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November 03, 2008

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taylor k.

I am very much against Obama's "share the wealth" and "eliminate our gun rights" views. It is NOT right to take the money from hard working americans that saved to give to the lazy people who don't work because they don't want too.

There is welfare (that needs to be reformed) for the truly needy and disabled - other than that GET A JOB! I work in health benefits and I can't tell you how many times a day i get calls from people who want free insurance. These people make upwards of 80K annually and sometimes even over $300k. I have been to england and I have seen first hand how it DOESN'T work. I have also been to a state hospital (Ben Taub in Houston, Texas) for a friend of mine and saw how horrable that was. Socialism does not work in any form!

I started working full time (at the food court in the mall in the afternoon and pizzahut at nights and fuddruckers on the weekends) when i was 15 and saved and saved and saved so that i could buy my house when i was 18 (working 3 jobs at once and going to school). There is NO reason why a able bodied person can't do the same. I am 23 now, married and have one child. There is no reason why i should take the things i worked hard for in life and give them to people who don't want to work.

i too am exhusted, and although i hope Obama doesn't win I will be happy tomorrow (i hope!) that its over.

A vote against Obama is a vote agaist socialism.

taylor k.

I am very much against Obama's "share the wealth" and "eliminate our gun rights" views. It is NOT right to take the money from hard working americans that saved to give to the lazy people who don't work because they don't want too.

There is welfare (that needs to be reformed) for the truly needy and disabled - other than that GET A JOB! I work in health benefits and I can't tell you how many times a day i get calls from people who want free insurance. These people make upwards of 80K annually and sometimes even over $300k. I have been to england and I have seen first hand how it DOESN'T work. I have also been to a state hospital (Ben Taub in Houston, Texas) for a friend of mine and saw how horrable that was. Socialism does not work in any form!

I started working full time (at the food court in the mall in the afternoon and pizzahut at nights and fuddruckers on the weekends) when i was 15 and saved and saved and saved so that i could buy my house when i was 18 (working 3 jobs at once and going to school). There is NO reason why a able bodied person can't do the same. I am 23 now, married and have one child. There is no reason why i should take the things i worked hard for in life and give them to people who don't want to work.

i too am exhusted, and although i hope Obama doesn't win I will be happy tomorrow (i hope!) that its over.

A vote against Obama is a vote agaist socialism.

taylor k.

opps! somehow my comment posted twice. just delete the extra.

:)

taylor k.

opps! somehow my comment posted twice. just delete the extra.

:)

alison

I think it's great how this election has everyone talking and involved. This is the way it should always be.

That said, I hope Obama wins by a landslide. :) And in California, I hope Prop 8 goes down.

I'm such a liberal.

lcg

I sure agree about the super stress of this election. I have friends who are therapists and they are saying lots of patients are using their hour of therapy time to vent about the candidates and to express their fears.
I've worked on this election and have found it rather thrilling. One of the most distressing things has been the negative ads. I think turning off the TV and being selective about computer stuff can go a long way to diffusing some of the angst.

One thing I would caution (as a nurse)....be careful with the Xanax. Very addictive. There are many medications that might be more help. Perhaps staying away from TV and pundits and increasing exercise might help. But hang in there. I'm really enjoying your blog.

Danell

I'd really like to split some xanax and maybe a box of tissues with you...sniffling and saying "I know! I know! Me too!"

Pass the paper bag. (Deep breaths)

Ali

Very well said!!

Tracy

**HUGS**

Let's just be positive and hope common sense (and those of us apparent hillbilly rednecks with no teeth) prevail tomorrow. If not, we'll get through. We're Americans, regardless.

Rachel

Sadly, there will forever be slandering of each political party member by the opposing political party and some of those who vote for that party (I'm thankful to say that while I poke fun at people -- I don't do it in a nasty or cruel way). Heck I have a sticker that says "Rednecks for Obama"... so... umm... lol.

Anyway, don't think it's just us democrats doing the dirty talk. I can't get on facebook without being sent a piece of "flair" that likens Obama to Hitler or speaks of him as a terrorist. So it goes both ways. I figure, as long as you/I are not the ones doing it then we should just brush it off our shoulders and be thankful that we at least know how to be respectful.

Farrah

Delurking after 3 years to say I am also am stressed about this election I have even started biting my nails again, a habit I gave up 5 years ago. I can't wait until the election is over.

OMSH

I'm from Texas, so...thank you.
I'm reading and nodding, nodding, nodding, nodding, and though I didn't even vote for either of the major parties (I have no confidence they can handle debt since all I hear is 'spend'.), I still hate the stereotype attached to Conservatives.

Michelle

I was at a wedding on Saturday and there was a nice, older couple at our table and he was very gregarious. The two of us talked about politics all throughout dinner, agreeing on a lot of things, I like and respect McCain, he likes and respects Obama, etc. It wasn't until an hour into our conversation that my friend, seated between us, an undecided voter, asked us each who we were voting for. I would consider myself a very liberal democrat, and he considers himself a very conservative republican. we are obviously each voting party lines

to me, that is what politics SHOULD be like, and I commented on that - how there is a pervasive belief that dems and reps cannot or will not communicate nicely and sanely with one another. And, by the way, this happened in MASSACHUSETTS, I know, I know.

There are uninformed voters on both sides, and I too am terrified of what tomorrow will bring (though I prefer Ativan, and I have less sleepiness with it)!

Kendra

I think your last paragraph states it perfectly. It shouldn't be about blaming one side or other or making liberal or conservative out to be a bad thing. It should be about solutions and progress, not name calling. We all learned that lesson on the playground a long time ago. I think it is time to demand better of our elected leaders.

elizabeth

I've been ignoring the news and staying away from those blogs like Sarah above described. It seems there are some very strong opinions out there and I don't need to read that.
Maybe I'm too oblivious? What with your stress and everyone else's. And someone we know wanted to come spend the night at our house this evening because they fear riots tonight if Obama does not win!
But I do agree with you on your point that people assume you're stupid for being a republican. I read something a week or two ago about an old man in someone's neighborhood and how she would go chat with him. But then he put out a McCain sign and she felt so sad that he was just doing what he always did: vote republican. And that she probably wouldn't be stopping by anymore because of it. What???
I voted and now I'm hanging out and getting ready for work later. I hope it's not stressful there... we've had some heated discussions in the past.
I'm so tired I can't even think straight. I'm going to take the kiddos out to enjoy the 70 degrees we're having today and try not to get worked up.

susan

Well, now you know how I felt, watching that train wreck of a president get voted in again 4 years ago. I was seriously ready to move out of the country. That was anxiety.

Rebecca

Delurking here. I enjoy reading your insights, especially on the Naked Ledger.

I'm with ya, sister. I have received unsolicited emails from friends and it is highly irritating. I'll be glad for this whole ordeal to be over.I don't understand how anyone can vote for a candidate who is the most secretive presidential candidate in history. His affiliations alone are terrifying, not to mention his proposed policies.

Oh, and by the way, I have a Master's degree, I'm from the south, I drink, and I'm a Republican. Go figure.

Nat

I just wanna say I respect your opinion Mandajuice and I pray that you will always be able to have that. If you couldn't express it, it wouldn't be America.

Good Luck to both sides.

Jamie

Oh, man. While you and I differ fundamentally in our politics, I certainly hope that things calm down a little for you. I'm so sorry to hear that all of this drama is stressing you out like this.

At the end of the day, I like to think that we can all disagree without being disagreeable. :)

Hope you feel better soon.

Midlife Slices

I came here via OhMyStinkinHeck and I have to say that email would have hit a nerve with me too, but that first commenter really put the cherry on top and I want to shove that cherry up his/her nose. Grrrrr....... I'm from the "South" and I'm actually a registered Democrat but I'm embarrassed to admit that outloud. I'm embarrassed at how Dem's have shown intolerance and ignorance in example such as have been listed, but yet are the first to scream "foul" if a Conservative looks at them wrong. I voted for John McCain and I refuse to even watch any of the election returns because I'm afraid it will make me sick to my stomach.

I've talked about this on my blog and you wouldn't believe some of the comments I've received from foreigners who say their country is laughing at Palin...blah blah blah. It makes me furious, especially when they turn around and cheer Obama and he's no where nearly as qualified as even Palin and he's running for President, NOT VP.

Sorry for the rant. Wake me up when all this is over!!!

beth

You could come up with some equally horrifying liberal stereotypes and the uninformed voters who expect Obama to "pay their gas and mortgage". It goes both ways people...there are just as many liberals who follow the trendy crowd, believe stupid forward e-mails, and are grossly uneducated.

There are also radicals on both sides of the fence who don't understand the meaning of tolerance whether its their faith or their political correctness that "inspires" it. Neither group is worse than the other in that way.

In the end, everyone should be respected for their beliefs whether you agree with them or not, and that includes not mocking them or the party they affiliate with (or religion). Its not fair to mock the whole and then clarify "oh, but I didn't mean YOU" it still hurts and it shouldn't be done. And when people stoop to levels of name-calling, they just show themselves for the hypocrits they truly are.

PS. I know she is your friend, but I find using Halloween (a children's holiday!) as an excuse to be hateful and pander politics pretty tacky. Its even worse that she pulled her kids into it. You don't agree with their politics, fine, but they are still human beings, and no they aren't "evil". Geesh.

Rachel

>> To quote midlife slices >> I'm embarrassed at how Dem's have shown intolerance and ignorance in example such as have been listed, but yet are the first to scream "foul" if a Conservative looks at them wrong.

-- Yes... I could say that exact same thing replacing the word "Dem's" with "Rep's" and "Conservative" with "Liberal", and it would still be totally true. It's funny how we blind ourselves to the faults of our own party in the quest to find faults with the other. I've come to realize that they're all (democrats and republicans alike) incredibly guilty of showing intolerance and ignorance when it comes to their opponents and their opponents parties.

You should not be embarrassed that you registered as a democrat. I'm sure (or rather hope) that if you thought the democratic candidate was the right one for you then you'd vote for him/her with no problem. One candidate shouldn't make you embarassed of the political party you registered for...

Another Amanda

You've just lost me as a reader. What is it like living in a fantasy world?

Belinda

I haven't read through the many comments, but just wanted to let you know that I COMPLETELY understand the phenomenon of election anxiety (and funnily enough, I, too, am taking Xanax for it!). My symptoms are a racing pulse, pounding heart, instant flushing and sweating, and a fight-or-flight panic response, where my cortisol levels and blood-pressure rise and I feel like I'm going to die.

I also wanted to share an article with you that really hit home for me, and to publicly commit to giving up the bitterness and fear I've harbored over the last eight years, as this writer has done. Maybe it will make you feel a tiny bit better, as it did me (It's not the focus as suggested in the title that spoke to me, but you'll know the part I mean when you get to it): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-quigg/dear-conservatives-break_b_140578.html

Thank you for being kind, compassionate, and gracious. "Red or blue, we love you."

A Massachusetts Democrat

"Hope and change start with respect, not intolerance." Perhaps McCain and Palin could have set a better example of this policy. Be upset all you want at insensitive Democrats, but be aware that this goes both ways. In my opinion, Obama has been the single most gracious and respectful candidate for whom I have ever had the honor of voting.

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