Yes, I forewarned you, it's the annual get-out-and-vote post. Feel free to read past. But just know that you miss the cat picture, if you do. =)
This year's post is different in that I'm not telling you to just go vote, which you should damn well do anyway, because people, it's your CIVIC DUTY. Do you understand how lucky we are that we get the right to choose our own leaders? That we get to participate in a democratic process?
No, this year is different because I'm actually going to mention that Zoe and I and Chris strongly think that you should vote for Obama. The past eight years of the Bush administration have been horrendous--he was and is a terrible president. Our economy is in shambles, he has totally trod over the entire Constitution, and we won't even get me started on the war in Iraq. Obama is not the best man in the world--he is largely running on charisma, but it's charisma backed by ideas that are feasible to implement, even in changed forms.
More importantly, he's not a Republican, and what the presidency badly needs now is a change in political parties. I want you to understand that I'm not against Republicans. There are many fine people I know, who I respect, who are Republicans. They are decent, upstanding people, who often are wonderful to converse with, even though I don't share their political or social beliefs. But they have frankly made a mess of this country, and if America wants to be seen as anything more than a fool in the eyes of the world, we must elect a Democrat. We can't afford to lose what little credibility we have left, and we can't afford to let this country go further downhill.
I can't force you to vote for Obama. I can only tell you what I believe and what I think. You can choose to be apathetic and not vote at all. But for god's sake, please go out and vote.
My father is undecided, and may very well cast a ballot for McCain today--the father who raised me as an ardent Democrat and who taught me a good deal of what I believe. I can't stop him, but I'm happy that he's even voting at all.
What I can give you, however, is the cat endorsement.
If you vote for Obama, I guarantee that you will keep more cats from having to sleep on top of suitcases in spare closets. You will keep them warm and sheltered and loved. They can have proper human beds to sleep in, and even buy stock options in Purina.
They won't have to be like this one. =)
Happy Election Day, folks!