of flack because of her interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric and for good reason. Those interviews made her look like a novice to American politics and dare I say, an imbecile. I made the remark that they have found a female version of Dubya. Anyway, I think Biden did an outstanding job of speaking on the issues. Every time he opens his mouth, he makes me more and more glad that Obama chose him as his No. 2. My sincere hope is that this debate will give the Obama/Biden ticket more momentum going into next week's debate in Nashville and as early voters take to the polls. What do ya'll think? Was Biden the winner? Did Palin do better than you thought she would?