10/28/2008

The Last Leg (don’t give up hope)


There are now less than seven days until America chooses to go forward or backwards. This is more than an issue of race. This is an issue about "progressive" beliefs or "stay-the-course" ideology. I believe that the choice is clear. I feel that America will move forward, but of course I have my doubts, my fears; fostered by the fact that this country accepted the dictatorship of George Bush, knowing full well that he was not elected. I watched as we all mindlessly accepted the fascist policies of the Republican administration. Far worse than anything Ronald Reagan did. We will be feeling the effects of the last eight years forever. Even if Obama gets elected and re elected we will suffer from the decisions of the last administration for the rest of our lives; from the two wars, to the tax cuts, to the injection of the religious right, into the political mainstream. The majority of the citizens in this country are idiots-let's face it-they are misinformed, and uneducated, and they vote. Those who are usually informed and educated are so die hard against all government they often do not vote. I myself have been guilty of this. In my defense I have a real criminal record that has not allowed me to vote for most of the time that I have been of age. Thank goodness I live in California now where the rules are looser and I can vote. Yet it is also because I live in California now I am insulated against the racism and bullshit I witnessed in St. Louis. Still Obama drew over 100,000 in St. Louis on my birthday. I watch the news every day, but to be honest I keep it mainly on MSNBC which is decidedly pro Obama. I also subscribe to Slate and the Washington Post newsletters and read them each day as well. I try to stay informed and on top of things. I read the Daily Kos and keep an ear to any and all conspiracy theories. I still identify myself as a Anarchist, but I recognize that I do not live in a Anarchist state, therefore I must work some-what within the system in order to survive. I have a job and they take taxes out of my check. So I feel the need to be involved with the process that's taking my money. That's beside the point thought. The point I'm trying to make here is that I am scarred. I am terrified that enough people will fall for the republican bullshit and that we as a nation and a people will be plunged further into darkness. The two parties have often been cast in the light of two sides of the same coin. That neither is really for you, yet what we have seen in the lasts eight years is that there is a difference. Remember how fun and great the nineties were? Do you think it was all changed by 9/11? If you don't think that what happened had everything to do with the party in charge than you're fooling yourself. This time has to be different we cannot lie out of this one. I know it sounds as though I have bought the Kool-Aide as they say these days, and I have1 I love Kool-Aide. I've read both of Obama's books and I believe that he will take this in a bold new direction. It may be socialism, but honestly do you think it's shittier here or England? How about Canada? They're socialist and they have a lot more freedom and better health care than us. Do you think you can sit this one out and everything will be fine? If so you deserve a McCain presidency. If you think that McCain would live to finish out his term and that hockey-mom cunt won't sell everything in the White House for three magic pipelines! You are wrong. This is something! This is real! In one week we all will either shit or get thrown off the pot. I stand by my previous vow to riot if Obama looses. I think it will be pretty easy to get one started here in Oakland. I know that most of you who actually read this are already on the same side as me. I only hope that if you're thinking we got this and you can stay home you must not. You cannot! The rest of your life is riding on what happens next Tuesday!

[Battleground Soundings in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin: A Quinnipiac University / Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive / Wall Street Journal Poll

These surveys of likely voters in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan were conducted by Quinnipiac University in partnership with washingtonpost.com and The Wall Street Journal as part of a four-month effort to measure voter sentiment in key battleground states. The four states surveyed in this project provide a snapshot of where things stand less than five months before Election Day and will be followed by regular polling and analysis in the months ahead. Previous survey results »

Oct. 14, 2008: Full Results and Methodology

Key Findings Among Likely Voters

Note: The individual rounded percents may cause the total of some pies to be greater than or less than 100%.

Presidential Preference

If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?

Colorado

McCain (R) 43% -2%

Obama (D) 52% +3%

Michigan

McCain (R) 38% -6%

Obama (D) 54% +6%

Minnesota

McCain (R) 40% -5%

Obama (D) 51% +4%

Wisconsin

McCain (R) 37% -5%

Obama (D) 54% +5%

Favorability

Is your opinion of John McCain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

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Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

Is your opinion of Sarah Palin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?

Key Issues

Which of the following will be the single most important issue in your vote in the election for President this year?

The Economy

Who do you think better understands the economy - John McCain or Barack Obama?

The Economy and Leadership: John McCain

Do you think John McCain has shown effective leadership in dealing with the financial crisis facing the nation?

The Economy and Leadership: Barack Obama

Do you think Barack Obama has shown effective leadership in dealing with the financial crisis facing the nation?

© 2008 The Washington Post Company



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