October 27, 2008

Don’t mock the vote.

*WARNING – If you are a McCain/Palin supporter, you won’t care much for this post. Skip it. Print and burn it. Spit on your computer screen. Leave a comment.  Do what you gotta do. *

So, I had this dream last night that I was trapped in a Sarah Palin theme park.  Her picture was everywhere. The games and rides were all basic things like throwing a basketball or riding a merry-go-round except they all had theme park names like Palinball and Sarah-Go-Round!  She, personally, played each game with me and rode each ride with me… but there were no rules, no stopping, no way to win.  You didn’t win prizes, you just kept playing.  There was no pinnacle to each ride, because you just kept spinning.

Through it all, she would laugh and laugh. I kept saying, “But how do I win?”  “How do I make it stop?” “How do I leave?”

And she would laugh…. and shake her head.   “YOU CAN’T!!!“, she’d scream!  “YOU CAN’T!!”  Laugh..laugh.. cackle… cackle…  and I would just stay and throw more Palinballs and go around the Sarah-Go-Round again.. and again…. and again.

Talk about goddamn nightmares.

Part of me can hardly believe that this election is just weeks away and part of me can’t wait for November 5th, because this election is really giving me a case of the screaming willies…the heebie- jeebersons… the full-blown, freak out, akimbo zim-zams.    Considering even the possibility that McCain and Palin may possibly win… it causes me actual, physical discomfort.

It’s like trying to drive when the sun is glaring in your eyes. You can’t look away and it hurts more every second you endure it. You try to bob and weave and find some contorted way to hold your head where it can’t pierce your brain, but in the end you just grit your teeth, squint and pray it’s over soon.

I used to try very hard to feel like “live and let live” about party lines. You believe your thing, I’ll believe mine. To each his or her own. Blah, blah.   But this time it feels more like civil war.

This isn’t to each his own.

Your vote for McCain…. that vote… HARMS me.

It divides us.

A civil war in which some people I love are on one side, and some on the other… but unlike the North versus the South, people CHOOSE which side they are onLove them, yes. But also, I count them in my head. The votes that harm me.  The votes that I tally and try to come up with someone in my column that will cancel out their vote.

It’s absurd…. and I hate it. I hate it, but I can’t stop the tally that I keep in my head. I run down the list in my head every day.  One for him.  Two for us.  Two more for him.  One more for us.

It’s … it’s….epic.

This weekend, I was surrounded by Repubs.  And they were spouting intelligent things like:

Obama is a terrorist! He’s a Muslim

You KNOW his middle name is “Hussein”, right? You know what THAT means.”

and my personal favorite,

The only difference between OBAMA and OSAMA is the BS

And these are young people…  19-25 years old.  These are young adults that have been force-fed this kind of bigotry and back-woods propaganda by their parents and their friends their whole lives.

They are brain-washed.

I’m trying my best, Repubs, to live and let live.   Probably, you are trying, too.  I know you, too, are terrified of change, of what you don’t know.  I know.

But if you don’t know the policy… if you don’t know the issues…. if you just want to sound tough and repeat the soundbites of weak-minded, prejudiced people… please, find a soapbox at an Applebees bar and knock your socks off.

But don’t vote, ok?

Just don’t bother.

I’m not saying vote for Obama, if you don’t believe in him.

But don’t vote McCain just because your parents and your grandparents and their parents all voted Republican.  If you don’t know the facts, if you haven’t read anything about their policies and their records and watched CNN and the debates… just skip it, please. I beg you.

I know… I know… I shouldn’t encourage young people to not vote.   I know.

But this one?

Well, I need this one.

I’d rather tell a generation of politically uneducated youth to not rock their vote than ride that Sarah-Go-Round.



  1. Dude: I live with a Repub. I sleep with him — lately more of the snooze variety, but I fear that has nothing to do with politics. (OMG! Bygones.)

    I want this election to be over so I can have something else to talk about with him. We live in a hardcore Blue State where his vote matters little, but I am struggling to find that boy/man I knew… way back when he was a pot smoking dead head.

    Comment by ms picket to you — October 27, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  2. I deeply love some Repubs. I admit it. They mean the world to me. What can you do? Have a good, old fashioned Capulet/Montagues FEUD?! WITH YOUR HUSBAND?

    No. We do what we must. And nookie is important. *grin*

    ps. In my head, I just tallied. Mr. Picket = R Ms. Picket = D. You cancel each other out. Tally concluded.

    Comment by denise — October 27, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  3. Crossing my fingers, and knocking on all available wood I’ve been hearing a lot of this recently from all my election-related web browsing:

    It’s crunch time. There’s only a week to go in this seemingly interminable 2008 presidential election. The consensus from the national polls is that Democrat Barack Obama enjoys a lead in the mid-to-high single digits and he looks to be strong in key battleground states as well. Obama’s lead at this late stage contrasts starkly with the position in which Al Gore and John Kerry found themselves, respectively, during the closing week of the 2000 and 2004 elections.

    Comment by klasker — October 27, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

  4. OMG-That sounds like the worst possible nightmare!! It’s common knowledge amoungst my friends that I hate Sara Palin (yes hate is a strong word, but I can’t help it, she is almost everything I despise in a person) with a burning, hateful fire of hate. I feel that terror that you feel. That terror that McCain/Palin could win. Bush won twice. Anything is possible. Especially when parts of this country display such sheer idiocy. Blind, brainwashed idiocy. Come on, if Obama is a terrorist then every single person who works for Homeland Security should be fired. Apparently they suck at their jobs.

    I would have voted Repub if their guy/gal was better than the Dems. If their issues voiced my thoughts. If their choices were good.

    But they aren’t. And their campaign has turned into a disgusting show of the worst piece of humanity. It’s shameful.

    Now Barack. That’s a guy I can vote for. Finally someone to vote FOR.

    7 more days. Then hopefully we will all get the change we can believe in. 🙂

    Comment by Faith — October 28, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  5. First of all:

    Hilarious and scary.

    Secondly, don’t you think Repub women are the scariest thing ever? They apparently don’t get that Republicans aren’t exactly pro-woman… I am originally from MN but am living in a RED state (NE) and so mostly my vote tends not to count. Fortunately for us, Nebraska is one of two states that splits their electoral vote and recent numbers showed more Dems registered to vote in our tiny district than Repubs. We might go purple this year!

    Comment by Megan — October 28, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  6. I think nightmares are way more prevalent when you’re preggers anyway, but combine preggers with hugest election in, like, ever, and yeah…..

    ….having said that, I have to share this touching story with you…..

    About 10 years ago my dad found out he had melanoma that had spread to his lymph nodes. He was going through chemo and in pretty rough shape, and with all the drugs they had him on he was getting pretty goofy. He called me up one night and wanted to have a chat. He talked about all sorts of things and then at the end he said “…and Krista? Just promise me you won’t ever marry a republican. PROMISE me.”

    I promised… and I didn’t. Thank GAWD.

    Oh I’m ready for this thing to be over!

    Comment by Krista — October 29, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

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