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"Going the Distance"

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  Barack and Joe "gallop apace," as Shakespeare would say. And they will continue to do so until the race is won!

  Even now the polls cannot predict victory or defeat.

  Some say that the seniors will determine the oval office occupants. Others counter it will be the youth vote, while yet other pundits might suggest it will be labor that tips the balance.

  As in a multiple choice test, this author contends that it will not be just seniors, youth, or labor - a), b), or c) - but d): all of the above!

  I would not, by any means, have my vote assumed or predicted by any poll or astrologer!

  The simple truth of the matter is that, as I told a friend recently who had issues with Barack: "I am not a single issue voter. So, alright, it's complicated. So am I. And so is this world these days.

  I'm not taking the Law Scholastic Aptitude Test just yet, but my answers would depend heavily upon my knowledge of these United States and its history - of which I firmly believe, Obama has the finest grasp.

  Although change for me feels as painful as for anyone else, I still embrace the sort that Obama and McCain represent.

  As regards the state of the world in sum: Barack bows to "An Inconvenient Truth" from Al Gore, adhering to and espousing the clear and present danger, along with the proviso that the response must be a "greening" of both the economy and environment, with jobs in new energy leading the way to defense "The Assault on Reason" that Al also made very clear.

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  Clarity's a phenomenon to be truly cherished these days! A betrayal of the American spirit has occurred over the span of this Bush administration, in which George has become the "Liar and Robber in Chief." The necessity of intervention in Iraq proved his word not just questionable but mean-spirited and dark of intent. The continuation of that venture, in cost of both lives and dollars showed him to be a spendthrift,. squandering the American dollar by billions and spilling its blood by thousands of gallons.

  Inevitably it comes down to: "Are you better off than you were...?"

  NO, certainly we aren't.

  The irony is that Reagan began his presidential campaign with an actor's savvy, asking such questions. Reagan, yes he - the "Great Communicator" who quoted JFK and FDR - while laying waste to their policies and principles - busting unions, deregulating, and allowing everything to run a muck, as have later Bushes in his wake!

  Without help from Tip O'Neill to modify and secure our bit of earned welfare, Social Security may have gone the way of the dinosaurs under Reagan's watch.

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  Think of what you have heard from the far right leading up to the present crisis. The privatization of Social security? How now, with the current bail-out of Wall Street, and so many of our major banks - could one possibly contemplate such a concept?!

  Unimaginable? If so, we live in a world of comic book, amazing, fantastic reality!

  Comic books were laughable, entertaining, and improved my vocabulary - unlike Georgie Boy with his constant mispronunciation of "Nuke-you-luhr!" I bite my lip each time he utters the word, knowing that his finger is poised upon the button. Then Sarah Palin enters the picture with John McCain, and every single wink makes me want to stomp on those damn glasses. I propose sending her back to Alaska on dry ice after the election party's over - if the United States Postal Service is still solvent!

  Truth be told, "change" was foreign to John McCain's vocabulary before it was introduced into the presidential race by Barack Obama as "The Change We Need." His voting record belies his current stance. Ninety-eight percent of the time agreeing in his votes with George Bush - quite a record for someone who claims to be "the Maverick!" I suppose, in Iraqui terms, that would make him the "mother of all Mavericks!"

  In this campaign we, the voting public, must separate sense from sensation. I ask now that you recall that Republicans attempted to dismiss Obama as a flash-in-the-pan "celebrity" and "darling of the media!"

  If anyone or any thing can qualify as my darling, it is truth!

TRUTH:

  - We're embroiled in seemingly endless wars in Afghanistan as well as Iraq - unsure of what deserves emphasis and how to resolve each.

  - We're poorer, as common Americans (not the elite favored by current and eight years past tax law) - than we ever have been in several decades.

  - We're ashamed because our nation is now diminished in the eyes of the world: associated with torture, lying, profiteering. Ergo disenchantment with Halliburton and Cheney, oil and the name Bush.

  - We're disillusioned, and altogether very tired of body bags and patriotism intermingling. Face it, my friends, we have all been torn between supporting our troops and our own conscience with respect to justifying the Iraq war!

  - We're discontent, with another summer past, the autumn seems to bring on the grapes of wrath from the soil upon which we've trodden in the Middle East.

  - We're disenchanted,having witnessed the dissolution of the American dream for so many, as so few now profit anywhere around the globe.

  And, as we attempt to keep up with our mortgage payments, stay in our houses and automobiles, and look to the future for hope of employment and a roof over our heads, we're disenfranchised, with the last election having been wrongfully awarded without the counting of every ballot in Florida.

  Supreme irony now attaches to it all and resides in the same edifice as the Supreme Court. How much of "Supremes" can they be, if they concluded it all thusly? I doubt Diana Ross would have judged the situation with such reckless abandon. No, like Otis Redding, she would have done differently and demanded just a little "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." by speaking truth.  Truth about health care, about foreign affairs, about war, about peace.

  Truth speakers are sometimes too much in demand and too little in supply. They perform an unpleasant task at times, sometimes being the bearer of bad tidings.

  But there's nothing bad about getting from our current conundrum to a point of equilibrium at last - a place neither here nor there, unless we define its place upon the American map of history.

  It's a long way to go, perhaps.

  But I - as also I hope you, choose to go that distance with Barack Obama and Joe Biden!

 

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