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getting to work

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Wednesday 5 November 2008 by amanda

Now it’s time to get back to work.  Gay marriage bans passed in Arizona, Florida and California.  As Obama said last night – this isn’t the end, this is the beginning of change.  Now we have to really get moving and actually figure out how to make things work in this tanking economy, two wars, horrible world standing (slightly higher this morning), heart-rending poverty and general disparity in population, huge partisanship and bitterness all over the political spectrum.

I’m personally further left than Obama, but what I’m seeing is that political realism HAS to take priority over our idealism in many ways.  This is for several reasons – 

1 – this country needs help.  if the dems in congress go overboard and push through a progressive agenda that is not palatable to moderates (I have no worry about catering to the right – who cares), i question how effective measures will be.

2 – i worry that the dems in congress will squander the advantage they have and push partisanship, ending up in a swing back to the right in 2, 4 or 6 years.  totally alienating moderates is not the way to effectively move forward.

once again, i have to say that I KNOW this means that legislation that I really want is not as possible as it would be if the dems are willing to push through legislation.  However, I do think that for the good of unity, moving forward in a meaningful way, and understanding that Obama has a HORRIBLE state of the union to deal with, everybody needs to take a deep breath and not go overboard with majority in a way that will create a backlash from the moderate/right that will undo everything.

speaking of undoing…we could probably spend all 4 years just trying to undo the damage that the bush administration has done to civil liberties. 

this election has given us a huge opportunity.  now we actually have to make the most of it.

PS – I know I may get a lot of flak for this post from my liberal friends.  I think that moving forward is really just a continuation of the debate of 1) do we go all out for exactly what we want in the end, regardless that it may create backlash and we may end up with nothing?, or 2) do we go for the part-way, do what we can right now, and keep working?  

Sometimes I feel one way, sometimes the other.  Right now I’m feeling like moderation is where we’re going to have to go to really get things done.

happiest day since Kieran was born.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Tuesday 4 November 2008 by amanda

this is the most amazing day.  i have literally cried with happiness.  I had compassion for John McCain, who was able to give an appropriate and compassionate concession speech.  I am so happy.  excited, yes.  ecstatic, yes!  just plain HAPPY.  many of my future worries are just a little bit tamped down.  today is an amazing day.

i voted! :)

Posted in Life in general with tags , on Tuesday 4 November 2008 by amanda

Kieran helped me vote about a 1/2 hour ago (10 AM).  The polling place was well organized, with a steady stream of incoming voters and a good system for moving people through.  Sigh of relief…at least THIS polling district seems to be running well!  I was disappointed, though, that I had an electronic ballot.  I just don’t like them as much – I like the idea that there is a paper copy that I filled out.

Walking away from the polling booth, I have to say I felt and still feel much stronger in this election than I have felt in the past.  This is my 3rd presidential election, and it may be that I’m actually really excited about the Democratic candidate, or it may be that I really feel that Obama can realistically win this.

I wish I was volunteering today, but I’m going to wait until Kieran is a little older and in day care…I can’t just leave him all day.  If I could bring him with, I’d be there, but my volunteer services will just have to wait one more election.

Not that I should need to say this, but MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!!!!!!!

on not voting

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Saturday 1 November 2008 by amanda

i heard an interview on NPR the other day, in which they interviewed 3 people who do not plan to vote.  I was very interested in hearing why people would not vote, and go on a radio show to talk about it.  It implies that they have thought about it, and are not simply totally apathetic.  Generally, what it boiled down to: 1) I live in a totally red/blue state – my vote won’t matter anyway, and 2) I’m not happy with either candidate, I hate our two-party system, and when I voted for a 3rd party candidate 20 years ago, they didn’t win, so what’s the point?

I didn’t walk away feeling terribly understanding to their apparent plight.  I mean, if you’re interested enough in politics to feel terribly strongly that our two-party system or the electoral college is seriously problematic, and you’re not voting for that reason, what aren’t you interested enough to 1) vote for a 3rd party candidate to make your voice heard…if everybody that preferred 3rd party candidates actually voted, or if everybody that hated the two-party system took the time to research and vote for third party candidates, I think it would be a big chunk of the population and 2) if the electoral college system sucks so much, why not spend some time donating money/time to an organization trying to change it?

I’m not saying it has to become your whole life – few people want to dedicate their careers to changing the US electoral system, and that’s fine.  But if you feel strong enough to give up your (ideally) most direct way of impacting the government, I would argue that by sitting out (and pouting, it seems), you’re not changing anything.  You’re just making sure that nobody hears your voice.  And what’s the point in that?

sarah’s debate flow chart

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Wednesday 8 October 2008 by amanda

Sarah Palin Flowchart

incredible.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Friday 3 October 2008 by amanda

I can’t believe I didn’t see this video before or hear about it.  This is part of a fantastic speech by AFL-CIO Treasury Secretary Richard Trumka on racism and the election.  It’s worth listening to the whole thing.