Thursday, May 08, 2008

Obama in '08, Butteris in 2020

Yep, a Political Blog

I received in e-mail the other day from a co-worker who apparently was unfamiliar with my political beliefs and who I am voting for. Below is the e-mail, my comments will be in bold, the email in italics:

Subject: The Obama Tidal Wave

> I'm so afraid to vote and so afraid NOT to vote, but this sure doesn't
> sound like a solution to me!!!!

> Subject: The Obama Tidal Wave>

> We are witnessing a political phenomenon with Barack Obama of rare
> magnitude. His speeches have inspired millions and yet most of his
> followers have no idea of what he stands for except platitudes of
> "Change" or that he says he will be a "Uniter".(I believe Bushie boy claimed he was a Uniter)

> The power of speech from a charismatic person truly can be a powerful
> thing.

> Certainly Billy Graham had charisma and both his manner of speech and
> particularly the content changed millions. On the extreme other hand,
> the charisma of Adolph Hitler inspired millions and the results were
> catastrophic. (People like Billy Graham, and now Pat Robertson are part of the major problems of this country, talk about people following blindly, and yes, I am a Christian)

> Barack Obama certainly is no Hitler or a Billy Graham, but for many
> Americans out there feeling just like a surfer who might be ecstatic
> and euphoric while riding a tidal wave, the real story is what happens
> when it hits shore. Just Some of What Defines Barack Obama:>

> . He voted against banning partial birth abortion.>

> . He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state
> abortions.

> (I don't touch the abortion issue, no way am I getting involved on this)

> . Supports affirmative action in Colleges and Government.
(This is a program designed to help, but it needs to be scaled back a little bit. However, it is probably necessary in certain areas still, so, no problem to me

> . In 2001 he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing.
(First, you have to look at his constituents, South Chicago. Also, unless there is violence, let's not crowd our jails, especially if it is Marijuana)>

> . Says he will deal with street level drug dealing as a minimum wage affair.

> . Admitted marijuana and cocaine use in high school and in college.
(Good for him, we all have past demons...Also, George Bush, cocaine...yeah, let's not be hypocrites)>

> . His religious convictions are very murky.
(Says who? The man is a Christian. His pastor went crazy, sure, but that isn't an issue to me)

> . He is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

> . Has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim nations.

(What is wrong with diplomacy? As Kennedy said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.")

> . Opposed the Patriot Act.
(Just because the word Patriot is in it, doesn't make it good. It infringes on citizen's constitutional rights...good for Obama to oppose this shit Act)

> . First bill he signed that was passed was campaign finance reform.
(Sounds good to me, that shit is getting out of control, Hey Republicans, McCain is your nominee...let us not forget the McCain/Feingold act)

> . Voted No on prohibiting law suits against gun manufacturers.
(The one thing I am not a huge fan of his is he has wants increased gun control, which isn't a bad idea, but goes against the 2nd Amendment a little bit. Once again, jsut remember, he represented South Chicago in the IL Senate, where guns are out of control)

> . Supports universal health-care.
(I would say this to be a good thing)

> . Voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.
(Just because Georgie can't pronounce Habeas Corpus, doesn't mean we should disregard a part of our Constitution)>

> . Supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
(Well, one license works for like, 23 people. Ok, that was bad, but funny)

> . Supports extending welfare to illegal immigrants.

> . Voted NO to making English the official language of the USA.
(Remember, this is a free country, do, speak, commerce, as you please)
> . Voted yes on comprehensive immigration reform.

> . Voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.

> . Wants to make the minimum wage a "living wage".
(Our minimum wage sucks, people can't 'live' off of it)

> Voted with Democratic Party 96 percent of 251 votes.
(Well, I guess he is a Democrat..shocking)

> . Is a big believer in the separation of church and state.
(I love this one...Separation of Church and State is right in the constitution!)

> . Opposed to any efforts to Privatize Social Security and instead supports increasing the amount of tax paid.
(I personally wouldn't mind privatization, but let's face it, it isn't going to happen)

> . He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.>

> . He voted No on repealing the "Death" Tax>

> . He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax.
(Not sure, but isn't this a rich person tax?)

> . Has repeatedly said the surge in Iraq has not succeeded.
(Worst War, EVER! He is right)

> . He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some doing.

> If your political choices are consistent with Barack Obama's and you
> think that his positions will bring America together or make it a
> better place, then you will probably enjoy the ride and not forward this Email. If you are like most Americans that after examining what he stands for, are truly not in line with his record, it would be prudent to get off the wave or better yet, never get on, before it comes on shore and undermines the very foundations of this great Country.
(George W. Bush might have well spat on the Constitution, time for a change. I am riding this wave still)

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