Monday, November 01, 2010
Don't forget to VOTE
tomorrow. Since we're all in an election mood, I thought I'd post this inspirational message from friend and artist George Boorujy (with his permission). We're totally on your page, George!
Remember that time when we elected Barack Obama president? The general feeling was ,"Whew! That was HARD! (brushing hands off) Who needs a drink?!"
And do you also remember having this little feeling in your head - maybe it was even a BIG feeling - that now everything was going to be fine? We could get back to work and let everything take care of itself. We got a good guy in the White House, now everything will work out.
Wrong. Do you think Karl Rove just sat around after he got his first little victory? No. No he did not. It took A LOT of effort - concerted effort - to move this country so far to the right. And one little presidential election, regardless of how historic, is just one step.
As has been widely noted, this election cycle has been completely bat-shit crazy. People who previously wouldn't have been considered a realistic contender for town dog catcher are actually on the ballot. And actually have WIDE support. It's easy to laugh at them because they are indeed clownish buffoons, but I remember laughing my ass off about George W Bush during the Republican primaries. In fact, I remember thinking it was such a shame he'd be out of it so soon because he was hilariously stupid and funnier than anything on Saturday Night Live at the time.
Who's laughing now?
In order for us to pull ourselves out of what is a horrible hole, we need to reject the path that put us here. Obama has been in office for two years. People complain about him not being able to get anything done. Well, why do you think he hasn't been able to get anything done?! Seriously, anything he wants, the Republicans block. And if more of them get in, even LESS will get done.
The phrase "our economy is in the ditch" has been used quite a bit. Well, you know what? It needs to stay in the ditch. We need to build a NEW economy, not patch together the old one to keep it running for a few more years until it's in the ditch again. I don't want to get too side-tracked on my plan for rebuilding the economy, but rest assured, I have one ;)
Also one of the most important things we can do is to repeal the Bush tax cuts. Anyone against this is nuts. Seriously. Let's just do a little imagination game here...
I want you to think back... ah yes, back... back to the 90's. There was some Mariah Carey on the air, you were hearing things about an internetcyberweb, and the wealthy were all living in cardboard boxes by the side of the road.
What? You don't remember that last part? Hmmmm... I wonder if that's because that never happened. Because they were STILL RICH without the Bush tax cuts. And will still be filthy rich - in fact richer - when they are repealed.
"But hey", you may be thinking, "What about me? I remember Bush sending me a check for 383 dollars." Cool. Yeah. 383 dollars. So you going to pay for health care, private school, national defense and road maintenance with that 383?
The funny - or pathetic - thing is, that the most staunchly Tea Party, Republican, anti-Big Government places in this nation actually receive the most tax dollars. For a small example, New Jersey gets $0.61 for each tax dollar it puts in, whereas Mississippi gets $2.02. You can look this stuff up. It's crazy. As crazy as people at Tea Party rallies shouting about how the government better keep their damn hands off my Medicare. sigh...
OK. I'll end my rant. Basically ;) And URGE you to vote. Vote Democratic. I don't even care if it's the lesser of two evils. THAT STILL MEANS IT'S THE LESSER. When you're steering a boat the size of this country you have to do it incrementally.
Now, if you're not from New York, feel free to stop reading now. If you ARE from New York I got something to say. What a shocker, huh?...
VOTE FOR CUOMO!
I know Paladino is down in the polls, but I want him to get such a resounding ass-kicking that it will send a powerful message to whack-jobs everywhere. Make no mistake, this guy is bad news. Unless, of course, you're a racist homophobe with no idea how sustainable economies are built. Then he's awesome.
This is a guy who, after a string of suicides by homosexual teens called homosexuality "not a viable lifestyle." Not viable, huh? As in "not live-able"? As in an endorsement for suicide among gay teens? Cool. Nice logic, Paladino. Also - good job on the bestiality and racism!
And one more issue that has not gotten enough attention - the Marcellus Shale natural gas upstate. This is a potential resource. This could provide energy. But it could also destroy the environment upstate and POISON OUR DRINKING WATER IN NEW YORK CITY. That's right. Potentially poison the drinking water for over 8 million people. Paladino wants to start drilling immediately. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. Do we need more disasters and death in the fossil fuel business? How about first asking people to use less energy? You know, just for starters?
OK. So sorry this has been such a long rant. I really thought I was just going to say, "VOTE!" But then I got going, and those of you who know me well know how I get when get going...
So Vote! And don't vote for any jackasses! You know who I'm talking about...
Your friend (even after this I hope),