My last political statement of the campaign…

Because you’re all tired of it, right? The hype, the rhetoric, the ‘distortion of the truth’ (heck, they can’t even come right out and say the word “lies”).

Everyone has pretty much made up their minds anyway. The level of frustration in this nation is high–believe me, I sympathize. Here I sit on a glorious autumn morning, waiting to meet a client instead of going out and doing the things I enjoy on my one day off. I’m not out walking the dog among the fall foliage when it is at the height of its color. I’m not working on my story-on-a-deadline that I will probably miss.

No, I’m working on my day off because that’s par for the course right now. That’s okay. I’m glad for the increase in work. After the last five years of not knowing how I was going to make ends meet, after borrowing money from my mother to make my health insurance premiums (why yes, Mr. Romney, borrowing from your elderly parent is indeed a perfectly acceptable way of paying your bills, thank you for suggesting that as a permanent solution to my economic woes), and even seriously considering dropping my health insurance altogether in favor of paying the mortgage instead, I’ve seen things pick up dramatically in the last year.

I work in what is essentially a luxury industry. I don’t think of it that way myself–I think pets are vital to the health and happiness of many people, and my pets are members of my family. But like dentists and eye doctors, business falls off when times get tough in favor of paying bills for things that you simply can’t function without, like a working car or the well pump in your house. Sure, eyes, teeth, and pets are important, but they are things people will let slide for more pressing debts and concerns. So I feel my profession is a sensitive indicator of economic recovery–and I’m telling you, business is booming. After a long dry spell, people are coming in again. They are still picking and choosing services, they still have to defer expensive, non-lifethreatening procedures. But the day is packed with appointments, and I am meeting clients at night after work and on my days off to get everyone seen. Why? Because after five very lean years, I can’t afford to turn away ANY business right now. I’m so deep in the hole that I don’t know I’ll ever get out. And yes, I write smutty stories on the side because a) I enjoy writing them and b) the royalty check from them usually pays the mortgage.

But right now, I am so swamped, so over-extended that I come home too tired to write, too exhausted and drained to walk the energetic dog, too apathetic to do dishes, laundry, cook dinner, etc. etc.

So why am I supporting President Obama’s re-election? Because the upsurge in my work is proof positive to me that his gradual reconstruction of the American economy is working after the eight years that the Bush administration had to run it into the ground. You can’t build on a crappy foundation. When the basic foundation is rotten, you have to tear down the existing framework, dig out the rot and decay. and lay new footers on solid ground. That takes time, people.

But I’m writing now because I’m angry with the President. I’m angry because we have more at stake than we’ve ever had before and I’m sick with fear that he will lose the re-election. As I drove to my appointment this morning, once again, I noticed the placement of political yard signs–more this year than I can ever recall seeing before.  I’m sad to say I live in a red state and that the overwhelming number of signs have been for Romney. (I’m sorry, but my brain sees that wavy R on the white background and auto-corrects his name to R-MONEY.)

The signs aren’t just flat out supportive of their candidate either–they are also ugly, anti-Obama signs with a level of meanness that I’ve never seen in a campaign before. In fact, when I went looking for a photo of the newest Obama yard sign to post in this blog, I found more hateful anti-Obama signs than pro-Obama signs. NOBAMA seems to be the most common one, but I’ve also seen in blaze orange (from the sportsmen, presumably) DEFEAT OBAMA and more recently, a stylized figure of a star spangled woman on the new, light blue background: Sluts for Obama.  Seriously?

So why am I angry with the President? I’m mad because he needs to fire his campaign designers and re-draft his message at the eleventh hour. The pale blue sign with “obama for president” in tiny letters comes across as anemic and self-deprecating. You can barely read it from the roadside–it makes it seem as though the people posting the sign are ashamed to support President Obama. I can see the yard signs for the opposing side 50 feet away as I approach them–their names are emblazoned on my retinas by the time I pass the house displaying said sign.

Fire your marketing guy, Mr. President. Seriously.

Oh, yeah, and while you’re at it–you’re not mean enough. You’re too educated, diplomatic, and erudite. Sure, these are qualities we value in a President, but not in a Presidential candidate. Your pauses to carefully respond to the outrageous rhetoric of Mr. Romney make it look like you are uncertain of how to respond. You need to take a page out his book and ignore questions you don’t want to answer by bulldozing over them with the main message you want to hammer home. Heck, it’s like subliminal advertising without being subliminal about it.  I know that you are more polite and respectful in general, but if it is woman reporter, try bulldozing your way over her speech, like Mr. Romney here:

Take a page out of Mr. Romney’s binder, Mr. President. You can go back to being diplomatic and a responsible, effective, thinking leader of this country after you are re-elected. After all, apparently a good portion of this country has no problem with backing a candidate who will not state clearly what his policies are, only what he intends to do.  Well, I intend to be an international best-seller of outrageously sexy romances, but without, you know, a plan, then I am just hand-waving and bullhorning.

Sure, that’s what CEO’s of companies do. Mr. President, you would do well to take note. Company CEO’s are the masters of misstating the facts in such a way that put them in the best light. Of keeping the truth about the safety and efficacy of products from the consumer. Of outsourcing to China so that the overall bottom line of the company looks good on paper, but the employees are looking for another job. I think it is telling that Massachusetts is a blue state, don’t you?  The state that Romney governed isn’t supporting him.

Mr. President, I wish you would state more strongly what’s at stake here. I wish you would tell Mr. Romney that Back to the Future called and they want their DeLorean back: because we will not willingly go back into the 1950s. I wish that you would tell seniors like my mother straight up what Mr. Romney’s intent to abolish the health care reform act will do to people like her–and me, for that matter. She’s voting for Mr. Romney because her church has been telling her that only a Man of God can restore this nation to the greatness that it once was, by abolishing Godless organizations such as Planned Parenthood, and reversing Roe v. Wade, and by demonizing homosexuals.

When she tells me these things, I counter with the fact that Mr. Romney still defends putting his Irish Setter in a crate on the top of his car for a 12 hour drive during a family vacation. God verses Dog is a tough one in her house, so it is usually the winning argument for me. Sad that this is what the election is coming down to. Not the fact that trickle down economics doesn’t work, or that Mr. Romney is so out of touch with his constituents that he thinks windows should open on airplanes (I’m guessing he hasn’t flown commercial in a very long time, else he’d be getting those ‘pressurized cabin’ speeches from the airlines).

Lest you think that a print article can be skewed to favor the liberal left, try interpreting this video in any other fashion that what it is–a blatant lack of empathy for a living creature they profess to love.

My mother thinks a vote for Romney is a vote for Religion, America, True Believers, the Righteous, and Patriots. Mr. President, I am deeply distressed that the Democrats have let the far Right co-opt these terms as their very own, with the implication that if you don’t follow their side, you are none of these things. I’m sure the Sanhedrin felt the same way about their place in politics. Funny how they saw Jesus as a threat to their political base, eh?

Mr. President, I wish you would tell the young people of this country, those whose apathy has them deciding not to vote this election, how very much is at stake here. The undermining of the entire civil rights movement. The ability of young women to have access to birth control.The implication that women should either be married and producing babies or not having sex at all. The education system that allows people to rise up out of their backgrounds and succeed despite the odds being against them. The declaration to cut funding to Public Television is not just a talking point to make fun of Romney attacking Big Bird–there are children everywhere who learned to READ because of Sesame Street. Romney’s goals are nothing short of keeping the poor ignorant and hamstrung, incapable of changing their lives or fighting as a group to demand a better system. Romney’s goals are to keep the wealth among the upper 1 %, his supporters among the 48% of his choice, and the other 47% can go hang.

Or borrow money from their parents to pay their bills.

Right. Enough said. As soon as my appointment is over, I’m going to take my dog out for a nice, long walk. Oh, and look, Mr. Romney: his crate is in my car.

6 thoughts on “My last political statement of the campaign…

  1. If Romney wins, I am seriously considering leaving the country. With him as president, things can only get much, much worse.

    But I have hopes Obama will squeak by, get reelected, and maybe during these next four years, finally have a chance to accomplish the things he wants to get done.

    My political strategy is simple: VOTE GOP OUT. They mean us harm, they are evil, and some are downright scary stupid.
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    • I feel the same way, and I have never been so depressed or pessimistic about the future of our country before. Like you, I hope we’re not about to make a horrible mistake by electing the GOP into such a position that they will make it impossible for democracy to exist in this country ever again–which was the goal of the K-street project all along. Look at me, I sound like a conspiracy theorist. For the first time I really have sympathy for those guys.

      We’re on the precipice of making a decision that will either allow us as a country to get back on our feet again–or will rip us apart from the inside. Truthfully, I fear we’re so far gone in decisiveness and party politics first, what’s best for the nation second, that no matter who wins, it’s too late. Both sides will claim cheating on the part of the other, and both sides will viciously fight to block policy change on the part of the other.

      The sad thing is, however, I believe the GOP is by far the more dangerous of the two groups, and that their economic and social policies both unsound and unacceptable. Look at the disparity between the wealthiest and rest of us since the Regan era: it has grown wider each year. Who are there more of? The rest of us. What does the fundamental base of the economy rest on? The rest of us buying goods. Not a handful of people buying yachts and islands (which they will probably write off on their taxes anyway). Not on people buying companies and stripping them of their assets, outsourcing their work to other countries.

      That which helps the middle class helps the nation. Problem is, the GOP has convinced most of Middle America that voting with them on extremist social issues will put God in their pocket and they will be blessed with wealth as a result. They are wrong. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/separate-unequal-charts-show-growing-rich-poor-gap-20110223-141311-132.html

      What makes me angriest is that I have strong religious beliefs myself–and I do not think that failing to toe the GOP party line makes me immoral, unAmerican, or a traitor to my country and faith. But that’s not the message the GOP would send.

      Funny how so many on the Far Right complain about being called fascist, while they throw terms like ‘socialist’ around left and right. Face it, the Right have better spin doctors. Truth is irrelevant, winning is all that matters to them.

      I clearly remember when people expressed concern about Bush’s ability to lead the country and the response was, “we’ll be all right because he’ll have smart people around him.” Well, look where that got us. And we voted him in for a second term!! So I am fully prepared to believe that we as a nation are capable of being that blindly ignorant again.
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      • Try being 1/2 Jewish & 1/2 Lutheran in this country. (I basically celebrate all holidays. *g*) But I’ve always believed that despite the fact America supports Israel, deep down many citizens in this country discriminate against Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, i.e. anything that is not white, Christian and male. The conservative Right has taken the Bible and mangled it. Jesus did not preach hate. If you don’t believe me, Republicans, please re-read the New Testament. (Now, the Old Testament, God was going biblical on your ass…but that’s another discussion. *g*)

        Like you, I am so sick of everything with this election. I want it over…and Obama as President. I did not vote for him in 2008, but I will be this year. Mittens scares the ever-loving crap out of me, more so than George W., so that’s saying something.

        • I had to smile at the fact that you celebrate every holiday! And yes, interesting dichotomy between showing support for Israel and yet discriminating against any religion other than your own. What I’m afraid is that the lines separating church and state will become more blurred over time. People already seem to have forgotten that this country was founded on the principle of religious tolerance.

          And why is it that the Right embrace the Old Testament God anyway? Wasn’t Jesus supposed to bring the Good News that we were no longer bound by those laws? (Those laws which made eating shellfish a crime, by the way. Funny how the Right seems to be able to pick and choose which part of Leviticus to uphold as well) You know what? Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. He also told the crowd that “he without sin should thrown the first stone” at the gathering who would have stoned the adulterous woman. He also said it was harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for someone to pass a camel through the eye of a needle. So I’m thinking that a large part of the Religious Right has missed the point there.

          Mittens scares the every-living crap out of me too. And what does it say that he has a son who goes by the name of “Tagg” who would like to “punch Obama in the nose”? Oh yay. Tolerance and parenting skills at their best. But then what can we expect from someone who held down a classmate and cut his hair because he might be gay??

  2. What really saddens me is the fact people expected a quick fix! How can you fix 8 years of fucked up mess in, only 3 years? Honestly?

    That is why I don’t think either man can do the quick fix, but I do believe Romney will sink us with his trickle down BULL! I’m more worried on what he will stripe from us, especially as women.

    He will have the power to put womens and gays rights in jeopardy! They worry about Obama being a muslim (untrue) and communist (untrue) lets see how Romney’s religious beliefs will bring us.

    All I know is I will vote Obama and if he looses, then and Romney kills this country I can then bitch “I told you so”. He will take us back to war in areas we have to business being in. He will take away everything that we and those before us have worked for.

    Kimber

    • You are absolutely right–there is no quick fix possible here. And why on earth would we want to hand the keys back to the irresponsible people who drove the car off the cliff in the first place?

      The other day I was getting my hair cut when I overheard a woman complaining to another customer about life as a military wife. She said her husband had been so excited and proud to be in the military, but that she’d seen it change him over time. He would be deployed for 2-3 months, come home for a month or so, and then ship out again for another 2-3 months. Worst, she said, was the fact that the troops would be short-handed and need re-enforcement and they would be denied allocations by Congress. Then the military would turn around and hire government contractors because they didn’t have to go through approval from Congress for that. “I used to think military contractors were the civilians on the ground that assisted with supply management,” she said. “Now I know that they are paid soldiers.”

      Much of the wartime funding that Bush pushed through for his various military actions were not part of his budget either, but emergency allocations that never got counted in his over budget. When President Obama came into office, he had a huge mess to clean up. If he’d just spackled over it and slapped a fresh coat of paint on, the first major hurricane would have blown it all down again.

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