There are SO many things to read about the various candidates, platforms, pundits, and the technical aspects of getting someone elected...
I AM going to put some links at the end of this... but I've noticed something that is, to me at least, a very disheartening phenomena: I have been unable to find, anywhere, a civil conversation about ANY aspect of this year's election.
The best that I know of are two friends, one a Dem and one a Rep, who exchange emails constantly - each one sending their party's content to the other. One has said that she does not read the stuff the other sends (I suspect that is true for both). They just exchange the propaganda, delete or forward, and move on...
Except for this case, the responses seem to be one of these:
- We're sharing (the same) information with those who believe like we do. So we just 'forward' like mad...
- We say (or are told), "don't send any more of that $*#%% to me".
- We shunt a lot of stuff into our 'delete' folders without reading or comment.
- We hear, "Let's don't go there".
And that's probably a good thing, because there seems to be no civility left in conversation around this subject. I think of one of Joel's favorite quotes, "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with facts".
I haven't been able to find a McCain supporter, for example, who will talk to me about the beliefs they hold that compel them to vote for him, even in an attempt to persuade me to their side. And I haven't found anyone who wants to listen to me talk about why I just voted for Obama.
No civil conversation: just diatribes, invectives, smears, closed minds, and assorted petty hatefulnesses.
New Mexico is one of the 'pivotal' states, one to still be "won", so we are still being inundated by the political commercial ads of both parties. It is almost embarrassing.
I can't (if I wanted to) keep my opinions totally masked. I do want to share some of the stuff I've been reading. But, even in articles that are otherwise fact-filled, there is so much spite & spin that it is difficult to recommend them to you without qualms.
So, maybe...don't go read these; I'll just post them for the sake of my own journal, my personal history....
My current favorite, written by Frank Schaeffer for The Huffington Post: (not hateful, btw)
Another good one, this on S. Palin, from Garrison Keillor posted in The Seattle Post Intelligencer:
Here's a very funny (and slanted) view from Betty Bowers who claims to be "America's Best Christian".
Her homepage: http://bettybowers.com/betty4president/
The Keith Olberman video I like: http://bettybowers.com/betty4president/?p=138
And my Favorite from Betty, Palin attack ad bloopers: http://bettybowers.com/betty4president/?cat=44
Here's one by Tim Dickinson from Rolling Stone magazine:
I just filled out my ballot and will mail it this afternoon. I wish I were more confident that it will be counted.
Some links to the opinions of Europeans and other non-Americans:
Here's an interesting page from the BBC on our election - lots of links...
There's lots more; just google it...