(channeling my inner Stephen Colbert/Bill Maher love child, “Stephen Maher”; tongue firmly in cheek)
to the geeks, the freaks, and especially the weak;
to the fag hags with their Gucci bags;
to the crazies, the lazies, the homeless men and women
tipping the election blue so they can enjoy four
more years of the bliss that is poverty;
to the gays trying to raise our kids to be perverts
and have sex with animals and aliens and designer shoes,
while priests sing the blues and rape boys in back rooms;
to the Muslims coming door to door to tell us more
about their man Allah, asking for a dollar, and offering us that
lil booklet called the “Watch Minaret”, aka, the Obama “Bible;
to the cranks in houses of lordly pranks, casting their
righteous flock against the zeitgeist of the Anti-Christ;
to the union and their ill-gotten ilk, sipping mocha lattes heavy
with milk, the assembly line purrs along dropping seventy-ton
armored boxes onto highways and byways, powered by owls;
to the coal miners - no whiners - marching into the darkness for
another day of black lung so the terrorists don’t win, a sin;
to the corporate raiders in their waders, fishing for trout
while all about them companies are sold for parts by old farts
so women in China can work for pennies in a shop non-stop;
to the chicks with dicks, the she-males and split tails, the
trans-thoughtful, the awful that have fallen from the path of God;
to the blacks, the illegals making tracks, finding a cozy ghetto,
a pimpin’ barrio, where they can rob rich white kids whose GPSs
cause driving messes, easy pickings for the upwardly-mobile thug;
to the clueless white folk who’ll now choke on their votes,
it denotes a lack of FOX News knowledge, drop-outs from college,
and an aversion to certain perversions, namely the Right path;
to the dishonorable, the intolerable, the heartless, the smartless,
the worthless, penniless, and sweetheartless, the lonely souls
smoking bowls, who lost the day and opened the way to four
more years of a brighter day.
I am not writing to you as a black #voter, or a #woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country — as an American.
It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.
But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful — don’t underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.
Voting has already begun in some states that President Obama needs to win. So please use this handy tool to make sure your friends in those key states know where to cast their ballot. You will be doing them a great favor.
As a country, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress.
My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that would break your heart. When they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like, “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” When they couldn’t answer, they couldn’t vote.
I once debated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African American would ever be elected president. He believed it would happen within the next 40 years at the time — I believed it would never happen within my lifetime.
I have never been happier to have been proven wrong.
And since President Barack Obama’s historic election, we’ve moved forward in courageous and beautiful ways. More students can afford college, and more families have access to affordable health insurance. Women have greater opportunities to get equal pay for equal work.
Yet as Rev. King wrote, “All progress is precarious.”
So don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t hesitate. Don’t have any regrets. Vote."
From an Obama campaign email by MAYA ANGELOU.
Read four more Facts You Should Commit To Memory Before Watching Tonight’s Debate (via ThinkProgress).
When #Republicans began questioning President #Obama’s birth certificate four years ago, it seemed at first like a petulant reaction to a lost election, a flush of nativist and racist anger that would diminish over time. But the preposterous charges never went away. As this election cycle shows, many in the Republican Party continue to see the president as the center of a broad and malevolent liberal conspiracy to upend the truth.
To live and seethe in that world of conspiracy theories means rejecting any form of objective reality. When unemployment numbers make the administration look good, they are obviously “cooked.” When poll numbers put Mr. Obama ahead, they are skewed. Birth certificates are forgeries. Safety-net programs are giveaways to supporters. Health insurance reform is socialism. And campaign donation disclosure is antibusiness.
It’s an upside-down version of life, and it is not innocuous. When desperation leads political critics of the president to discredit important nonpolitical institutions — including the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office — the damage can be long-lasting. If voters come to mistrust the most basic functions of government, the resulting cynicism can destroy the basic compact of citizenship."
— The New York Times, “Conspiracy World”
The real Mitt Romney said we don’t need any more teachers in our classrooms. But the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers—can’t get enough of them. The Mitt Romney we all know invested in companies that were called “pioneers” of outsourcing jobs to other countries. But the guy on stage last night, he said that he doesn’t even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing—he’s never heard of them. Never heard of them. Never heard of tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. He said that if it’s true, he must need a new accountant.
Now, we know for sure it was not the real Mitt Romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. So you see, the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney’s decisions and what he’s been saying for the last year. And that’s because he knows full well that we don’t want what he’s been selling for the last year. So Governor Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be President, you owe the American people the truth."
— President Obama in Denver, CO today