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By Tom, at Thursday, November 06, 2008 7:49:00 PM
You know, I've always been able to laugh at myself, because if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? But I just didn't find this that objectively funny. But I do know two people who tirelessly supported Obama--campaigning, getting out the vote, etc., because they believe in what he's trying to do. The first is my father, a physician who has spent the last 20+ years working at two different religious-affiliated hospitals who, because of their mission, accept patients regardless of insurance status. So he knows firsthand how hard medical care can be on the finances of the uninsured, and he never again wants to see a child left uninsured in this country. He also, in his spare time, travels the world as part of a medical charity organization aimed at helping children in third world countries get vital medical care. The second is my mother. She sees firsthand every day the plight of those who are less fortunate, as she runs the St. Vincent de Paul organization at the parish level, and is heavily involved in it at the dioscesean level as well. While even she is frustrated at times at those who take advantage of the system, she also deals with plenty of working poor who are trying to hold down two or more jobs and still struggle to pay their bills. And she retired from critical care nursing about a year ago, also at a religious hospital, but that didn't last long--she's now doing hospice care. So I'm sure that they'll both find plenty of things to fill their time, and won't wander the streets aimlessly trying to find something to do. They're quite possibly the two best, most generous, kindest-hearted people I've ever known, and the fact that they so strongly supported Obama based on their life experience, and in spite of the fact that, under his proposed taxation plan, their taxes will go up, wasn't lost on me. If he passes FOCA, he'll lose my support, but in the meantime, I'm cautiously optimistic.
By elf, at Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:55:00 AM
ELF,I can't speak for Jerry, but I'm sure he will agree with me, we did not intend to offend any particular Obama supporter by posting this video. I think it is more of a commentary on the surprising exuberance of Obama-mania than an indictment of his supporter's political views. I agree with you that your parents will have plenty to do now that the election is over. I admire them for their selfless dedication to the less fortunate. I also agree with them that tax policy was not an important issue in this election. In fact, I believe McCain's tax plan was irresponsible. Republican heresy, I know.My vote hinged on FOCA. Obama promised to sign the bill into law. It is interesting to me that your support for Obama is contingent upon his breaking a campaign promise.I fear Obama will keep his promise. If FOCA is defeated, it will be because the Democrat majority in the Senate is not filibuster-proof and that there are 50+ pro-life Democrats in Congress.
By Tom, at Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:11:00 PM
I actually wasn't really offended by it, I just didn't think it was funny. I guess I prefer humor that is a little more subtle--if you have to beat me over the head with a joke to get me to laugh, it probably isn't that funny.Maybe I'm just an optimist, but I don't think FOCA will pass. I think that it will be too much for the majority of Americans, even though the majority of Americans would identify themselves as pro-choice. In fact, the number of pro-life Democrats in Congress actually increased as a result of this election, so I'm not sure that a piece of legislation that would codify abortion will fly. And I think that it's definitely something that the Republicans would filibuster. So, as I said, I'm optimistic.
By elf, at Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:33:00 PM
I think the target of the video - made by The Onion, not a publication that anyone could accuse of being a right-wing organ - was the rather large chunk of the under-25 crowd (and even some adults) whose devotion to Obama and his campaign had passed "creepy" a long time ago and had wandered into "frightening".
By Jerry, at Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:22:00 PM
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