• halfdime

    My thoughts exactly on the current political situation…only you describe it better then I can. I also really admire your bravery for writing about it, and being open about it with your family and friends who feel differently, knowing that there may be a negative outcome. That really takes allot of courage, and is important right now. You are very inspiring. Obama 08!!!

  • http://theboldsoul.com The Bold Soul

    As the lone liberal voice in a family of conservatives (and they’re not even THAT conservative, rarely do the church thing, etc, but they are staunch Republicans) I just want to say THANK YOU for voicing your outrage so eloquently. I am living in France now, and planning to vote long distance in this election because I am hoping my vote will actually count enough to sway my home state in the right direction.

    I’m as disgusted as you are about Sarah Palin and the utter hypocrisy of the party’s decision to put her in the Veep seat. There was a time I might have considered voting for McCain but as we get closer to E-Day, it is clear that the Republican party doesn’t get it, doesn’t share MY sense of values, and that McCain, while he has some good qualities, is too closely aligned with the B.S. we’ve been living with for the past 8 years.

    Not that the Democrats have all the answers, but right now I’m willing to put my money and my vote where I hope and pray it will count most.

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” — Ben Franklin

    The Republican party is asking us to continue the insanity for 4-8 more years. This time with a gun-toting Evangelical soccer mom with a pregnant teenager at home, a woman with no experience that could possibly qualify her to be the President of the United States in the event the aging McCain can’t fulfill his oath of office.

    Of course I can’t say ANY of this in the presence of my family members because they collectively go on the defensive and my sister starts whining about how MY liberal opinions are clearly being manipulated by the liberal PRESS (the same press where she’s getting HER information, I might add) and how I have no idea what’s really going on at home anymore. But I don’t think she has a clue either — she’s living in a small and affluent Republican pocket of a state that typically votes Democratic.

    God help our country, that’s all I can say. We vote our individual consciences and then we have to hope for something better this time.

  • http://bechiri.wordpress.com holly

    a political analysis blog from Alaska:
    http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/palins-pitbull-problem/
    that’s very enjoyable to read.

    my favorite thing so far is the commenter who suggested a t-shirt or bumpersticker that said:

    Jesus Christ was a community organizer;
    Pontius Pilate was a governor.

    ha! we spent a good portion of our work lunch discussing not work, but whether Jesus would truly qualify as a community organizer. we decided pro’ly but hey it does not matter because whooboy is that funny.

    thanks for your very insightful post. one of my favorites so far.
    bless you for being willing to put your neck out there.

  • GC

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    good, got that off my chest!

  • http://oflifeandliberty.blogspot.com Obama’s got you fooled

    238. Earme

    They’re talking about good parenting, too, not just school. Teaching your kids to do the right thing and all that jazz.

  • Ben Hemler

    A couple of comments.

    1. Heather, My girlfriend sends me your posts from time-to time and they are quite fun. I enjoy seeing the pictures of your dogs doing tricks.

    2. Oil is traded as a commodity on the world market, even if we drill here in the U.S. and wait the 5-10 years for that to pay off guess what! we are capitalist and the oil companies that are drilling will sell to the highest bidder. I.E. China, India and other emerging markets thirsty for oil. Drilling here will do nothing but hurt the environment.

    3. From an article on Yahoo: “In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it “God’s will.”

    “I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded,” she added. “But really all of that stuff doesn’t do any good if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God.”

    That is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Several conservative comments in here mention about how they are for American’s having more choices and not letting the government tell people what to do. This is true as long as those choices dont involve:

    1. Breathing clean air
    2. Women’s rights to choose what to do with their bodies
    3. Separation of Church and State
    4. Educating children about sexual reproduction so they understand the consequences of their actions.

  • Dy-Anne

    The real problem is they are all politicians. Obama too. They are all going to fuck it up. That’s what they do. I would rather leave my country to be run by a class of 7th graders because at least they have good ideas and really know how to be stubborn and stick to them.
    I’ve been done with the 2008 election since 2004!

  • kjc

    I GUARANTEE that if another republican is voted into the White House I will be MOVING. Last night I, after watching what I could of the RNC, I asked my husband when we should start packing. His answer… October, that way we’ll be ready.

    VOTE Obama… he his our hope.

  • http://lessthanlucid.blogspot.com lucidkim

    I can’t read all of these – but for starters, yes I totally agree with you and feel the same rage this week as well.

    A commenter said something like it isn’t the government job’s to provide insurance – that isn’t the point. The point is that in the US education is a right we all have but medical care isn’t. We will educate you for 18 years but if you get sick: you’re on your own. We don’t care if you die, but if you live, well, then…we’ll let you go to school.

    The point is medical care should be a basic right – making sure people DON’T DIE simply because they can’t afford insurance should be something we want our government to care about.

    I recently watched the PBS Frontline show “Sick Around the World” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/
    and it is a very interesting comparison of other countries’ healthcare options (England, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan) to the United States. It’s very eye-opening and well done.

    I refuse to talk to my family about the election because they act like cult members. If Obama had picked someone like Palin – they would have found her wholly unacceptable and been appalled at her sarcastic and rude speech…but because she is a Republican they act like what she says is from God directly.

    I could go on but I shouldn’t – I’ll just get mad. Thanks for posting this today.

    kim

  • Qwyneth

    Oh Heather, thank you so much for writing that. It summed up so perfectly what I feel. Thank you.

  • Steffers

    Many of your are missing the point, there is a difference between people in need and people in greed. First off, don’t slay me b/c by no means do I think Palin is a good pick, nor am I a McCain supporter, but you have to look at the system. My husband and I both work full time jobs to support our family of 3, soon to expand to 4, and even with good health insurance, we had to pay $2,000 for the birth of our son ($1,000 for delivery and then another $1,000 for the emergency c-section). So, much like Heather, we are very thankful to be able to have insurance as well as have the $$$ to pay what wasn’t covered. On the flip side, my husband’s step-brother and wife have two childred, she is a stay at home mom and he works when he wants to work. He quits jobs at the drop of a hat and when offered insurance through work, passes on paying for it b/c he can get it through the state. Um, what?!? They didn’t have to pay a cent for the birth of either child and both children are medically covered thanks to the wonderful program Dr. Dinosaur of VT. I really do feel it is a good program offered to VT residents, but in this case, isn’t it abused. How is it I work hard, am away from my lovely child 40+ hours a week and yet have to shell out $2,000 for the birth of my son, but they can be lazy and not work hard for anything, yet their births were paid for. I guess b/c I have seen someone take advantage of the system first hand, that I feel a little burned. Again, I do feel there are plenty of folks in need for which I don’t mind helping, but there has to be something to help us distiguish need on a more deserving basis. Oh, and this isn’t the first case of this I have seen, my husband’s step-sister quit her job just before the birth of her second son and without insurance just thought it would be covered. She has since received a bill for $20,000 (unfortunately for her, she is a NH resident). I should note that she has no intention of paying the bill or even attempting to make a payment…she feels deserving in this case and doesn’t feel she should have to pay it. Then we come back to me and my husband. Our second child is on the way and we are already saving the $$$ to cover what insurance won’t pay (in addition to what we need to save to cover my 8 weeks of unpaid maternity leave). I’m already working hard to pay for myself, why should I pay more to help people like either of these 2 cases?

  • Anonymous

    I never leave comments at sites requiring emails, but this is worth it. That took guts to stand up to your family and friends like that, I too am amazed good friends will defend her as if I’m the idiot because they’re too loyal to their party to be honest with a good friend. It’s heartbreaking and terrifying. Prayers for your family and for you.Prayers for everyone involved in this farce that they come to their senses and truly be the kind of people worthy of facing their God someday.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you, Dooce, but I do have to say it’s kind of funny you talk about your money and insurance woes when you live a very affluent lifestyle thanks to writing about your kid on the internet a couple times a week. You’re the type of liberal that gives us a bad rep. But it’s clear you just enjoy the attention, so whatever.

    Go Obama.

  • Louise

    Thank you! I have been walking around in a little rage bubble all day because of Palin and Giuliani’s false, cynical, fear mongering speeches last night. Thank you for helping me not feel so alone, as I live in the bible belt where the majority of people who live in my town truly believe Obama is some sort of Islamic terrorist. Thank you for helping to decrease my rage and alienation.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jetblackfactory Loose Fur

    Sarah Palin’s speech was the flashpoint for anyone who still cares about America and what we (still) represent to the free world. We have an obligation, folks, to uphold that promise. We laid the groundwork here in Europe back in 1948, thanks to the Marshall plan. We kept the Soviet menace at bay, at great expense to our economy, but not even the GOP dared object… back then. How things have changed.

    Just think of what Sarah Palin would have said about that, had she lived back in 1948, but blessed with the same pea-brained mentality as she showed yesterday.

    If you really care, DO SOMETHING!

  • Anonymous

    I love your blog, I love your stories, but you need to stay away from politics. People cannot legislate human nature. No matter how much training, how much encouragement, some people will still make poor choices (Governor Palin’s daughter for example!) I’ll pay for my poor choices, they can pay for theirs.

    I was raised by liberal democrats in farm country . . . you by Christian conservatives. Maybe it’s just our nature to rebel.

  • Elizabeth

    Amen, sister, Amen.

    If this country elects another four years of Bush policies, I really don’t know if the country can survive it. And I’m definitely not sure if I can.

    What the HELL are people who voted for Bush and are now thinking of voting for McCain THINKING? Do they care at ALL about global warming, our economy, our civil rights, our standing in the international community, or anything else of any importance?

  • http://willikat.blogspot.com willikat

    goosebumps and some tears over here. couldn’t agree more.

  • Debbie

    And you seriously think Obama is qualified for President?

  • Amy

    My boyfriend and I got into a huge screaming match while watching the convention. I should say, trying to watch. I was having a hard time concentrating on what Palin was saying during her speech. I merely pointed out that it was disturbing they way they kept panning the camera on Palin’s teenage daughter, the pregnant one, and her boyfriend, it seemed like every 2 minutes. They certainly weren’t giving as much attention to her other 4 children. He didn’t think it was done purposely, but to me it was disturbing. This country loves that shit, teen pregnancy is HOT.

  • http://comindcandy.blogspot.com Erin

    Haha, at least Palin’s scariness is predictable. During her first speech I kept saying “cue frown” “cue emotion-riddled pause” “smile” “aaand, cue baby”
    My husband just stared at the TV, blinked twice, and looked at me in awe.
    Those bulldog social-climber women are so predictable!
    I’m sure this is old news, but have y’all seen this?
    http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html#updates)

  • Anonymous

    For all of you commenters who do not live in the USA, I have a question for you. Where was YOUR country’s help when Katrina hit New Orleans?? If a disaster like that happened where you live, I am SURE American help (Financial or otherwise) would have been sent your way. Well fine. When our country becomes as freedom sucking socialist one like yours, have a good time taking care of yourselves. Because the good ol’ USA won’t have enough to help you out…AGAIN.

    For those who commented and plan to vote for Obama, say good -bye to our country, since I am sure will be be attacked and /or taken over if he is elected. IMHO, nothing is more important than our national security. Who cares about health care and welfare reform if the taliban or another crazy group that obama plans to “talk’ with holds us hostage?

  • ZB

    Yes. To the whole post.

    Why do people continue to say that Obama lacks experience? Are you just repeating soundbites from conservative news outlets?

    He has 4 years in U.S. Senate, 8 years in the Illinois Senate, and before that, 5 years as a Civil Rights lawyer and Constitutional Law professor on the South Side of Chicago. Obama has the EXACT type of experience that I can get behind.

    As a 30-year old, white, agnostic, working mom to a biracial little girl, I can honestly say that I’ve never been so excited to vote in my life.

  • http://www.jackadilloprincess.com Heather

    I’ve skimmed a few of the comments here, and I’m a little bothered by the people who tell you to leave politics out of your blog, and only stick to posting pictures of your kid and dog.

    This is an extremely important moment in our country’s history, and every single one of us should be looking at these issues and forming an opinion. And if you have the platform to give your opinion to a wide audience, by all means do it, because these are issues that MUST be discussed.

    Rant on, Heather. Rant on.

  • http://misstraceynolan.blogspot.com misstraceynolan

    Coming back to say that since Palin’s speech Obama’s campaign has raised almost $10 million. Take that!

  • Zanna

    Thank you. THANK YOU!

    I have spent the last few days in a total state of WTF?

    I’m beyond the ability to express my thoughts intelligently. So… Palin? WTF?!?!?

  • Mpls Dem In the shadow of the RNC

    God, I love this country! Oh sure, we make all kinds of mistakes. And we can’t seem to agree on anything. And we somehow managed to elect W . . . twice (?!). But there isn’t a country in the world that doesn’t have its own warts and wrinkles. At least everyone on this site, and throughout the country, feels free to voice her/his beliefs. It is so fantastic to see both sides represented so passionately. Personally, I’m putting my support behind Obama because he doesn’t make me shake my head in disbelief every time he opens his mouth. I’m looking forward to yet another rocking campaign, so let’s vote it out at the polls and may the best candidate win!

  • Jenny

    There are a significant amount of “Don’t get angry / Don’t voice your opinion” comments on here.

    ????

    Politicians make decisions that affect your life.

    More people need to recognize this and support, loudly, their choices.

  • http://www.lifeincolor.typepad.com Amber Lee

    This is exactly how I feel. Which is why, when my mother says Palin is great because she pushes abstinence only education I feel like I need to go jump off a cliff.

  • Samantha

    Not everyone is cut out for college nor has the desire to go to college. Why is our society now of the thought that if you don’t have a college degree you are somehow a dimwit? We need good paying jobs (example, what used to be called ‘a trade’) for them. As a side note, those kind of jobs can NEVER be outsourced. Health care? Yes, we need something. I just don’t know if a universal health care system is the answer. My best friend lived in Canada for over 20 years and she can recite nightmare after nightmare. Her kids would be running high temps, talking out of their heads, etc. and the next available appointment was in three weeks. Emergency Room? Sure….if your emergency can wait for a couple of days. Her words, ‘you get what you pay for’. And, yes, some can’t afford it even after working their butts off. Why is human nature such that every single thing has to be an extreme?? Sarah Palin. I like her. Qualified to be president? Who knows. The ones we have elected that seem to be QUALIFIED have done a lousy job. Let’s face it. It is a crap shoot.

  • Anonymous

    The USA scares the living shit out of me. Thank you, Heather. Obama 08!

    xox a loyal Canadian Dooce fan

  • Sarah

    Heather, My views differ than yours in some ways and agree in others. I am voting for Obama because I believe he will take care of my husband, a soldier in the Army. Today I received email on myspace from a woman who told me that if I vote for Obama I “must hate America.” Nice. I actually thought of you because it made me wonder how you endure hate mail. I wanted to cry. We have been through 2.5 years of deployments to Iraq in only 5 years and someone is going to tell me I hate American. This is what we defend, your right to believe one way and your families right to believe another. It is the beauty of America.

  • nobody

    “They are waiting to see if we are going to put yet another fundamentalist loon in charge of public and foreign policy,”

    BTW, the loon in question is the former Lt. Cmdr John McCain, a man who, for his country, _chose_ to face horrors you and I can’t even imagine. Show a little respect.

    You should also know that said “loon” is no fundamentalist and has referred to folks like Falwell as “agents of intolerance”. I expect your other opinions are equally well-informed.

    If that one sentence is a fair sample, well, I can’t possibly imagine how anyone could find your self-righteous opinions annoying.

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com the mighty jimbo

    part of me wants to read the shit storm in the commentary that this blog post started, and the other part of me wants to turn off my computer for about three more months.

    what i always hate about this process is how rapidly we descend into sound bites and half truths all to pander to the least informed.

    i watched/read/listened to much of both conventions, and frankly, both got me all twitchy. although the dems are no angels when it comes to party politics and twisted talk, why does it always seem that the republicans are just so damn GOOD at it.

    maybe i’ll add more to the spray later. but really, why bother? with the addition of palin to the ticket, my vote was essentially secured: OBAMA 08.

  • obama08

    thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • http://lightsweetcrude.typepad.com Trish

    I’m so glad you spoke up. As an Australian who loves America and Americans (and who was in NYC for the last US election) I am always so relieved to know that there are some people left in America who are paying attention and who wont stand for any more of this shit. I almost feel like saying “amen” but I’m not religious.

    SARAH PALIN – ALL TIP, NO ICEBERG?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. Just thank you. I’ve been so weary of all the Palin praise in the media this week, I am so glad to see that there are others out there who “get it”. Bravo!

  • http://stacyopolis.com Stacy

    Heather, I love ya, but I disagree with you almost 100%. Throwing tax money at a problem (poverty) does not make the problem go away, it only increases dependency on the tax money. Especially when the welfare system rewards its recipients for having more babies, by giving them more money and thus increasing the tax burden exponentially.

    Yes, there are people out there who need financial help, I will not deny that. But the welfare system perpetuates dependency. People live off it and teach their children to do the same, and so the cycle goes on forever. We need to break the cycle with education and work programs, not by penalizing those who *do* work by increasing the tax burden.

    It is not an issue of Democrat vs. Republican. The president is basically a figurehead with limited power. Real, lasting change will be slow coming, and should start with the citizens of this country. We are all leaders and as such, we are all accountable for what happens. This election will not cause dramatic changes no matter who is elected.

    We can cry all we want about the health care system and the energy crisis. But what are we, as citizens, doing to actively promote the change we wish to see? Complaining won’t fix it, and neither will tax dollars. Accountability and responsibility of the masses will.

  • Samantha

    Why did you have to go and talk about Sarah Palin TOO? Every blogger/vlogger out there who is a democrat is whining about her and how she zinged Obama with her confidence and knowledge of facts. Seems the only defense liberals have is to say, “It was all lies!!!!” and there is always an attack on the personal life. All a liberal can do these days is say the other party lied because they can’t argue with the facts, which would prove them wrong in the first place.

  • WendyPinNJ

    YOU GO GIRL!

    I am totally with you, 10000000%!

  • Anonymous

    Delurking here.

    Mrs. Armstrong, I truly believe that you are a gifted and wonderful writer. I’ve been reading your blog for years, and it’s been a real privilege to watch you and your family grow.

    Having said this, I understand that this post was written in frustration. You’re allowed to do that! However, I feel the need to apologize for all of those Republicans who have pushed you to such course. I also want to point out that we’re not all as you have depicted.

    There have been a few comments written from “the right” in response to your entry, and everyone has voiced their opinions in a calm, intellectual fashion that invites discourse, not anger. I’d also like to point out that there are plenty of Democrats (and Independents, and Libertarians, etc.) that are just as gung-ho and incensing in the way they doggedly stick towards their belief systems and express their mores with insult and ire.

    Again, I understand your frustration, but I ask that you make a little allowance for those of us who are trying to maintain the debate with class and dignity. To lump all Republicans into one group is as much an injustice as going in front of a global stage and saying all Americans are alike, or that all women share the same traits. Regardless of your beliefs, or my beliefs, I just ask that you “individualize” rather than “categorize.”

  • hattie

    You said it 106 & 154.
    Go McCain and Palin!!!

    Still love your blog Heather :)

  • Colleen

    Heather, I’m officially offering to adopt you as part of my family should yours react unfavorably to this post. While we do talk funny (from Boston), we’re fun, and there’s a baby coming soon!

    Sometimes you just need to get something off your chest. A head explosion caused by self-censorship would be a terrible way to die.

  • http://www.ohblahdah.blogspot.com Geri

    Right on. I am so upset after listening to Palin last night that I actually got out the debit card and contributed to Obama today!

    That mocking, snarky woman was preachin’ to her choir and they ate it up with a spoon. I have been doing research all day since they picked Palin.

    Thanks for the great post and the awesome link. Check out the http://www.momocrats.com gals if you need a lift. They rock.

  • Nikki

    You said it sister! A McCain/Palin administration scares the shit out of me. You have so many comments to this post that I realize you likely won’t get to this one, but I wanted to thank you for speaking up, for putting your words out there for those of us who feel the same, but don’t have the voice.

  • Andrea

    1527 – Jenny

    I have a hard time giving any credibility to someone’s thoughts when they are laced with bitter insults blatantly calling me an idiot for having a differing opinion. I don’t think I am the only one. Have an opinion, yes. Voice it, absolutely. But if you expect to inspire change, insulting those who are different from you will get you nowhere.

  • http://www.camperky.com Krista

    I second every thought! I said to my husband after Obama spoke – “Please, God, tell me we are at a minimum smart enough to elect this man of all men to get us out of the mess we’re in.”

  • scm

    I have recently found myself in a situation similar to yours. I was recently laid off from my job and have become a SAHM while my husband continues to work free-lance. My job provided us our health insurance and without a job we have 2 options, 1) go on COBRA (which we absolutely cannot afford) or 2) find a private plan. The problem with #2 for us is that my daughter was born 10 weeks premature and is considered too risky for a private plan so we have had to go the rout of trying to find her a high risk plan that will accept her. All at an astronomical cost, and my husband and I aren’t even included on the plan! It is SO frustrating! I also live in Utah and am about my wit’s end because I have yet to find one person who has been able to help me find someone, anyone who wil lhelp us sort all of this out. Basically our options are me go back to work just to get on a group plan (which won’t look at her medical history) or pay astronomical fees for a high risk plan PLUS a private policy for my husband and I. I basically have to choose between staying home with my daughter and having semi-affordable health care for my family which I don’t think either is a great option. Why do I have to choose one or the other? Why isn’t there an option where I can have both? The most frustrating about all this is yes my daughter was in the NICU for 8 weeks but she is FINE NOW. NO problems. None. If you looked at her you would never know she was a preemie. Me on the other hand, they don’t know why I went in to labor early and could potentially have my next baby early since no cause was found; yet, I’m not considered high risk. Go figure. Something needs to be fixed and I’m voting for whichever candidate I feel has the best plan to fix our health care system. Party lines be damned!

  • http://gorabbitrabbit.blogpost.com Sarah

    I just got done telling someone that the only thing that would make me feel better right now is for America to rub its eyes, blink in disbelief, and say, “You’re running HER? With HIM? And you expect us to buy that? HA.”
    But your post came close. Thank you…it was awesome. You are the bee’s knees, as always.

  • Julianne

    Thank you, Dooce. We need more people like you who aren’t scared to have an opinion and voice it thoughtfully. All of you saying “I’m staying out of this one!” are part of the problem – pay attention and make some decisions!