Hope vs Cynicism: Register. Vote. Yes, We Can!

The Republican Vice Presidential candidate has filed an ethics complaint against herself.  What more can you say? 

Ever since the conventions I’ve been torn between the images of hope and unity from the Democrats (and especially of Obama’s acceptance speech detailing a better future to a multi-cultural crowd of over 84,000), and the meanness and cynicism of the mostly white and rich Republicans (especially Sarah’s nastiness toward Obama, and McCain’s speech offering nothing but trickle down economics, lies and playing on people’s fears).

I have to go with Hope, though, and I do believe Hope is going to win. If there is a silver lining to Sarah’s speech, it is this – that thousands of Democrats (more than 130,000 by the next afternoon) donated an estimated $10 million to Barack before McCain even took the stage.

Grassroots organizing is still going on as well.  I attended a salon for Obama at a friends’ house Sunday with about 20 others to help plan how we’re going to win this election.  Thousands of similar events, vote drives, house parties and more are going on around the country.  Yes, We Can!

Meanwhile, the ethics of Alaska’s supposed ethics reformer and VP Candidate Sarah Palin seem murkier and murkier.  According to Robert Perry of the Consortium News (reprinted in Truthout):

Moreover, on Tuesday, just one day before giving her widely acclaimed speech to the Republican National Convention, Palin took the unusual step of filing an ethics complaint against herself – to move the investigation to the state personnel board whose three members are appointed by the governor.

This was known by the mainstream news media before Palin’s speech, yet it “was rarely, if ever, mentioned by TV pundits filling hours of air time with chatter about her charisma, her moose hunting and her 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.”

Then, this mornings Washington Post reports that:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

And this is Alaska’s ethics reformer!

Meanwhile, as Michelle Obama mentioned at a Women for Obama event in Albuquerque last week, time is getting short, especially for voter registration, which has to be done by the end of this month or early next month, depending on where you live.

This is an important election.  Register, and if you’re already registered, make sure all your address is up to date, then make sure your friends and family are registered (convincing any fence sitters to vote for Barack).

Information online (including deadlines):


One slight inaccuracy on the website’s Washington state information.  They say Pierce is the only county still voting at the polls.  Actually, while we were supposed to be switched over to all mail voting by this year here in King County, they delayed it until after this election.  Most people are voting by mail even here, but there are a few of us hold outs going to the polling booth on November 4

When I vote, I always remember going in the polling booth (which looked huge to me at 4) with Mama back in Apalachin, New York when she voted for Robert Kennedy for New York State Senator in 1964.  Seems kind of appropriate that I’ll be casting what will probably be my last vote in an actual polling booth (soon to go into a museum?) for Barack Obama.

This moment has been a long time coming in so many ways.  If you’re thinking of not voting, listen to what some people had to risk to vote in 1964 in Mississippi

Should this not convince you, check the Truthout article on vote “caging” by the Republican party in Ohio (then make sure your voter registration address is up to date).  It’s the 21st century and this is still going on.


Yes, We Can!



3 thoughts on “Hope vs Cynicism: Register. Vote. Yes, We Can!

  1. Nonconformer, Sarah isn’t a good spokesperson for the Penatacostals or any religion. You’re entitled to your opinion, though.

    Travelbugbitme, Keep up the good fight! Let’s get people registered and Obama elected. Yes, We Can!


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