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« Reply #90 on: November 05, 2008, 06:24:24 PM »

Woke up at 4am over here to check out the election results. All the Americans in my school were crazy happy and I guess I'm pretty psyched about it too, even if it ain't my country. Whatever happens from here on I hope it's for the better of the USA and the world as well, considering how much influence the nation has on the rest of us. Now that the excitement has died down and I'm off the whole election high, I think I should try sleeping a little earlier tonight. :P

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« Reply #91 on: November 05, 2008, 06:25:43 PM »

With all the drama of the elections, you forget what a good man McCain really is. It was all about us as a country and he pulled everything off gracefully and professionally, but also honestly. He's the man.

McCain in a lot of ways suffered from the Kerry syndrome I think, just to a greater extent than the latter because of the (poor) Palin choice.  As a person I admired him for what he's gone through for the country and on a political level for being willing to go against the traditional pinings of the conservative base and in general having a sound set of ideas.  However, he suffered from that to an extent by not backing out on his promise to not be bought out by private donations and more so from picking a candidate that would appeal to the conservative base and really no one else (and really, picking a candidate that only appeals to the people who would have voted for you anyway is dumb), and then taking the perhaps sillier positions that he was somehow conservative and filling up most media appearances in very liberal venues such as David Letterman (and does anyone still even watch Saturday Night Live?  That show hasn't been funny for years).  He should have just focused more on what he was and not try to portray himself as something he was not.

I guess it's ultimately a moot point since he lost anyway, although there are a few potential issues with Obama in terms of his economic vision that sort of scare me.  While I don't think trickle-down economics works, on the other hand I don't think economic redistribution (which is indeed an extension of the socialistic leanings that the country has gone into quite a bit with all the recent government takeovers to try and keep the economy afloat) will work either since for the most part the costs are just going to come back up to make up for lost profits (with considerably higher taxes on the wealthy).  Socialistic actions just aren't going to work very well in reality, something I think is telling in China's success in recent years being from embracing the free market (in goods, not ideas).  I am also worried about these rumors that the military budget will be slashed 25%, which I'll admit is more a concern from self-preservation than anything else.  It's entirely possible neither of these will hold true once Obama takes office and he will have to take much more realistic actions, but on the other hand we could be heading down troubled times soon.  

Of course hopefully I'm wrong and we'll all be holding hands and everyone's rich, but reality leaves me with little not to be cynical about.
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« Reply #92 on: November 05, 2008, 06:46:03 PM »

Some of you sound like Michael Moore's going to be running the country by himself with free and unfettered reign.  Anything Obama does will have to be filtered through congress and there are plenty of Republicans in the House and Senate. 

Despite my strong liberal leanings in politics, Michael Moore running the country frightens me.
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« Reply #93 on: November 05, 2008, 07:50:36 PM »

God, I love the Pokemon presidential battle animation.
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« Reply #94 on: November 05, 2008, 07:56:34 PM »

My russian culture teacher met/had lunch with Biden back in 1984 while in Moscow, apparently.

Also, this is one of the reasons why I think Obama will be a good president: http://xkcd.com/125/
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« Reply #95 on: November 05, 2008, 08:38:48 PM »

Yea, it wasn't just record turnout of Black voters that made Obama win the election because there was record turnout everywhere. They were predicting 80% of Utahns would come out to vote yesterday, though I think I last heard only 75% did, but that is still a record. Also, Obama did an amazing job reaching beyond racial and political boundaries to get his message about what he wants to do with the country to the largest possible audience. This includes minorities, whites, and youth. Also, it is important to remember that just because some Blacks may have voted for Obama for the simple fact he is Black, there was a large number of Whites who did not vote for Obama for the simple fact he is Black. Even though the first minority president was elected, racism still exists in this country.

I think the media making a huge deal of it is the simple fact this election is a product and a victory of the long battle for Civil Rights among Blacks and other minority groups. Everyone is emphasizing that it was only 47 years ago that the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s really got underway, and 143 years since the end of the Civil War. Now the U.S. has elected its first minority president after over two centuries of racial discrimination. Pretty big milestone if you ask me.
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« Reply #96 on: November 05, 2008, 09:20:23 PM »

This has been the best election ever for me. The guy I voted for one, and every proposal I voted for passed. McCain took my rural Michigan redneck county, but only by 200 votes. Obama hit a note with not just blacks, but a ton of whites as well. I never would have thought any Democratic nominee would have gotten that many votes in my county, let alone a black (or half black) Demorat. It was soooo nice to hear his acceptance speech last night. So nice to hear about hope and a brighter future instead of fear.
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« Reply #97 on: November 05, 2008, 09:23:42 PM »

In regards to race. We can't gloss over how important it is that an apparently black citizen of America has

This is a great triumph, for both the racial issue, and the cross-racial issue. Obama isn't a black man. And he isn't a white man. He's both, and he can represent both.

I just find this juxtaposed to itself interesting. My Black community accepts biracial people on terms of stereotypes; I find it funky that Obama is Black - then he represents everyone because he's biracial; but biracial people in my county are either excluded or included depending on stereotype, the value they put to skin color and are more scrutinized becuase they aren't as successful. I don't look at Obama as the first black President, but I acknowledge with the "heralded" (lol?) 1 drop rule that he is the First Black President; I just look at him really as a President with roots that extend to me and others and is finally reflected nationally. That said, it's easy to just slip and say "black" instead of "biracial" or whatever misnomer or nomer people feel inclined to use.

Trust you me, it's been said by many Blacks I know that if Obama had a white wife, he would have even a more difficult time with the Black community getting his votes similar to how he had a difficulty with older Blacks early on.

Eh.

Edit* Funny. I spelled Juxtapozed like the magazine instead of the real word. Anyways, I agree with Jimmy.
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« Reply #98 on: November 06, 2008, 02:32:08 AM »

Apparently his chief of staff is a knife-wielding maniac that's missing a finger and served in the Isreali Army. Is this horrifying or awesome?

http://yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index382.html Also let's send the poor man some pants.
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« Reply #99 on: November 06, 2008, 11:22:18 AM »

I watched some election coverage on NHK yesterday. Due to the time difference it was about 02:00 pm Japanese time when ABC declared Obama the next US president. I was happy that he won, even though I don't envy the man for the work that awaits him.

What I found quite hilarious was a report that included interviews with several NRA members somewhere in Wyoming, Montana or wherever. They were buying Uzis and tons of ammo before the election for fear that Obama might tighten gun laws. Apparently precisely because of that fear, arms dealers have enjoyed brisk business as of late, despite the financial crisis. People must feel very insecure or really like guns :P.
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« Reply #100 on: November 06, 2008, 05:11:21 PM »

What people don't realize is that nothing will happen immediately.  Given the mess we're in, it certainly won't.  After FDR's first term after the Great Depression, America was no better off financially than it was during the Great Depression and Herbert Hoover's presidency.  What was different was that FDR was very charismatic whereas Herbert Hoover was not, so FDR was able to move the American people in a way that Hoover simply could not.  People were happier under FDR despite daily life still being in shambles.

I predict that it'll be at least 2 years before any visible repair's even made with the mortgage crises.  No matter who's in the driver's seat, be they republican, democrat, green, independent, whatever, things aren't going to improve that much over just one 4 year term.  It's like how people with deep rooted issues need years of therapy to get through them because how can you work through a lifetime of trauma in a single hour? 

Another thing people don't realize is that the biggest impact on daily life comes from state, county, and local legislature rather than the federal legislature.  Even if the US president's a democrat, your state, county, and/or local officials could still be republican. 
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« Reply #101 on: November 07, 2008, 11:17:27 AM »

something i learned from this election is the lack of empathy many caucasians seem to have for blacks. a lot of them act like slavery and civil rights movement happend 1,000 years ago or something. i mean i'm half black half white like the president elect and i have racists in my own family. Barack Obama is the first posttive black role model in a LONG time that doesnt shoot balls into hoops or have his pants down to his knee's.
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« Reply #102 on: November 07, 2008, 12:29:50 PM »

something i learned from this election is the lack of empathy many caucasians seem to have for blacks. a lot of them act like slavery and civil rights movement happend 1,000 years ago or something. i mean i'm half black half white like the president elect and i have racists in my own family. Barack Obama is the first posttive black role model in a LONG time that doesnt shoot balls into hoops or have his pants down to his knee's.

Actually, Obama was playing basketball the day of the election ;)
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« Reply #103 on: November 07, 2008, 01:55:37 PM »

There are plenty of positive Black role models, listen and you'll hear them.  Aaron Mcgrudder, Walter Dean Myers, Edwidge Danticat, Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and that is just off the top of my head and these are all people that are alive and making strides in their respective fields still today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzyT9-9lUyE

I saw this earlier and didn't know whether to post it here or in the Youtube thread but this made my day.  The facial expressions are amazing.
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« Reply #104 on: November 07, 2008, 02:22:24 PM »

I watched some election coverage on NHK yesterday. Due to the time difference it was about 02:00 pm Japanese time when ABC declared Obama the next US president. I was happy that he won, even though I don't envy the man for the work that awaits him.

What I found quite hilarious was a report that included interviews with several NRA members somewhere in Wyoming, Montana or wherever. They were buying Uzis and tons of ammo before the election for fear that Obama might tighten gun laws. Apparently precisely because of that fear, arms dealers have enjoyed brisk business as of late, despite the financial crisis. People must feel very insecure or really like guns :P.


Yep, my buddy who is a far-right Conservative bought an AK-47 and an AR15 yesterday just for these reasons. They thought Clinton was going to take all their guns away too.
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