Thursday, October 23, 2008

i'm so over this sh*t. can we please just vote already?

In case you haven't heard, a non-profit group whose mission is to educate Americans on national security issues has been distributing a DVD about radical Islam and the connection to terrorism. However, the video is not very clear on the distinction between radical Islam and regular Islam and pretty much describes all Muslims as terrorists. The video is set to be distributed in the swing states, despite the fact that the non-profit group is claiming that it is not doing so in order to sway the election one way or another. And seeing as that this non-profit group had endorsed McCain on their website (since the media found it, the endorsement has been removed), yeah, I totally believe their claim that they're not trying to get anyone's vote.

I'm almost positive non-profits aren't allowed to endorse a candidate (yeah, evangelical churches, I'm looking at you).

Seeing as that Virginia is suddenly a swing state, I was wondering if I would be receiving my copy any time soon. My question was answered yesterday when it came in the mail.

I plan on writing "RTS! Do NOT send me more of your garbage. Obama already has my vote!" on it and sticking it in a mailbox.

The negative tone of the campaign has really been depressing me lately. At first, I was angry. Knowing that there's nothing I can do about it has made me sad. I mean, seriously, being liberal means that I'm anti-America? Living in Arlington means that I don't live in the Real Virginia and I'm a communist? Depicting Obama as a terrorist, a Muslim, as 'That One,' as a socialist or as Osama Bin Laden is standard fare in this election?

I'm over this sh*t. Seriously.

I have Muslim friends. They are the some of the nicest people I know. They are from Iran and Pakistan and Bangladesh. They are sons and daughters of people who came to this country seeking a better life. They're Doctors and soon-to-be-PhDs and Nurses and Business Owners. Their only crimes are maybe getting a speeding or parking ticket every now and then. How is it that they are any less American than you and me? Why are they being lumped in with extremists who have attacked America?

WTF is wrong with this country?

I was watching Meet the Press on Sunday when Colin Powell endorsed Obama. And he said something that I had been waiting all election season for someone to say. Powell told of how some in the GOP have said that Obama is a Muslim. And Powell asked, "No, he's not, but so what if he is?" Can a Muslim not be president of this country? What is it about Islam that automatically makes you less of a patriot than any one else? There are Muslims who have bleed for this country in the Iraq conflict and are buried with other American heroes in Arlington Cemetery. They are more patriotic, more heroic than Joe the Plumber can ever be. Still, does their faith tarnish their heroism? Should it?

If anything, this election has shown me that racism is alive and well in this country and some people are happy to exploit it for their own gain. If thi

This kind of crap makes me ill. I can't wait for November 4th.


zipcode said...

oh don't mail it back, I want it for work purposes thanks :-)

I agree my awesome doctors are muslim, I have co workers that are muslim. My lord, its a religion, there are extremist in every religion.

Well said doll

Beth Barnett Boebel said...

I received not 1, but 2 of those videos. I didn't really know what they were and so they sat on the bench for a few days and finally gut instinct told me is was probably a bunch of crap so I chucked them both.

anOCgirl said...

zip: eh, i really wanted to make a statement by sending it back but i'll hand it over to you b/c i'm sick of looking at the cover. as a fellow communist in NoVA, i'm surprised you haven't gotten one yet.

BBB: you got two? damn, they're really trying to get to you. good for you for going with your gut.