3 days to go, and it looks like my adopted state, Colorado, will finally be carried by a Democratic Presidential candidate this year. To top it off, we may have 2 Dem Senators to go with our Democratic Governor. In my informal highway poll, I never recall seeing as many Gore or Kerry stickers during the last 2 cycles as Obama stickers this year. And we're not just talking about old hippy mobiles like my 72 Bug - I mean real patriotic American made cars have even been spotted in El Paso County with Obama stickers!
Personally, Judy and I have always been extremely interested and informed politically, but this is the first time we've actually donated money and volunteered, and many others we know say the same thing. I guess the last 8 years has really shown us it is time to step up and do something. Despite the right wing's ridiculous attempts to paint Obama as something other than a true American, he in fact is the epitomy of the American dream; somebody who started with nothing and through education and effort rose to success. Unlike the son of an Admiral who finished 894 out of 899 at the Naval Academy!
I've been particularly dismayed by the right wing attempts to smear Obama in the eyes of the many Low Information Voters who the Right counts on to vote Republican. As for calling him a Muslim, I was so happy to finally see somebody, and Colin Powell no less, go on the record with "and so what if he were?". That is the whole idea of separation of Church and State afterall.
The latest label of Socialist is also worth mentioning, if for no other reason than the irony of it coming from Sarah Palin and John McCain. Palin is the governor of a welfare state which has long received far more federal spending than federal taxes paid (in fact 8 out of the top 10 such states are reliable Republican states; only DC and New Mexico on that list being Democratic leaning). If Palin's husband had his way, and Alaska left the US, exactly how would they pay for their own needs? Meanwhile, McCain just voted for one of the largest ever transfers of wealth, which also happened to be laden with the Pork both McCain and Palin claim to disdain so much.
You know things are getting dire for the Right when our own local hate group, Focus on the Family, releases a "letter from 2012" that paints a post-apocalyptic picture in which, among other things, three justices resign from the Supreme Court, leading to far-left ACLU-oriented judges taking their place on the bench and mandating nationwide gay marriage. The Boy Scouts and Christian schools disperse rather than be forced to admit homosexual scout leaders and refrain from speaking against homosexuality, respectively. The Fairness Doctrine returns, signaling the end of conservative talk radio. Obama nationalizes healthcare, allows rampant pornography, restricts homeschooling, and systematically prosecutes Bush administration officials. The letter goes on to say, “President Obama has been reluctant to send our armed forces into any overseas commitment.”
I for one do want a President who is reluctant to use force. We've had 8 years of the trigger happy "cowboy in chief" so maybe it's time to let an adult have a turn at the wheel.
Regardless of how any of you plan to vote, please do vote if you haven't already.