Sunday, November 23, 2008

Congratulations President-elect Barack Obama!

I will say that your candidate in Minnesota, Al Franken, is going to be an important part of a coalition that brings about change. He's really, I think, in this to fight for working families. I'm looking forward to seeing him serve in the Senate. And if people are looking for fundamental change over the next eight years, then I think an Obama-Biden ticket, Al Franken in the Senate, is going to be the best answer for working families all across the state ~ Barack Obama on WCCO's Don Shelby Show (11/3/2008).

The election is over, and despite the Republican's best efforts, they were unable to steal the presidency a 3rd time. Thank goodness! This blog has been dormant for some time, but now I'm back! Well, probably not. The reason I stopped blogging was because my posts failed to generate any discussions, or very many responses at all.

In any case, although my last two posts (now over a year old) were in support of John Edwards, I did, eventually, get onboard with Barack Obama (who will be inaugurated on 1/20/2009 as our nation's 44th president). I have to say that I would have voted for Hillary without any reservations, but I am glad that things worked out the way they did. I think the best contestant won - that's including all the Democrats, all the Republicans, and all the 3rd party candidates who threw their hat in the ring.

The topic I've chosen to return with concerns Barack Obama's "troubling associations" that were brought up during the campaign by McCain, Palin, and right wing pundits. This choice of topics may confuse my readers (if any) due to the fact that the election is over. What does it matter now? Barack Obama took the high road and steered clear of taking the bait put forth by the radical right. He addressed these "associations" when pressed, calmly explaining them. His strategy of not going negative worked and he won the election. Americans are tired of the politics of divisiveness.

However, while writing that post I realized that first I needed to congratulate President-elect Obama, so the post mentioned above will be my second post. Hopefully the Republicans plan to rebuild goes nowhere, and their party fails to reclaim the White House, or any of the congressional seats they lost, anytime soon. Has America finally realized that conservative economic policies, namely "supply side economics" don't work? I truly wish that were the case.

However, I think most Americans were simply fed-up with the direction the current (and outgoing) administration has taken us. What they fail to realize is that we've been on this road ever since the election of Ronald Reagan - with a brief respite during the Clinton years - although Clinton drank the kool-aid to a certain extent (with the passage of NAFTA and declaring the "end of welfare as we know it", among other things).

In addition to congratulating Mr. Obama, I'd also like to congratulate Mark Begich, who narrowly defeated his corrupt opponent, convicted felon Ted Stevens. And proffer my well wishes to Al Franken and Jim Martin. If Mr. Franken comes out ahead in the Minnesota recount, and Mr. Martin prevails in the Georgia runoff, the Democrats will have secured a filibuster-proof majority. Then we can get down to work rebuilding our economy without having to fear Republican obstructionism.

Further Reading
[1] Minnesotans Find Voting For Al Franken or Norm Coleman Very Difficult by Alex Carnevale, Gawker. 11/22/2008. (Reason to read: Find out who voted for the Lizard People).
[2] Franken's Odds of Winning Recount May Be Long - or Short by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight. 11/10/2008. (Reason to read: Odds of Franken winning the recount may be very good. Find out why).

PE: Well Done, Senator Obama! 6/3/2008, Happy Obama Day! 1/19/2009, President Barack H. Obama 1/20/2009.

SWTD #13

7 comments:

  1. I saw your comment at Gayle's place and thought I'd leave a comment here. I have some info for you regarding blogging. Send me an email so that we can chat.

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  2. You get what you ask for. And YOU git it!

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  3. Nice blog WD. It's hard for me to read with the color scheme. But you speak with clarity and conviction. I can put up with some inconvenience Brother.

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  4. Even I did not expect him to wreck this country in 200 days. His govt takeover of the car industry, the banking industry and his attempt at the takeover of the health industry is nothing more than a socialist/marxist grab at total power. He is a foreign born national who has neither the care for Americans or their country. His teachers were Marxists (not my words, HIS) and he is dooming this country to become a dictatorship likened to that of a third world country. This was a coup staged by the DNC and a power grab of those in the Senate....stand up people, it will get worse if you don't.

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  5. Hi WD,

    I'm going to put you on my blogroll.

    Interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

    If you will forgive me, I just had to marvel at this tirade posted by Beth:

    He is a foreign born national who has neither the care for Americans or their country. His teachers were Marxists (not my words, HIS) and he is dooming this country to become a dictatorship likened to that of a third world country. This was a coup staged by the DNC and a power grab of those in the Senate....stand up people, it will get worse if you don't.

    It must be awful to live in her world of fear, misinformation and ignorance. She actually believe that the election held last November was a "coup staged by the DNC and the Senate?"

    There are crazy conspiracy theories everywhere. That one has to be the most original.

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  6. ImAlwaysRight said... You get what you ask for. And YOU git it!

    Awesome! I was going to say, "I hope you're right", but your handle says it all. I can't wait to sign up for single-payer! I WAS worried that we wouldn't even be getting a public option. Thank's for lifting my spirits.

    TRUTH 101 said... Nice blog WD. It's hard for me to read with the color scheme.

    Too dark? What do you think I should change to make it easier to read?

    Shaw Kenawe said... Hi WD, I'm going to put you on my blogroll. Interesting blog. Keep up the good work. If you will forgive me, I just had to marvel at this tirade posted by Beth...

    Yes, that is pretty ridiculous, considering that the opposite is true. The Republicans stole the presidency in 2000 and 2004. The only reason Barack Obama won this time was because so many people turned out that the Republican dirty tricks weren't enough to steal it again.

    BTW - Thanks for the posts everyone. This blog hasn't seen this much activity in - ever. I've posted on other people's blogs in the past, but that never translated into anyone coming here and leaving a comment. I may have to write a new post.

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  7. Slap one up WD. I just removed a couple from my link list to make room for someone more relevant. You don't always have to agree with me. Hell. You nevr have to agree with me. Just do a good job voicing your opinions as it looks like you've done so far Brother.

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