Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Big O


I just took the next step towards owning a piece of the political process; I made another donation to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

But it's going to take more than just me and the others who've acted so far -- it's going to take a movement.

It's going to take millions of people working together to compete against John McCain and the RNC in all 50 states. They are raising more money than ever -- collecting huge checks from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs who will do everything in their power to maintain their influence in Washington with a third term of George Bush's disastrous policies.

We're not going to play that game.

Barack Obama is not taking any contributions from Washington lobbyists or political action committees.

We're transforming the political process by bringing together millions of ordinary Americans in a campaign that's owned by no one but the people.

At this crucial moment in history, will you join us by making a donation?


(That's Katy T posing with the Big O)

P.S. I just spilled a rant in response to a photographer's blog -- she basically was complaining that the campaign was too much like some sports rivalry, and that there wasn't much difference between Democrats and Republicans. I couldn't just let it slide, of course...

Yes, the election is an aggravating and tedious process (The Canadians just started their Prime Minister campaign which will END before our election day), but to say who wins doesn't matter is just being lazy. If Al Gore hadn't had the election stolen from him in 2000, it's possible 9/11 could have been prevented, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars could have been avoided, and instead of spending trillions on war, we could be well on our way to alternative energy solutions, improved health care, reduced poverty, and an economy that works for everyone, not just those most fortunate.

You should feel physically safe in this country... your risk of being harmed by a terrorist or through an act of war have been miniscule. You're far more likely to die of malpractice or a car wreck. Those in power over the past 7 years have been working to create fear and make you afraid so you'll continue to support those who claim to be able to protect us. (They did a helluva good job on 9/11, didn't they?) When we live in fear, the terrorists have won. When we give up rights and privacy and liberty, ostensibly for security, the terrorists have won.

Simply put, McCain believes war and greed are the answers. Obama realizes war and greed are the problems.

This ain't just OSU vs. Michigan here. This IS the future. And you can have a small voice, or remain petulant and be silent.