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Obama Won, Now What?

4 Nov

I wrote this last week, in response to a comment asking me ‘what if’ Obama wins. Since it appears he has, my post from last week is now being bumped up. It sums up how I plan to go forward now that Obama has been elected President.

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A commentor in another thread asked:

“ok….. Now what will you do if Obama wins this election? I am not saying he will, but if he does, what will you do other than live with it? I can’t seem to get any answers from anyone. Democrats, Republicans?

Here’s my answer: I’m confident I would find a way to deal with an Obama win just as I was able to deal with the 2000 and 2004 win of another candidate I didn’t support (George Bush). I would have to find a way to accept it if a majority of my fellow Americans were to select Obama as their choice.

I don’t have to like it. I don’t have to vote for him myself, but I would have to accept the will of the people. That’s how democracy works and I like democracy, so I’ll abide by the rules.

Then, on Nov 5th, I’d dedicate myself to helping the politicians I do support, while also lobbying my congressmen (yeah, they’re all men in my state) to support the legislation I believe in too.

If it looks like Reid, Pelosi, Obama are going hog wild in Washington, then I’ll harp on my congressmen to reign them in. I don’t know if it will make a difference or not, but I’ll sure try.

I’ll speak up more; I’ll yell louder. I’ll put my meager funds (what is left after Obama redistributes the wealth) to work harder than ever before towards politicians, policies, and causes I believe in.

The days of being a complacent voter are over for me. That’s the result of two awful Bush administrations. I’m all fired up to prevent further damaging screw ups by any future White House administrations.

I also intend to work as hard as ever to get more women into office. We need more leaders like Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and Hillary Clinton. That is my priority #1regardless of who wins the election.

Jon Stewart had a great comment in Entertainment Weekly a couple months ago. In the issue where he and Stephen Colbert appeared on the cover in a satire of the New Yorker Obama cover, Entertainment Weekly asked: Do you think anything will change if the Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress?

JON STEWART replied: “Look at what they promised when they took over Congress. I’ve never heard such hardcore rhetoric. ”The era of the blank check is over! And we will send a sternly worded memorandum — nonbinding — to somebody at the White House. Not necessarily the inner executive circle, we certainly don’t want to offend, but…” And then they got in and were like, ”Really, you want to eavesdrop? Okay, we’ll let this one go. But this is the last blank check! Unless you want another. But let me say this: The next one will not be blank, because we’ll just write in the memo line. Can we write in memo? Would you be bothered by that?”

In other-words, an Obama win doesn’t change what is already broken in Washington. It just gives the dem players a power boost. Are you satisfied with the job the dems in Congress have done so far? I’m not. Giving them more power doesn’t seem like a good solution when they can’t handle what they already have. I certainly  don’t need or want Congressman Barney Frank playing with the US economy again. Pelosi’s leadership is lacking.

I like the idea of having John McCain as President and the dems in control in Congress. The governing split among the two parties would force them to work together to get anything done. It’s not the ideal way to get bipartisanship, but it will suffice.  Forcing everyone to compromise and work together for America is the necessary as both parties have shown a remarkable inability to find solutions unless they’re forced by angry voters.

I want an overhaul of the dem party and the dem primary process. The caucus system is not fair to all dem voters. There was fraud and manipulation that awarded delegates in a way that defied common sense. We need to fix the process. I don’t care for how Howard Dean and Donna Brazile handled the dem party either. We need a full scale operation cleanse and purge within the DNC. PUMA Pac, Riverdaughter at The Confluence, and Democrats for Principle Before Party are fired up to work on that post election. I’m happy to help where/when I can on that front too.

I hope Obama does not win. I question his leadership ability, his experience level, and his judgement. I don’t think Obama can win. He doesn’t have enough Hillary supporters backing him. The dem base is not united. If I am wrong and Obama were to win, I’d continue to support the people and issues I believe in. That won’t change for me regardless of who is ultimately the ‘winner’.

Update: The awesome, powerful, amazing blog Hillbuzz has a plan for after the election too.

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Texas woman, 92, votes in ambulance

4 Nov

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What an inspiration. If this lady can vote, everyone can. Let’s motivate people. Get to the polls and vote!

SAN ANTONIOBetty Owen is 92 and after a stroke four years ago, needs a feeding tube and can’t walk. But she was determined not to miss Tuesday’s election. She arrived at her polling place on a gurney in an ambulance, where an election judge and support worker climbed aboard with an electronic voting machine and let her cast her ballot.

“And you have voted,” precinct judge Sam Green said after Owen pushed the red button finalizing her choices. “You know, you look so pretty in that red dress.”

Owen grinned, the San Antonio Express-News reported in Tuesday’s online edition.

Her daughter arranged for the ambulance ride at the last minute after Owen failed to get an absentee ballot.

Owen, a Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II, cast her first ballot for Wendell Willkie, a Republican running against Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

She became a Democrat after voting for John Kennedy in 1960. She cast a straight Democratic ballot Tuesday.

Obama is Democrats’ Bush

4 Nov

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(CNN) — When Will Bower, an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and lifelong Democrat, founded PUMA, Party Unity My A**, his mission was to express frustration in the Democratic Party. Fast forward six months to Election Day, and he is proud to say he’s cast his ballot for the candidate he “trusts” most: John McCain.

“I see Barack Obama as essentially being the Democratic George Bush,” Bower said. “It’s a reactionary movement. People like John McCain and Hillary Clinton represent mores stability and sensibility to me.”

Bower started the PUMA movement in the days leading up to the suspension of Clinton’s presidential campaign in early June.

The initiative was not to rally support for McCain but to unite those who don’t want Obama as president.

The group is predominantly composed of female Clinton supporters, Bower told CNN in early June, but he has also helped launch the Just Say No Deal, a nationwide coalition that he estimated has 2 million voters who are also vowing to “say no” to the Illinois senator.

The 36-year-old Washington resident has never voted for a Republican in his 18 years of qualifying to vote but said he feels that Obama does not represent the voice of the Democratic Party but the “leadership” of the Democratic National Committee.

“I didn’t want to validate corruption or reward the campaign for what I thought was a fraudulent victory,” Bower said. “What I am left with is a matter of trust. I have very little trust for Barack Obama. Even though John McCain and I might have differences on various issues, I trust him.

“[McCain is] a bipartisan leader, and I think that’s the kind of leadership we need right now,” Bower added.

Only during Clinton’s convention speech in Denver, Colorado, did Bower consider not voting for McCain, but at no point was he swayed toward Obama.

He credits the Arizona senator’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate in helping to decide his vote.

“I think [Sarah Palin] is essentially as qualified as Barack Obama,” Bower said. “The benefit of Palin is that she is only second on the ticket, as opposed to first. I feel that Barack Obama is no more qualified than Sarah Palin.”

As for the other members of PUMA, Bower says the majority will be casting votes for McCain, just as he did.

“There are plenty of PUMAs who are still not ready to go the extra step [and vote McCain], but they are not ready to vote for Obama, either.”

Those voters, he says, will either abstain from voting, vote third-party or write in Clinton’s name.

Only a small percentage of members have shifted toward supporting Obama, but if those members pull the lever for the Democratic nominee, they are “no longer a PUMA,” Bower said.

My Candidate 2012

4 Nov

Next time, I want to be able to vote for her!

Black Panthers Intimidating Voters in Philly

4 Nov

Via HillBuzz:

FOX just reported on air that Black Panther members are intimidating voters in Philadelphia — people who don’t look like they would vote for Obama.

We told you months ago that in Chicago, Obama supporters told us that this was their plan for election day — to hire gang members, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, you name it and use these men for “voter turnout” efforts in Philly, Gary (Indiana), Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh, you name it. Anywhere with a large black population, where white and Hispanic voters (read: Hillary voters) could be intimdated and kept from the polls.

Glad the police are on top of this in Philly.  Obama’s followers will try this in every major city, from what we are told. They are especially desperate in Philadelphia, because they need big numbers there to win the state, and the only way they will get that is through fraud and intimidation (aka, The Obama Way).

If you see Obama’s followers doing this in your city, call the police immediately, then start calling the local news. Follow that up with a call to the McCain/Palin voter hotline. Post what you see at HillBuzz, if you can — they’re monitoring things all day.

866-976-VOTE = Honest Election Hotline

Update: Here’s video of the police arriving on scene



4 Nov

Time to Vote!

4 Nov

CNN has a very cool map with the election poll closing times of each state. If you’re curious you can see it here.