[R-G] FWD from Redbadbear: Election comments, of course
hunterbadbear at hunterbear.org
Fri Oct 31 07:14:01 MDT 2008
First, thanks to all on Redbadbear who participated in this little colloquy of sorts. This produced a number of thoughtful and candid responses to my "optional" question of "Where do you all stand -- and why?". Some folks had already indicated their position -- often more than once -- and a wish to avoid undue redundancy is certainly understandable.
This wasn't/isn't an effort on my part to simply "stir something up." I am genuinely interested, in an obviously friendly way, in how people feel on these things.
Not too surprised at the results.
Putting it mildly, there is obviously a common thread of frustration running through the entire country [and beyond, as far as that goes] and our little RBB community clearly reflects this -- as well as a certain cynicism when it comes to any politician.
I've indicated my personal thoughts on this election more than I probably have on any in the course of my voting life. Given the gravity of "the situation" -- the worst all-around active mess that I can recall since childhood memories of the general Depression era and a Disaster fraught with the potential for even more -- we in this household have no problem whatsoever casting our votes for Obama/Biden in a few hours at the Bannock County, Idaho, courthouse -- and a straight Democratic ticket as well.
The Obama ticket may not carry Idaho -- chances of that are probably remote -- but there are a number of Democratic races where the victory potential is good. One of those involves the seat of outgoing Senator Larry Craig.
And I do hope for a sweeping Democratic "take" of Congress. The crises we face call for much more than leisurely political talk and deadlock. Pretty clear which side has the great plurality of relatively good ideas [as well as some poor ones.]
And, as I reminded the understandably fretting Eldri yesterday when we watched McCain -- truly personally sinking and an increasingly pathetic caricature, as he called up the thoroughly shabby fraud, "Joe the Plumber" [ the Republican version of the "Noble Proletarian"] -- we do have the Separation / Division of Powers in this country.
Explicitly embedded in our Constitution.
And, although Eurocentric historians may quibble and take issue with this, we have those fundamental safeguards primarily because of the example of the ancient -- and vitally enduring to this very moment -- Iroquois Confederacy [Haudenosaunee.]
Trusting that we all -- all of us -- will keep fighting always,
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR] Mi'kmaq /St. Francis
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