• http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.com Heather

    It’s about damn time SOMEONE wrote about it!! Thank you for putting into words what I’m too afraid to get attacked about on my blog!!

  • Gretta

    Thank you for this. You perfectly expressed what I’ve been feeling.

    I have a number of Republican friends and I think my head just might explode if I hear one more quote from Palin’s speech last night.

  • Georgia

    If you were not as fortunate as you apparently are, your child would be eligible for Medicaid and/or FAMIS or whatever your state calls this medical coverage for low income families. The truth about the alleged medical insurance problem is that the majority of folks that don’t have it are young people who choose to not have it. It would be great if we had unlimited resources to pay for everyone to have everything. That is just not realistic. And the truth about GWB is that he has spent more money on entitlement programs (example Medicare D; billions on AIDS relief in Africa) than even Clinton. He just doesn’t get it that he will be hated by the libs no matter how much money he throws at people. It is true, however, that we have not been attacked since 9/11 – and as a mom of three I am grateful for that. You are a smart woman – do your homework next time. Use your logic and intellect rather than your emotions.

  • http://www.sitdownforthis.blogspot.com Rick Morton

    Heather,

    Wow. That brought a tear to my eye. I am Australian and I have watched the political system with great interest for many years. I hope for your sake and the sake of the many, many millions of good people in your country that the Republicans don’t get an extension on their term.

    I don’t think anyone could have written how I feel about the issue any better than what you did just then.

    Go girl.

    Cheers

    Rick

  • Steve Day

    #1523, Leigh, please read the constitution, Congress is responsible for levying taxes and generating. The President can only request monies. He can’t raise or spend a dime unless Congress gives it to him.

    http://www.usconstitution.net/

    If you go through and read the constitution, and then look overall at the scope of our government and how large it’s grown, you’d maybe want to fire everyone (Congress, President, and the Supreme Court) and start from scratch.

    Steve (the dude from #1467)

  • http://www.londonukgirl.blogspot.com christine

    None of this anger my friends will do any good unless you put it to action—-get people registered to vote, donate to Obama’s campaign or get involved somehow. Considering how the Republicans brainwashed people the last 8 years–we got to do something to fix this. (The USA is rated #139 in the world for voter turnout)

    I’m an American in London and I tell ya—its pretty surreal watching all this election stuff from abroad. People are so fed up w/Bush in Europe—they are tired of a country that has 5% of the world’s population (and who uses 25% of the worlds resources) telling everyone what to do. Americans are not the only ones on this planet and its about time we wake up to this fact.

    I find it funny McCain is arguing ‘change’ is coming—but to what?? Haven’t the Republicans been in power the last 8 years. Is it going to change to even more right-wing? The only reason why people bitch so much about the raise in taxes is because you don’t get anything back for all the taxes that you pay. The French pay 22% in taxes compared to our 19%, but we don’t get free health care and 6 weeks paid vacation do we ?? No wonder they’re having sex all the time, because they don’t have the worries we do.

    The whole RNC was very disturbing. I couldn’t sleep last night—I kept having nightmares that McCain wins.

    OBAMA 08

    GET OUT & GET INVOLVED!!!!!

  • Catherine

    Mrs. Armstrong,

    Maybe I’m just a naive college student ( a joint effort by my parents & myself) but I’m shocked and so disappointed by the pure hatred & negativity your opinions brought about. I completely, totally, 100% respect your right to have and voice your opinion on the direction our country is taking. And I completely, totally, 100% agree with you about the sad state of affairs that our country is in. This is your very own blog & well, I’m supportive of the readers who have decided to stop frequenting the site because frankly & quite selfishly, I don’t want to share all your gloriousness with them.

  • FannyT

    I just wanted to post a thank you to 2265 Anonymous. I just forwarded your comment to several people on my email list, and one of them forwarded it to every Republican she knows. Your comment was wonderful and said very eloquently why many of us are more vocal and involved in this election than any election we have ever been involved in before. I am looking back a long way to 40 also, and my memories are similar to yours. My 84 year old mother is the loudest cheerleader in this family of Obama supporters…she gets it. You are correct…it would be wonderful to not be afraid when your president welcomes someone at the white house, that he will call them by the wrong name, mispronounce their name or country, or fear that when he goes to a summit, he will feel compelled to give one of the female leaders a back and shoulder rub.

  • http://elevendreams.wordpress.com Jill

    Allow me to be another echo of your voice of reason. You very beautifully and very powerfully put this into words that I believe speak for the majority of your readers, if not the majority of the country.

    I’m also willing to contribute to the “Let’s All Move to Canada” fund if McCain and his sexy puppet actually win this damn thing. I’ll bring edamame.

    reCAPTCHA: therein heather (how freakin cool, or what?!)

  • http://www.nothingbutbonfires.com Nothing But Bonfires

    Hilariously, I pay taxes and health insurance and all the rest of it like everyone else in this country, and yet, as a Resident Alien, I’m NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE. You have no idea how maddening this is. So if someone is reading this and thinking “eh, I’m not sure if I can be bothered to vote in November,” PLEASE JUST GO IN MY PLACE. Let me vote FOR you. DO IT. Just make sure you check the little box next to “Obama” though, okay?

  • Anonymous

    I work for a company that assists people who are applying for Medicaid. I did not realize just how bad things were until I started working here a couple months ago. It takes 50+ people, working from 6am until 8pm, to answer all the questions from people on Medicaid. And this is for my state alone.

    We got a call from a person who had been a teacher in New York for 15 years, and then this person got laid off. He and his family had to move in with his wife’s family, and now he is a cashier at a drug store. He was asking if we could help him get insurance for his infant son, because he cant afford it on his own.

    It’s so sad. It’s such a horrible time for this country.

  • http://www.kande.ca kaptaink

    Honestly, as a Canadian, I am completely dumbfounded that a country that is as wealthy, educated and religious as the US doesn’t see that the current situation regarding public heathcare isn’t absolutely insane. Everytime I hear a story such as your wrote above about the unbelievable cost of insurance and the crazy choices Americans must make, I’m stunned. It’s like I’m reading some novel set in the middle ages in Europe. That it simply can’t be true.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that we could tweak with the Canadian healthcare system, but all things must change and adapt. The point is that we would consider it barbaric to not provide healthcare for everyone. And it isn’t free. We still pay premiums. But my family pays the maximum for the province I live in: $108 per month. For a family of 6. Sure, extras may cost you more (like more than 10 visits to the physiotherapist in a year) and yes, we don’t have very many fancy doctor’s offices or hospitals. But even with the issues, such as it can be tricky to find a family doctor, the point is that if I am stricken with cancer, I can get lifesaving treatment and it doesn’t cost more than the $108 I currently pay per month. Better yet, my monthly premium doesn’t go up after I survive.

    The thing is, my standard of living as an average Canadian I think is about the same any average. So the “extra” taxes I pay to cover this national healthcare plan clearly haven’t made my life intolerable. I still get nice vacations. We have two cars. We have a nice house, etc. Which makes me think those in the US who claim it would be too costly, or that they would have to pay too much extra in taxes have got it wrong. And instead they are afraid of doing something, afraid of change. Either that or the people in power in the US have managed to all model themselves after Scrooge.

    Ok, enough blather. Thanks for another great post. And the link to the AP article.

  • Karen Mondragon

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog but won’t be the last. My niece, Cheri, is an advid follower of your writing and sent me over to “check it out!” You go, I agree with all you’ve said and and aplaud you for putting you views out there. I just get so iritated with the repub talking heads and how they say that Palin “hit it out of the park” with her speech. OMG, what park are they talking about, the DOG park? I just “pray” that the citizens of our great country are scared to death about the possibility of a McCain/Palin win….Thanks again.

  • Kay

    I was wondering when you were going to say something and I am glad you have, although I share your concern in trying to keep up a good relationship with your family. I am so sick with the choice of Republican VP. I am ashamed to say that I have voted Republican in the past, but I am a registered Independant. I was under the delusion that the Republicans were against big government, boy was I wrong! The things I have seen the Bush administration say and do has made my blood run cold and fear for the safety of my futrure family. Has anyone heard of the North American Union? I was on the fence this year, but after watching the Democratic National Convention and then seeing McCain’s choice of running mate I am going to be so proud and happy to vote Democrat. I believe that if Obama can do just one of the things he has promised to do then I will have made the right choice because even one of those changes will save this country! I am so sad that all these Republicans who proudly wave their flags and truly love this country don’t even realize that their champion is slowly whittling away at our freedom and turning this country into a haven for greedy corporations that want to rape our people and our land. But because he quotes scripture they think he is infalible. I know I am ranting, this is very close to my heart becasue my entire family is going to vote for McCain and they are such intelligent people and I just want to scream to think that they don’t get it!

  • Liz for Obama/Biden

    Thank you so much Heather. I almost lost a good friend yesterday over her misguided hatred of Obama. He has inspired me to get involved in the election process. I have always voted but I feel like this election is too important not to do everything in my power to help elect Barack Obama. The stakes are too high. The polls are too close. Dr. King spoke of the fierce urgency of now, and Obama echoes that sentiment. NOW is the time. If not now, when?

  • http://www.jen-and-steve.com Jenny

    Isn’t it funny how all the haters are either “Anonymous” or not linking to their websites? Wimps.

    But guys? Don’t worry. Obama is going to win this easily. Go to CNN and check out the Electoral map. It’ll make you feel much better:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/10/electoral.map/index.html

  • sherri

    “2306. Anonymous said:
    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.”

    Somebody apparentenly does not watch the news, because when Katrina hit, we were offered money from other countries, Bush said no thanks we Americans can do this ourselves. And see how many are still without homes. State facts.

  • Mallory

    I am also so frustrated with all that’s going on that I don’t even know how to channel my strong feelings into positive action other than to continue to try–usually unsuccessfully– to have civil conversations with people about issues.

    As hard as I have been trying I can’t help but feel disdain for those Americans who only seem to care about what’s best for ‘me and my family’ with no regard for the greater good.

    I guess I can imagine how much worse I would feel if there was not a candidate like Obama in the race who represents my views.

  • AK

    “I get the feeling that people around the world are looking at this election as a gauge to see if America is finally ready to wake up and realize that we are not the only country on this planet.”

    So true and on top of that the world is hoping that the political discourse in the US for once will raise above the binary “bring em on” and “either with us or against us” level, which is why we do like Obama and his nuanced speaking, amongst many other reasons.

    Listening to the scary and immoral, yes IMMORAL, Palin speak yesterday made the hair on my arms stand up, just as much as the monkeys cheering in the background did. The only thing that is assuring is that at least the German press (I was born in Germany) dissects Palin’s speech and maps it against the facts.

    And DMC: “is the healthcare system broken? no. certainly out of whack, but not completely broken.” Are you high? Name me any other so called ‘first world’ country where kids die because their parents can’t afford healthcare.

    Folks, please all go and vote. Can’t take another four years of under-qualified and over-confident knuckleheads pissing at the rest of the world.

  • Bonzai

    For Meg – post #93 – Not caring about what the rest of the world thinks is precisely what gets us into hot water internationally. We have a global economy. We cannot afford to be insular any more. We need to have the respect and cooperation of other nations to survive and thrive. So many people were shocked out of their shoes on 9/11 – they should not have been. Our policies toward our world neighbors have been deplorable for decades. The current regime has made things worse, not better, for our stature on this globe. We need to care, deeply, what others think – not in the ‘high school popularity contest’ sort of way, but we tout ourselves as moral leaders, and yet behave in an internationally immoral way.

  • Jackie

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This needs to be said. Often. I appreciate your taking the time to say it.

  • http://sandwiched.wordpress.com Sandwiched

    Brava, Heather!

    I can’t believe the direction this country has been headed over the last 8 years. The fact that Bush got elected and then RE-ELECTED (!!!) sickens me. And the fact that the election is as close as it is boggles my mind. Are we living in the same COUNTRY???

    I heard once, years ago, that even though Republican economic policy benefits chiefly the wealthiest Americans, a LOT of blue collar folks endorse it.

    Why, you ask?

    Because Joe and Jane Average hope to BE one of the wealthiest Americans someday.

    And they mock OUR hope for a better America.

    Go Obama!
    Fired up! Ready to go!

  • Jenniedee

    As a Canadian all I ask is that you Americans PLEASE VOTE in this election. The U.S. is as bad (if not a bit worse) than us Canadians for not turning out to vote thinking that our one vote won’t have an impact. I’m begging you to VOTE!!! Yes I’m for Obama because I think not only will he be better for you but also for our Country but regardless of my opinion VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

  • Juliet

    Okay, let’s see…

    Sarah Palin has served the Republcans well this past week.

    She has been shrill, negative, and scornful of Obama
    She has played up her so-called “family values” by exploiting her daughter’s pregnancy and her son who has Down’s Syndrome
    She has injected a major dose of drama into the lackluster McCain campaign.

    Great. Now all that is left is for her to withdraw and let McCain pick his real running mate: Lieberman.

    And then what next for Sarah Palin? Why, Senator of Alaska, of course!

    Courtesy of Karl Rove, the second edition.

  • http://redhotjezebel.typepad.com/a_variety_of_fine_pickles/ melissa

    BRAVO! So very well said. I too come from a very conservative Republican family (I’m the liberal black sheep) and have several good friends who have chosen to pull the wool over their own eyes concerning Sarah Palin JUST BECAUSE McCain “said so”. They’re turning a blind eye to the facts, which not only speak for themselves, they scream and cause red blinking lights and sirens to deploy.

    I’m passing this link around to everybody I know that thinks with a Democratic brain, and a few who think with a Republican brain. The trick will be getting them to open their minds enough to absorb it…

    Keep up the awesome work. VENT THIS SHIT OUT. I need to hear it, and it’ll only make you explode if you keep it inside.

  • Lovelyapel

    I am an American in the UK and the media coverage here has been relentless.

    I heard on BBC this morning that the Evangelicals were planning to sit out the convention – and possibly the election – if McCain didn’t pick someone who appealed to the right. Cue Sarah Palin. McCain is just trying to win, people, and he made a strategic choice. He definitely moved the conversation away from Obama, didn’t he?

    I disagree with McCain/Palin on just about every issue, and plan to make it known via absentee ballot in November. I am sure everyone who commented here will let their voices be heard as well.

    Dooce, I have a four year old son named Jack with a very cute British accent if Leta is interested. His favorite food is pancakes….

  • Jennifer

    Fuck Yea!
    Go Obama Go!

    I lost my job a little over a week ago. I went in the last day I had insurance to refill my migraine medication they couldn’t refill it because it was to I sill had 5 days left before I could refill. I had taken the last pill the day before. So I get to start my uninsured time with no friggin migraine medication. I haven’t had to suffer a migraine without medication for YEARS! I am scared! I remember how bad they got.

  • JenC

    I find it very interesting that some of you are saying that you can’t make it on 40,000 a year and are struggling and trying to decide over whether to feed your children or pay your bills. I live in the Twin Cities and live off of 35,000 a year, live paycheck to paycheck but still manage to afford a 1500 a month mortgage, send my children to daycare, AND also afford to pay the rest of my bills and feed my children. So what am I doing that is right and what are you doing that is so wrong that you have to blame all of your woes on the flawed government and also The Republican Party. Do you honestly think that Obama is going to come in and make everything right? Unless we as a UNITED people come together NOTHING will change. I cannot stand McCain but I don’t think Obama is the answer either. Oh and as someone living in the Twin Cities while the RNC is going on I find it very interesting that during a PEACE RALLY there were people out there protesting violently. Hypocrites!!!

  • Claire

    I’ve never posted a comment on here before, but I’ve read your blog for quite some time. I’m SO incredibly thankful that you posted this. I feel like everyone abroad thinks we’re all sitting at home on the couch screaming “Drill Baby Drill.”

    It makes me physically ill.

    <3

  • Lisa Cox

    I have worshipped you for some time now but feel more in love with you than ever for endorsing Obama. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

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  • Anonymous

    weary of Palin???? you better be weary of obama! And there isn’t one of you that could wear her underwear!

  • MM

    Thank you. It makes me so happy to see you put to such good use your influence.

  • http://www.dianeshipley.co.uk diane

    Posts like this, and Americans like you, give me hope. Thank you for writing this. I wish you could have universal healthcare and a welfare system that helps people, and that my country wasn’t using yours as a paradigm for success… sigh. xx

  • http://grudgegirl.blogspot.com grudge girl

    You rule.

  • http://www.lilja.no Stellare

    Stay calm! :-) It’ll pass.

  • Anonymous

    Separated at birth: Sarah Palin and Tina Fey

  • Leslie

    Keep on keepin on.

    Obama 08

  • Liz

    Dooce, I like you, but give me a break.

    Can you name a candidate for President from either major party in the last 100 years who had less experience and fewer accomplishments in government than Obama?

    Can you name a major party candidate for President in the last 100 years who was more consistently left-wing than Obama, easily the most left wing member of the Senate today?

    I know it’s hip to like Obama. But I don’t think a electing a marxist socialist as president is a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    Yay, Heather!!!! Haven’t read the comments but I’m sure there are many agreeing with you, and just as many saying “you’re NUTS”!

  • Shakes

    First off, maybe all of you are fighting with your conservative friends and family over politics because you imply they’re backward hicks every other second.
    And second, a lot of you are complaining about the “snide” tone of the speeches at the GOP — did ANY of you listen to Obama and Biden? At least be honest and fair. Both parties are playing the same game and I can’t take anyone seriously who condemns the sins of one party but turns a blind eye for those same sins in the other party.
    And thirdly, the system where everyone works to help pay for the sick and needy is known as SOCIALISM and has been proven as one of the worst systems ever used by a government. We as people need to help other people, not pay our government to do it because corruption is too big of a risk.

    ps Global warming- not proven. In fact, at this point, not even likely.
    pps For all of you cutting Palin for her lack of experience . . . uh . . . Obama???

  • http://kitkat4real.blogspot.com Kitkat4real (SOLO dot MOM)

    WOW and yes, I do agree that I am disappointed that Palin is the best they could come up with. Not sure exactly which way I am going when this is over, considering myself more of an independent, but I am not pleased with her as a choice for their ticket. As a Christian, I hate to even say that, but I do try to keep an open mind and I see where you are coming from on this… and it is troubling.

  • Cee

    I’m so glad I’m Canadian.

  • Cheryl

    If you ever get to this comment (being in the 2,000′s) and are still willing to stand your ground on this, check this out: http://www.thepresidentialcandidates.us/about-sarah-palin-a-letter-from-anne-kilkenny/741/. I think being one of the 50 most powerful bloggers in the world you should alert your readers to this one letter and let Ann Kilkenny tell it like it is.

  • Obama Supporter in Northern VA

    I agree with you Heather. I’m gravely concerned with the divisiveness of the recent RNC convention — it’s truly brought out the worst in many people. I will concede though that not all Republican’s are as bad as McCain/Palin.

    Furthermore, let us all keep in mind one of Obama’s main points from his acceptance speech. Although we may disagree, there has to be some middle ground, a place where we can compromise. Also, let’s remember that each person is entitled to vote their conscience. I hope each voter takes this right seriously in considering ALL of the facts and issues. But, too many people of various affiliations, choose to get wrapped around the axle about one or two issues, but fail to understand a politicians platform in full. For those that are caught up in the rumor mill, I encourage you to check out non-partisan sites such as http://www.factcheck.org/ or http://www.votesmart.org/ to learn more about the political process and clarification on issues. In the words of John Naisbitt “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”

  • http://notinsaneperse.blogspot.com Kelly

    I don’t even try to talk to conservative friends and family or try to broach this subject on my blog because it all makes me so angry that all I can do is sputter and froth a little at the mouth.

    So I agree with you, and thanks for putting it so much more eloquently than I ever could.

  • Jody

    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

  • http://blog.shanparker.com Shan!

    Excellent post. I couldn’t agree more. I’m appalled that the conservatives are actually supporting her as VP. I’m even more frightened that McCain gets the presidency and keels over 6 days later and she has to run the country. That is really frightening. GOBAMA!

    (and you’re brave for opening the comments up on this)

  • http://www.disarmingsiren.wordpress.com Audrey

    All I can say is:
    Having a vagina does not make one vagina friendly.

    And can I please have that in bumper sticker form?

  • Eve White

    THANK YOU!
    I’m a new reader of your blog, and although I was becoming a fan- I was a little uncomfortable with what was becoming a blindingly obvious omission- until today. As a parent our #1 priority must always be our children, (although we are allowed to be as cynical about that as we like, of course). This election is so important, made all the more by a VP pick who does not believe in evolutionary science, global warming, sex education, or, it appears, fair and honest political discourse. I feel as mothers, it is incredibly important to weigh in on this election as the result will have such reverberating impact on our children. America has been on such a self destructive course the past 8 years and we need to pull a huge u turn for the sake of our children.

    Thank you also for putting so eloquently the hypocrisy of the social conservative compassionate/Christian/family values agenda. What is more Christian than helping those in need? Why deny families who have never had any of the opportunities I’m guessing so many of your readers are lucky enough to have had, some help? And what is more American than that? I am so sick of hearing Republicans scream about “not letting anyone take our money!” Jeez…I would much rather give it to well organized social programs than Haliburton/Kellogg Root!

    Go Obama/Biden!!!