Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

The End of the Begining

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

A vote I’m very proud of…

Now, finally, the waiting starts to end.  Numbers are posted on the myriad of screens and are subsequently dissected by talking heads while I sit glued in place like a child keeping lookout for Santa on Christmas Eve.  My mood is cautiously optimistic that the returns will favor my candidate, unlike the last time I performed this ritual four years ago.

As it happens, I’m not the only one feeling this way.  It was a major undercurrent to my day at the Future of Web Design conference today, with speakers and others constantly alluding to it.  Yet no one would utter names for fear of putting the jinx on them — more realistically for the sake of courtesy and good taste, but I like to let my mind wander.

Myself, I sit here cautiously optimistic — just like in 2004.  Unlike ’04, this time I had the pleasure of voting for my first choice and not the lesser of two bad choices.  Since I first heard him speak, I knew I wanted to see him at this precipice.  I may not be religious, but I have faith in this man and his abilities.  What’s more, I have faith in his potential to be a truly great President.  I can now imagine how those who voted for JFK must have felt.

Just a few more hours to hope. One way or the other, a change is coming. We’re at the end of the beginning.

The Empire Strikes Barack

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The Empire Strikes Barack

In honor of Tuesday’s primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, the management would like to draw to your attention this little video — “The Empire Strikes Barack“.  We are unabashedly in favor of Obama, and while we’re sure Hillary would make a decent President, we see truths about her combative political style in this Star Wars inspired recap of the battle for the Democratic nomination.

Remember to vote, kiddies!

Pennsylvania primary day is almost here…

Monday, April 21st, 2008

…and I couldn’t be happier to have the lull between contests over and done with. Over a month of lag time between primaries filled with nothing but nonsense and desperate ploys, overdone analysis and an endless parade of talking heads. As much as I enjoy the inherit drama of politics, this has by far been too much.

I know states rights are a big deal, and they all have opinions on how and when their elections are held, but I fail to understand why there aren’t more stringent guidelines and time frames when it comes to the presidential process — it is a race for a national position, after all. Wouldn’t unified federal guidelines make sense?

From first primary to last, this should take no more than five months, and I would strongly hope they could all get their heads out of their asses and get it done in three. Let Iowa and New Hampshire have their opening shots, and then start having a few primaries every few weeks. The “Super-Duper Tuesday” might have been a bit too big, but a handful of regionally bundled contests might help.

And above all else, having these guidelines would prevent incidents like the disqualification of the Florida and Michigan results. If I were in one of these states, I’m sure I would be seething a bit. I think the decisions made so far were right, but it should have never gotten this far.

This idealistic, aging young man sure would like to see things in the process get better as he gets older….

Note: Patched up some basic grammar mistakes that were pointed out to me.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a fool for an editor.

Super Tuesday, and My Primary Matters!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

For once, the primary in my state matter. New Jersey is part of the Super Tuesday primaries, in which 24 states are going to hold either a primary or a caucus. And you better believe I’m going to take part in the process.

In 2000, I voted my conscience and went with Nader (which my friend Don likened to the choice of RC Cola vs. Pepsi or Coke). As such, the primary process wasn’t going to effect the availability of my candidate in November.

In 2004, I had my hopes pinned on Howard Dean, but by the time the New Jersey primaries came around, his campaign had all but exploded. I was left with a hollow, yet hopeful feeling when I pulled that level for John Kerry a few months later.

So this time around, I want to do all I can to make sure my man Obama is still left standing come November. Whether you agree with my choice or not, I implore you all to get out there and make your voice heard.

(Video found via A Whole Lotta Nothing)

Is This Pre-Recorded Call Really Necessary?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Tomorrow is Election Day, and my phone has been ringing all day with pre-recorded reminders from the candidates. Note that my cell phone is my only phone, so I’ve been able to drag the annoyance along with me all day. Guess political calls are exempt from the laws against cold-calling those names on the Do-Not-Call Registry.

Anyway, it’s a light year around ol’ Weehawken, with State Senator being the highest seat contested — a term I use lightly. I’ve scanned in the pre-election sheet I was sent and highlighted two things that caught my eye:


Yellow: Note the complete lack of Republican (or any other) competition. Not much of a choice, huh? Well, I’ve received no less than two calls on behalf of Mr. Brian P. Stack. You know, it’s kind of hard to lose when no-one is running against you!

Green: This write-in candidate is probably getting my vote just for the honesty in the name of the “party” he’s representing.

Remember to vote, kiddies!