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Everyone, Please Stop!

This hatred in our country has to stop. All American- how can we act like this? All of us. People have died, and all I see is hatred and blame and accusation. A child has been killed. She might have been a future public servant. She was at the Congresswoman’s meet and greet because her neighbor thought she would be interested. And what have we, as a Nation, done? Blamed everyone for this.

As way of disclaimer, most people know I am a progressive, lefty, tree hugging, save the world kinda girl. I make no apologies for that. It is who I am and how I view the world. I have no issue with conservative  people. I grew up with  the real life version of Alex P. Keaton and I still love him to death 🙂

However the difference to how I grew up, with respectful agreement is so far gone from what I see now. I read and listen to a wide range of media, both online and on the radio. The left-leaning sites are saying that Jared Loughner is a Tea Party type, and blame Sarah Palin and Glen Beck for the hateful rhetoric. The sites on the right and calling him a lefty/Communist/Fascist. What is this based on? On a list of books he read? My favorite book is Gone with the Wind, does that make me a Southern Confederacy Sympathizer? Of course not.

(for the record it in impossible to be a Communist and Fascist at the same time)

But regardless of you political ideology, the fact remains that words matter. It has been said before, it will be said again. I don’t care what point you are on in the political spectrum, what you say and how you say it matters. There is no place for hatred and misinformation is news and political and in life!

I’ll be the first to admit, I was not a supporter of President Bush. My kids used “Icky Pooey Bush” in Scattergories for “Presidents” and Letter I. But they also knew that they were not allowed to talk like that outside of our home and that they had to be respectful to him because he was our President. My kids also got the privilege of hearing me read the Bill of Rights to them at the dinner table after the PATRIOT Act was passed. The First Amendment is first because Free Speech is so important.

I am sure that there is hate speech on all sides of the political spectrum and political media. Like I have said, I listen and read articles from all sides. But I do have to note, that the stuff I hear coming from the “fringe right” is horrifying. There should be no place in politics for people calling for Second Amendment remedies, or calling for executions and assassinations of anyone. The Conservatives that I know are not like that but they are obviously out there.

So no matter what your belief system is, or how you feel about the government, please keep in mind that what you put out there, what you listen to, all of that garbage coming from anyone with a microphone… its out there. While the people most likely to read this are not the ones who will take a suggestion of hatred and act on it, again, there are people like Jared Loughner who will.

Less than a week to go until Midterms.

November 2, is it going to be a Democratic Apocalypse, a Tea Party hangover, or the “Elephants” being as stubborn as “mules?” The ugliness of political campaigns  gets worse and worse every election season. With each “season” now being at least a full year, is it any wonder why people are burnt out by now?

Personally, it doesn’t bother me how anyone votes. It’s a choice that everyone needs to make in their own their mind and heart. Sadly, so much of the information out there is based on misdirection, misinformation and lies. This isn’t a left/right phenomenon it is pervasive in all areas. I have given up watching any political ads on TV, because most of them are flat-out false.

Every time there is an election, I keep up on the policies and statements through two very helpful websites, Politifact and FactCheck. In fact, Snopes does a really good job too. Anybody who knows me probably knows my political leanings. But whatever you believe is just as valid to me as long as it is based on truth. So please be careful when you vote. Check out your candidate’s statements and voting records if s/he has one. Don’t believe everything you hear or read, no matter who is saying it.

Voting is the most important civic duties we have as American citizens. Please treat it with the care and consideration it deserves.

An Informed Electorate

I just posted this on Oscraps, but thought it important to post here too.

I know you all know I am a liberal/progressive, and it is no secret that I am voting for Obama. But I truly enjoy listening to all sides of an issue- it forces me to think outside of my own box, which is one reason I love politics!

Unfortunately, I am finding that main stream media/TV news is not doing a good enough job of informing the electorate- the people- on the issues. Because of corporate ownership and that news is more entertainment than investigative, the truth gets muddled with misinformation and smears.
I find that I do better reading my news online.
Some of my favorite, non-biased sites:
NPR Topics: News
BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
RealClearPolitics (This has articles from the left, the right and everything in between)
Democracy Now! (This leans left on issues it reports, but it is one of the few sites that does true investigative journalism)

Then you need your Fact Checking:
PolitiFact
FactCheck.org
Fact Check

It is really good to know that the claims made by the McCain/Palin team regarding Bill Ayers has been completely debunked:
A radical Ayers allegation

One last website:If you are not sure where the Candidate stand on isuues- here’s a cute site:
Election 2008: Issues-o-Meter

I know I prob send too much time with politics, but I feel that the US Constitution is an incredible and amazing document. It has provided us with a system of checks and balances that is a work of art. It also reminds us that *we* are the Gov’t – “We, the people” And it is up to us to vote our own conscience, but it needs to be an informed conscience.

Quote:
“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” –Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526

Love that TJ

Better get off my soapbox, the air is getting thin this way up high and I am getting dizzy

Obama for President

Heh, if you all know me at al, you know I am a pretty liberal-minded person. So no suprise that I have been an Obama supporter since the very beginning. Call me a an Obaminite, Obamican, whatever. The more I see him in the news, on the TV, in press releases, the prouder I am to be a supporter.

I read this on the Boston Globe Website:  Obama for president

What a wonderfully written endorsement of him.
One of the best parts of this- and one that I hope all of my more conservative friends was this:

Evident from all that scrutiny (since starting his campaign) is a nimble mind, an ever more impressive grasp of policy detail, and an ability to listen to contradictory viewpoints. Obama is clearly a liberal. But when he led the Harvard Law Review, he won praise from conservative thinkers because he genuinely wanted to hear what they had to say.

If this is not a leader…

In light of America’s current economic, political and militaristic issues currently unfolding rapidly, I find that this sums up my feelings quite well.

As the first black major-party presidential nominee, Obama has strived to make voters comfortable with a ‘‘skinny kid with a funny name.’’ And yet the historical significance of his bid is impossible to ignore. Voters can make no more powerful statement about America’s commitment to inclusion and opportunity than to put forward this man — Barack Hussein Obama, son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas — as the nation’s representative to the world.

An early Obama campaign slogan declared, ‘‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.’’ His critics deemed such rhetoric too ethereal. Now it seems prescient, as the nation confronts a financial crisis of historic proportions, as well as all the other policy failures and debt-fueled excesses of the last eight years. The United States has to dig itself out. Barack Obama is the one to lead the way.

The Truth is Out!

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I’m a Tree Hugger!

My brother and my sister in law are staunch Republicans and love to call me a tree hugger. And now there is proof!

Shhhhh….. don’t let anyone else know…….

How tiring!

So yesterday was an interesting day for me- I was working at my MIL’s- driving down- when I hear that a tanker truck had flipped over on the highway I usually take to her house. I hit some of the back roads but took a wrong turn on one of them- I was going towards my mom’s house, not my MIL’s! It was the scenic route
On the way home, the highway was still closed, so I took another back road. Going along fine, until the road is closed- an bad accident had just happened- I was literally about 10 cars away from it. The police had us detouring all around. And with the highway still closed all of the other roads and highways were a mess! It took me an hour and a half to get home- usually about 40 minutes. And it took me an hour to get there.

But the good thing about it all was that I had more time to listen to my talk radio- the hosts were all talking about  the Primaries from Tuesday. It is really looking good for Obama! I hope that the party can get it together soon and just put our hearts into getting a Democrat into the White House.

My grats:
1. That on my way home, I left a couple minutes later than I usually do- because that couple of minutes could have made a difference in that accident.
2. For the rain watering my plants!
3. For the rain- I am working from home today and the rain keeps me inside where I have to get my work done. No distractions with gardening LOL
4. For coffee!!!!!!

This is why I want Obama to win

“I’m not interested in fighting people just for the sake of scoring political points.” “If I’m going to fight somebody it’s going to be fighting over the American people and what they need.”

This sums it up- this is what our country needs. Critics say his speeches are just words, I disagree. I think his words have a deeper and more profound impact that all of the mud-slinging that has been going on from other sides.

I think he can truly make a difference.

Obama 08