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18 October 2008 @ 09:55 am
"Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"  
I am finally catching up on watching the Presidential debate from this week, and just hoping so, so much that McCain doesn't get elected next month. What a terrifying possibility; what a terrifying setback for the Western world if that happens. I honestly believe that America needs an Obama victory, that allowing the politics of hatred, fear and negativity to win would be leading the country further down a path that the rest of the western world does not want to follow.

thebluebells is coming down to stay with us on November 4 for a couple of days so we can watch the election results together; with the time difference, it will be November 5 before the polls close and the ballots start being counted, and Noel has that day off work as well. I have an exam that morning (which feels incredibly untimely!), but it will only be 9pm in the Eastern states when I finish, so I shouldn't miss out on too much. We will all have our laptops so we can log into the forums & the news sites & the political blogs, and I am going to borrow another laptop so we can stream the news from CNN or wherever, as I don't know what the coverage will be like over here. I am going to turn our dining room into Election Central rofl. Plus we will have lots of political music & songs of hope to keep our spirits up :D

I ordered Senator Biden's autobiography from Amazon this week, and hope it arrives next week so I can finish it before the election. I am SO excited for this election and for what it means, not just to America, but the ripple effect across the world. I hope that this year, we will see history taking place; that we will see hope prevail.
winterswitchery on October 17th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to bet they will be recounting the election for a few days. Now that they've done it once or twice they seem to like the idea. Blah.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 17th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
agreed... especially if the results seem to be going in a direction that someone doesn't like :-\

I have that whole week off, except for the Friday (for exam prep, not for the election though some people may beg to differ ;))... I might get bored enough of recounts down the line to actually DO some exam prep lol.
winterswitchery on October 18th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
If some of my countrymen got as excited as you about the election, we'd be far better off because they'd actually, you know, go to the polls lol
you got you a fast horse darlin': obama 08thebluebells on October 18th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Btw honey -- my new camera has a video function, and I've already made a few DVDs for friends after parties and so forth. It is really good quality so I will bring it with me and we can film ourselves at different times, like before the polls close, during counting, and hopefully reacting to the outcome (if it's not close, that is!). We can call it something like "Reflections from Election Central '08 (aka Noel & Jade's Dining Room)" ahahahahaha! And we can burn it onto a DVD and it will be really hilarious!! Well, unless the outcome is devastating but hmmmm we'll see about that.

Love you! xxx
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 18th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
hahaha - I love it!!! :D :D we can do a facebook cam or something as well ROFL.
vickery hickory dock.: tina-palin guncockmottledpigeon on October 18th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
My dad, drunk at the moment, was just insisting that Obama will be assassinated.


Sigh! I am glad to be the black sheep of THIS family, I can tell you!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 18th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
oh yikes :-\ if you need a place to visit on November 4/5, you're welcome here in Adelaide!
.: sydney bristowgauloise on October 18th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
It's so good that you are so into this election, Jade. I'm a bit different - after the re-election of Bush and my abject horror at that... I can't even bear to watch the news or listen to the run-up of events. If McCain/Palin are elected, the US will be going down such a dark dark road, whereas if Obama/Biden are.. I don't believe it will change anything dramatically, but it is a definite step away from the dark and into the light.. or grey area ;)

A few weeks ago I met a US marine at a house party i was at. Obviously we got started talking about the elections etc. He said he was going to vote McCain because he would protect American better than Obama. I asked him, "protect from who??" and he said the usual answer, Bin Laden, etc. He thought I was mis-informed when I told him that the invasion of Iraq has absolutely no links to 9/11 and he thought I was a liar when I told him that Bin Laden actually worked for the US in the 1970s against the Russians in Afghanistan. It's a culmination of media-indoctrinated, afraid people that will lead to McCain's election.

The one thing that I respect most about Obama is exactly what costs him votes from people like that marine I met. Obama wants to talk to the terrorists who would do the US harm. Coming from Northern Ireland, I know that that is the only way forward in conflict resolution, it's the only way. People in the US view this as the weak option and it disgusts me! What the US are doing in the Middle East is despicable, in my opinion. The complete disregard for Human Rights for Palestinians is something out of medieval times. I suggested to the marine I met that if American stopped poking its nose into places where it's not wanted, stopped supplying arms to Israel and let people pave their own way forward in their own countries, instead of flying this "Democracy" flag.. (which is an American adaptation of the fundemental rules of the term, democracy).. then the US would be in no way threatened by others. You can't railroad over others and not expect some kind of backlash. Not that I an any way support that, but I can empathise with how people are driven to a place where sucide bombings seem like the only option. (Again, I don't support that!)

Obama is the only way forward. McCain is going to a place that I don't even want to think about. But I can't even watch the tv. I can't even listen, because the hope I had for Bush not to be re-elected was put out.. and I can't even begin to get my hopes up for Obama. The western world wll suffer so so badly if McCain triumphs, and I think it will be the death-knell for the ideals the US once stood for.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 18th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
I agree 100% with all of this.
I believe it will take years for things to change in the US, even if Obama/Biden are elected, because of the huge mess that has been left behind and the rippling repercussions that will be felt for a long, long time. But I feel like the US is at this crossroads right now, moreso than in any other election [at least in our lifetime] - do they continue down this path that will ultimately destroy all the good that people once believed about the US, or do they realise, at last, that something needs to change? This whole idea of democracy has been just about destroyed in the last 8 years, the "American Dream" and all of those ideals, and I think that is so, so sad for its people. I am hoping so badly for an Obama victory, but who knows what could happen?