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U.S.A.

5th November 2008

Four years ago, Bryan and I were in Boston listening to Senator Kerry’s concession speech. We put a lot into that election, and losing was rough. It’s only gotten more difficult since Katrina and the recent economic meltdown.

I was touched by Senator McCain’s concession speech last night. For too long, our politicians have been focused on winning at any cost, even at the expense of the very ideals that inspired them to lead. McCain’s grace and humility in the face of defeat was a reminder that winning can’t confer honor, and defeat needn’t diminish us.

So much has changed for me and Bryan since 2004, and so much has changed for our nation. But the post I wrote coming home from Boston that year is still true for me.

To my fellow U.S. citizens, however you voted, I know you only want the best for your family, and for your country. And no matter what your political affiliation, you and I are still on the same team.

Go America.

Election Schwag

29th September 2008

So I’ve been working on this Presidential Election ’08 Schwag feature over at Mighty Goods, and I’m gleeful about all the weird stuff you can get. McCain Condoms, Obama nesting dolls, candidates carved in soap, and so on.

The Palin schwag, especially, is off the charts. There are a few that didn’t make the cut, but were still interesting enough to note.

I found a few voodoo doll options, but only for Palin. I’m actually surprised candidate voodoo dolls aren’t more widely available.

This button wins for best slogan.

Also, there’s this Cafepress shirt. Which I think is supposed to be supportive?

And you must explore all the awesomely confusing Etsy art Palin has inspired. Including this piece, entitled “Sarah Palin Triclops.”

If you’ve seen anything exceptional that I missed, pony up in the comments.

12th October 2000

This is an excerpt from an email to my friend Jeff, who asked my opinion on the election:

I only follow politics marginally, and I don’t identify with either party. I believe in smaller government (Libertarian/Republican stuff), but am more idealistic than most Republicans, probably owing to my age. I’m voting for Gore because:

a. I like his commitment to the environment, and his leanings toward gun control.

b. George Bush doesn’t strike me as particularly bright or experienced. It’s true that he has good advisors, but what happens when they disagree and he has to make the deciding vote? My impression stems mostly from his ill treatment of the press and his inability to interact diplomatically with them under pressure. I see national politics as a great big version of campus politics and I covered campus elections in college. The people who were jerks to me made bad politicians once they got elected. The people who were nice were much more effective because they were able to sway people to their point of view. I would have had a much tougher decision to make if they’d nominated McCain instead.

c. Bush has done a pretty cruddy job in Texas. They’ve made some advances, but Texas is pretty much last in education, health care, and environmental stuff. Last in everything but capital punishment, in which they’re first. Bush is a -huge- proponent of capital punishment. That brings me to my next point.

d. Capital punishment. I used to support it wholeheartedly until DNA testing started turning up innocent people on death row. I think if there’s a chance that even one innocent person will lose his or her life, it’s barbaric. Also, from a pragmatic standpoint, it costs more for us to kill people than it costs for us to imprison them for the rest of their lives.

e. I haven’t even considered Nader because very few, if any, Republicans will vote for him and he has no chance of winning. Therefore, voting for Nader is effectively voting for Bush. However, if a certain percentage of voters vote for him, that creates a third political party. For some people, it will be worth “wasting” their vote in this election for the chance of having more candidate choices in the future. I don’t agree because I don’t think more parties are the answer, I think campaign finance reform would do a lot more to increase our selection.

There you have it. Not entirely scientific, but that’s me.

10:58 a.m.