Monday, October 20, 2008

The joys of living in a swing state

After putting up with the never ending primary season, the DNC, the relentless commercials that I either ignore on a good day or yell at on a bad one, and not to mention the debates, SNL skits, and ceaseless punditry I am quite ready for this campaign season to be OVER. Because Colorado is very evenly divided and that we have nine electoral votes we are getting lots of attention ad  naseum. I am a political girl, I love to talk politics with people. I understand why people are completely charged up this year and are begging for change, whether Democrat or Republican. Lord knows that I certainly am. But there is a mean spirit to this election that I just cannot stomach any longer.  John McCain is no friend of mine and either is Sarah Palin. I think they have gone off the deep end. I am embarrassed for our nation when people compare Obama to a terrorist, either through the loose connection between him and Ayers. And yes for Pete's sake it is loose. Or the more asinine connection that his middle name is Hussein. Mine is Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness and I sip tea together at the palace regularly because of this shared name. Come on.

I feel ashamed when I hear people say that John McCain couldn't have been a very good solider because he was shot down and captured. This of course is complete lunacy and is extremely hurtful to military families with loved ones who have been killed, whether you agree with the war or not that is just plain stupid talk. He has a very inspiring story of strength. I just disagree with him and the Republicans on almost everything. 

But this morning when my husband came inside after dropping the boy off at preschool and told me that our Obama yard sign was gone, I was livid. I had seen on the news here in good 'ol swing state Colorado that people with an opposing view point to the majority view point in their neighborhoods were having their houses egged and spray painted almost nightly not to mention all the propaganda defaced. However, I live in a very mixed section of town and thought that no one would take issue with the yard sign. No one bothered the Kerry Edwards sign four years ago. I was wrong apparently. Seriously, you have issues if you are stealing political yard signs. (The McCain signs across the street were left un-touched.) It in no way changes my mind. In fact all it did was make me donate money to the already very large pot of gold that Obama has raised, get a new sign, two bumper stickers, plus signs for all the other Democrats running in my district. I was even lucky enough to meet my representative during this sign obtaining fiasco. My resolve was strengthened. 

And yet...

I see change on the horizon. For the first time in her 93 year old life my staunchly Republican grandma (who is so Republican that she and my grandfather were invited and went to Nixon's Inauguration) is voting for Obama. Hurry up November 4th, we are at mile 22 of the marathon I know we will make it but it sure does hurt right now. 

6 comments:

laughingatchaos said...

Okay:
1) Your middle name is also Elizabeth? You're the only other Jennifer I know with my middle name. Most others are Marie or Lynn. Couldn't do Lynn...that's my dad's name.
2)I hope to hell you got enough signs to PLASTER your front lawn, including the hell strip. I don't have an Obama sign; I went for the "please, for the love of all things holy, vote for the mill levy override and bond issue so our school have money or so help me baby Jesus I'll hunt you down." Or something like that...
3)Only my deep love for my husband is keeping me from throwing something heavy at the tv every time I hear McCan't say "My friends."
4)And I'll know change has come once my husband's staunchly Republican family confesses they're voting for Obama. And then I'll lay money on my beloved Cubs for next year, for hell will have officially frozen over. ;) Your grandma rocks.

love2cook said...

I can understand your point of view. I don't think either candidate and their vp selects are perfect people. They're just trying to win an election and unfortunately the mean talk comes out. It always does in every election. I don't care for it either, but they are politicians. Personally, I don't agree with the socialistic ideas of the Democrats. And my biggest concern is national security. Because without that, there's no economy.

I respect Obama and think he's a good man, I just don't agree with his views. If he's elected president, I won't be bitter; life will go on. And I'm sorry about your sign, that is definitely not right.

The A1C Manny said...

I actually have cufflinks that were Grandpappy's from the '69 inauguration. The battle-ax gave them to me as a gift recently, so Sis is not joking about the uber-republicanism of the big G.

Kathleen said...

so either it was a republican who dislikes your tastes or a democrat who couldn't be bothered getting their own sign! Either way i am glad you got more signs. I so wish i could vote.

EatPlayLove said...

Crazy world! When I picked up my Obama sign they actually put our last name on it. They told us they are being stolen and if the police find them they are being returned to the Dem Office on Main St. I've noticed a few signs have gone missing in my neck of the woods.

Grrr!

Cathy said...

OMG, I can't believe someone took down your sign! I just put up a sign and a bumper sticker--I'm pulling out all the stops. Great comparison to a marathon--we really are at the point were it hurts! So great to hear about your grandmother too. It takes a lot to go against what becomes engrained in you.