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Now are you paying attention?

Slightly long-winded political rant ahead. I know I'm preaching to choir, but the choir looks a little sleepy.


(Obviously this is directed toward Americans, although the threat IS worldwide by means of both example and foreign policy.)

PAUL RYAN!!!!




There is nothing remotely moderate about this man. Romney is essentially bowing town and giving the Tea (ahem) Party everything they could possibly want. The fact that they are having a collective orgasm in the media this morning should tell you just how dangerous this situation is.

Whatever Romeny MIGHT actually believe or at least had to say to get elected in Massachusetts is completely irrelevant. This is saying the anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-any belief in the ability of government to effect positive change in people's lives is going to be implemented forthwith should Mitt Romney become President of the United States.

Nauseating as it might be, turn on Fox for five minutes and see the metaphorical champagne corks popping.

It's not enough to know that you personally are voting for Obama, because there really are undecideds and just plain apathetic out there. At least do something to spread the word. If you hear anybody casually repeating the anti-Obama memes being planted by Faux News et al, go in and CALMLY refute them. Find out who needs a ride or a chaperone on election. And if you have a single spare dime...contribute to the re-election campaign, the DNC, Planned Parenthood etc.

I'm not going to reiterate my concerns that Fandom=Head In The Sand, I'm just going to say, keep Squeeeeeing and writing fic and making Tumblr GIFS AND fucking find a way to help avoid the impending disaster.

PLEASE GUYS! Do not be lulled by polls. On both sides they are flawed AND unfortunately the polls had Jimmy Carter ahead right until election day in 1980. IF we lose it is way more likely to be 1980 than 1992, which means at least 8 to 16 YEARS of complete domination.

Remember, it's not even the 60's or 80's anymore. They don't just disagree with us ideologically. They hate us. They loathe us. They think we are intrinsically anti-American AND EVIL and if they get into power, they will act accordingly.

In the words of the immortal Bob Marley: GET UP! STAND UP! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

And in this case, possibly, your very lives.

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damigella_314
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I think in the moment the Obama campaign is even more important than PP. On the other hand I'm not sure people in the street would be able to contribute enough to be meaningful, faced with the money Romney has. In fact, I doubt non-USians can contribute (well, at least we can donate to PP).

They hate us. They loathe us. They think we are intrinsically anti-American AND EVIL and if they get into power, they will act accordingly.
Thank you for saying this. Whenever I try to explain this to some of your compatriots they go all "you don't understand, it's just a few extreme people, and anyway the left is also extreme because (insert atheism/buttsex/boobs/Islam) so (pearlclutching-thinkofthechildren) one has to draw the line somewhere".

Unfortunately, the same is true in Italy.
karaokegal
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well PP is important too, because in the god-forbid event we do lose, the politicians will be running for cover and trying to be "collegial" for a few months and may just roll over in the face of a so-called mandate and we'll need the independent organizations to carry on the fight.

No, non-citizens cannot contribute to a US campaign although I wouldn't be the least surprised if it was happening ESPECIALLY since the Republicans love to accuse Democrats of their own perfidy and one of their favorite lies is that the Democrats have foreign money coming in. *EYE ROLL*

There is NO moral equivalence. Progressives are trying to help others; conservatives only want to help themselves. Social Darwinism, anybody?

It's sad that it's easier for you to see the clear and present danger from Europe than for some people to see it literally in their own back-yards.
abbysiuta
Aug. 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
I heard about Paul Ryan yesterday because, living in WI, it exploded last night... I almost vomited when I heard it. The only possible good side is that he'll be under national scrutiny now and maybe some of the despicable things he's done under the table will come out.

Romney now lost all teacher and union members in WI... maybe it will throw the state and help a little?

It'll be a very tense few months.
karaokegal
Aug. 11th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
If he ever had the teachers and the unions we were screwed anyway, but hopefully this will wake a few people up. *HUGS*
abbysiuta
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
*hugs* back. It's nice to hear you rant; I need people with passion in my life!
coffeethyme4me
Aug. 11th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
YES. This is what I've been saying, too. GET THE FUCK OUT THERE AND VOTE, EVERYONE! Do NOT think that Ryan's absolute unstomachableness means more votes for Obama. We have to make it happen. The alternative is terrifying.

Thank you for posting this!
karaokegal
Aug. 11th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The Republicans were already willing to crawl over ground glass to vote against Obama and this is just making them more willing. It's like what Palin did for McCain. I know McCain lost, but he actually would have lost MORE if the wing-nuts stayed home. Please keep spreading the word---don't let people get complacent...help them register for absentee voting because that's our best way to combat the voter suppression efforts that the Republican controlled states are doing in the guise of preventing so-called "voter fraud," which is code for black people and poor people actually voting.
coffeethyme4me
Aug. 11th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm one of those poor people they don't want voting.
bubblebear79
Aug. 11th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Your political commentaries motivated me to update my voter registration so I can stand up and be counted this year for Obama. Thank you!
karaokegal
Aug. 11th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Every vote counts and I truly believe the energy of people taking action can help move things as well.
chicating
Aug. 12th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not worried.
But I'm not stopping either.
karaokegal
Aug. 13th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
I just hope I'm not going to lose my voice shouting from the rooftops before this thing is over.
chicating
Aug. 13th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I've strained mine
on the phones
karaokegal
Aug. 13th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I've strained mine
Thank you! We have to keep fighting without burning out.
chicating
Aug. 14th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I've strained mine
Not so far this cycle, but by election day last time, I sounded like Vito Corleone for two days. I'm naturally soft-spoken so trying to sound peppy and project was probably what did it.
karaokegal
Aug. 14th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I've strained mine
I'm already losing my mind. I was up at 1AM tossing and turning about the election and the percentage of "crawling over glass" people who were now even more energized. Ryan is like Palin with no tits and possibly even a few brain cells. THAT IS SCARY! And we don't have Keith around to fight the good fight for us anymore.
hansolo5
Aug. 16th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I didn't know paul ryan until I read romney chosed him as his running mate, and I read enough about him to have an opinion.
I am not into politics so much, I have enough of ours but of course I think US elections are not only important for your Country, but for the rest of the world, so I only wish us all their victory is not going to happen ...
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