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I’m speechless

I just don’t know what to say. I was doing the old “hope for the best, expect the worst” so I’m not as bummed out today as I could be. Its just very amazing to me that it ended up this way. I honestly can’t see why a majority of this country feel that Bush was a better choice. I guess I’ve always been out of sync with most people.

Thank God I’m going on vacation next week.

“I always thought that a leader should have a strong chin. He has no chin and his vice-president has several. This, to me, is not a good combination.”

Well, this is the obligatory “go out and vote” post. Go out there and vote, especially if you’re in a swing state. While the presidential election is very important, don’t forget your local races and local issues. (Vote yes on looking to break up U-46!) The worst thing about the election being tomorrow is that it will be the end of hearing Alan Keyes make wacky statements on an almost daily basis. On second though, that’s no so bad. BRING ON THE VOTE!

On The Daily Show tonight, Jon Stewart had this plea:

On a personal note, I am a comedian who makes fun of what I believe to be the absurdities of our government… Make my life difficult. Make this next four years really shitty for me.

I do not vote with my heart, he who votes with his heart has forgotten the face of his father

I listen to talk radio from time to time, although a lot less often than I used to.

A phrase that keeps coming up in discussions about the issues in the upcoming election is “I have to vote my heart.” For some reason, that really bothers me. The heart can be foolish and have knee-jerk reactions to issues. It is also used a lot in discussions that have people that seem to vote on only one issue.

I’d rather that people vote with their mind. Voting with ones mind implies thinking about issues. It also implies that one votes for a candidate as a whole, weighing their stances on all the issues. I am all for the right for anyone to vote, but I really wish more people with be informed voted. Voting with ones mind means being informed.

[Update 10/30: I just wanted to add a clarification that I forgot when I originally wrote this. One should not ignore their heart when they are thinking about issues. The heart should always inform the mind, but it shouldn’t be the only factor.]

The First Debate

Sarah, Dinah, and I watched the debates tonight. Dinah managed to stay away through the whole thing instead of falling asleep like a bored kid should. 🙂 In any case…

Kerry did really well tonight. For some reason I didn’t expect him to do that well, but he was really in his element tonight. In many cases President Bush seemed to be on the defense. Way more on the defense than I expected him to be. It was really interesting and I glad we watched the whole thing. It was amazingly on focus and amazingly based in the present for how this campaign has gone so far. I would however like a count of how many times each candidate broke the rules they agreed to. Sarah and I noted many times when Bush strayed from the rules, however, I’ll admit we’re of such a mind that we’d notice that more.

People were starting to say it was over and was starting to hand everything to Bush. I admit that I was starting to lose faith. (Of course, I listen to too much talk radio especially on a station that has scared away all the non-insane-right listeners except me and a handful of others.) The debates have certainly reenergized me. While my decision has been made for a long time, I hope my fellow citizens who were undeceided are no longer.

The other thing that really struck me as intresting is what I was doing while watching the debates. I was on IRC where I hang out with many people I know. We basically had instant discussion as the debates were going on. Its really amazing what technology allows us to do. I was talking with people in California, Washington, Illinois, and Michigan. While IRC isn’t new technology, its allowed us to fact check between us and debate points as they came up.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t participate as much as I would have liked since I had to hold, feed, and put Dinah to bed. Dinah is way more important than chatting on IRC. It would have been less of a nice evening without doing that with my daughter.

One more thing, I’m watching this as I type. The Daily Show is in full effect with instant response. The best source for news with the most educated audience!

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