A Shenandoah Valley Virginia View on Obama, McCain, Warner, Goodlatte, and AL FRANKEN !

Here is little ol me chiming in on the subject of the 2008 election with Obama nearly a certainty to win the presidential race as I write this, and an amazing thing happening in that AL FRANKEN is about to be a senator. WOW.

I have diehard republican friends and democrat friends as well, and in my day to day life try to honestly not to offend either side with anything overtly partisan for the sake of a political party ...and at the risk of some of those friends, and even family, running into the blog post and knowing what they may already suspect ...I ABHOR those who make political choices NOT based on issues, but rather by party affiliation. To flush this out more, here in the Shenandoah Valley, where it is VERY VERY conservative and republican, there are honestly those who just feel they don't need to educate themselves on someones stance on issues. They think all democrats are bad, (evil even) and all republicans are good. Terrible thing for America ..this my team / your team system. And that's one of the reasons that an Obama speech here, with the usual adoration that accompanys all his stumping, will seem so out of place at JMU tomorrow.

In these parts, I remember how bad it got when Clinton was president. To some who would call candid comment or write the Daily News Record letters to the editor, everything from the decline of morals in our country (might have had a point) to tornados in the midwest (eh ..) were Bill Clinton's fault.

Now apparently ....are things changing here ? On the advent of Barrack Obama visiting JMU in Harrisonburg Virginia, putting every single vote in play ...even the ones in this republican stronghold, I will go out on a limb and express here some thoughts on the election for the sake of expressing myself ...and hoping I don't lose a friend.

I am a ticket splitter. I am voting for a democrat for Senator, as Warner vs Gilmore is the contest of one of the best governors this state ever had against the hands down worst. If there is a race I am passionate about, it is this one ...it's my main reason for making sure I get to the booth November 4th.

I will also vote for Bob Goodlatte, who has not exactly stood up to the Bush administration ...but carries experience, intellect, and common sense back to Washington with my vote. Having said that, I believe that with the anti -Bush backlash , the local democrats have possibly missed a chance to steal this seat by running such an unknown against him.

Now ..for president, it depends on the issue that matters the most to me that day as to who I will vote for ....but I have to state mostly that once again I am saying "are these the best two we could come up with ???" And ...I think NOT. But ...you can't write in that Alfred E Neuman guy from Mad Magazine and have it count for much.

I also think that NOT enough attention is paid to the fact that the president does NOT get to just do whatever he wants ...I have heard sooooo much about McCains budge and Obamas budget, and neither of these budgets will actually be enacted as they are being run upon. Look at them as ideals ...don't believe the whole package comes with the political promises.

On the issue of health care, probably the most important to my family which includes a cancer survivor, McCain is not standing up enough for my taste to the problems with drug company, AMA, and insurance company run medical system we have. Things need to change, and if I realllllly believe that Obama can get prexisting conditions to be accepted in a job change, which he says he can, or at least his ads claim that, vs. what McCains beliefs on health care appear to be, then my choice is made ...period.

I believe that McCain used pretty bad judgement in picking Palin ...We all will be interested to see where she ends up 12 years from now ..a friend thinks playboy is more a possibility then a presidential run , but I think she will gain experience somewhere, and make a more serious run at some point. Having said that, she is in no way shape or form qualified to be president ...but then again, that brings to mind Obama ...who also has such little experience. If experience were the issue ...its McCain.

And on the issue of Change ...no doubt CHANGE will come when Obama takes over with a likely democratic senate and congress ....but will that change be as partisan on the liberal democrat side as the republicans can be sometimes ? The CHANGE that straight talkin John seems to advocate is more my style. Middle of the road, independent of party influence ....if I realllly thought a McCain administration would be independent of partisanship ...he'd have my vote on that issue.

So ..it's complicated right ?

Oh ..and I am a Springsteen fan, but when Bruce has made his speeches for Obama ...I have more listened to his enthusiastic ramblings about American ideals ...but I HONESTLY think HE ought to run for something. He says these great things about America, then just throws in there, "and Obama is the guy that will uphold these ideals." I am not basing my vote on what my longtime hero in life and music says for me to do ....but his prose has been remarkable ..much moreso than when the dems ran such a tool 4 years ago and Bruce went so far for him as to have many believing he'd get a cabinet post.

Eight years ago, we chose a C student over a future nobel prize winner. I kinda lost faith that American democracy, though it is a right way of doing things, doesn't always make the right choice. Always wonder where we'd be today after 8 years of President Gore. No worse I guarantee.

I can honestly say at this point, 8 days from election, that I am someone who could be pursuaded to change my mind on the presidential election. But I am leaning Obama ...with a certain amount of "show me what you can do big man." Let's hope what he can do is reallly lead America to think about whats right for America on the issues and lead us away from partisan politics.

The Brick ...send this one to your friends

the brick - another email forward

the brick --another wide and wise email forward
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared . Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?' The young boy was apologetic. 'Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...' With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 'It's my brother, 'he said. 'He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.' Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. 'Thank you and may God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy! push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: 'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!' God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.

Bruce And Billy ...If it's on Pay Per View I am there ..Springsteen and Billy Joel

Springsteen AND Billy Joel - When that change was made uptown and the Piano Man Joined the E Street Band

Springsteen and Billy Joel to Play this Fundraiser ...HOPE for TV Pay Per View or HBO !
Purchase your ticket using the this link.
Tickets must be purchased by October 14th.

Oh to raise the money for Obama ... Tickets are 10,ooo , 2,500 , and cheap seats for 500 bucks. Now ..I have to believe that if they wanted this fundraiser with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and friends to increase in value, I would think you could add Tina Fey.

Somewhere you can find an mp3 of Joel doing Thunder Road ---dont know if Bruce covered Allentown

Fox TV's Fringe ...XFILES returns

Really enjoying Fringe from Fox TV these days (returns in 90 seconds) ...realizing that I liked it alot more when it was called X files ....No doubt you just replace the female lead with Scully and it's not much diff than the same...on the episode with the giant butt alien plug they pretty much quit hiding it. I kept waiting for Cartman from southpark to complain about his anal probe. (still the funniest episode of tv ever ..cartman gets an anal probe)

Obama and McCain Debates ...Brokaw Wins

I can appreciate the kick up in gentle hostility between the warm and friendly handshakes and hugs between the can Obama, knowing he has the lead, pretty much continued his course and reminded us a few times that he will cut taxes to 95% of Americans while McCain reminded us one time too many that Obama voted for a 3 million dollar projector. (the projector was an educational planetarium necessity.

I thought the clear winner was Brokaw, who kept beating it into the candidates heads to obey the rules until, low and behold, they finally did.

Springsteen On The Stump Again

Have you ever been to one of those Bruce concerts where he gets the crowd in an even more frenzied state simply by LOOOKING at them ? He looks to the left ..the crowd to his left is earsplittingly loud, only to be outdone by the crowd he soon looks to next. It is POWER he commands from that stage, but its in the rock concert moment and helped along by the words and music of his songs, but also the performances he is known for himself alongside the house rockin', pants droppin', earth shockin', hard rockin', booty shakin', love makin', heart breakin', soul cryin', death defyin' legendary E Street Band.

Now, as he was four years ago for Kerry, he is back on the stump ...but now, he has the memory that his cause, no matter how clear the right and wrong choice seemed to him, LOST. Once again he is trying to fit the square pegs of songs like Promised Land, The Risin, and from four years ago, Kerry's theme, No Surrender, through the round holes of a political campaign. It seemed to me that his gift as an orator was mostly only known to his truest fans who followed him always for more than just his ability to write a catchy hook and lead a band for 4 hours in a night. And I think 4 years ago, he was viewed more as an entertainer than as a political activist. It seems the words are more carefully constructed and it's more important to him to have them heard and acted upon this time...and his stature as a statesman continues to grow.

Bruce Springsteen Concerts For Obama

Bruce Springsteen Concerts For Obama
"We tried this four years ago...This time, we're winning"
"I have spent most of my creative life measuring the distance between the American promise and the American reality ... we need someone to lead us on an American reclamation project ... we need someone with Senator Obama's understanding, temperatness, deliberateness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us build our house of dreams once again ... and most importantly we need you"
Bruce Springsteen

I am the biggest fan of Bruce Springsteen, and his lyrics and music and power and passion of his music and live shows have been the cornerstone for my musical enjoyment my entire life. But AS important as the stage and studio product, his thoughts and philosphies have been immensely ingraining in my inner psyche.

Bruce stuck his neck out for the democratic candidate four years ago, and America did NOT care ...or at least enough ...for what Bruce had to say about who to vote for. My love for Springsteen is known very well by everyone who knows me, who then associates with me a love of Obama. I remain a staunch independent ... and hope my conservative friends will let this one blow over like the associations from four years ago and Kerry.