Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Elections Ae Depressing

A few weeks back Aviva wanted to watch the vice presidential debates. I watched about 15 minutes and decided I didn't want to watch any more. Firstly because it was already clear to me that I was voting for Obama over McCain. Second, I could see where Biden and Palin were each going in the debate. And lastly, it was depressing because as ridiculous as Palin sounded I knew that there are people out there that no matter what they heard would only hear amd think "those democrats are going to raise my taxes." It was depressing that no matter what happens there are people that won't vote for Obama because he's black. It was depressing that the people that will vote for our next president are the same people that elected Bush after witnessing his presidency for four years.

Today I got this email as proof.


  1. I don't see it as depressing. I knock on wood furiously as I write this, but the preponderance of evidence is that we are about to elect the first black president of the US.

    I've argued against everyone (like my parents) who's said in the course of this election the country wasn't ready for this. I knew we are, and knew it a couple of years ago when it started. But at the beginning of my voting life, almost 20 years ago, I would have told you it wasn't going to happen in my lifetime.

    Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction once said that when this generation (he was talking about us) came to power, things would turn around. We're the generation that's over homophobia, racism, and religious intolerance. I think he nailed it, and this election will be the one that proves it.

    You'll never get rid of assholes any more than you'll ever get rid of athelete's foot. That email is pretty foul, but the average is moving upwards. Once upon a time, the knuckledragger who wrote that would have had the same amount of conviction that slavery was a pillar of the American way.

    Not only am I proud of America for doing this, I think this is the one thing that may preserve our status as a great nation in the eyes of the world. There was a good editorial to that effect today:

    Anyway, long-winded reply. KNOCK ON WOOD! But I think the end result of this election is going to make me feel great.

  2. I certainly hope you're right, but I'm not so optimistic. What will make difference this time? I can see that Obama is more appealing than Kerry, but I would like to think that McCain is more appealing than Bush was (the second time). We live in a country where so many people want a president that they could have a beer with, a president that is "on their level", a president that doesn't use big words. I hope you're right.


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