Friday, April 25, 2008

Vote! Baby! Vote!

The Obama campaign is set to announce a 50-state voter registration drive. So what? Who cares? Big deal, right?

Right, it is a big deal. Only a candidate sure of himself and of his ability to gain his party's nomination (not to mention aware of of his RESPONSIBILITY to be as inclusive as possible, to help re-energize the American electorate) would dare to sponsor this kind of initiative. Sure as hell, ol' McCrazy won't be doing this. Clinton? She'll probably call it a smokescreen, a trick, an illusion, more phony rhetoric, etc - but the truth is that she is too frightened to ever do anything like this. The last thing her campaign wants is more new voters coming into play, regardless of which party they support, as it will upset her ever shrinking base, making her fragile and unreal claim to hold the lead in this primary season even more untenable.

BRAVO! Senator Obama - if you do this, it will be the finest and most positive act of your campaign to date and, I hope, a brave indication of things to come. This is the LEADERSHIP we need as Americans. (But, if you say you're going to do it, you'd better do it. This isn't like forgetting to pick up the eggs and butter at the store, man, after you said you would, okay?)



Nazz Nomad said...

Pennsylvania, despite the 10 point loss, was encouraging. Something like a million people registered in the last 6 months to vote. No matter who the ultimate winner is, EVERYONE should vote. It is inconceivable to me that Americans do not exercise this right. It's one of this country's greatest gift's to it's populace and to not take advantage of it is a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Noble, but Obama is focusing his voter registration drives to college areas and inner cities where finds the core support.

gomonkeygo said...

Thanks for the update - I'll have to check into that. I know that has been the focus of the voter registration done so far during his campaign, but I haven't heard that will be the focus for this new nationwide process. Regardless, our inner cities are one of the areas most in need of electorate re-energizing. They've been Forbidden Zones since the 60s and that needs to change. By the same token, we need lots more rural registration too. I live in a rural area and know dozens of people that are not registered to vote, old and young.

Thanks for coming by - please come again!

Gunboy 3 said...

What kind of man supports Barack Obama? The Associated Press reports that James Yee, a former Muslim Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who was accused of spying, has been chosen as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Yee was not prosecuted on those charges. The AP states that he was "cleared," but a 2004 New York Times editorial said otherwise:

In dropping the prosecution last week, the military refused to clear Captain Yee, contending that it had acted only because of ''national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence.''

Last year, the Middle East Media Research Institute aired a clip of an interview Yee gave to Syrian television. Blogger Charles Johnson has a transcript. Yee claimed that the Koran "was being desecrated in Guantanamo in many different ways." Yee acknowledged that he did not actually witness any of the purported desecration; he merely took the detainees' word for it.

What kind of man supports Barack Obama? The kind of man who goes on TV in an Arab country ruled by a hostile authoritarian regime and participates in propaganda that seems designed to inflame anti-American sentiment.