Wednesday, October 22, 2008

OMG!!! You have to watch this video RIGHT NOW!!!

In the spirit of all the flamethrowing that's going on right now, I've decided to pass around my own version of the viral video. I think that everyone who has not seen the entire exchange between Sen. Obama and the infamous Joe the Plumber needs to watch it in its entirety.

There has been so much distortion, rumor and innuendo surrounding this entire exchange that I was literally floored when I watched the whole thing. They are surprisingly nice to each other, and it's actually a very interesting exchange. The big accusation of the week is "OMG!!! Socialism!!!" but in reality, Obama's comment about "spread the wealth around" is about reversing the upward flow of money perpetuated over the last 8 years. Rather than continue to give tax breaks to those who need them the least, Obama wants to let the Bush tax cuts (which McCain originally voted against, BTW - is he a socialist too?) expire.

I sent my ballot off the other day (we in Oregon all vote by mail, which is a tad bit of a letdown but at the same time very convenient), and I was so thrilled to be able to vote for a president of color (although I don't think that white people have to worry about Obama representing "their" interests since he is half white and was raised by his white mother and grandparents) who is all about hope rather than the politics of fear and division. I personally can't wait for all this election hoo-hah to be over because it's really getting scary - the fact that people actually believe that a terrorist/terrorist associate could be running for President of the United States is just beyond belief. But then again, many of us fell for that whole "weapons of mass destruction" line, too, and you see where that got us...

As we come upon election day, please vote. And please consider voting on the issues rather than the soundbites, or the color of a particular candidate's skin, or the stylishness of their shoes. If you're still undecided, go to each candidate's website and read over their platform. Don't make assumptions. Don't fall for the lines fed to you by the opposing campaign's ads or the special interest groups. Think critically, and vote for the candidate who you think can bring this country through the next 4-8 years. It's not going to be an easy job, and we need someone who can git 'er done. Someone who makes good decisions when under the gun. Someone who plays well with others. Make your voice heard! VOTE!!!


Blogger Brittany said...

While I'm not necessarily a fan of Obama (I thought Clinton was a stronger candidate but that's just my opinion), he dealt with that question rather well.

A little late, but I loved this. Stumbled upon it looking for David Cross.

Either way, my opinion won't count for anything in your country, being a Canadian living in Beijing. ;)

5:13 AM  
Blogger Adelle said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I hope people actually watch this video and think about it. And everything you said is exactly what I feel and have been telling people.

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch the video yesterday, but I had an understanding of Obama's tax plan from the beginning and knew that Joe the Plumber would receive more of a tax cut under the plan. The reality is that Joe the Plumber would have not made $250,000 as a salary and the profit pertained to his profit, and didn't mention if it was gross or net.

This is a very different world than four years ago with the age of You Tube. Anything anyone says can be found on the net for viewing, but I do not think that everything has made that realization particularly Senator McCain who keeps talking about Joe the Plumber and you have a video that is to the contrary

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Missamite said...

Tell it sistah!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Good post, I was glad to see what was all that talk about Joe the plumber.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Brittney said...

Wow. We really didn't get the whole story, did we? Thanks for posting this!

4:10 PM  

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