Get Out The Vote!

5 Nov

Tomorrow is election day and I cannot underscore enough how important it is to get to the polls and vote.  Not only are we voting for President (at this point, I don’t think it is a surprise that TSM is endorsing President Obama), but there are myriad other issues and seats that will be decided. On the national level, control of the Senate is clearly tied to tomorrow’s votes. The House is less clearly up for grabs, but there may be hope. Hundreds of state and local issues, including ballot measures about taxation and marriage equality also abound.

Let us hope that intelligence, compassion, and the social contract prevail over the homophobia, bigotry, lies and lunacy that are so pervasive in the GOP/Tea Party — the party that seeks to crush all who are not white, heterosexual, male, and wealthy.  Let us hope that we stop the victimizing of women, people of color, and the LGBT community. Tomorrow is our opportunity to say: “We will not be intimidated and we will not be deterred.  We will cast our ballots for hope and solidarity.”

We must not succumb to the intimidation tactics from the white rich Republicans who have purchased billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin to threaten minority groups and keep them from voting. Two days ago, in Clackamas County, Oregon, Republicans started tampering with ballots by filling in blanks with Republican candidates. Mailers in Florida are clearly designed to compel Republicans to vote, while intimidation tacics are in place to keep minorities from the polls.

There is only one sound reaction. Stand up and vote. Do not let anyone tamper with your rights. Do not stand for intimidation or suppression. Many issues — including most of the significant ones — will be decided by slim margins. Every vote counts. Let yours be among them.

22 Responses to “Get Out The Vote!”

  1. prideinmadness November 5, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    If I was American I would vote for Obama!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 6:59 am #

      Thank you. I hope your partner will vote for President Obama.🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Let us hope the GOP will not prevent people from getting to the poles. I’m hearing horror stories in Ohio and Florida from TSM readers.

      • prideinmadness November 5, 2012 at 7:41 am #

        I’m seeing that on TV. We’ve never had those problems in Canada.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      I’m sad and embarrassed that we have them here.

      • prideinmadness November 5, 2012 at 9:57 am #

        Maybe if Obama wins again things will settle down?

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        I suspect things will get exponentially better if he wins.

  2. Tom McCollin November 5, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    If the GOP believe their message is so solid and strong….then why do they feel they have to resort to the tactics that are happening across the states. Instead of cheating, lying and bullying to get their way and secure a Presidential win for their candidate?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Tom, you make a good point here. Clearly, the GOP and their intimidation tactics demonstrate their pathological sociopathy.

      • Tom McCollin November 5, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        They are acting just like the playground bully in school. These people say they don’t bully…look at them.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 10:00 am #

        Great comparison, Tom. Yes, Romney/Ryan are most certainly bullies!

  3. mixedupmeme November 5, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I voted a week ago. I was afraid there might be a big winter blizzard in TX and thought I best be early. lol

    I have my blog entry all ready for the next day. (dog willing)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      I will look forward to your blog post tomorrow, in hopes we will have much to celebrate!

  4. penguinlad November 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Don’t let the media’s focus on ten “battleground” states distract you. Every vote counts.
    There are so many local issues and ballot measures that will shape people’s lives that even if you think your presidential vote doesn’t matter (and you’re wrong, btw) you need to weigh in on the issues in your home.
    Plus – Marriage Equality in FOUR states.
    Oh, and incidentally,
    Thanks for the great post, Michael. Insightful as always.

  5. katybrandes November 5, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Voting for Obama here, too!
    I love this quote from Jennifer Siebel Newsom & the Team
    (regarding how to increase the # of women who influence policy decisions)
    “It’s not just about electing women though, it’s about voting for those candidates – regardless of gender – who truly value and respect all of us. It’s about supporting those who embrace both masculine and feminine qualities across society.
    We need people at the top who advocate for equal pay, family leave, and childcare policies. We need politicians who really care about our kids’ education, our health, our well-being and the environment. We need brave leadership – leadership that isn’t afraid to say in public what they think in private and that isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo of partisan politics. Leadership that prioritizes a healthier economy and incorporates care and caregiving into its policies and incentives.”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      You are so very eloquent here. Yes, we need to vote for people who demonstrate a value and respect for all people! Thank you for sharing your comments. As always, you are quite brilliant.

  6. newsofthetimes November 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Yes yes yes!!!!! Gobama!! And go progressive agendas all over the country! Thanks for an inspiring post. Can you believe the voter suppression efforts? This could get ugly.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      I hope it will not get ugly! I hope Obama’s victory will be so decisive that it will render the GOP as the eunuchs they are.

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