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My Voting Strategy: Integrity

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I’ve been a Democrat since Adlai Stevenson, the first Presidential candidate I can remember, ran against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, and lost. He had been Illinois’ 31st Governor, and was later the 5th US Ambassador to the UN during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. I remember him as a hopeful, staunch negotiator with integrity, who was unafraid to take a stand.

Democrats were always the inclusive, big tent Party, which is what I liked. Even when I had to hold my nose and vote, because they were too conservative for me, I pulled the lever for the straight ticket. Over the years I volunteered at the polls, registered voters, and worked for the Party during presidential campaign years. I was a moveon.org member from their beginnings in Berkeley, CA, where I lived during the late 1960s and again from 1993-2007.

As a perennial, idealistic baby boomer with hippy roots, and after a lifetime of controversy, I’m coming to terms with what seems to be my l-lot in life: I get in trouble for expressing my mind and trying to walk my talk. I don’t seem to make the most pragmatic point A to point B choices, perhaps because I’ve used my gut and intuition to guide me. That’s how I became an artist as a child and later a fifteen-year resident of a large Utopian-style commune, whose mottoes were: “Question authority,” and “Out to save the world!”

We chose a collective lifestyle and worked hard on all levels to pursue our ideals. Therefore, if someone makes a similar promise, I take it seriously. I married out of my religion and culture over my parents’ and grandparents’ objections. I became a healer and a body-centered practitioner, and in this election cycle, a blogger and a PUMA. It’s not an easy path, the warrior path. A teacher of mine said that once you declare a path, obstacles will come up to meet and challenge you along your journey.

I make choices based on:

  • my assessments and those of others
  • coherence between what I see, hear, notice, and feel
  • my personal goals and standards
  • what I want to have happen in the world
  • what and how I am being promised or am promising
  • if and how the promise has potential to be fulfilled, and if it is or not

Making promises is the politicians’ stock-in-trade, not just during the election cycle, but throughout their political life. Politicians make verbal, written, and implied promises from their particular point of view, to their political party, constituents, colleagues, and families—based in a broader promise to uphold the Constitution and laws of the land. Sometimes, the interests of the aforementioned parties collide.

To make a promise is a profound act. Within each promise lies the possibility and vulnerability of trust, and the hope of a desire fulfilled. —Jen Cohen, Leadership Coach

When someone keeps a promise, they are in integrity. When someone breaks a promise, it breaches trust, and unless re-negotiated or acknowledged, the promise-breaker is out of integrity. According to wikipedia’s scientifically-oriented definition, “Integrity comprises perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures and principles.” In my book, living in integrity means you walk your talk within truthful, ethical guidelines, and have inner and outer coherence or congruity.

The PUMA and Just Say No Deal movement happened because of a collective zeitgeist. A bunch of people saw something at the same time and could not remain silent. They saw that the Big Tent Party was out of integrity. For me it began in January ’08 with the blatant disrespect and misogyny directed toward Hillary Clinton by the DNC, the Democratic candidates, and the mainstream media. I was alarmed, wrote an email to friends and colleagues, got back some kool-aid replies, and in defiance learned how to create a blog and started publishing Lady Boomer NYC.

Obama’s promise was to create a new kind of politics. Instead we were handed: sexism, ageism, class-ism, misogyny, race-baiting, caucus and voter registration fraud, threats, intimidation, mean-spirited sniping directed toward the Clintons and their supporters, and . . . last but not least, over-turning and subverting the will of 18 million Hillary Clinton voters with sham rulings, votes, and procedures at the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting and the Democratic National Convention.

If a guy goes a-courtin’, and he isn’t trying his darnedest to impress a gal and her folks, do you think he’ll start after he gets her? Progressives barely flinched when Obama reversed his positions on: NAFTA, Israel, FISA, DC gun laws, Iraq, Iran, and preconditions for meeting with rogue nation leaders. There was a promise for honesty and to root out crooked financial dealings, yet we saw Democrats like Dodd, Frank, and Obama receive large donations from the mortgage and banking industries. Obama raised over $500,000,000 during his campaign to make the Democratic Party over in his image, spending millions on slick branding and product placement. He broke his signed pledge to take public financing. Does that sound like someone who’s concerned with your money?

It saddens me that in making these integrity calls and various decisions as a result, some friends seem to be very upset with me. They think I’ve turned into a Republican or can’t understand what happened to me. Me—I’m keeping my promise to make my own decisions and follow my inner guides, same as always. Scarier still, is that for the first time since Reagan was elected, my mom and I agree about politics; and now I only watch FOX News!

Hillary Clinton was the integrity candidate, and the Democratic leadership took away my potential to vote for the candidate who won the primaries, and whom I considered to be the most electable, responsible person to lead this country. In justifying the means for the ends, the Democratic Party and Obama failed in their promise for a new kind of politics. Therefore, I am casting my vote as a protest against them and their steamroll to power.

For the first time in my life, I will vote for a Republican at the top of the ticket, and for down-ticket Democrats. I will not write-in Hillary’s name, because I don’t want her to be held responsible if Obama fails. I’m in a blue state, so it won’t count in the end, but I am making a statement and voting for someone whom I think can and will lead well: John McCain. In the past, he has acted with integrity in taking stands for immigration and campaign finance reform, and against torture of war prisoners. I don’t agree with everything Palin stands for, but she has been  running a state with an $11 billion budget and 24,000 employees, was running a household, and sharing her life with her five kids and husband. They look happy and healthy. Pretty good management skills, I’d say.

Whoever wins the Presidency, on the following day, November 5, we will have our work of reforming the primary, caucus, and electoral college systems ahead of us, plus a lot more. We expect to have a Democratic majority in Congress, so Roe v. Wade are fine. This isn’t about a Republican victory, it’s about a protest vote. I’ve had to break ranks with my peers and do what I feel is right instead of following external pressure. I haven’t been part of the group campaigning for McCain/Palin, but I’ve tried to write about what I’ve observed, and be a voice for PUMA and a source of information and inspiration for voters.

Although Hillary requests that we follow her lead in voting straight Democratic ticket, and would object to this choice, many PUMAs cannot. We honor her immense contributions and profound service, especially in the face of adversity. We must do what keeps us in integrity and continue our work. We’ve made a damned good beginning!

Your determination to keep going, often in the face of enormous obstacles . . . you taught me so much.

To my supporters, to my champions, to my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, because you never gave in, and you never gave up. Together we made history. . . .

And even in the darkest moments, that is what Americans have done: we have found the faith to keep going.

My mother was born before women could vote, my daughter got to vote for her mother for President. This is the story of America, of women and men who defy the odds and never give up.

So how do we give this country back to them? By following the example of a brave New Yorker, a woman who risked her life to bring slaves to freedom along the underground railroad.

On that path to freedom, Harriet Tubman had one piece of advice:

‘If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If they’re shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop, keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.’

And even in the darkest moments. That is what Americans have done. We have found the faith to keep going.

—Hillary Rodham Clinton, August 26, 2008 Speech, Democratic National Convention

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178 Responses

  1. Great Post! Thank You! I’m off to the polls – hubby and I in our orange shirts! Go Puma!

    I will never forget! (I’m baby boomer too – born 1947 – always Democrat.) I repeat: I will never forget this!!!!

  2. BEAUTIFUL LB!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    PUMA POWER!!!!

  3. Thank you Lady Boomer. What a beautiful, well thought out and well executed essay. Congratulations on standing up for what you believe in. I’m just so glad that we all found each other in the wilds of the ‘net.

    I remember the 1956 election too, and I rooted for Stevenson. I wanted JFK to be VP. I was born in December, 1947.

  4. I’m so proud of The Confluence today!!

  5. Absolutely Splendid and heartfelt! I am so proud and humbled to be surrounded here by so many authentic and moral people.

  6. Thank you mb, bb and sheri. I finally completed this at 4:30 in the morning after a gazillion rewrites. (I’m a big rewrite gal.) Hillary’s quote keeps making me weep. It’s been such a long road, and I don’t know what I’d have done without The Confluence and you all!!!

  7. Thanks, Lady Boomer. This was beautiful.

  8. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LadyBoomerNYC, brilliantly said.

    I will remain in my integrity and KEEP GOING!!!!!!!!

  9. I have a long tradition of dawdling downstairs while everyone’s heading to the next floor. So I’m reposting my latest here (hey D’kat!):

    D’kat, I remember all too well the racially driven politics in New Orleans. It’s really discouraging stuff and I can’t say I miss the emotional upset the syndrome caused over the years, nor do I miss the incalculable damage of divide and conquer. I watched qualify of life steadily disintegrate around me, year after year, and felt so damned frustrated. I’m so sorry that Katrina didn’t wipe the slate clean, as I hoped it would. You deserve a lot of credit for sticking with NOLA, in the hardest of times. The city is lucky to have you.

    Okay, it’s a beauteous day here and I’m going to try to enjoy it, hoping all the while for a McPalin win, even if it’s a squeaker. I’m so grateful y’all are here, fellow Conflucians. Don’t know what I’d do without you!

    p.s. My vote was (hopefully) tallied days ago. Another McPalin rebel here. Somehow, being in TX makes that easier.

  10. That post was amazing LB!!! You and I are a lot alike. I’m a hippy girl too. I hope I get to grow up and be like you someday.
    *eyes become shiny*
    And that quote by my Pantsuit wife is one for the ages. It will go in the Non-Obama history books.

  11. If you all are wondering how McCain will win tonight, look at this post by this guy who is a professional:

    http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/toast/

  12. At the Patriot Room, someone posted (supposedly) the McCain campaign’s final internal polls. I wonder if these could be right?

    PA: MCCAIN 52%, Obama 40%, Undecided 6%

    NJ: Obama 47%, McCain 45%, Undecided 7%

    MI: McCain 45%, Obama 44%, Undecided 7%

    VA: McCain 53%, Obama 42%, Undecided 3%

    CO: McCain 50%, Obama 44%, Undecided 4%

    MO: McCain 49%, Obama 42%, Undecided 7%

    FL: McCain 52%, Obama 44%, Undecided 3%

    http://patriotroom.com/?p=3852#comment-12255

  13. This was worth waiting for, thank you LBNYC.

    Thank You Confluence.

    This place gives me faith to “keep going”.

  14. ladyboomer what a nice post.
    Now I’m all sniffly…was holding it in all day but the HRC quotes put me over the edge
    waaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Hey Pumas! I lingered too long on the other post with Kat5 so am re-posting here.

    Congrats on 4 million and thank you for helping me maintain my belief that, as Americans, we love our country. I received this e-mail this morning from a loved one in Iraq. I wanted to share it with you guys as a reminder that together, no matter the outcome today, we remain Americans and can work together in the coming days to fix the corruption on both sides.

    “This morning I was able to walk into a palatial palace built for former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. The palace is huge and in the center there were 187 personnel in the uniforms of the US Marines and US Army waiting on Gen Odienero, OIF/CC, and Ambassador Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq. The 187 uniformed personnel came from 60 different countries and were all there waiting on the most senior United States personnel in Iraq for one reason…to become US Citizens. One in particular, an Army Specialist working for me, had thought long and hard before making the decision to become an American Citizen. Although he had been in the US for years, he had never made that step to become a US Citizen…until today. It was a truly exceptional moment to see him swear his allegiance to the US.

    It was a moving ceremony…to stand there and watch as a small Army band played ‘America the Beautiful’ and then have a Chaplain pray for our Nation and troops before listening to the ‘Star-spangled Banner’. To watch 187 people, some with uncontrollable excitement and all with pride, walk up and shake both Amb Crocker’s and Gen Odierno’s hands and then stand for a picture. Everyone of them stated their oath to the United States and then turned and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. They all received a certificate, US Flag and a coin from the General. Before the Chaplain closed the ceremony with another prayer we all were able to listen to ‘I’m Proud to Be an American’.

    Watching this event today, so far away from home and on a day when we’re voting for our next president, made me pray that so many people in our Nation would once again find the excitement and the will to be proud of our Country.

    Since Nov 2002 there have been over 40,000 US Military personnel become US citizens (according to Amb Crocker). Something to think about…all those people willing to serve for a chance at becoming US Citizens. Not all of them survived to see it…over 150 received their Citizenship after their death.”

  16. IF Obama manages to steal the election the next watch will be seeing if he is forced out even before he takes the oath of office.

  17. BB – By taking those numbers and splitting the undecideds in 1/2, McCain wins PA, MI, VA, Colorado, MO, and FL.

    Things look good for the Mac!

  18. LadyBoomer — this is a wonderful post. It was well worth every moment you spent writing (and rewriting) it.

    This paragraph in particular speaks for me

    For the first time in my life, I will vote for a Republican at the top of the ticket, and for down-ticket Democrats. I will not write-in Hillary’s name, because I don’t want her to be held responsible if Obama fails. I’m in a blue state, so it won’t count in the end, but I am making a statement and voting for someone whom I think can and will lead well: John McCain. In the past, he has acted with integrity in taking stands for immigration and campaign finance reform, and against torture of war prisoners. I don’t agree with everything Palin stands for, but she has been running a state with an $11 billion budget and 24,000 employees, was running a household, and sharing her life with her five kids and husband. They look happy and healthy. Pretty good management skills, I’d say.

    Thank you for saying it so much better than I could.

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    xxoo

  19. …. in moderation… was my post too long?

  20. Another interesting article is at:

    http://www.marstonchronicles.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95&Itemid=119

    Paul Marston discusses how few PUMAs are needed to result in a McCain/Palin landslide. He says he’s staking his 45 year reputation on a McCain/Palin victory, with his final prediction being:

    McCain-Palin 310 – Obama-Biden 228

    It’s always nice to see some PUMA recognition!

  21. I just read the HRC quotes above, too, catarina. I’m now gazing out the window at a beneficent autumn day and sniffling on the inside. I have vowed to do my best to stay even keeled today. Might be harder than I thought.

  22. Karl Rove predicts Obama blowout? I just went to this site and all the articles are talking about how Obama won. Did I miss the part where the voters vote?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/

  23. lilisis, soupcity, dkk, catarina, sm, julles — Thanks! We all deserve a good waaaa! (lol) before getting out to change the whole gosh darn system, don’t cha think?

    littleisis, hippie chick — I hope you’re ready! We’re still going strong, but we boomers need some kick butt young-uns to carry the charge. xo

  24. nobo48 – The only term I want Obama to do is 30 to life for illegal campaign donation fraud, voter fraud, embezzlement (for the Chicago public housing scandals), among many other crimes.

  25. SM,

    I hope those are real numbers, but if McCain wins in NJ and MI, I will be stunned.

  26. BB, I’ve noticed that all morning everyone’s talking about “how soon it can be called” — so be it. I’m so embarrassed that I wasted my time with a vote.

  27. Lady Boomer NYC: I’m not sad, I feel vindicated. I feel like the cast of Murder on the Orient Express sticking a dagger into Samuel Rachett, because my vote was stolen from me during the primaries – and now I got it BACK.

    KEEP GOING!

  28. KB – Please tell me you are not really embarrassed that you voted?

    😦

  29. Katiebird – ARE YOU WATCHING CNN AGAIN????

    Tsk tsk, you are breaking the PUMA code Section 45, Article 17!

  30. The networks are set to “hold” their exit polling info till 5pm ET, at which point they’ll let loose and Tell Us who the winner is. Go to the polls. Hint: Remember John Kerry.

  31. Integrity… seriously lacking it seems, but it is certainly alive here!

    …just got back from voting. My sis surprised me with a nice, new orange sweater to wear to the booth. LOL! It was so sweet of her! ..voted Mc/Palin happily, but now it is time for fretting… I don’t know about any of you, but I don’t see this ending well however it goes. Is it still too early to start quaffing down the palliatives?

  32. — I’m KIDDING — it was a joke!

    And no, I’m watching FOX.

    I think I’m going to the grocery store though. I’ve got to get out.

  33. WTF!!?!

    http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/farrakhan_obama_islam/2008/11/01/146685.html

    A former top deputy to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan tells Newsmax that Barack Obama’s ties to the black nationalist movement in Chicago run deep, and that for many years the two men have had “an open line between them” to discuss policy and strategy, either directly or through intermediaries.

    “Remember that for years, if you were a politician in Chicago, you had to have some type of relationship with Louis Farrakhan. You had to. If you didn’t, you would be ostracized out of black Chicago,” said Dr. Vibert White Jr., who spent most of his adult life as a member and ultimately top officer of the Nation of Islam.

    White broke with the group in 1995 and is now a professor of African-American history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

    White said Obama was “part of the Chicago scene” where Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and radicals would go to each other’s events and support each other’s causes.

  34. littleisis, hippie chick — I hope you’re ready! We’re still going strong, but we boomers need some kick butt young-uns to carry the charge. xo

    I am SO ready!!! Boomers need some new blood, and I am well ready to establish the standard. XD

  35. Just got this email from my mom, the NY Hillary Republican:

    I voted already, and did NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. I voted for McCain/Palin, and thought of Hillary while doing so.

    I feel good, but am not sure I will watch the election results. Usually when I watch something like this, the team I want loses.

  36. bb — Being that Karl Rove inspired and helped Donna B. with her DNC strategy, beginning in 2003, I’m not surprised at his calls. Frankly, I’m not too sure who he’s rooting for these days. I think he’s got some other insidious plans lurking in that mind of his.

  37. They can’t call the election at 5PM. That would really be unethical. The polls don’t close on the West Coast for hours after that. If they do it, exit polls should be made illegal.

  38. bb — I don’t know if those numbers are right, but I’m praying they are — I’m wearing my cross & just filled up the candle with oil & a new wick — it is lit for McCain.

    LadyBoomer — beautiful post, thank you!

  39. Lady Boomer,

    I don’t trust Rove period. He could even be putting that out just to cause chaos. But a lot of Reagan and Bush people are backing Obama. I wouldn’t be surprised if Peggy Noonan votes for him. There is something seriously wrong with this election.

  40. Another great post, thank you. I love this series.

    I embraced integrity today and voted for McCain/Palin. And it feels good. Real good.

  41. Don’t pay attention to exit polls… they are ALWAYS wrong.

    BB: can I please be let out of moderation?

  42. Just got back home. I was at the polling place by 10 and the line was all around the building! Luckily a poll worker saw me with the three kiddies and brought me up to near the front of the line (they were doing this with people with lots of kids or disabled). I’m very grateful for that … even so it still took 45 minutes as the poll workers were just not getting that “sense of urgency.” Everyone in the crowd seemed in good spirits. I wore my Hillary “this one’s for you!” shirt.

    I’m excited! Really feel like the momentum is behind Mac.

    Diet & exercise – TOMORROW
    Hillary – 2012
    😀

  43. i am from north carolina, so this naturally pissed me off when Palin came to north carolina

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Saturday, I attended Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s Campaign Rally in Raleigh. Even though I arrived around 4:45, the lines — more than four corresponding lines — were snaking around the grounds in an effort to arrive at the entrance to the NC State Fair Ground Exposition Hall. Several in the lines around me were questioning why the event was being held in the Exposition Hall.

    The Hall filled quickly and thousands were outside listening to the speeches over speakers. What we learned outside from the Campaign Staff was shocking and appalling. Governor Easley denied a request by the campaign for a larger venue in the Raleigh area, and North Carolina State University denied a request to use Carter-Finley Stadium (even though there wasn’t a home football game). We learned that the campaign had fought for the Exposition Hall. We also learned the campaign was being fined because they did not have a outdoor venue permit for the speaker. Later, I learned that the State Highway Patrol had blocked the exit to Wade Avenue, preventing potential rally attendees from using that exit to the fair ground.

    The Governor’s action was an attempt to suppress political speech on Saturday in a battle-ground state where Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah drew a larger crowd than Presidential Candidate Obama drew early in the Raleigh, where Governor Easley didn’t have a problem permitting the Senator to speak. Or the crowds Vice-Presidential Candidate Biden drew across North Carolina.

    This is an outrageous abuse of the Governor’s power and the citizens should know about his actions.

    Evelyn Poole-Kober
    Hillsborough, NC

  44. That Marston guy thinks MN will go for McCain/Palin.

  45. They probably will call it if they think VA, FL, IN and PA will go for Obama, could be before even the NY polls close, let alone the west coast polls. Most of these msm jokers would like to have called this months ago. voting is just an annoyance to them, they know what is best for the country dontcha know.

  46. I agree. There’s been something very strange this election. All I can think is that the Republicans already have the dirt on Obama and they’re going to spend the next four years dragging him through the mud so that they can easily install a non-maverick, non-moderate figurehead in the WH in 2012.

    Yes. I know. I’m a cynic. But that’s my take on it.

  47. Kbird: ACK!!! LOL! We’re too hypersensitive to Eeyoring.

  48. home for lunch today November 4th, 2008 @ 725am Fuzzybeargville blackened in the circle for John McCain and Sarah Palin ….in every race where a woman ran I voted fore her regardless of party. For State rep I voted republican because the Democrat was an Obama Delegate.

    I feel real good! I laso looked at the numbers for Obama-they include Florida 27 electors (sorry red)
    Ohio 20 Electors Pennsylvania 21 electors and Virginia 13 electors total = 81 electors Idaho a for sure red state 4 electors total 85 electors.

    I do not believe there is any reason to call thes as Obama states….I believe that each one will go for McCain as all of them are within the margin of error.

    I think that all 85 of these electoral votes will end up in McCains collumn 196 (he already has) + 85 = 281 Obama 257.

  49. Black Panthers indimidating voters in Philly:

  50. Hey angie I am so sure now we will win the obots at the office saw my I voted sticker and said-“Darn Michael Voted”…..310 to 228 wow! I hope so….

    Who will clean up the mess that is the democratic party tomorrow?

    Oh and can we play “Name that Spin” on Conflusian say tonight or on the Lions Share tomorrow?

    surely a McCain Palin win will require major MSM spin!

  51. gxm17 –

    I agree. There’s been something very strange this election. All I can think is that the Republicans already have the dirt on Obama and they’re going to spend the next four years dragging him through the mud so that they can easily install a non-maverick, non-moderate figurehead in the WH in 2012.

    Yes. I know. I’m a cynic. But that’s my take on it.

    That is exactly how I feel. Thank you for stating it so clearly…:-)

  52. sorry all gotta go back to work!

    McCain Palin 2008

    Hillary 2012

  53. Thank you for the beautiful post; they have all been from the heart and convictions of your strong beliefs. We have read them, felt them and formed a community; I thank you.
    I thank you for being there when I was in disbelief and lost. I thank you for speaking against discrimination and all of the ugly, disgusting “isms” that have reared their ugly heads.
    We have seen it all. NOW, LETS GO VOTE AND WIN THIS THING! GO PUMAS! GO ORANGE POWER! GO FREEDOM! GO MCCAIN -PALIN!
    Lets use our power and pumatize this thing! Let’s take it! WE HAVE WORKED FOR THIS DAY AND WE WILL BE HEARD! PUMAS WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD TODAY! WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE! DEMS IN EXILE ARE A THREAT AND TODAY WE STRIKE!
    Love to all!

  54. I’ve never come out at work. Everyone assumes that I voted Obama and I have never corrected them. I’m hoping that there are a lot of folks like me out there and that we’ll finally have a voice today.

  55. I heard some windbag correspondent on NPR’s Day-to-Day program today declare that if Obama were to win VA, PA, and another state (like FL)- all who have early poll closing times- then the ‘math’ would be hard for McCain to overcome and the networks would call it for Obama around 8:30/9:00 tonight.

    It’s ridiculous! If they’re so eager to predict a winner so early in the night based on 3 states, why even bother voting if you’re on the West Coast? The news people are ridiculous.

  56. Dear LadyBoomer: Thank you and so many others who have shown there is still intelligence in the world while others have fallen asleep at the wheel. Here in Chicago the city is swaming with kool-aid drinkers. I hope they do not trash our beautiful city and become violent. I applaud the work of the wonderful web-sites here at The Confluence, Texasdarlin, Tom In Pain, No Quarter, Chicagoans against Obama, HillBuzz and so many others who have been dedicated to the TRUTH. The democratic party has truly lost its way. Lou Dobbs is right when he said 2008 will go down in history as the year responsible journalism died. These wonderful web-sites, borne out of the ashes of Hillary’s terrible defeat at the hands of those who should have known better and called themselves “democrats”, are a testament that TRUTH goes on even though the LIGHT is dim but hopefully will get brighter as we continue. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.

  57. okay, fuzzy — thanks for the upbeat prediction!
    lilisis — okay, you’re on.
    gmx — i strangely, sadly think you may be correct —

    gxm17, on November 4th, 2008 at 1:39 pm Said:

    “All I can think is that the Republicans already have the dirt on Obama and they’re going to spend the next four years dragging him through the mud so that they can easily install a non-maverick, non-moderate figurehead in the WH in 2012.”

  58. Thanks for the video of the BPanthers in Philly, julies.

    I live in such a sheltered area, it is hard for me to imagine such doings.

  59. oceancitygirl – they did it to HIllary in the primary, declaring Obama the winner while the polls were still open in Montana and South Dakota.

  60. yw gail. It just blows my mind.

  61. Oh boy. I cannot find the url, but on Malkin’s site, there is another BPanthers video up there that is even more scary.

  62. I’m bracing for an Obama victory – I’m not and never have been an optimist. But the only person I’ve ever voted for that won an election has been Hillary Clinton’s two runs for the Senate. So I’ll get over the bad news, if it comes, soon enough. And I will take great pleasure watching Obama fall from grace. And the height from which he’ll be falling is gargantuan! I think it’ll be a combination of his fans’ disappointment when he does not save the world from violence and hunter, and the levels of our oceans don’t go down. And you can bet your backside Republicans will be dragging out everything they find about him. The investigations and opposition he’ll be facing will make Bill Clinton’s difficulties seem like child’s play. And I predict Republicans take back Congress in two years. Won’t that be interesting…

  63. julies — exactly what I was thinking — this whole early winner prediction call smacks of the 2008 primaries and is exactly how the MSM and pundits tried to quash Hillary. I thought the networks learned their lesson with 2000 and 2004, but NNNOOOOO . . . . they’re just chomping at the bit to insert themselves where they don’t belong. Viva los voters!!!

  64. OK folks, the deed it done, and though I shed a couple more tears, it was surprisingly easy to push the metal lever down (NY) for McCain/Palin. I voted for our wonderful Dem Congresswoman, Kirsten Gillibrand, and another down ticket Dem.

    I wore my PUMA bracelet, and my Hillary for President button into the polling place. Two sweet older women smiled at me, and then one of them told me you can’t wear political buttons at a polling place. I said, “Isn’t that a free speech issue?” and she said it was just not allowed. I took it off, and they started to talk. The Republican woman talked about Hillary’s breadth of knowledge and strength, “She is so steady and calm! I would’ve gone for her if she was the nominee.” I looked at them both and smiled sadly and said, “She was the one…” Then I strode to the booth, and voted for the first time in my life for…

    INTEGRITY.

  65. hunter = hunger!

  66. If Obama wins, it’s because the media lied, cheated, and stole for him, whor*ing themselves on a daily basis, yes, even today.
    If McCain wins, it’s because the American people saw through the media whor*ing, and thought for themselves.
    Either way, the media is depraved and incompetent; covered in a slime that cannot be removed. They cannot predict the future and decide who will be the better president, and they don’t have the right in any case.

    Off to store for crunchy potato chips, sweet chocolate, and diet coke to keep my hands busy.

  67. Guess what folks??? McCain is going to win Pennsylvania!!! Didn’t ya know??? Oh, and did Obama lose his rag when he was trick or treating or something??? That is what this one article said…

  68. Yeah, ummmm….they can call it for whomever they want, but the actual vote totals will tell the tale, and they must report it when it happens. It may be later than we want, but the truth will come out.

    The media is going to see how irrelevant they are at this point. Their years of Bush worship caused too many Americans to tune out. We are making our own minds up and not listening to the lying liars on the teevee.

    PUMA POWER!!!

  69. Well, at long last, I’m finaaly crying for what could have been. Thanks LadyBoomer, it needed to happen…

  70. um,, can’t cry and type…

  71. I did it guys. I voted for McCain/Palin. Feels good to get it over

  72. parentofed, on November 4th, 2008 at 1:57 pm Said:
    If Obama wins, it’s because the media lied, cheated, and stole for him, whor*ing themselves on a daily basis, yes, even today.
    If McCain wins, it’s because the American people saw through the media whor*ing, and thought for themselves.
    Either way, the media is depraved and incompetent; covered in a slime that cannot be removed. They cannot predict the future and decide who will be the better president, and they don’t have the right in any case.

    ————————-

    Hear, friggin’ hear!

  73. YAY FIF & AFROCITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Voted this morning! I got to the polling place soon after it opened and it took me a little less than 3 hours. There was a tv helicopter hovering over the line for almost half an hour.
    I had a choice of electronic or paper ballot and I chose paper (I think almost everyone was choosing paper).
    Downticket I found ! owman to vote for — a libertarian!
    When I was done I passed by the little GOP table outside and told them “I’m a Dem but I voted for your guy!”. They were real happy to hear that!

    Mccain / Palin 2008
    Hillary 2012!

  75. Madamab,

    Gee, do you think they’ll really let us see the actual vote counts?

  76. Pumatized the vote in CA. And I voted HELL NO on Proposition 8! That vote’s for you, gary and mawm.

  77. Oops – correction — not a little less than 3 hours – a little less than TWO hours. Sorry!

  78. Vote Republican? Never! I voted with Noam
    Cynthia McKinney today expressed her appreciation for the support of Professor Noam Chomsky, noted linguist tenured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In private emails with campaign supporters this week, the respected social critic noted that he had voted Green in 2004, and would be voting for the party ticket next Tuesday, as well….

  79. BB – they always have before, no matter how embarrassed it made them….there’s only so far into cynicism I’m willing to go, darnit!!!

    GO UGSOME!!! Godd*mn Proposition 8!!!!

  80. My belief in an Obama loss is holding strong.

    I work it out like this: if all the people who voted for Bush all show up to vote for McCain and the PUMAs who normally vote Dem do not vote Obama, then Obama ends up with less support then Kerry had in ’04.

    Sure, voter registartion is up this year (some eligible/ some Acorn fraud voters) but can those newbies make up the difference from losing us PUMAs? I don’t think so.

    My only worry is if there are enough PUMAs and McCain voters in the swing states. I hope so. I really believe McCain will get PA, FL, OH. Go PUMA!

  81. I also voted NO on Prop 2 in FL (marriage act between man & woman)

  82. My vote for McPalin was cast already back a couple of weeks ago, but I am sad today and will be sad tomorrow regardless of the outcome.

    I am sad that the only potential Black president in my lifetime is this unqualified, corrupt, empty suit who is the embodiment of all the right wing tropes about affirmative action. I am sad that BO p imped Black peoples affections in order to force the more qualified candidate to play defense against baseless accusations of r@cism. I am sad that possibly the first Black president in our nations history is a fraud who didn’t have the humility and patience to earn the position or even the wisdom or graciousness to select Hillary as VP. I am sad that the candidacy of BO pushed me for the first time in my life away from voting for a Democrat at the top of the ticket.

    I hope he loses but whether he does or not, the r@ce conversation has been set back decades.

    I am exceedingly happy though that I voted for the first time it was possible, for a woman — something my mother never could do, and her mother never would have thought possible.

  83. Pulled this off the US News & World Report link:

    This country is pretty evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. However, add to this (1) PUMAs shifting to McCain; (2) Obama’s distasteful comments regarding “clingers”; (3) the deplorable manner in which Joe the Plumber was treated, including Obama’s distasteful comments of “what plumber makes $250,000”; (4) Obama’s spread the wealth comments and mentality; and the final nail in the cofffin, (5) Obama’s vow to bankrupt the coal industry.

    For some reason, PUMAs are suddenly getting attention again … have they FINALLY figured out there’s not just 12 of us doing this full time from a back room at the RNC? Sheesh!

  84. elderj – I feel so bad for the AA community. They deserved SO MUCH BETTER than Barack Obama.

    {{{elderj}}}

  85. elderj: I wish my mother could’ve voted today. She was born right when women got the right to vote. And I’m worried about race relations also. What happens if Obama doesn’t deliver what’s expected?

  86. Good on you, LadyBoomer! Integrity is something so absent in Obama and his minions – there simply is no question about whose character and integrity are worth voting for, between BH0 and McPalin!

    I sincerely hope this trend of Undecideds and PUMAs breaking for McPalin at the last moment holds especially in the battleground states.

    Go, PUMAs!

    Tomorrow, the work continues. Thanks to all at the Confluence for your inspiration and education. This has been such an eye-opening election season for me, who thinks Independent isn’t a bad place to be as regards politics anymore.

  87. bb — anyone who doesn’t know that BO & Farrakhan are closely aligned are either: delusional; in a coma; or too stupid to live. Note how BO always refers to Farrakhan as “Minister” — I don’t even give Wright the curtesy to call Wright “Rev.” If BO “wins” this election a year from now (if no sooner) you will not be able to find ONE person who admitted he/she voted for BO. bank it.

    Afrocity — good going. See, you lived!

  88. Lady boomer NYC – Wow! This post is so profound, and thanks for sharing your experiences, yourself, and beliefs. The Integrity sign says so much, as well as the photo and quote from Hillary.

    So glad I put my Hillary Clinton roller shade sign in the rear of my car for the trip to the polls. Will leave it there the rest of the day, and see what happens.

  89. Addendum: If McCain’s internal polls are correct as listed, I find that encouraging. We’ll be in for a long night, or a long next month.

    Year 2000 Election Redux is possible.

  90. We all deserve much better than the emperor’s new clothes candidate. If all the hype around Obama were actually true, we’d all be lined up to vote for him. He’s an empty suit, with bad taste in friends/associates, and nothing on his resume that makes him qualified for president. We can see him for what he really is no matter what the media says.

  91. Thanks angie. I had to do a provisional ballot. They did not have my name in the book, but lets hope it counted.
    Went to Starbucks got my coffee.

  92. Just got back from voting here in Indianapolis, IN. My husband went this morning and the lines went out the door and around the corner of the building. My husband said it was very quiet for such a large group of people.

    I just voted Republican for the first time in my life. I wore PUMA orange and actually shook as I placed my vote. I checked it like 5 times to make sure. I then voted for every woman on the ballot, even a Liberatian (sp?)!

    I never shook before while voting. It hit me as I walked out of the polling station I was shaking because this is probably the most important vote I ever cast. It is certainly the one I have thought the most about. My vote represents a protest, a symbol, a single stand against corruption, and a statement on the value of integrity over just “winning”.

    I grieve for the DNC. They lost so much and are so blind.

    The sad thing is this didn’t just happen with the DNC the signs were there for a long time and I didn’t notice.

    I’m awake now.

    Oh, and I am so proud of Sarah! And proud of John for choosing her. God speed to both of them.

    PUMA forever and God speed to us as well.

  93. Folks, I ‘m in haste, but wanted you to know that I have just put LadyBoomer’s entry up at Real Clear Politics, noting that it is part of an entire series here at the Confluence. To give the post and the series ongoing visibility you can vote for the piece by going to http://readerarticles.realclearpolitics.com/?period=all
    finding “My Voting Strategy: Integrity” and voting for it there.

  94. Just got a call from my 92 year old Hillary supporting dem grandmother.

    She’s going to vote for McCain tonight, even though
    my Obot aunt told her if she did her grandchildren would all get drafted and die in Iraq thinks she’s voting for Obama.

    Nana is a PUMA.

  95. that’s “she thinks”
    fried brain here, trying to type and make get out the vote calls for McCain.

  96. Linda,

    I shook too. It was strange.

  97. voted for Ladyboomer!

  98. elderj, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:12 pm Said:

    My vote for McPalin was cast already back a couple of weeks ago, but I am sad today and will be sad tomorrow regardless of the outcome.

    I am sad that the only potential Black president in my lifetime is this unqualified, corrupt, empty suit who is the embodiment of all the right wing tropes about affirmative action. I am sad that BO p imped Black peoples affections in order to force the more qualified candidate to play defense against baseless accusations of r@cism. I am sad that possibly the first Black president in our nations history is a fraud who didn’t have the humility and patience to earn the position or even the wisdom or graciousness to select Hillary as VP. I am sad that the candidacy of BO pushed me for the first time in my life away from voting for a Democrat at the top of the ticket.

    I hope he loses but whether he does or not, the r@ce conversation has been set back decades.

    I am exceedingly happy though that I voted for the first time it was possible, for a woman — something my mother never could do, and her mother never would have thought possible.

    ((((((((((((((( hugs to elderj!!!!! )))))))))))))))

    Be happy that YOU chose integrity.

  99. afrocity – after this we’re really going to shake things up! We’re awake now!

  100. Catarina: Did you tell her that Obama is for the draft & including women?

  101. Way to go Elderj. God bless you from one AA to another.

  102. Hi all,

    I just want to say how much I have enjoyed reading your essays and comments over the last few weeks. I don’t know where your movement is headed long term, but there is a definite PUMA roar being heard this election cycle! As a conservative I have learned a great deal about the psychology and thinking of the “other team” by listening to many of you. It has been a pleasure to be on the same team this time.

    I proudly voted this morning for McCain/Palin, against all the proposed California bond issues (except for the veterans’ bond), for crime victims’ rights and against Proposition 8.

    In a few hours we will know if reason has prevailed. In either case, we will face the tasks of rebuilding our respective parties and putting them back into the hands of people who, as Sarah Palin famously said, have “a servant’s heart” and love their country more than power or money.

    I wish you all good luck.

  103. fif — there are special rules re: political stuff inside polling places — it is an acceptable “time, place” limit on Free Speech — the concern that the government can conduct a fair and free election without violence or intimidation — not that one button will cause a brohaha, but they just restrict all forms of “political speech” inside the polling place — which is why you see all the signs outside the polling place no closer then about 15 feet from where people actually vote.
    BTW — wanna know how much for McCain my district is going? There wasn’t even one BO sign outside the polling place!
    Also, my cousin in SC had to wait 2 hours to vote — these are McCain voters. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: yes, voter turnout is high but it goes across the political spectrum.

  104. All of you are so inspiring. I’m proud to be a PUMA.

    Linda – thanks for putting into words how I’ve felt. I prayed over the votes while in the voting booth, and felt so relieved once I hit the green “Vote” button.

    Thanks, Heidi Li, for sending out Lady Boomer’s post.

    And Catarini, wish I could get my Mom to become a PUMA, but she’s saturated in MSM kool-aid and other siblings’ Kool-Aid. Your Nana can cancel out my Mom’s vote – hate to say that, but we can hope the math works.

  105. This is another Philly BPanther video:

    “but a camera is not a weapon”

  106. sm77, thanks for your Prop 2 vote, and madamab: thank you for the props against Prop 8. These need to go down in flames. The blog Calitics just published an internal memo that shows that the Mormon Church has been planning for Prop 8 for over 11 years. Tell me again who the “social engineers” are?

    It was very very hard to pumatize the vote today. I watched my message-in-a-ballot be carried away on a sea of votes. I only hope someone out there reads it and understands.

  107. Well, my son, who is serving in Kuwait right now, after a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan, doesn’t get his vote counted. His absentee ballot arrived too late for him to get it back on time. He, along with many of his fellow Marines, received their ballots just this week, which does not give them enough time to return them. So, Bill Ayres the terrorist gets to vote, but my son the Marine doesn’t.

  108. I didn’t know that black panthers still existed.

  109. I went to lunch and two 20-somethings behind the counter that I’m friendly with greeted me with: “Did you vote?!”

    Me: “Absolutely.”

    The young woman then jumped in front of my view with a homemade Obama t-shirt, displaying it proudly. I smiled at her and said, “You are assuming that’s who I voted for.”

    The young guy said, “Nader? You’re not a maverick!”

    I said, “I’m a rebel.”

    He finished with: “As long as it turns out the way it’s supposed to.”

    Me: “What way is that?”

    Him: “The way THEY are saying it’s going to.”

    Me: “No one knows what is going to happen today…the one thing I will tell you is, Do not believe anything the media tells you.”

    I am so struck by this stupid trendy, ‘we are the world” Obama bullsh*t. It’s all so hip and “now” and superficial. Meanwhile, our basic civil liberties are threatened as they cheer him on.

  110. Oh, and my hubby plans to vote straight Dem ticket as usual but the line was too long for him this morning — and he has class this evening so with any luck he won’t get to cancel out my vote.
    (evil cackle)

  111. madamab, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:15 pm Said:
    elderj – I feel so bad for the AA community. They deserved SO MUCH BETTER than Barack Obama.

    {{{elderj}}}

    ——

    One of my closest friends is beside herself over my refusal to vote for Obama(lamadingdong). Just today she called chanting “Obama all the way!”. After my deafening silence, she just said “Ah, come on! I can’t believe we’re not on the same page here. He’s gonna be our first AA president. Don’t you think that’s something to celebrate?” My response: “Nope. Unfortunately, I don’t respect or trust Obama. And that’s sad as this should be a monumental, exciting time. I don’t think he has any core principles. In short: Obama is for Obama.” She then repeated that last line with some disbelief and said “wow, okay then”. I also made clear that I felt Barack reminded me more of Dubya than McCain ever could. To this she was somewhat despondent during the remainder of our chat.

    However, before we ended our conversation I assured her that at least we’re nearing the end of the Bush regime. Of course, if she get’s her wish …

    whoa boy, we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet is all I can say.

  112. Dave,

    Thank you for your courteous message of greetings, and for your vote against Prop 8. You clearly understand and value liberty.

  113. sm77
    I printed all sorts of info about Obama, Biden, and the party platform on the draft and left it on my grandmother’s table last week, knowing my lying evil aunt would see it and have a nut fit.
    She has never cared about who my grandmother voted for until now and never took her to vote before.
    She’s a Dean Dem from VT-we haven’t had a civil conversation since before the primary.
    How can people be so stupid?

  114. Hey, I used to be a Dean Dem. That was before I learned that “take back our country” meant tossing out women, the working class, and the poor.

  115. Typo – sorry Catarina!

    At least my Mom will still love me if I don’t vote for Obama.

  116. {{{elderj}}} I’m not black & I feel the same as you when you write:
    I am sad that the only potential Black president in my lifetime is this unqualified, corrupt, empty suit who is the embodiment of all the right wing tropes about affirmative action.
    I’m not going to try to prove my “cred”‘ within the AA community but I grew up in NOLA were 65% of the population is AA — and that 65% covers a broad spectrum of classes — upper, middle, lower. I’ve worked with, socialized with & patronized AAs my entire life — from doctors, teachers, professors, lawyers, judges, police men, next door “average middle class” neighbors. BO is NOT the first well educated black man I’ve ever seen — and anyone who happens to know any (like I do) can see how non-impressive BO really is.

  117. Little Issis:

    That article gives me hope. I’ll be sitting there tonight knowing what’s going to happen while the Obot supporters I’ll be visiting won’t know what hit them.

  118. Great post Lady Boomer and the same for all of you who posted on this theme.

    BTW, Cannonfire has an excellent post about the future of PUMA after the election. He makes some excellent points.

  119. Afrocity,

    I didn’t think the Black Panthers existed anymore either. It sounds like a couple of dopes dressing up and trying to act “cool.”

  120. Liberty Belle, I had the same problem with my mother. She told me that if Obama doesn’t win it will be due to r@cism. I replied: If Obama doesn’t win it will be because he’s a jerk. I then launched into a rant about his calling his own grandmother a r@cist on national TV. She told me not to believe everything I read. I replied: I didn’t read it. I heard the words come out of the man’s mouth! (This would be the same man who said family members were “off limits.” Apparently it’s only okay for him to trash his family members.) Anyway, that was our last discussion about the election. We both have politely avoided the topic since.

  121. edwardian – my AA stepmother is heading up Obama’s campaign in NoVa. My dad was yelling at me a couple of months ago for being a refusenik.

    We’ve all decided not to talk about politics in order to preserve family peace. It sucks pretty bad, since we are all Dems.

  122. celeste – I heard McCain-Palin Campaign was going to sue Virginia for not counting the later military absentee ballots, because it was the Pentagon that was late in sending them.

    Begs the question: How can Virginia rule one way about the ballots, and another state perhaps count them, when the Federal government was the source, and screwed up people in various states?

  123. ugsome, me to. I am so disappointed in Howard Dean.

  124. why are there Panthers with night sticks at polls in PA?
    What in the hell is going on and how long before there is violence?

  125. Elderj, afrocity, and edwardian: your comments are some of the saddest of all. Your predicament is something like mine would be as a white woman if Margaret Thatcher were the Dem nominee, sailing under false colors (so to speak). But y’all have your integrity intact and in the final analysis, that’s what really matters. As George Santayana said, “Truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it sets free those who have loved it.”

  126. Heidi Li: Voted for Lady Boomer, there are other PUMAS over there too.

  127. gail, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:34 pm Said:

    This is another Philly BPanther video:

    “but a camera is not a weapon”

    and another:

    julies9164, on November 4th, 2008 at 1:44 pm Said:

    Black Panthers indimidating voters in Philly:

  128. elderj, I read your comment and nodded in agreement. I am sad for all of those reasons, too. I posted this in my blog, today:

    “Don’t get me wrong: I want to see a black president, too. But I want to make history the right way: by electing an honest, qualified person. I am offended I am presented an unqualified liar and told to be happy for him, because of our race and his party. I deserve far better than that from the party I have supported my entire life, from my country, and most of all, from my race.”

    I feel betrayed by that man’s candidacy.

  129. Surely the military can put the ballots on one of their numerous jets and get them to Virginia in time to be counted. This is absurd.

    Ugsome, re Prop. 8, liberty indeed! This is the civil rights issue of our time. The Knights of Columbus and the Mormons have been bombarding us with ads about the horrors of teaching about gay marriage in schools, churches losing their tax exempt status, etc. Remember when they used to teach God is Love? What happened to that?

  130. Liberty Belle, In my county in CA they have decided to only count the late military absentee ballots if the race is close. Which means my son’s vote won’t be counted. But you know what? There are down ballot things that he voted on that might matter. And I live in San Diego where there are alot of military ballots – and because we are an Obama state for sure, they will just toss those out. It is not right.

  131. BB: New black panther party:

    http://www.newblackpanther.com/

  132. votermom, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:35 pm Said:
    ————————

    LOL! For all of our sakes, I hope he sticks to his class; education is obviously needed…. j/k 🙂

  133. celeste — That is a sad and maddening story about your son’s and others’ votes not counting in VA while serving in the military overseas. Geez, this preserving Democracy s*$t is hard work and has so many cracks in its floor.

  134. Michelle Malkin on the Black Panthers mission for election day: http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/04/black-panther-intimidation-at-the-polls/

  135. W. Lotus – Hear, hear!

  136. fif:

    You should have been able to wear your Hillary button since “she” is not on the ballot. I took mine off before I voted, just not to cause trouble, but I wish now I had left it on.

  137. gxm17 – I haven’t talked about the election with my Mom, either, except in very general terms, especially after she said that if Obama doesn’t win, it’s because this country is racist.

    I asked, “What about someone like me who doesn’t vote for him because they feel he’s not qualified?” She just kind of talked past that question. I tried not to take it personally. She knows I am not racist; after all she raised me, and my Dem heroes were JFK & RFK, LBJ, HHH, Clintons, etc.

    Thus, instead of talking to Mom after voting, I called my Republican Aunt, and asked she keep the report of my voting all Red confidential. If I don’t tell my Mom how I voted, then she can’t tell the siblings (and one sister-in-law who already laid the Obama Haka on me pretty badly).

    Lord knows where I’ll go for Thanksgiving Family gathering. The Republican Aunt said they’d be glad to have me. Christmas – don’t know either. Depends on the outcome of the election.

    As Tiny Tim said, “God Bless us all, everyone.” I’d add, “God help us all, everyone!”

  138. griffithinc, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:39 pm Said:

    Little Issis:

    That article gives me hope. I’ll be sitting there tonight knowing what’s going to happen while the Obot supporters I’ll be visiting won’t know what hit them.

    The best part is that this guy says he has never been wrong.

  139. From their website:

    “The NBPP will patrol election sites nationwide to counter voter intimidation and other threats of violence against Blacks.”

  140. patrolling election sites with weapons???

  141. I think we all need to be contacting our congresspeople about the military getting their ballots late. What the hell is that about? Don’t they have enough to deal with over there? That is inexcusable. You can bet my two republican senators are going to hear about it.

  142. Heidi Li — Thanks for putting my post up on RCP — I’m going to vote for it right now — my first time — then will get ready to head to the polls and cast my first Repub vote evah!

    Heidi Li, on November 4th, 2008 at 2:28 pm Said:

    Folks, I ‘m in haste, but wanted you to know that I have just put LadyBoomer’s entry up at Real Clear Politics, noting that it is part of an entire series here at the Confluence. To give the post and the series ongoing visibility you can vote for the piece by going to http://readerarticles.realclearpolitics.com/?period=all
    finding “My Voting Strategy: Integrity” and voting for it there.

  143. Is the MSM showing videos of the black panthers at voting places? I’m not looking at any of them…

  144. a good omen:
    legendary australian racehorse trainer, Bart Cummings,who celebrates his 81st birthday on the 14th november, won his 12th Melbourne Cup on Tuesday in Australia.
    Viewed, a $41 outsider, went into the race carrying no real form and commentary such as “will need to improve”, but with the sorcery of Cummings, he won the $5.5million race by a whisker in a photo finish.

    before the race, a 62-year-old known as australia’s “pop music guru” (?), who is openly gay and in the tank for BO and works for Murdoch, appeared on TV to tip a horse called Honolulu (cos of BO’s hawaii connections) to win, adding “go barack obama”. Honolulu came LAST.

    hope that brings a smile to your faces. keep the faith.
    the corpmedia should not be allowed to call the election or release exit poll info which btw is collected by AP, until the whole country has voted. yet another thing that needs reforming after today.

  145. fif — great counter lunch story — too bad we’re so underground that you couldn’t actually say who YOU voted for!

    afrocity — you’re great!

    all these voting stories and comments are great reminders to keep up the pressure! hh-yaa-hhhh!!! Who knows how things will turn out, but we still have our dignity!

  146. Isis:

    I’ve been reading about some other analysts, who aren’t in the tank for anyone, who are saying Obama is going to lose too. And they have been right in the past elections as well. If anything else comes of this, the MSM is going to look like the stupid idiots that they are.

  147. Oops! I fogot to spell the word “r@cist”. Never had ocassion to write it before, so guess that’s why I’m in moderation.

    Sad when you have to go through these protocols. We have Barry and the Obambots to thank for this, right?

  148. My niece lives and teaches in a predominantly black neighborhood in Brooklyn. She is also a blond, blue-eyed, very obviously white girl. At her polling place this AM there were 3 AA men standing right at the entrance, basically staring down white voters. She said that she was so uncomfortable she decided to vote later when she can take her brother with her. And she is an Obama supporter.
    I am truly feaful that he is going to steal this election.

  149. Well after 2 1/2 hours in line, I voted. I am not sad at all like I thought I would be. I voted McCain/Palin and down ticket dems, unless there was a female candidate. I thought I would be really upset, but my thinking was, if the DNC can take away my candidate, here is my chance to take theirs from them.

  150. So long, Conflucians. I’ll talk to you later tonight. I hope I come home to an Obama loss.

  151. the new black panther party is a lot more radical than the old black panther party, both actually still exists, there’s a great book by a black woman I met while she was touring on the panther movement … bet if you look on amazon you could find it and her, very interesting… the new black panther party is really bad news

  152. ((((elderj, edwardian, angienic)))))))))

    I believe that after this vote things will get (slowly) better for America.

    Conservative Americans (Dem and Repub) will join together in working out UHC. Like Dakini says businesses are becoming less competitive because of what there is now.

    The media will have less power.

    The financial sector will be chastened.

    Infrastructure will be built.

    Elections will be run on public finance.

    Pork will be partially removed from Congress.

    McCain will introduce some of Hill’s work on bailing out mortgages.

    AA relations will improve, as AAs will no longer be seen simply as Dem territory, but like women will be an independent voting block with their own leverage.

    I am thinking of a McCain landslide like Malstrom’s article says:
    http://tinyurl.com/4ubqcm

  153. griffithinc: “If anything else comes of this, the MSM is going to look like the stupid idiots that they are.”

    That will certainly be the cherry on top of a McCain/Palin win!

  154. LadyBoomer – excellent addition to the series. I have a feeling I’m going to be very teary today hanging out with you guys.

    Lots of coulda, shoulda, woulda thoughts today.

    And just wanted to shout out to one of my night time buddies: Hey LIttle Isis!

  155. elderj – I feel so bad for the AA community. They deserved SO MUCH BETTER than Barack Obama.

    Every time I see an AA my heart sinks, wishing I could celebrate this breakthrough. This week I thought, if BO does win, I will focus on that one thing as a positive. Even though he is corrupt as an individual, it will open the door for worthy and noble AA candidates in the future, like Michael Nutter.

  156. Just thought I’d check in now, before it gets too crazy and thank you PUMAS. Told you before I am a Republican on the more centrist side. No matter what the outcome is today, I am proud to have “listened” in on your website.You are true patriots.

  157. Come and laugh on the open thread !

  158. I meant (((((Afrocity))))))

  159. I feel sorry for all the people who have invested their hopes in Obama. He is not worthy. They deserve better. As do we.

  160. Laurie, on November 4th, 2008 at 3:03 pm Said:

    “I believe that after this vote things will get (slowly) better for America.”

    What a hopeful list! From your lips/fingers to God’s/the Universe’s ears.

  161. the media is starting to pick up the story about the panthers.

    http://www.969wtkk.com/ContactUs/tabid/59/Default.aspx

  162. fif, on November 4th, 2008 at 3:06 pm Said:
    elderj – I feel so bad for the AA community. They deserved SO MUCH BETTER than Barack Obama.

    Every time I see an AA my heart sinks, wishing I could celebrate this breakthrough.

    —————–

    Needn’t feel that way. As I myself (AA) only regret, and embarrassment, that such an unqualified, divisive, opportunistic candidate was handpicked and propped up to us by a shamlessly unconscionable MSM and corruptive party backers/elders.

    My feelings about BO’s candidacy are on par with George W Bush’s. Birds of a feather, IMO. Guess the DNC thought to themselves: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” SMDH.

  163. typo:

    “Needn’t feel that way. As I myself (AA) only regret, and embarrassment,”
    ——
    Should read: “As I myself (AA) only regret — and am embarrassed …”

  164. One good thing about voting for INTEGRITY is that we are going to get some great Supreme Court justices. Best of all, when McCain croaks, as he will most certainly do before 2012, we WILL get the first lady president. She’s not Hillary, but she will be far better than that bum Obama.

  165. Just got back from voting-I’m drenched! Took a while even though I chose a lull time-expect a big turnout in VA. Even though there were improvements since the primary two-hour wait disaster, there is still only one optical scanner that everyone has to put their ballot in. Sheesh.

    I voted McP-Warner-Anita Hartke(running against Cantor-she’ll need a miracle). I didn’t feel sad-I felt triumphant! I own my vote! PUMA!

  166. bb: Holy sh*t, I just saw those supposed internal poll numbers from the McCain camp via the patriot room. Do you think those can be right?! If they are, the other polling companies really need to find another line of work.

  167. Great post. It is a gut wrenching decision many of us are taking, abandoning a party many of us have supported with time, money, and emotion. But now to see our party turn into what we fear the most, a clone of the republican party. We range the spectrum of political views from conservative to very progressive but we all had a common thread, the best for our nation and a sense we were better than and morally superior to the opposition. That is what made democrats and the democratic party great, a visit to Hyde Park and Eleanor Roosevelt home is to understand this. Our party has been reduced to a box of laundry detergent, glossily packaged, highly branded, and advertised as new and improved (with no empirical data backing it up). I am angry, mad, sad, depressed, frustrated, and disillusioned.

    Say what you want the republicans went in a different direction and nominated an honorable, experienced person who is not what went before. I feel good for the supporters of McCain for it is their candidate who has taken the moral high ground. I have trouble with many of the positions espoused by him but he is fair and honest and in the end do you really expect more from your candidate.

  168. Lady Boomer, you are articulate! Yes you ARE! And you express feelings with such empathy. I love your post. As my daughter used to say, I love it so much that I want to “marry it.” I suppose my wife might have something to say about that, though.

    Integrity is the foundation Jungian individuation, the task of a lifetime. Your life and your story illustrate so well the journey toward true individuation, toward authenticity with integrity. What a privilege to walk alongside you for a while, and alongside so many brilliant thinking and caring PUMAs.

    I was so pleased when my Dem leaning mom, who is 96 years old, told me she had voted for McCain. I followed suit this morning and pushed the touch screen for McCain/Palin. I did it with great Democratic JOY. My kids in Texas are Repubs now, but this year that’s great.

    The PUMA movement has held a mirror up to the corrupting image manipulation rampant in the Democratic Party. Let those who have eyes to see, truly see! The posts on the Confluence alone, Riverdaughter, have set a new standard for responsible journalism. Thank you all as we sit together this evening and watch the ground for the next chapter of PUMA power take shape.

  169. Lady Boomer: Love your post! It goes right to the heart of what I know and feel. The ideals we may uphold are rather offshore as of now but we will never be ones to put them aside and just follow the leader. Thanks for your profound words. They help in starting the healing.

  170. I live on Tybee Island, a small barrier island outside of Savannah GA……there are only 3500 residents….it took me 5 minutes to vote!
    I wore orange to vote, in honor of YOU, the PUMAs on this site!

    My word for this election is R-E-S-P-E-C-T and y’all have mine! You are my heroes. You voted against Obama, you voted against the DNC, you voted against the cr@p that was served to Hillary, some of you voted against your families, spouses, peers….I know this was agonizing for some of you….I want you to know you are appreciated and respected for your altruistic decisions. You voted for McCain/Palin, but ultimately you voted for America! You are wonderful! I love you all and thank you for the amazing place you have created here! PUMAs rock!

    444 is my lucky number…….=0)

  171. deke, pj, gordon — Thank you so much — “I love it so much I want to marry it” = precious!!! I’ve got to get ready and go VOTE before the polls close!
    Later, LB

  172. Thanks to all you PUMAs for these wonderful websites and all of the insightful and heartfelt comments. Because of you all, the center is now much larger. Where the PUMAs go in the future we cant know yet, but there already exists a legacy. That you can not ignore your base thinking they will have no place else to go. A legacy of enlarging the middle ground and hopefully keeping the parties from pandering too much to their fringes. making those choices that might not please those who think they own the brand, but are better for everyone. the parties need a strong push to do that. a push that can only come from the center. a strong independant group that both parties must woo to win is the best way to achieve that.

    My polling place was active, but with very little waiting. I live in a rural areas and I saw neighbors out walking to go vote. I voted for Pipers mom, because she truly knows about energy. I voted for at least 30% or greater women, irregardless to party label.

    its going to be a long nite, but one we will always remember

  173. Hillary Clinton would be very sad to hear your analysis.

    Barack Obama will be a great president!

  174. I read your stories, and you make me misty. From this GOP gal deep in the belly of the beast in SoCal, God bless all PUMAs, Hillbuzzers and DeMcCrats. If we can pull this off together, it will be the greatest non-military win for American liberty in this century! True patriots all!

  175. brian, you are ill. please get some help. first thing you need to do in the morning is throw all your koolaid out. if you feel the need to come here, don’t.

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