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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Join The Cause

My mom was taken away shortly before her 57th birthday last year. She never got to meet my son, wasn't able to form a relationship with my wife, or meet her parents. Instead, she had to live hundreds of miles away in Oregon for the last few years of her life, living under a blanket of confusion because she was too young for most health coverage plans in California that provide care for Alzheimer's patients. The care I speak of is not treatment because to date there is still no treatment for the disease. The care I speak of is simply making her as comfortable as possible and keeping her from wandering off and getting lost, or trying to prevent the crippling seizures that most patients have to endure.

That is not an advertisement, that is the truth coming from me. I'm not writing this to gain sympathy or condolences from anyone, I'm doing it because I have a responsibility to do all I can to prevent this from happening to my friends and family and their friends and families. Please take a minute to visit the Alzheimer's Association website and learn how you can help send a message to our new president to focus more funding to research so we can find a way to prevent this from tearing families apart.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Obama victory

(HQ) Barack Obama Victory Speech November 4, 2008 - The top video clips of the week are here

"Change Has Come To America"

Whether the outcome of this year's presidential election reflected your vote or biggest fear realized, no one can ignore the sheer historical value it represents. Throughout the campaign, I heard questions like "why does it have to be about race?" and again while watching the crowds of African Americans celebrating with tears flowing from their eyes. This campaign was always going to be about race, from the first moment that our new president entered the race. Had Barack Obama lost the election, we probably would have seen an even greater divide among races than we still face today, even in the wake of this unparalleled display of acceptance. Accusations of racism would have spread nationwide, for there were many people who openly expressed their choice to vote for McCain simply for him being white; a clear indication of the level of ignorance involved with racism.

I was overcome with immense pride upon seeing the results unfold before me, seeing history being made and hoping that this gesture would mark the beginning of the end of racism. I realize that, just like terrorism, racism is something that may never go away completely. We can only hope that over time the collection of people who continue their ignorant views will become small enough to be entirely insignificant. Hearing Obama talk about an elderly black woman he met during his campaign really made me realize the impact of his victory. She is more than one hundred years old and recalls a time when looking a white person in the eye could be considered dangerous for her. She remembers the time when she was not allowed to vote, because she was a woman but furthermore because she was black. People like her can remind us of just how far we've come, along with the vision of Reverend Jesse Jackson standing in the crowd in Chicago with tears in his eyes, probably remembering the day that his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was shot down one floor above the parking lot where he stood.

Inexperience was widely documented as the main concern and a key factor in the decision to vote against Obama by many. I find that to be a ridiculous topic because no one has experience at running our country until they're in office. A long career in Congress may give you more political knowledge, but does not guarantee a more fit candidate for the most powerful seat in the nation, if not the world. Only time will tell, and no one can say what will happen or how long it will take, so the best thing we can do is to stand behind the clear decision to put Barack Obama in command for the next four years.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Be Heard......Vote!!

There is no better way to let yourself be heard than to vote, and this year I feel that it is more important than ever. Our country has approached a fork in the road that leads to our future, and each direction represents a significantly different outcome based on the leader we choose today. Furthermore, I feel that it is important that we see people voting in record numbers this year so our next president knows that he was put into office because it was clearly what the consensus wanted. Four years ago, Bush's re-election victory over John Kerry prompted him to announce that he would let the results dictate the direction of the country for the next 4 years. At the time, I'm guessing he was just glad he was able to stay in office and didn't realize that he was simply the best choice we had among two poor candidates; the lesser of two evils as many say. I'm hoping that the results from this year's election show that there is a clear direction that the majority of voters want for this country and our next leader takes notice.

Unfortunately, I know that many will not vote at all or will vote against Barack Obama because he is an African American. That saddens and infuriates me simultaneously because America is supposed to be about opportunity and prosperity and none of that rings true when people are still living in the past. Anyone who knows me well can confirm that I hate racism and all who live as racists. I believe that if you hate someone based on nothing more than the color of their skin, or judge them by the actions of others, I have the right to hate you for nothing more than your ridiculous way of thinking. I also know that many will say that they're voting for Obama but will secretly vote for McCain because they don't want to admit their bigotry.

One vote which is highly sought after by candidates is the college vote which I've heard recently is difficult to obtain, as many college students do not vote because of how difficult it is when they're attending schools away from home. I find that a bit disturbing, being that a college student faces many obstacles throughout their academic years and considering the importance of having everyone vote who is able to. I don't believe that laziness is an acceptable excuse for removing yourself from a decision that affects everyone, especially if you plan to have an opinion about the results.

Few things in life bother me more than people who complain about a situation without taking action to stop it. On that note, I say that anyone who has a problem with the state of our country yet does not vote today loses all rights to comment about what happens next.