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A Long Over Due Rant

I just voted. It’s true. I live in a state where we vote in the privacy of our home and stick our ballot in an envelope and mail it in. I heard on the news today that the sooner you send it in, the less likely your chances of being bugged by those annoying political phone calls. I am very happy to be living in such a forward thinking state and the greenest city in the country. A state where it is legal to have your doctor assist you in ending your life. I live in a neighborhood where political signs embracing liberal measures and candidates abound. It can give you a false sense of security.

This election is so critical. We are losing our moral fiber as a country. Quoting Molly Ivans: With
a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush has wiped out a safeguard
against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal
justice since the Magna Carta.
This is only one of the outrageous acts of an administration hell bent on turning us toward fascism. Those in power are perfect examples of how power corrupts. And don’t you just love the spin they are now putting on the war in Iraq, now that they realize how more and more of the country is no longer under their spell?

Mr C and I are news junkies. I love listening to Air America, the left wing radio station. Mr C keeps up with all of the news blogs and checks the polling data. It is nail biting time. The Democrats need to pick up 15 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate to bring some sanity back to Washington. One minute I hear that there will be huge losses for the Republicans and the next that the Republicans will sneak by and maintain control.

I can’t imagine how that could happen. I’ve said this before ?Ǩ If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention. If this country allows the Republicans to stay in control or if the Democrats can’t win back Congress, then not only are we screwed as a country, but we probably deserve what we will get. That is really sad to think about.

My advice to all of you: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Be part of the 2007 voting revolution.

SAD update. My Happy Light and Rise and Shine Light arrived today.I have the Happy Light on my computer desk. I was sitting by it for a while this afternoon when I decided I should read the brochure. It warns that you should use it in the morning for no more than 30 minutes otherwise it can cause sleeplessness and I read on-line that too much of the light can cause manic episodes in some people. Oh, oh ?Ǩ I better be careful I am feeling quite energetic tonight – yee hah! I have the rise and shine light all set up to start at 6:30 and to take 30 minutes to reach full light. I will report on that next time.

What have I been doing? I finished work on another Round Robin collage. Pictures tomorrow. I am also working on a piece for the Making Her Mark show. More on that later.

18 Responses to “A Long Over Due Rant”

  1. I myself never get phone calls but I sure do get a lot of political mail. I actually found a positive use for them as most are postcard quality flyers usually 5×6 or 8×10.

    I use them to make sturdy paper beads for my craft projects.

    I am going to vote the way I am going to vote regardless of the inudating amount of wasted paper they send me.

    Not that it matters as I live in NY and my vote is only muted by the dang electoral college that diminishes what the majority of voters really want!!!

  2. Tonya says:

    Glad you didn’t delete Bonnie’s comment. It always serves us best when a perfect example shows up to make a stronger case for your arguement.

  3. Gerrie says:

    In response to Bonnie:

    Oh, no! I am not going to delete your comment. I shall leave it there for everyone to see. Did you know that the Fox News almost went broke in their first few years? Now look at them – the mouth piece of the immoral right.

  4. Bonnie says:

    I is so amusing to hear a liberal talk about “moral fiber” and also explains why Air America is going broke! Now you can do what liberals do best and delete this comment so there will be no record of someone having the nerve to diagree with your political point of view. Vote early and vote often, another liberal tactic.

  5. Judy says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!
    Judy, in a state where we have a Republican Governor named “Sonny”….need I say more???? Yes, I’ll be voting!

  6. sabasi says:

    Thanks for that rant! I am certainly with you and feel that there is no way that the Republican party can continue to maintain control of this silent majority. Being from Ohio and such a political hotbed right now, I am observing the campaign ads becoming increasingly downright nasty as the tension is rising. Please VOTE and keep HOPE alive! …….run Barack run

  7. terry grant says:

    Unfortunately I have never noticed that voting early decreases the number of political phone calls you get, but it does allow one to interupt with “I’ve already voted.” which brings the call to an early end, except for the prerecorded ones, which I always hang up on anyway.

    Love your rant. I was watching Martha here in the VI this morning and was interrupted by Bush’s news conference which infuriated me. His message was that if we want to be safe and for the economy to prosper we must vote for Republicans in the election, and of course, that we must “stay the course” in Iraq.

  8. Tonya says:

    Man I have so much to say. All in agreement with you.

    I think not only are these people not paying attention, I think to most people it is easier to just hope our government is trustworthy and has our best interest at heart than to take the time to question and learn. That is sad but a great number of people where I live don’t really know what is going on. My sister for instance the other day had no idea who Mark Foley was. See what I mean. I think a good 50% of people are that way and we split down the middle on party lines on the other 50.

    What scares me and it scares me silly, are the electronic voting machines. I live in Tennessee and we have those voting machines that are in question. That makes me ache to think about. With the margins so close and the ability to alter voting records on the machines I am scared for all of us.

    I don’t think anything hurts me and keeps me up at night more than where our country has ended up while we have played hostage to the “right.”

    I am sending out all the love & peace energy into the world with hopes the same as yours.

    Thanks for your post and your outrage.

    Visit me in my blog world anytime. I’m sure you will find someone who agrees with you there.

    Love To You
    Tonya Ruanto

  9. DebR says:

    I adore your rants, Gerrie. They’re always right on the money!

  10. bobbi says:

    I’m with you, gerrie! And I noticed that in our state (oregon) wyden voted against and smith voted for that heinous measure 3930 that bush signed…hope we can replace smith!

  11. Sulia says:

    Well said – I am unenrolled in Massachusetts because there is an independent party here…I vote with my conscience and what is happening in this country is terrifying…..I also teach my kids to vote as a way to have a voice….thanks.

  12. MsLizF says:

    I voted last week and I always vote by mail. Because we have so few people registered in our area, we ususally have no polling place so I vote by mail. I too am a liberial and I hope when the voting takes place that there is a change and those people in power get the message. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!!!

  13. laeroport says:

    Thank you for that. Living in the only blue county in a red state (Kansas) I am so often frustrated that my vote has little weight. But I cast it anyway and am teaching my children to cast their votes as well. It matters. And I hope and pray it matters to enough people that we can make a change. Only 817 more days of W!

  14. Amy says:

    I’ve been waiting for one of your rants. (I have an uber-republican friend who is even “upset” to put it mildly…)

    “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    -Ben Franklin

  15. Kathie says:

    Here in Wisconsin we have both a marriage amendment referendum and a death penalty rederendum facing us on the ballot in less than two weeks. And I am NOT optimistic about the outcome on either. Hopeful bot not real optimistic…

  16. Mary Manahan says:

    I’m with you, Gerrie. Next Tuesday we Pennsylvanians need to kick out that Santorum brat!

  17. dee says:

    wahoo..I do love me a good Gerrie rant. I don’t even need the happy light today! Thank goodness for you and thanks for the great start to my day…we sure do need a voting miracle. Up the revolution baby

  18. Good rant. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that I had been seen the wrong absentee ballot until it was too late to request a new one (10 days mailing time in each direction). I really hope that the majority of Californians choose to vote the same way I would have, so that our government can have some balance again. I can’t wait to hear about you “Making Her Mark” piece. I met the curator (my mind is currently a blank as to her name) in France and would like to contribute something, but preparing for my show has taken priority.