Obama For President

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In a little over four weeks, there will be a new tenant in the white house. This tenant will get the nuclear codes, so who you pick is of global interest. If you’re reading this and you’re undecided or going to vote republican, I’d like to try and convert you.

The US economy is screwed and the rest of the world is falling like dominoes1. The Dollar is the new Ruble, and I’ll wager only two things can save the US economy from total collapse; the conversion of the Dollar into the Petrodollar via the discovery of a ginormous offshore oil fields of such epic proportions that the natural beauty of Alaska pales in comparison. Or, more likely, a really steady hand at the wheel for the next 8 years or longer. The essence of the republican ideology is less government and freer market economy. This very ideology is what got Wall Street into the current mess—that and 8 years of arrogant war mongering and military spending of mind boggling proportions.

Really, why the aversion to more government? Why would you allow the government to wiretap your phone, but not give you free health care? Micromanagement is a waste of energy, why not let the government automate and socialize these things so you can stop worrying about them and focus on feeding your family? While neither McCain or Obama wants to socialize your health care, ponder their offerings for a second: McCain promises an immediate $5000 tax rebate. Obama promises a government plan to lower prices on health care, especially for the lower-income group. Tell me: which plan is more likely to give you actual health care and which is more likely to buy you a wide screen TV?

What happened to you McCain? You’ve changed man. You used to be cool. I remember back in the day when you spewed seething criticisms towards Bush on his absolute incompetence. Why the flip-flop? Why did you go to Karl Rove school? I used to prefer you over all other Republicans. I used think: if you must elect a republican, elect McCain. Now you remind me of Gollum or the Emperor from Star Wars. Old, decrepit and corrupted by the lust for absolute power.

And Sarah Palin? A hockey-mom? No seriously? Whenever I see her speak, clown-music starts playing in my mind, somehow hoping this is an elaborate joke of which the punchline is imminent. What if McCain dies while in office? After all, he’s a 72 year-old ex-cancer-patient, it’s not unlikely. Sarah Palin would be head of skate with barely enough experience to handle Putin rearing his ugly head over Alaska.

Who am I kidding, I know why you picked Palin, and I also know it wasn’t for her flute playing prowess. You picked her because your chances of getting into office by any other means than the religious votes are dwindling with every decision you revert. So you endorse the people who oppose abortion even in cases of rape and incest. You know what? Fuck the religious right! Let them wallow in their own pool of 6000 year old bile. These people are allergic to knowledge, a commodity that’s fortunately getting easier and easier to access these days. Jesusland is the last vestige of American idiocy, and they’re now on the McCain presidential ticket.

Barack Obama is different. Obama has a shot at it. Change your mind and help change the direction your country is facing. On tuesday the 4th of november, vote Obama. Not only for your sake or for the sake of the United States, but for the sake of the entire free world.

I’ll leave you to ponder your choice to the tunes of Donald Byrd and his song: Fallin’ Like Dominoes:


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16 thoughts on “Obama For President”

  1. Paul Johns says:

    I thought this was a well written and enjoyable article. I especially liked the part about McCain being similar to Palpatine. That happens a lot with people in power.

    I have to admit to being a little bit offended about this part:

    Fuck the religious right! Let them wallow in their own pool of 6000 year old bile. These people are allergic to knowledge, a commodity that’s fortunately getting easier and easier to access these days. Jesusland is the last vestige of American idiocy, and they’re now on the McCain presidential ticket.

    Being a Christian and all, it kind of sucks to hear that I’m a complete idiot because I believe in the Bible, but I’ll get over it.

    I’m not voting for Obama, but I’m also not voting for McCain. I’ve never voted, and never will. I don’t identify with politicians on either side. Politics seem only to divide people and create new reasons to argue. Not to mention I don’t find politics very entertaining.

    I like the Obama poster you made above, and in general, I think he’s got the best graphic design team/freelancers I’ve ever seen in a presidential race. Good luck with your vote, I hope your side wins!

  2. Really, why the aversion to more government?

    Because it is already way too big. I have no problem with individual states offering universal healthcare, but it should not be something that the federal government is doing.

    When the government becomes too big, people not only feel like they are entitled to things, but they come to rely on the government. The major founding principle of our country is Liberty. There’s no liberty when you rely on the government.

    Just remember,

    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

    The government can’t fear the people if they rely on it.

    One of the largest checks on power in our government has been lost and that was the fact that the federal government relied on the states for power (money, basically).

    Not to mention that people give the President more power than he really has in the Constitution.

  3. Joen says:

    John,

    Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate your taking the time to read my piece.

    Being a Christian and all, it kind of sucks to hear that I

  4. Chris says:

    Gollum. You had me at Gollum.

  5. Thom says:

    I’m also from the “too much government already” camp. Allowing the government to socialize industries is actually what leads to micromanagement on their part and to less freedom on our part. And considering how they’ve botched Social Security (it’s doubtful I’ll ever see a penny from the national retirement plan that I’ll pay into for 40 years), I don’t exactly trust them. Unfortunately at this time we probably need to deal with it for awhile. But just to correct you on a couple points:

    Schools – while the federal and state governments do contribute to certain schools, they are mostly handled on a local level. My property taxes pay for the schools in my area, very little of my state or federal taxes do.

    Roads and infrastructure – Roads are also covered by different levels. There are interstates that are covered by the feds, state roads covered by the state, local roads covered by municipalities, and toll roads covered by tolls. Most infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, power, telecommunications) are privatized, although the government definitely plays a role in some of them.

    And there is, in fact, a big difference in whether something is covered by the local government vs the federal government even if both are considered socialization. For instance, I can go to any city council meeting in my area and voice my opinion – heck, I can even easily run for office. My voice is one among a few thousand. In this election, my voice is 1 in over 100,000,000.

    One other important note, voter registration is a state issue. Not all states have passed their deadline.

    P.S. I despise McCain more than almost any other politician.

  6. Jenny-fa says:

    And Sarah Palin? A hockey-mom? No seriously? Whenever I see her speak, clown-music starts playing in my mind, somehow hoping this is an elaborate joke of which the punchline is imminent. What if McCain dies while in office? After all, he’s a 72 year-old ex-cancer-patient, it’s not unlikely. Sarah Palin would be head of skate with barely enough experience to handle Putin rearing his ugly head over Alaska.

    I laughed so hard when I heard that interview with Palin. Wait, no, actually, I didn’t. I was speechless because I was so appalled. How could McCain have been so irresponsible? And the people screaming, W00t! Palin is the best! are beyond me. Seriously, how can her ordinary Joe Sixpack-ness ever help her judiciously and wisely lead the “no. 1 nation” of the free world? That situation frightens me out of my wits. I will seriously fear for my life if McCain is elected. And then immediately move to Canada.

    But hopefully that will never come to pass, seeing how Obama is now consistently leading in polls across the country. I’m trying not to get too hopeful yet, though.

    Yes, Barack Obama is different. I was originally a Hillary Clinton supporter, but Obama really is the stuff of political dreams. Right now I have absolutely no confidence in the Bush administration. But if Obama becomes commander-in-chief, not only would I be able to hold my held high while abroad, but I’d also be proud of my government, and possibly the entire country. Imagine that! The first black president of the U.S.! An educated, tech-savvy, inspiring, and globally popular leader at last! I almost want to cry, it seems so like a dream.

    As for the other points discussed in your article, deregulation and laissez-faire suck, as do public policies derived from religious beliefs.

    And @Paul Johns:

    I’ve never voted, and never will. I don’t identify with politicians on either side. Politics seem only to divide people and create new reasons to argue. Not to mention I don’t find politics very entertaining.

    Politics is not supposed to be entertaining, but it’s important nonetheless. What else will ultimately shape and affect every facet of your life here in the U.S.? I think people who don’t care about politics fail to appreciate how tremendous it is to live in a free society. Would you care if the U.S. somehow (however implausibly) became a dictatorship? Or if your basic rights were revoked when you weren’t watching? But I do agree about the bickering. Bipartisanship is tragically scarce in the States.

    Lovely article, Joen! Sorry for the long comment.

  7. Paul Johns says:

    @ Joen – My name’s Paul, but lots of people call me John by accident. One of the perks of being me.

    @ Jenny-fa

    Politics is not supposed to be entertaining, but it’s important nonetheless.

    I know, that’s why it’s so crazy that I don’t care about politics. If suddenly the U.S. was a dictatorship, it would prove that everyone’s voting didn’t change a thing to begin with, and I would just try to survive and move to Canada.

  8. Tristan says:

    Joen, I have to chime in and say I absolutely love your graphic. I think I’m going to print a few out large-size and use them as posters, flyers, signs, bumper stickers, and whatever else. I really like the blunt sentiment. I’m not sure how effective it will be, but it makes it individual, and I like that. If you could send me the original graphics that would be awesome, I’m going to try to get out to Nevada before the election and these would be perfect.

    As far as political beliefs, I think what a lot of people do not understand is balance. This goes equally for people in power, politicians, and individuals. We’ve become a country entirely divided by the perceived dichotomy of two governance styles without any recognition that elements from both are necessary for a modern society to stay stable and prosper.

    Whether it be schools, roads, healthcare, whatever – the key is to find the balance between management at the local level and federal level, and between no management and complete management. I doubt the most effective or efficient solution will be found at either extreme.

    So I am not with the “more government” or the “less government” camp – I don’t understand why there can’t be a “just the right amount of government in just the right places” camp. If anyone understands that, I have to believe it’s a smarter more balanced man like Obama.

    Everyone gets into political records, but from what I’ve heard the man speak (and no, I’m not talking about the big-ticket political speeches) he actually seems to understand there is a balance, and he knows his priorities, and most importantly he knows that religion has no place in the governance of a free people. For those reasons and more, he has my vote.

    Beside that, just listen to the man speak. Anyone who can speak like that is politically and socially intelligent beyond my own abilities, and that is exactly what we should be looking for in a president. If he’s smart, I’ll trust him to do what’s best for the country – not what’s best for himself or his friends or his party, but what is best for his people.

  9. Tristan says:

    Paul-

    If suddenly the U.S. was a dictatorship, it would prove that everyone

  10. Joen says:

    Thom,

    Great feedback, I’m learning here. I believe my mistake was comparing the entirety of the United States to a single (small) country like Denmark. Perhaps I should have compared my country to a state instead.

    With that said, I think I’m still pro socializing at least health care, in that case, statewide as opposed to by the federal government.

    In any case, it’s sort of a side-track to the discussion since neither Obama nor McCain wants to socialize health care — just pointing that out in case any undecideds are reading this. Interesting, nonetheless.

    Jenny-fa,

    Sorry for the long comment.

    No need to apologize, we love long comments here, especially well written ones.

    Paul,

    @ Joen – My name

  11. Joen says:

    The Obama poster is now free for download as a layered PSD.

    Download poster.

  12. Jae says:

    Great article, Joen, and fantastic image.

    I’ll never understand the mentality of right-wingers. They never seem to complain about the disproportionate spending on “defense ” – our socialized army, with it’s subsidized weaponry – but as soon as you bring up something like health care, why that’s socialism!

    And after the last 8 years of rampant governmental power increase without any of these so-called conservatives batting an eye, it’s a little hard to take anything they say seriously.

    I guess it’s okay, so long as it’s the guys you’re rooting for, huh?

    Finally, one other thing they seem to be missing with their usual short-sightedness is the whole “free-market! rah-rah-rah! It can do no wrong!”. This is ridiculous. The market is a wonderful and terrible thing. Companies that grow in power, unrestrained and unregulated, will do their best to snuff out any “freedoms” that don’t agree with their bottom line.

    A little tangential, sure, but yet another reason why I refuse to give them, or their idiotic arguments, any of my time.

  13. mo says:

    I’m sorry I can’t take part in the discussion (though i have read your post, i actually did some time ago). I came here to say that you might want to submit your poster to the design for Obama site. I’ve done a few, but i’m only happy about two of them.

    Yours looks great! I love its simplicity and direct message!

    you know how long it took me to find Gotham! the logo was easy luckily 😀

  14. ThereseJDanielsson says:

    Not even a week after the president election the blond topblogger from Sweden, Linda Ekholm speaks out loud about Obama!

    And I really believe this is truly written by heart. Scary!

    http://www.finest.se/userBlog/?uid=30701&beid=1040511

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