Archive for October 14th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Obama supporters will be gathering at around 3:15 on Wednesday to head on over to the Missoula County Courthouse (at 3:45 p.m.) to cast their votes for the upcoming presidential election, returning back to Obama campaign headquarters for an hour or so of calls, before heading on over to the Press Box at 6:45 p.m. to watch the last Presidential Debate.

Even if you already have an absentee ballot, you can still join in on the fun by bringing it along and handing it in at the courthouse.

Obama headquarters are at 218 E. Front, across the street from The Trailhead, and just upstreet from the backdoor to the County Public Library. While you’re there, be sure to stop on by upstairs to show your support for the state races – Max Baucus for Senate, John Driscoll for U.S. Representative, Schweitzer/Bohlinger for Governor, Gail Gutsche for PSC Dist. 4, Steve Bullock for Attorney General, Denise Juneau for School Superintendent, Monica Lindeen for State Auditor, Linda McCulloch for Secretary of State, and Mike McGrath for Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court.

There’s also local Missoula area State House candidates Peter Rosten (Darby), Patrick Boylan (Corvallis), Yvonne G. Gritzner (Florence), Tim Furey (E. Missoula), Robin Hamilton (HD-92), Dick Barrett (HD-93), Dave McAlpin(HD-94), Diane Sands (HD-95), Teresa K. Henry (HD-96), Michele Reinhart (HD-97), Sue Malek (HD-98), Betsy Hands (HD-99), and Willis Curdy (HD-100)

by jhwygirl

This weekend I had the pleasure of sitting down for coffee (chai, actually) with a friend, and as is typically Missoula fashion, several other acquaintances stopped by during our leisurely 2 hours or so. All good democrats, there was a spot in the conversation which was actually a rehash of a conversation that I’ve had a few times in the last few weeks. That topic was speaking out – speaking up – just plain speaking. About Obama, of course.

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me one of those chain emails. This one was pro-Obama, was titled “For Those of You Who are Confused” and went like this:

…Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable…Attend five different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded…
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian…If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

You get the idea.

Well, after years of getting kool-aid drinking Republican talking points memos and blind GWB worship leaflets from my youngest baby brother, I went and forwarded it to him. Long story short, he diddyed up a response; shocked, I forwarded it back to my friend, who forwarded it to a few friends, who bit-by-bit dispensed of the ridiculous crap my brother had “diddyed” up.

Now, whether that results in some permanent rift between he and I is up to him – his hate-mongering I could take no more, and I had previously confronted it one Thanksgiving a few years ago as he confidently spewed the same kind of stuff for everyone to uncomfortably hear. I embrace him with love – and time will tell how he will deal with what is looking to be Obama’s win on November 4th.

What I’ve come to find out is that several people I know have done essentially the same thing – confronted bass-ackwards comments and emails – telling long-time friends and associates and family members that they can’t listen to that kind of ridiculous stuff anymore. In many cases, a simple search at Snopes.com, or FactCheck.org or even Media Matters can dispense of most in just seconds. Select Link…Copy…Paste…Send.

People aren’t silent any more. People who normally stand by while water cooler talk speaks about “that Muslim” now tell people that they are flat out wrong. On of my favorite replies when people prod and poke at me with the absurd crap is “Don’t insult your own intelligence.”

My very good friend sent me an email last night. Now, she knows I’m going to vote for Barack, with absolutely no reservation…but I’m glad she sent me that email. Because what it shows me is that Democrats everywhere, of all ages, are not sitting by silently. We must confront and speak out and be proud of our candidate. Of change. Of the middle class. Sometimes we have to confront the very fears in those crazy emails by confronting ghosts in our past. Sometimes they’re family members, sometimes they’re friends. But either way, being silent is no longer acceptable.

Thank You Ms. Kathleen Sullivan.

As many of you know I have been working on the campaign to elect Barack Obama for President, what you may not know is why. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you why I am so excited about this election. To be clear, I do not claim to have a wealth of knowledge about every political topic or current event. I may not understand each and every issue at depth. But I do know a few things…

I know I have followed the campaign since the beginning. I have researched and listened.I know that Barack Obama is committed to making postive change for the middle class.I know that the time is now, before it is too late, to cast your vote for hope!

I have met Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. I shook their hands and looked into their eyes. I am convinced that Barack will provide the calm and steady leadership this country needs. The Obama’s have lived the American dream and worked to put themselves through college. They are very much like the rest of us, only willing serve our country.

Now, we could focus on what is wrong with our country at this time, the economy,record job loss and our involvement in an unjustified war in Iraq just to name a few. But there has been enough energy drained on negativity…I look forward to a brighter future. I am not naive to believe that when Barack Obama is president that everything will be sunshine and rainbows, but I do believe things will get better. Like what, you may ask??

* The Obama/Biden ticket plans to bring an end to the war in Iraq with a responsible and planned withdrawal of our troops. ‘WAR. What is it good for… absolutely nothing’

* The democratic candidates have a plan to provide an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families that make less than $250,000 with a long term plan for a permanent tax break annually. They will eliminate taxation for seniors that earn less than $50,000.

* Barack and Joe plan to end the tax breaks that send jobs overseas and reward companies that support American workers.

* Joe Biden provides the experience factor and foreign policy that many may say Barack lacks. The vice presidential pick shows that Barack Obama has good judgment.

* Barack Obama supports early childhood education (an issue near and dear to my heart). He has introduced a comprehensive “Zero to Five” plan to provide young children and their parents with the tools needed for a successful education. Joe Biden’s wife is a teacher…

I could go on and on with the positive changes that this country so desperately needs, the plan to help with college tuition, women’s rights, equal pay, clean and renewable energy, technology, civil rights and peace, etc… but you know that your vote is more important than ever and it is vital that you are informed. Watch the debate on Oct. 15 at 9:00. Visit the websites of the campaigns.

I realize that some of you may not be ‘comfortable’ voting for someone who doesn’t fit the norm of what the President of the United States should look like. He has a strange name. I understand. I know when I voted in the primary, I thought of my dad, who would not approve that I voted for a black man. My mother would of wanted me to vote for the woman. I voted with my heart and mind, without prejudice.
I challenge you to do the same!

Should you cast your for McCain, I respect that as well. The important thing is that you vote. At this time, we need to be involved. While we look to our candidates for leadership, we cannot expect them to change the world. We must take responsibility and make change happen in our own community. Many of our neighbors will need help during this economic crisis. Donate a few cans of food to your local food bank. Volunteer your time to help someone in need. Smile! Remember that random acts of
kindness go a long way, try it! And don’t forget to VOTE on November 4th!!

I am Kathy Sullivan and I approved this message.




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