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Monday, November 3, 2008

I'm sitting here with my laptop, watching my beloved Steelers on Monday Night Football, and for the first time in my thirty year love-affair with the Black and Gold, I'm honestly wondering whether I want them to win or not.
I know my Pennsylvania family will disown me...
And the Steeler organization may taking my Terrible Towel away...
But I'm thinking of rooting for the Redskins tonight.
As a Steeler fan its sacriligious to be having these thoughts, but...there's this thing called the 'Redskin Rule'.
And it has me worried.
Ever since 1936, the Redskins have shown a serious knack for predicting the results of the national election (dating back to when the team was still in Boston). For 17 consecutive Presidential elections if the Redskins won the last home game before the presidential election, the incumbent party kept the White House. If the Redskins lost, the challenging party won.
Translation: If the Redskins win tonight, McCain wins tomorrow. If the Steelers win, Obama wins.
Do you see my dilemma?
Unfortunately, the Steelers are winning.
I have purposely kept politics out of my blog during the last two years, believing that since this was a spot dedicated to my family, my affinity for politics didn't mix - especially since its not everyone's affinity. ;>)
But with the election tomorrow, I just can't keep quiet anymore. Besides, this election is all about my family. It will have a serious impact on my children and my grandchildren for decades to come.
I am seriously concerned with the direction this country is taking - and its not just the fact that my fellow citizens are about to elect the most liberal president this country has ever seen.
If they knew what they were doing, it wouldn't be so bad.
But its the fact that voters will be casting their ballot tomorrow for a man whom they do not know, that has me so concerned.
They've been duped. Bamboozled, conned, deceived, deluded, flimflammed, hornswoggled, misled, snowed, sucked in...
They've bought into the lies Obama has spewed - hook, line and sinker.
Blinded by their hatred for the man they think stole the election in 2000 and 2004, democrats and unsuspecting independents are turning a blind eye to little white fibs, subtle inconsistencies and downright blatant lies from the Obama camp.
And Obama is taking advantage their ignorance.
They're ignoring the warning signs like the men Obama has chosen to surround himself with. Even if he were just acquaintances with these people it would make me squeemish, BUT HE'S NOT! He knows them really, really well!
He's had them baptize his children, served on boards with them for years and written forwards in their books.
I don't know about you, but I haven't had those kind of experiences with virtual strangers.
There are names you've heard before...Jeremiah Wright the radical minister, David Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist and ACORN the large, liberal get-out-the-vote machine that pays people to register people to vote and then turns a blind eye to the tactics their employees use to do their jobs.
But there are names you may not have heard of like...Tony Rezco a jailed political fundraiser and Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career and Raila Odinga who got a boost in the 2007 Kenya Presidential election when Sen. Barack Obama went to Kenya to campaign on his behalf. The problem is Odinga has ties to Muslim extremists and had supporters who practice ethnic cleansing and genocide.
I really couldn't care less WHO Obama has as his friends - as long as he isn't MY PRESIDENT.
This isn't about guilt-by-association - its about judgement.
If he's surrounded himself with these questionable characters in the past, who will he be surrounding himself with in the White House?
And then there's the whole tax question...
What is his cutoff for the middle income tax bracket again? Was it $250K Obama says is his cutoff for higher taxes...or is that $200K...or maybe $150K...
No, wait! According to Gov. Bill Richardson its only $120K!
Who decided $120K is RICH?!
What was it Obama said to 'Joe'? Spread the wealth?
And I'm sorry, Joe Biden, but those beliefs don't make me 'unpatriotic' or 'selfish'. They make me an American who has worked very hard for what I have and who doesn't want the government to fiddle with my finances.
People who haven't even paid income tax will be getting a check from the federal government...tell me how THAT'S fair?!
Obama laughs off all of this as if its some lame joke, but I'm sorry - if it looks like socialism, smells like socialism and acts like socialism...it probably is socialism.
And if you're laughing about those of us 'not understanding your plans to instill socialist ideals into the American system, then you are indeed, sir, one scary dude!
Consider this comment during an interview with the Chicago Public Radio in 2001...

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.
Sounds like socialism to me.
Don't even get me started on health care.
I can't imagine why anyone would really want the government handling something so important as the healthcare. Honestly, when, in the last 200 years has the U.S. Government handled ANYTHING efficiently or effectively?
There are examples left and right of programs operated by the U.S. government that are either dismal failures or are constantly having to be bailed out...Amtrak, U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Affairs, education, Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare...
Shall I continue?
If they botched up these things (which are not life and death) how much more so something in which someone's life actually hangs in the balance. Sure, they won't be using a scapel or prescribing medication, but you can bet they'll be deciding for us which doctors we can see, the most effective and inexpensive forms of treatment and who does and does not deserve to get that new liver!
I don't know about you, but I don't want the government anywhere near my medical decisions, let alone my children's healthcare.
No. Where. NEAR.
I haven't even mentioned his EXTREME stance on abortion! That one is too deep to get into here, but lets just say that he thinks its okay to let babies die AFTER they have been born alive.
Told you it was extreme. It's 'infanticide.'
Then there are things like his promise to "agressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," only to go back on his word and become the first major plarty candidate since the law was passed to bypass public financing (which would have limited campaign spending.)
Over the last two years Senator Obama has revealed himself to be nothing more than a short- sighted, inexperienced politician willing to say anything to get a vote.
With comments like...
"it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Is that supposed to make me feel the love?
Sounds more like elitism and a big city politician looking down on the rural parts of this country to me. And you can forget about his ties to Kansas. He left that a LONG time ago.
Oh, and this precious gem...

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket...If somebody wants to build a coal powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum."
Hang on to your checkbooks ladies...your electric bill will be going up if Obama is elected. He has to get rid of all of those smog producing coal fired plants. You know...the ones that produce 50% of our electricity. Oh, don't worry about all the people it will put out of work. You know...plant workers, and coal miners. They're bitter anyway.
Its just a part of the bigger, greener plan.
Believe me, I'm not one of those conspiracy theorists. If I was I would be bringing up the questionable status of Obama's citizenship. (Turns out, he may not have even been born in the U.S., which of course would make him ineligible to run for President in the first place.)
But I haven't even brought that up! ;>)
If I thought for one minute Americans had really paid attention to the issues, done their homework and thought through this decision, I wouldn't be as concerned as I am tonight. Its living in a country obsessed with beauty, money and celebrity that has me concerned.
Many of those voting for Obama tomorrow, I'm afraid, haven't looked past his smooth talking, well-dressed exterior. They're in love with the idea of voting for someone who isn't a Republican...just because he's not a Republican.

Instead of looking at what Obama stands FOR...
The Steelers just won.
I'm keeping comments open, because I know you all will have something to say. And its fine if you don't agree with me - that's what this great country is all about. But I have to warn you, I'm not going to tolerate hate speech. Keep it civil! As my mother loves to say - if you don't have something nice to say...don't say anything at all.

12 salty messages:

Jeanne November 4, 2008 at 9:30 AM  

WOW. How well written! You should have a poltical blog my friend. OUTSTANDING. BRAVO. Bless you.

Michelle November 4, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

This is my first visit to your blog- I found you through Elaine, and... WOW! Great post! You've summed up many of my thoughts, concerns and fears exactly. Plus, you don't often see a good use of the word "hornswoggled." Excellent!

And Sam Makes Seven

Old DAN AND Little ANN November 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM  

I know God uses times of persecution to strengthen his church and bring our wondering affections and misplaces trust back to Himself. If he wants to use economic upheavel and political bozos to do that ... it is His world and all I'm really betting on is Him anyway, Amen?
I think we will be voting for the same candidates BUT our strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. Come Lord Jesus!

Bethany November 4, 2008 at 11:08 AM  

My thoughts exactly. Since I'm in California, I don't really have a hope in hades of keeping Obama from being elected (cause it's not like McCain is a fabulous choice, just less scary.) And we've got some other big issues to worry about out here. But I already voted (ya, crack of dawn? so not me) so now it's just wait and see.

Tami November 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM  

You're right, Ann. Amen.

jessy November 4, 2008 at 11:57 AM  

I don't have t.v., but the other night we watched a clip of him in front of an audience stating that when he was president, he would put broadband in every American's home. I laughed out loud, but the crowd cheered. I mean WHAT are people thinking voting for such an idiot. Can they possibly believe that even 1/100 of what he is saying is true? Can we really be that stupid America?
And you didn't even touch on the fact that the man will very likely institute government funded infanticide.

Tami November 4, 2008 at 12:07 PM  

You're right! I forgot that one! I'm going back in to put in a little blurb about it - I don't have the time to do a lot of research right now. Just suffice it to say...YOU NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Troy and Rachel November 4, 2008 at 1:52 PM  

Thanks Tami for typing that!

BTW - your kids looked great for Halloween!!

Anonymous,  November 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM  

I just love when I find another blogger who sees things with such clarity. :-) And I blame the media for much of the ruse Obama has pulled... but you're right, it's also our country's ridiculous desire to choose the most attractive, smoothest-speaking person. Too much American Idol maybe?
But I have HOPE! (the real kind, not the Obama kind) - I think we may just see a McCain victory after all. It's going to be a late night tonight!!

Elaine November 4, 2008 at 4:56 PM  

Fantastic post! Fantastic! Why, why, why don't more people see this, get this? WHY?!?!?!?! Excellent job.

Amy K-S crew November 4, 2008 at 9:22 PM  

Hey Tami, This time (and this time only) I will have to agree with you that it would have been worth the Steelers taking a loss. Oh well!

Ashley November 5, 2008 at 4:44 PM  

I wish I could have had every American read this post before they voted. How can anyone knowing all of this, vote for him? People must not have done their homework. I do not have t.v., either (well, I have an actual tv, but no channels..lol). So, I have not seen what has been on television. I have tried to read online as much as I could.

Thanks for this post. I also wish Redskins would have won (for the reason you stated). That is crazy how that has worked for so many years and been accurate like that.

This is a time for Christians to get serious. It's the end times and we need to get left or get right - no riding on the fence.

I know you aren't posting anymore about politics, so this is my last comment about it on your blog. I am just trying to catch up on posts and apologize for being behind. :)

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