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06 November 2012 @ 09:17 pm
Right. That's me over the edge.  
I try not to judge people on their politics.

Oh I disagree with them, I disagree hard and frequently. But usually I can see that there would be a reason, however dodgy I personally find it, why a rational person would vote for a particular candidate.

But, dear American flistees, if you vote for Romney/Ryan tomorrow, don't ever tell me, because I will judge you harder than I judge a smoking parent holding a newborn.

I was doing so well at letting you all make up your own minds (which I am sure you already have) without any input from me, but Romney declaring that Obama has been the most partisan president ever is a lie so egregious and self-evident that I have just been throwing balls of knitting yarn at the news on my TV.

Long before Obama was in the White House he gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention, in which bipartisanship was a key theme. In his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, it was a major topic. This is not a new thing for him, this is a long-term intellectual position.

In 2009, his party took the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Senate and agreed to nearly $150 billion worth of changes from the Republican Party, with most of those changes favouring high income earners over low-paid workers, which was in diametric opposition to Obama's personal belief system, but which he agreed to in the interests of including every representative voice. After all this, THREE Republicans voted for that bill in the Senate and none in the House.

The Republicans have also relentlessly attacked Obama on that package, despite the fact that the less 'valuable' parts of it in terms of job preservation were their own amendments.

The Affordable Healthcare Act, which the Republicans call Obamacare and which has been the central goal of this administration, contains more than 100 Republican amendments, which shifted the bill away from the more European/Australian style of public health that Obama was intellectually committed to and towards a compromise that he thought would gather broader political support. Despite this, not a single Republican voted for the bill.

The DISCLOSE Act of 2010 would have required campaign donations to be disclosed, so that whoever made donations needed to be named, and broadened the definition of election adverts to include attack ads not coming from campaigns, requiring the individual behind the ad to take responsibility for it. It needed a Republican co-sponsor. Despite the fact that Senator John McCain had been a co-sponsor of the 2002 Campaign Reform Act, which was designed to crack down on soft money and broaden the definition of election adverts, and despite the fact that many Republicans, especially McCain had spoken out in disapproval of Obama's massive private fundraising in 2008, not a single Republican would co-sponsor the bill, and it did not proceed.

Also in 2010, the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2009 was exactly what it says on the label and put before the Senate a recommendation to create a bipartisan 18-person commission to study and advise the Senate on the fiscal condition of the federal government and to make recommendations that would be put before the House and Senate. It was co-sponsored by Democrat Kent Conrad and Republican Judd Gregg, and there were six Republican co-sponsors of the bill. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader had been a keen supporter of the bill. Until the Saturday before the vote when Obama spoke out in favour of it. The six republican co-sponsors all withdrew their sponsorship and when the bill was voted on, they voted against it, along with every other Republican including McConnell, and it failed.

There is a partisan bias here, but it's not Obama's. And don't even try to convince me he's a Socialist: my ribs have only just finished healing.

So, even if you're prepared to ignore the fact that Romney and Ryan don't think that gay people have a right to visit their partners in hospitals *, even if you have no problem with making abortion illegal and thus killing women as well as foetuses**, even if you're absolutely fine with a tax plan to extend estate tax cuts for the wealthiest 0.3% while ending tax credits for 13 million working families in the lower and middle classes (that's about 26 million children's worth of families), then could you consider not voting for someone who is completely divorced from reality?***

And if you feel you must, then for goodness' sake, shut up about it around me, because I almost never defriend people, but I'd feel obliged. And of course, if you now want to defriend me, it's probably for the best. I wish you well.

* “Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman,” Romney advisor Bay Buchanan told Buzzfeed today. “Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage.”

** This what has happened throughout history when access to safe abortion is prohibited. Currently, 68,000 women a year die as a result of unsafe abortion. And yes, even as an atheist who thinks a foetus is just cells, I agree that abortion isn't an ideal option as it's wasteful and invasive. But it's often the best remaining option. And until there is such a thing as perfect contraception and we live in a world without rape, that option needs to remain.

*** Democratic Party supporters who wish to complain that Obama is overly centrist and has made political mistakes through his commitment to bipartisanship in places where Bill Clinton (and, indeed, Hillary Clinton) would have just lead with a right cross can go wild. That's fair.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
I honestly never thought that the US could come up with a worse candidate than George W Bush, but he was at least personable and consistent. I am really starting to understand people who have just given up on politics altogether and now only read cat gifs.
ecosopherecosopher on November 6th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
I honestly can't believe the polls are so close. I mean, I know I don't live there -- I'm sure there are details I'm missing, but I just don't get how these candidates compare. I can't believe it'll go to Romney, but that could just be me in denial. I feel sad for America and the rest of us who have to live in the world, if Obama doesn't win it.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think that there was an expectation that jobs growth would be faster and that the economy would bounce back more thoroughly, but with the GFC and two wars on a credit card, there was very little resilience in the US economy when Obama came in.

And then, the Republican campaign has been so utterly insane that it makes Tony Abbott look like a truth-telling sensitive new age guy: there has been a line spun that Obama is shorthand for socialism and big government, which is not only untrue in itself, but is a crazy thing to criticise, as the countries that are exactly what the Republicans hold up as ooga booga scary are Norway, Sweden and Australia, all of which have life expectancies and quality of life ratings that leave the US in the dirt.

If Romney wins, I am going to spend four years looking at cat gifs. There must be enough on the internet to get me through!
Hueyphoenixacid on November 6th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
I don't even understand how a woman or anyone under the LGBT umbrella could vote for Romney tbh. :/
Hueyphoenixacid on November 6th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)

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Sherrysherryillk on November 6th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Obama really is overly centrist but I think the only people who realize that here are on the far left who are frustrated that he never goes far enough. But we realize something is better than nothing and it sure is a hell of a lot better than what the other guy can give us so go Obama!

I live in a pretty solid blue state (and somehow managed to live in the only Republican district) so my vote for President doesn't really count for much. We don't even have that many electoral votes...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
It's baffling to me that Obama would have been a brilliant Republican President back when I was a girl, and Reagan would make a perfectly reasonable Democrat candidate now, while Lincoln would be considered a dangerous radical. What the hell?

And yeah, for all that Obama makes me look like a raving Bolshevik, compared to the alternative, he's brilliant.
(no subject) - drgaellon on November 12th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
makes me mellow right down to my soulfrances_veritas on November 6th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
today is a scary and a bit of a nerve-wracking day. s i g h.

p.s. your brain (and heart) is so nice and beautiful and comfy and lovely and i wish to live in it forever.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
You are always welcome in my brain. There is lots of space where sequences and series used to be ;-)

It's all going to be fine. And if it's not, I have a spare room.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
It's not even the lies, because my goodness this campaign has been the Festival of Total Porkies. It's the "The Sky is Red! THE SKY IS RED!" insanity of this one. I expect it from people like Trump ("He's a Kenyan! He's a Muslim! He's the Bogeymonster!") but I sort of expect the potential President to at least lie in a believable fashion.

All I ask is for rational levels of crazy!
subtlefiresubtlefire on November 6th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so nervous and hopeful, Brammers! (May I call you Brammers? I feel very close to you right now!) I live in America, and a swing state. I can handle my state embarrassing me, as long as the (electoral) majority of my country doesn't.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
You can always call me Brammers!

Four years ago I was in Firenze sharing a room with one of my besties and we woke up early the day after to check the results. I remember the two of us sitting up in our twin beds, which were very close, and waiting for the internet to load, and then hugging each other with relief.

I think I have to ring her up and see if she'll come down to have a very nervous dinner with us tomorrow.

In the meantime, Chris Rock made me laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDxOSjgl5Z4
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Loyaulte Me Lie: long legged cleggy weggyshocolate on November 6th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
George W Bush must be thinking he is the luckiest man in the world, because his reputation has received a wholly unexpected boost.
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lee: Fleursnegurochka_lee on November 6th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)

I basically refuse to believe the media saying it's close to a tie, because, really?? HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY EVEN BE CLOSE??? *despairs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Drugs in the water! Lots of drugs in the water! Don't flush your stash, kitchen crack cookers!
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on November 6th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
*wipes brow*

Do not need to be afraid of you today...


Have a great day!

although I do have a bed made up for me in the UK should the rest of the country be stupid :P

Edited at 2012-11-06 01:08 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 6th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
You are a shining beacon for me!

And I have a spare futon and sofa if things get desperate :-)
oakstone730oakstone730 on November 6th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm very nervous. It is absolutely mind-boggling that the polls show this such a race. I believe that Obama is going to win the popular vote - but unfortunately that is not enough. He has to win the Electoral College votes and that is going to be a nail-biter. Especially since Florida and Ohio's Republicans have been throwing all methods of vote-stealing that they can. Not enough early voting locations, hour long lines, suspicious last minute "software patches" to voting machines.

I live in Illinois - we are solid blue. I wish I could vote in Wisconsin, just a few miles north of me to help push them to the blue. I pray that this election is not a repeat of the stolen election debacle of 2000, but am not hopeful.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on November 7th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
I was falling asleep last night, so I thought I'd leave off replying to your comment until today in hopes that we'd be able to say 'Nate Silver was right! So many polls were bollocks!' And LO!

I haven't been this happy about politics since the last US election :-)
bk7brokemybrain: Harry is gonna crybk7brokemybrain on November 6th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Amen, sister. AMEN.

I think the whole country feels like that four year old girl blubbering over the gorram election and neverending polarized schoolyard taunting and whining. Make it stop, mommy! *throws yarn balls, too*
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: Obama/Joe/Chillin'themostepotente on November 6th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
This, bb.
Janey Procrastinatorjaney_p on November 6th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
The thing that always worries me a little about the American voting system: A president can only be elected twice. While it is a good way to prevent a totalitarian system, what happens when after a president's second term there are only crappy candidates? And with only two parties to choose from, there's not much of a choice in that case.

I also can't quite understand that in America the focus is so much on the president and not as much on the party behind him... I mean, no president can do things on his own, there are always more people involved with the president's decision-making. So one candidate's views don't always reflect their party's MO...

For today's election I just hope that people show some intelligence.
Nennenenne on November 6th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think you will find many Romney supporters here. *G*