As part of his re-election bid Obama is doing a facebook town hall. I’d encourage people to send in good questions maybe we can actually get some straight answers from this administration. Here is my question:
How do you justify starting a war in Libya without the consent of the people or Congress, which is in violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution?
I’m not holding my breath though I’m sure they will pick a bunch of softballs for him to answer.
I went over to President Obama’s new USAService.org website to check things out and I stumbled onto the care packages for the troops website. I checked on it to see what was on it, and in particular, to see what their list looked like. Here is the list they give:
Crossword or Sudoku Books
Baby wipes or Purelle hand wipes
Packs of Gum
Girl Scout Cookies
Tooth paste and toothbrush
Really? beanie babies. What the fuck is that for? Am I supposed to throw it at someone’s head when they pull a gun on me? Besides that, it is a pretty decent list, but I would propose some amendments to it that I know would be well received by the troops:
Cigarettes (preferably Camel Lights, Marlboro Reds, or P-Lights)
Dip/Chew (Copenhagen, Skoal, or Redman)
Porno Mags (’nuff said)
Regular Mags (Maxim, Stuff, SI, ESPN, etc)
Tapatio (Best hot sauce ever)
Cigarettes (you can never have too many)
Candy (how did they miss that one?)
There you go. Send a package that includes the proposed amendments above and you will be sure bring smilies to many faces, much more so than if you send a beanie baby.
Via Paris 2e (here and here) it looks like some group in Paris has been biting off of Shepherd Fairey’s Obama campaign poster. For all of their professed dislike of American things they sure are quick to parrot the cooler aspects of Americana, and I guess translating ‘Yes We Can’ into french was too arduous of a task.
In other news Obama unveiled his National Security team today and the big three of Hillary Clinton, General James Jones, and Robert Gates are really impressive. It’s good to see people in the administration who aren’t ‘Yes Men.’ None of these people will have any problems telling Obama that they disagree with him and offer dissenting views or alternatives. That being said I think they will all work hard for the President despite any disagreements they may have. It’s just reassuring to see capable people being nominated for cabinet positions again.
I wanted to wait a bit and digest yesterdays events before I wrote up my feelings. So first off unless you live in a cave you know that Obama won. I’m exceedingly happy that he won, since he was who I was pulling for. His campaign was the first campaign that I have ever been interested enough in to donate some of my not-really-hard-earned-skrilla.
I sat around for most of last night waiting and waiting for the results to come in, and hoping for the best. Most of the tension came early in the day as once the results came in there wasn’t much drama. McCain got trounced, and one of the main reasons was the Palin-monkey. I could have handled a McCain administration sans Palin, but with her I would have been worried about McCain’s health 24/7. In the hours after Obama was elected all I really felt was a bit of shock and tons of relief. Relief that the election was finally over, and relief that Bush’s stank will soon be over. I woke up this morning still tired but feeling much happier than I have in months. I attribute this to knowing that Bush’s reign is almost over, and with it I feel like there is the light at the end of the tunnel in Iraq. This war plagues my thoughts on a daily basis, and I spend so much energy thinking about the war, the deaths, the monetary costs; and then that transposes itself into my burning–like the duel Tattooine suns burning–hatred for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. On this one issue Obama gets no lee-way at fucking all. I will give him the benefit of the doubt of a lot of issues, but on Iraq there is none, for me. On all the other issues I will be patient, vigilant, and actively involved in making my views known to my representatives. Obama will have my goodwill and full support, but I won’t give him a free pass.
Another outcome of last night is that finally being built up year after year the youth vote finally showed up. We had a decisive effect on the election helping to tip the scale, and I think the better candidate won, but that remains to be seen. Ask me in four years. Even more encouraging was the fact that the voter turnout was higher than any election in the last century, as over 130 million people voted. Some regions of the country saw up to 90% of their registered electorate vote. Amazing numbers.
McCain last night gave in my view his best speech of the campaign, and it reminded me of why I wanted him to win in 2000. The money quote:
I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.
This was an important note for McCain to make especially since his rallies have been extremely angry and volitile lately. Like John Wayne said after Kennedy won “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president, and I hope he does a good job.” Wise words for all of us to take to heart, and you can’t argue with The Duke.
Combine that speech with his appearance on SNL a few days earlier, and you have a couple of the best moments of the McCain campaign. Unfortunately, I think he was swayed by the neo-cons on his staff and the religious right. He sold his soul to the worst elements of his party and I think that if he had run a more moderate campaign like the old McCain, and if he would have picked a real VP, things could have been much different.
Obama’s speech last night wasn’t quite what I expected but it was a good, solid, conciliatory speech. This was the quote that struck me:
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
Hopefully I can come off saying this without sounding like a groupie, but Obama winning is important. The first minority president of a major western nation. Where else could this happen. Not many places, but we are the first, and I think that speaks volumes about our nation. The only nation on Earth that wasn’t founded on race or ethnicity, but with an idea. The idea that everyone is free, and that free people can govern themselves. Some of the founders didn’t think that our republic would last 20 years let alone the 232 we have lasted. It has been painful for me to watch the standing of our country fall precipitously over the last few years. Watching the current administration conduct a war like two virgins fucking in the dark, learning about our government conducting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, learning about the administration spying on innocent Americans without a warrant. These types of injustices have been hard to watch, and have lost us all kinds of respect throughout the world. With that loss of respect I’ve had to listen to all these wanna-be leaders around the world talk shit just because we are a bit down on our luck, and no one’s manning the helm. Well last night the world got put on fucking notice. America’s back bitches. Regardless of what you think of Obama, we all witnessed history last night. I really feel that our founders would have been exceedingly proud of what happened last night, especially Alexander Hamilton.
Will Obama make everything alright, well shit no of course not, but we have done something, once again, that sets a benchmark for the rest of the world follow. So if that allows me to gloat, and gives volume to my constant assertions that this is the best fucking country in the world, then so be it. I don’t need the validation, but for a few months at least the rest of the world will have to again acknowledge that yes America is the shit. No one knows how these next four years will work out, but I can say with certainty that it will be better than the last eight. I hope that the republican party crawls out of the cave they have been in and take a good long hard look in the mirror. They need to come home to the true principles of conservatism–limited government, individual rights, modest foreign policy, etc–because this country needs two parties. We don’t need the neo-cons, we need real conservatives, because while I am hopeful about Obama, I am not hopeful about Pelosi and Reid.
I will continue to feel happy, hopeful, and relieved for the next 75 days until Bush gets the fuck out. Then the real work of putting this country back together starts. But until then I will sit back and celebrate the history made, and the fucking awesomeness of America. Speaking of celebrating here is a video I got from The Daily Dish of a celebration going on here in the ‘fake’ America last night:
For me that was one of the worst aspects of the McCain campaign, and a slap in the face to everyone I know who doesn’t live in the ‘real’ America, but yet served their country honorably. It’s not often that you see a group spontaneously break out into singing the American anthem. I love that video, and it sends chills up my spine. I wish I was there for that moment. I have to say I truly, deeply love country, our flag, and our anthem. Even though at times the Marine Corps was unbearable, if the need ever arose, I am still willing to die for my country and the ideals of our Constitution.
After that it will be time to get to work, because as the old saying goes politics is a contact sport not a spectator sport. So I implore everyone to keep your enthusiasm up, stay in touch with your representatives, and let them know where you stand on the issues as they come up. One last thing since I’m on the East Coast and it is relatively close by, I’m thinking of going to the inauguration this year. If you are planning on going let me know.
Hopefully many of you have voted, or are getting ready to vote. Either way here is a great video to help pass sometime until the results start coming in. On a side note why does there always seem to be problems in Florida? Get your act together Florida. Stop being the poster-state for dysfunction. Also why is it that Election Day isn’t a national holiday? I don’t get that, and hopefully it is something that gets changed in the next few years. Well enjoy the video. Go Lando!
Hey all you people out there need to go vote tomorrow–especially you 18-30 year olds. Every year you bitches cop out, get all lazy, and stay home. Don’t be fags. Get the fuck out and vote tomorrow. Do you people realize how lucky we are that we don’t have to do shit to vote. We are born with the right to vote. All throughout history people have been fighting for the right to vote, and we live in a time where we get it as a birthright. This is one of the most important things you can do, so don’t fuck it up.
Also you women out there are getting pretty lazy too. I mean how can you get disenfranchised when you have only had suffrage for 88 years. Not even a whole century and yet I hear about so many women who don’t vote, and aren’t even registered. Seriously if you don’t vote then you have no reason to complain for the next 4 years. One more thing if you’re voting for Nader do yourself a favor and tie a millstone to your next and jump into a large body of water. If you’re voting for McCain the election has been moved to November 11. To find a polling station near you go here.
The McCain campaign seems hell-bent on continuing their fallacious attacks against Obama. It’s one thing to bring up policy differences and debate the validity of differing ideologies, but McCain doesn’t seem to want to do that. Instead he has decided to employ Rovian tactics of lying with the hopes that if it is said enough and with enough conviction people will believe it is true. His new ad attacking Obama for wanting to teach kindergartners about sex is just that, an outright lie. Here is the link to FactCheck.org article that calls out McCain.
Good lord just listening to O’Reilly gets me angry. He doesn’t seem to get that the deficit is through the roof and something needs to be done or my generation and those younger will be left with nothing. Some people have been making sure that they get every goddamn penny that’s coming to them–I’m looking at you baby boomers–and to hell with the future. Nobody likes higher taxes, but because of Iraq and the out of control spending of the last 8 years, everyone should just tighten their belts a bit until we can get back on track. Check it out for yourself.
In this second video O’Reilly brings up all the drama from the past year or so. I like how Obama turns the whole Daily Kos and Moveon.org issue around by comparing what they say to some of the imflammatory things Fox News has said about Obama in the past.