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Congratulations, Mr. Obama. 
5th-Nov-2008 09:15 am
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Congratulations, Senator Obama. You will be the 44th president of the United States of America. You managed to break the racial barrier. This is a truly historic event.

While I am disappointed that my choice didn't win, there is a silver lining to this: the racial barrier is busted, forever.

Senator Obama had humble beginnings. He was born black and Muslim into a pre-Civil Rights United States. Against all odds, he made it to the most powerful office in the world and by a comfortable and decisive margin.

Gone are the excuses that a minority cannot achieve success due to racial oppression. This has been shown to be the lie it is.

Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, you no longer have a voice. You can shut the hell up, now.

"Yes we can" was the mantra.

As it turns out, you could have all along. I never EVER want to hear that someone can't achieve due to discrimination again. That is a demonstrable lie. It is an excuse to be lazy. The only thing holding you back is... YOU.

Shut up. Stop whining and playing victim. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. This is America and you are the sole master of your own success or failure.
5th-Nov-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)

Text if you can't browse the onion at the job.

WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, shitty enough to overcome.
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Faced with losing everything, Americans took a long overdue step forward and elected Barack Obama.

Although polls going into the final weeks of October showed Sen. Obama in the lead, it remained unclear whether the failing economy, dilapidated housing market, crumbling national infrastructure, health care crisis, energy crisis, and five-year-long disastrous war in Iraq had made the nation crappy enough to rise above 300 years of racial prejudice and make lasting change.

"Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, 'Things are finally as terrible as we're willing to tolerate," said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. "To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you."

Added Obama, "It's a great day for our nation."

Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama's victory, political experts said, may have been the growing number of Americans who, faced with the complete collapse of their country, were at last able to abandon their preconceptions and cast their vote for a progressive African-American.
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After enduring eight years of near constant trauma, the United States is, at long last, ready for equality.

Citizens with eyes, ears, and the ability to wake up and realize what truly matters in the end are also believed to have played a crucial role in Tuesday's election.

According to a CNN exit poll, 42 percent of voters said that the nation's financial woes had finally become frightening enough to eclipse such concerns as gay marriage, while 30 percent said that the relentless body count in Iraq was at last harrowing enough to outweigh long ideological debates over abortion. In addition, 28 percent of voters were reportedly too busy paying off medial bills, desperately trying not to lose their homes, or watching their futures disappear to dismiss Obama any longer.

"The election of our first African-American president truly shows how far we've come as a nation," said NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. "Just eight years ago, this moment would have been unthinkable. But finally we, as a country, have joined together, realized we've reached rock bottom, and for the first time voted for a candidate based on his policies rather than the color of his skin."

"Today Americans have grudgingly taken a giant leap forward," Williams continued. "And all it took was severe economic downturn, a bloody and unjust war in Iraq, terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan, nearly 2,000 deaths in New Orleans, and more than three centuries of frequently violent racial turmoil."

Said Williams, "The American people should be commended for their long-overdue courage."
5th-Nov-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Second part:

Obama's victory is being called the most significant change in politics since the 1992 election, when a full-scale economic recession led voters to momentarily ignore the fact that candidate Bill Clinton had once smoked marijuana. While many believed things had once again reached an all-time low in 2004, the successful reelection of President George W. Bush—despite historically low approval ratings nationwide—proved that things were not quite shitty enough to challenge the already pretty shitty status quo.

"If Obama learned one thing from his predecessors, it's that timing means everything," said Dr. James Pung, a professor of political science at Princeton University. "Less than a decade ago, Al Gore made the crucial mistake of suggesting we should care about preserving the environment before it became unavoidably clear that global warming would kill us all, and in 2004, John Kerry cost himself the presidency by criticizing Bush's disastrous Iraq policy before everyone realized our invasion had become a complete and total quagmire."

"Obama had the foresight to run for president at a time when being an African-American was not as important to Americans as, say, the ability to clothe and feed their children," Pung continued. "An election like this only comes once, maybe twice, in a lifetime."

As we enter a new era of equality for all people, the election of Barack Obama will decidedly be a milestone in U.S. history, undeniable proof that Americans, when pushed to the very brink, are willing to look past outward appearances and judge a person by the quality of his character and strength of his record. So as long as that person is not a woman.
5th-Nov-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
"So as long as that person is not a woman."

Incorrect. Author should have said, "So as long as that person is not Hilary Clinton."

Hilary didn't get the nomination due to association with husband Bill. Democrats didn't want more of the same. The Clinton enamor is gone. She has a history that is beatable in an election. If Obama had not come on the scene, she would have been the Democratic presidential nominee and McCain would have won the election.
5th-Nov-2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
You're only saying that because Ari will kick you for not defending women in politics. Heh. But really, Hillary is a scary old sea skag.
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5th-Nov-2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Any women who would stand by while their husband fooled around on them so publicly needs their head examined.

I have to disagree with you, hon.

Yes, the Clintons are public figures. Yes, his infidelity was made a public matter. But millions of spouses have cheated on their partners... some have been forgiven, some haven't. And a person who thinks they have the right to judge another person over the way they handle their personal relationship ... THAT's the person who needs their head examined.
5th-Nov-2008 07:02 pm (UTC) - To add some humor
Here's a statement issued when Texas Congressman Dick Armey was asked if he'd been in President Clinton's shoes would he have resigned.
Here's his reply, which is now being nominated for quote of the year by various groups:

"If you had been in President Clinton's place, would you have resigned?"

Armey responded: "If I had been in the President's place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be lying in a pool of my own blood, looking up and listening to Mrs. Armey saying 'How do I reload this **** thing?' "
5th-Nov-2008 05:02 pm (UTC) - Nice thought, but ...
If one person very visibly breaking a barrier meant that the same sort of discrimination magically ceased to exist everywhere, then we would be so much further ahead than we are.

5th-Nov-2008 05:17 pm (UTC) - One BIG problem with your post
Obama is NOT MUslim. I am so sick of hearing that lie from people who should know better.
5th-Nov-2008 05:44 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
... was wondering when you (yes you) would chime in on that.

I did not say he was Muslim "now".

I said he was BORN Muslim.

5th-Nov-2008 06:02 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
5th-Nov-2008 06:33 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
Claim: Illinois senator Barack Obama is a "radical Muslim" who "will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance."

Status: False.

You are using the incorrect claim.

I have not claimed he was a radical Muslim. I have not claimed he IS a Muslim. I claimed he was BORN a Muslim.

The Islamic tradition is that if you have a Muslim parent, then you are, by birthright, a Muslim. The same is true for Jews, and the Parsis Zorastrians, for example.

If he claims Christ Jesus as his savior and rejects other faiths, then that makes him a Christian. Christianity is a religion based on acceptance of the faith, not an accident of birth.

He has stated that he accepts and practices Christianity. Therefore, he is a Christian.

But, by a quirk of birth, and his popular Arabic middle name of Hussein ("small handsome one"), the Islamic community recognizes him as a kindred soul. This does not, however, make him Muslim.
5th-Nov-2008 06:41 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
so heres a question,

If he is seen as a kindred soul among muslims, and does not turn out to be a radical whackjob in christian guise,

Is that bad?

Maybe we could solve more of the problems over there between us and them if someone they respected was speaking to them, might mean more diplomacy, less flag draped coffins.

now while i am currently in wait and see mode on the upcoming admin, i feel that if (key word here) he is what he says and not what people like limbaugh and hannity accuse him of, its not a bad thing.

We as a nation need to get over this whole "gunboat diplomacy" crap we believe and realize that these people we are at odds with have valid concerns, and bombing the shit out of them only makes matters worse, you cant pacify someone whos home you just destroyed

Maybe this is a step in the right direction, maybe not, time will tell

Glad to see both sides talking to eachother now, if only we could get the radicals of both stripes to shut up and sit down maybe we could get something done
5th-Nov-2008 06:52 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
The thought did pass my mind regarding that his Islamic ties (however weak) might help resolve some problems. Practically, I really don't think so, though.

The radicals on the Islamic side will tie bombs to their own children. How does one enter into meaningful negotiations with that sort of evil?
5th-Nov-2008 08:26 pm (UTC) - Re: One BIG problem with your post
i agree, but you have to consider this, we (the western powers and basically the whole world post ww2) took a piece of land that was thiers, gave it to another people who had an alternate claim, and basically bombed or strongarmed them into bieng what we wanted, not that thats exactly what they are.

I feel that thier actions are deplorable (the whacko's mind you, not the average muslim living in the middle east, they are not one and the same) but i also feel that we made that evil, and empowered it through a lack of honest attempts at helping to resolve the core issues, all the while taking what we wanted from them.

maybe in order to change it we should try harder to understand whats really happening over there and how we helped cause it, if we empower the moderates and friendlies then we take the base away from the nut jobs, all the while doing our best to kill the evil ones and stop thier cancer, diplomacy without guns is useless, as are guns without diplomacy, we havent as a nation figured that out yet.
we tend to either drop the hammer, or try to talk, but rarely do we do both, when we do it succeeds.

We helped build this mess (helped, which is not to say we are soley responsible) we need to try harder to unravel the knot, ive been over there carrying a gun, and seen that world up close, many of them love us, and many dont, the trick is to make the ones who hate us either go away or learn to deal with it

Consider this, if there were no oil would we even be involved there or would we be sitting back like we do in darfur saying "its tribal, let them figure it out" ?
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