As a young person and first time voter, let me attempt to explain my feelings tonight
I'm 18. Much of my life has been during the disaster that was the Bush Administration. I've been politically "active" since I was 10 - during the 2000 election. I campaigned for Gore locally and read about the political process during that election. When I was 14 the 2004 election took place, and I was absolutely certain that Bush would be voted out. It didn't happen, and it was a kick to the stomach.
This time around I did as much as I could do for the Obama campaign. I'm a young person in Alabama, one of the most republican states in the country, and was limited in what I could do. I still campaigned locally, did a lot of online activism, created viral videos about the campaign, and encouraged my peers to register to vote and to vote for Obama. One election day I went into the booth for the first time and proudly voted for Obama. Then I went home and held my breath until the results came back. I was afraid of getting my hopes up, and it would be harder this time than it was in 2004. A few hours later the results game back, and my ability to have complete hope was restored. Election day really did mark the beginning of a new America, where the American promise isn't a false promise, and where people aren't afraid to have hope anymore.
Tomorrow I will watch the man who won my first vote take the oath of office, and I'll be watching complete hope for the future. I feel like I've taken my future back from the warmongers and hypocrites and I feel that change for the better is coming - starting tomorrow. I feel like I can be proud of my country. I feel hopeful. That one word really does sum up this campaign, tonight, and tomorrow - HOPE. Tomorrow morning I'll watch with pride as a man that I have hope in takes office. Finally, I have a President I can look up to.
Four years ago George W. Bush was asked if he thought he had made any mistakes as President. He was unable to name one. This morning Bush held his final press conference and was again asked if he believed he had made any mistakes as President. You can read the full transcript here, but I believe this portion sums up his answer:
"There have been disappointments. Abu Ghraib obviously was a huge disappointment during the presidency. Not having weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment. I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were -- things didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way."
"Disappointments" and "things didn't go according to plan" are such nice ways to say "My Presidency was a miserable failure from the start," and "my lies caused the deaths of over 4,000 American troops and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians."
In true Bush-style, George couldn't even get his last press conference right. He's had 4 years to contemplate his answer to the question asked, yet he considers the war in Iraq among other failures of his Presidency to be "disappointments." Then again, what does he have to worry about? He'll retire to a ranch in Texas where won't be held accountable for his actions.
Heck of a job Georgie.. heck of a job.
Let's hope that President Obama will hold himself responsible for his actions, unlike George Bush.
I would wish everyone a happy Veterans day today, but that almost seems wrong considering so many of our troops and Veterans are struggling right now both overseas and at home.
So often we hear the Bush Adminstration and war-hawks say: "support our troops." But what we don't hear about is the fact that the VA has been short-changing mental health programs when PTSD problems are growing. Or the fact that the Bush Administration has proposed 10 BILLION dollars in Veterans health care CUTS. Enough is enough! Support our troops and Veterans - Bring them home and help them get the benefits they deserve!
To our Veterans and servicemen and women.. thank you. We're going to do our best to support you by demanding that the VA is properly funded.
As a first time voter, I couldn't be more proud of my candidate
or more hopeful for the future of this great nation. We've had a rough past 8 years, and I've grown up during that time. I just turned 18 last week, and was excited to get my voter ID card in the mail. This campaign has been inspiring from the start. Friends of mine who were never interested in politics before started reading the news and keeping up with the issues. I've seen houses in my small Alabama town with Obama signs, and I've seen pick-up trucks with rebel flags that have Obama bumper stickers.
Tonight I cried watching Obama's special. Part of the reason I cried was because of the touching stories of average Americans struggling to get by during this economic crisis. I think the biggest reason I cried though, is because while this campaign has had a slogan of "yes we can" in reality it is "yes we MUST." We absolutely must elect obama, because if not things are either going to stay the same or get worse. The struggling retired couple, the single Mom with two kids, the Dad that works in a factory and has had his hours cut back, and the middle-class Mom that carries her kids to school and football practice while worrying about paying the bills that we saw tonight shouldn't have to suffer anymore... America shouldn't have to suffer anymore. Tonight I cried because I have hope in this country and in our candidate. Hope won't win this election though, and we MUST make sure to cast our votes and encourage our family members to not stay home on election day.. to get out and vote.
So I'll be casting my first vote next week, along with many other young people. This time we cannot let our candidate down.. we cannot let our country down.
If you missed Obama's 30 minute special tonight, you can watch it below:
Hey college students.. guess what? You're anti-American according to the McCain camp!
To my fellow young people(and all voters), this is an example of why it is so important that we vote on election day. PLEASE PLEASE make sure you cast your ballot. I'll be proudly casting my first vote for Barack Obama.
If you're on a college campus, according to Rep. Michele Bachmann, a surrogate for the McCain camp, you are "anti-american."
When asked by Hardball host Chris Matthews which parts of America are "anti-american" Bachmann had this to say: "Well, I would say that people who hold anti- American views. I don't think it's geography. I think it's people who don't like America, who detest America. And on college campuses, a Ward Churchill, another college campus, a Bill Ayers, you find people who hate America.
The McCain camp has been stooping to new lows lately. This would be just another example. The whole interview with Rep. Bachmann exhibited an extreme and radical view held by people like the Representative from Minnesota that is dangerous, disgusting, and a view that is itself "anti-American."
You can watch the entire interview with Bachmann below, if you can stomach it.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, co-editor of The Nation summed it up best. "I think what we just heard was a Congresswoman channeling Joe McCarthy" and "There is an extremist..extremism unleashed in this nation which you just heard on this program, which could lead to violence, and hatred, and toxicity, and against the backdrop of the Great Depression we're living through is..could lead, and I don't use this word lightly, to a kind of American fascism which is against the great values of this nation and which people like that are fomenting."
A few short clips from the footage I shot at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Here's a short summary of each day:
Day 1 - I sat on an airplane parked on the runway for an hour, so my flight was late getting in. I managed to make it into the convention during Senator Kennedy's speech and was able to catch most of the major speeches on night one.
Day 2 - I got onto the floor for the day, and went to the "Sweet Home AlObama" state party convention headquarters for a watch party during Senator Clinton's speech.
Day 3 - That morning Former President Jimmy Carter spoke to the Alabama and Georgia delegations. The rest of the day I got to see a little bit of Denver. I spent most of the day checking out some of the political activities going on in downtown Denver, and there were a lot of them! The 16th Street mall was filled with convention goers, protesters, and lots of political swag. After checking all that out, I headed back to "Sweet Home AlObama" for the night's speeches.
Day 4 - It took three hours of standing in line to get into Invesco Field. During that time I ran into the "God Hates Fags" folks, who were singing "God Hates America" instead of "God Bless America." Absolutely disgusting people. I did run into some nice protesters though. There were some young guys there protesting for "World Can't Wait." Though I disagree with them on supporting third party candidates, they were very polite to the people passing and certainly weren't disruptive at all.
I can't really describe how amazing it was to be there in Invesco Field. The energy in the audience is completely undescribable. It was the most inspiring thing I've ever witnessed. An absolutely amazing end to an amazing and inspiring week.
If you aren't registered to vote, make sure to register ASAP. And let me just stress to my fellow young people how important it is for us to get out there and vote on November 4th. Voting isn't just a right, it is an obligation. We cannot afford to let this country have 4 more years of the last 8 years. We MUST bring about the change that our country desperately needs. We MUST elect Barack Obama. We can do it, but you have to get out to the voting booth on election day. VOTE!
This is video that I edited for the Alabama Democratic Party. It was shown to the Alabama Delegation during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I made a short intro, and then the remaining part of the video is the "I Have a Dream" speech in full. I've seen this speech more times than I can count, but it still gives me chill bumps each time I watch it.
So to those of you who were there at the DNC and those who joined in through the internet, radio, and tv.. don't let the inspiration of this week and Dr. King's speech go to waste. Do what you can to get Obama elected. Hit the streets with information about the campaign. Make sure your friends are signed up to vote. Make sure they're able to get to the polls on election day. Most of all, make sure you cast a vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. History was made Thursday night, but with our help even more history will be made come November. Yes We Can!