Monday Morning Open Thread - 9/15

We are getting close to election day. How are we going to guide the conversation? What is working? What isn't?



I'm out today

I will be driving to Raleigh today, facilitating a training session on marketing to bloggers and then driving back home. I won't even have time to hang out with all the cool kids in Raleigh. Dangit!

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Today's my son's birthday. So I will be in and out.

He was 15 minutes early to school today. He is very excited.

Yesterday, we canvassed for Barack Obama. Note this well, it was the LAST persuasional canvass they are doing. Everyone has been reached. Everyone.

Now, we just have to knock on those doors and get them to the polls.

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

How ARE things going?

It always hard to tell how things are really going...either you are surrounded by people like you and you live in an echo chamber or the reverse, and everything seems dark.

There have been some polls to be excited about...and others that have depressed me (see FayOb about Kissell today).

But this just means we all need to keep working. I'll admit, I haven't done much lately, what with school and community events (I did put together some "Cheri Beasley for N.C. Court of Appeals" signs at our HQ the other day!). I plan on writing a letter to the editor about our great friend Wayne Goodwin today.

But as to what our message should be? Simple:

Phillip Hunter Gilfus,
Member(NC), Democratic National Committee

Annoying Media

Is there a single political reporter in the country that has taken a single statistics class?

Seriously, they say "many polls" and then manage to cite the "poll" that talked to 65 people in the 8th district because it was actually a statewide poll.


"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Game On

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Transformation or Redemption No - Wise leadership yes

There is nothing about Barack Obama's blackness that will cause me to vote for him. That he has a black father is a marker on the road of progress for blacks. I believe the need for the NAACP, or Jessie Jackson, or any other black leadership should change only marginally with his election. I am concerned when Joe Biden (who I like tremendously) was reported at a Charlotte rally to talk about the transforming qualities of electing a black person. I think Joe cost us votes. The white and latino voters don't care about this at all. I am supporting Obama because I am impressed with what he has accomplished in this campaign and the quiet wisdom he demonstrates. And because of the good judgement he demonstrated in carefully picking Biden. An out of work furniture worker listens when Obama talks about a class agenda, he turns off if Obama talks about a black aganda

Not just because he is black however

I recognize and understand that he is not just black. I am not just black because my grandmother's father was a white man.

I feel it is a fact that schools, communities, organizations and others have said that anyone can become President of these United States even a black man. But I don't think everyone who said it believed it would happen in their lifetime nor meant it be they black, brown, white and other. But since the time has come I don't understand why we can not talk about it. Why should black folks but not limited to (Biden) can not openly say it is time to talk about transforming qualities of electing a black man.

I have stated a many of times that I will not vote for just any black man. Obama is not just a black man, but an intelligent, caring, willing and capable of leading us for the next 4 years.

If there had been a black President before Obama become the ist, then we would not be having this discussion. This is the very example of why we need change and change that we can believe in where we don't have to deny talking about the qualities of electing a black man.

I have never gotten so involved in a Presidential Election since I began voting in 1981. I was told during my school years that all kids could grow up and become the President of these United States. Since graduating, long before I had a child in the system, I have been active in the school system serving on the PTO, PTA, School Improvement Team, School Board Advisory Committee and other school related committees, active in the community and being in the presence of black, brown, white and others who have also said that any child could one day become President.

So now what are we saying? That Obama didn't grow up as a child, he just landed here from somewhere. I hope that he will not be the last black man or woman to want to put their lives on the line to make our community, state and nation a better place to live. But I warn them that they will have a lot of ungreatful folks who will be naysayers however I learned a long time ago that these same folks will benefit from the work that is accomplished even if it is a black, brown, white or other person when they are elected to serve be it on the local, state or national level.

I say to all the children of these United States, shoot to become the President of these United States if that be God's will. I truly believe it is God's will that Obama has been called to move us forward.
In God We Trust. If God is for you, the world can't do you no harm.

The Political Agitator

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel