Tag Archive: absentee ballots

Let me make this statement right here, right now.

Until the end of this election season, I am not speaking to another person about politics if the conversation is going to be laced with name calling and blatant untruths.

I have seen Facebook posts with warning of “heil Obama” days to come. I have seen pictures with Obama’s head in a noose. I have read disparaging comments about he and his wife in regards to their privileged upbringings. Considering that Michelle Obama did not grow up in the rich black neighborhood of Pill Hill, that is a real laugh (sarcasm).

I have had enough of the negativity, the name calling and the flat-out untruths. I am tired of every conversation with a person on the other side of the aisle becoming a shouting match as they call the president a Muslim, anti-American, anti-colonist/capitalism, everything but the n-word. There are the words, spitted out in disgust, that we do not need a Harvard-schooled lawyer (like Mitt Romney).

I do not talk about how the Republican candidate believes in a sham religion that has drippings of Christianity but it all about the “tablets” Joseph Smith said he dug up and translated. I do not bring up the fact that Mitt’s dad was born in Mexico (but considered an American because his parents had dual citizenship) and that might not make Mitt a viable citizen. Does this mean that Mitt was an anchor baby for his parents?

Explain to me why I want to go back to the policies of the party that did their best to bankrupt our country during their last tenure, that did not do any work to make things better. Their goal for the last four years have appeared to be to block the president at every turn so that at this juncture they can say look at what Obama didn’t get done. 

See how easy it was to got ‘there?’ I felt a little power just then throwing out untruths or half-truths. No wonder Karl Rove loved/loves doing it so much.

If you have to call names and lie about your point in order to ‘win,’ do you really think that is a good reflection on your own character? You have just made yourself unnecessary in my eyes. When Fox News comes out and points out all of the inaccuracies in a Republican speech, there might be some issues with that party. When news agencies scour over Bill Clinton’s speech and cannot find any inaccuracies  there might be a reason why.

I don’t understand the over-top hatred for Obama unless you trace it back to racism or jealousy. Why jealousy you ask? Because Barack Obama did not come from a family of means. His family on his mother’s side can be traced back to Plymouth although not the Mayflower but it is not as if they are rolling in the dough. Like Bill Clinton, he was a nobody who through hard work became a somebody.

So if you are looking to have a reasonable discussion about presidential politics that will not degenerate into name calling, you can talk to me. If you are looking to goad me into an argument, well, I will try not to rise up to the bait. (Yes, I am talking about you, insert name)

And if you think thing are really worse now then they were four years ago, take a look at this story.

Meanwhile, I am going back to my la-la land of progressive thought where the shouting is in the form of  ‘hurrahs’ and there are not crazy conspiracy theories that involve every county clerk in the nation keeping the right to vote from military personal with absentee ballots. That way, I will not get riled up, I will sleep better at night and have a peaceful frame of mind during the day.

How are you spending the rest of the election season?





Sticking My Foot Into It

The past few weeks, I have been seriously AWOL.

I have thrown up a post here and there. I have dropped in on a few of the other bloggers that I enjoy but the truth is I took a break from the blogging world.

So where have I been?

Image by Grafixer

First of all, we had County Fair. It was a great week in which the rabbits stayed at the fair grounds. We showed them and the guinea pigs. My daughter made a poster about her turtle and fishing. She already has an idea for her sports fishing project for next year. My son worked on a theater portfolio which made it as a state fair delegate.

A week later, we headed to the State Fair with another family so that four projects – fudge, cheese muffins, the portfolio and a paper collage project – could be judged at the state level.

The week following our State Fair trip I was working on the rummage sale for our church. We set up tables, organized items, priced them, and prepared for people to walk in on our preview sale for Friday Night and the regular sale on Saturday. Then there was the clean-up.

I bagged up clothes to put in a donation bin, shoes to go to Share Your Souls shoe charity, puzzles went to a senior apartment center and left over baked goods were served during our Sunday morning gathering.

What I have been doing is checking in on Facebook with updates of items we had for sale.  But then I allowed myself to join a conversation about a placard that stated 29% of military members were denied the right to vote.

Image from a facebook friend’s page.

I am not sure why it rankled me so much. Maybe it was because the placard did not tell the whole story.  Nor did the placard mention that the story initially broke in the fall of 2011.

So who is responsible for getting that ballot out? Well, that would be the county clerk’s job once a request has been made and those ballots have to be sent out 45 days before the election. Once you receive your ballot you have so much time to get it back and that depends on where you are stationed.

People not having the ability to vote taken away from them is bothersome. But this story is a year old. I want to know how or if this issue has been resolved because all of my searching found nothing new.

So I am asking all of you who know someone in the military fighting overseas if this happened to them. If it did, were they able to resolve the problems from the 2010 vote? Are you helping to ensure that your person in the military who is overseas is able to vote in the upcoming election?

You might question why I am asking. There is a part of me that wants to know if anyone tried to resolve the situation.  Another part of me wants to have the last word and say “See, this is not a conspiracy. This is bad behavior on the part of some 3,000+ county clerks.”

In the end, knowing the whole story is what I am after. Did this truly affect someone anyone knows? Did they make efforts to be able to vote in the next election no matter what? Do they need help from family members who are stateside in order to get their right to vote? Did the story that ran on Military.com make a difference at all?

You tell me.