Friday, October 31, 2008

Love This!

I wish my family debated politics with a song and a dance! But, regardless of how we debate it, "You can vote however you like!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How I Spent My Weekend

I, an "Eastern elitist" from the "fake America (thank you Jon Stewart)" part of America, traveled back to my place of birth, Ohio, to do a little campaigning for Barack Obama. Now, I have lived in NYC for over seven years and I am struck by how much I have changed when I go home. I don't fit there anymore. Yes, my family welcomes me "home" with open arms and I love the autumn in Ohio, but I really am a city girl fake American through and through. Lucky for me I may have a driver's license from my fake state but I have a passport issued by the real America so traveling to this other country was a snap! Now, I'm not sure how it happened, but while I knocked on doors with my sister and two nephews (fake Americans misplaced in real America), the majority of people we canvassed from small town Brimfield/Suffield said they were leaning Obama or voting for him. There were a few still undecided voters whose reasons ranged from "voting for the lessor of two evils" (which I can completely understand considering politicians' pandering and then not doing anything they say when they get into office) to "personal reasons." We had a few polite "we're voting for McCain" people and then we had the door slams and my personal favorite "We're voting for the other, I mean the good guy!" promptly followed by a door closing in our faces. I wasn't aware until then that we were playing cops and robbers!

Sorry to my friends- I didn't get my flight until Wednesday and I was campaigning all day Saturday and Sunday so I didn't have any time for visits.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Nice! If I do say so myself!

Well, here's my postcard! I designed it myself- even down to the stick figures which I drew! I realize that I'm patting myself on the back, but I didn't know how to use Photoshop at all before I started this. I will be getting these in the mail next week to agents and casting directors and to all the fabulous people I hope will be able to come and celebrate my birthday with me!

This is the front:

This is the back:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Rednecks for Obama!!!!

I started to read about the "Bradley effect," my mom told me about some people that she had spoken to in Ohio who she thought were probably prejudiced, and all the racist and xenophobic stuff coming from the other side and I was getting scared. This video clip featuring Rednecks for Obama made me happy and feel positive about the campaign and about the rural areas of America. Yes, we know there are racist people out there, but there are also people who are trying to make a difference! When you think you have encountered someone who might not vote for Obama because he's not like them, direct them to these guys!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ten Days

I haven't posted for ten days. And my, how the world has changed (or maybe it hasn't changed, but a spotlight is shining down on the worst in human nature). I am outraged at the conduct of the McCain- Palin campaign and the ignorance of some of their supporters. So much so that I can barely even talk about it. Blatant racism, xenophobia, guilt by association, and the list continues to grow daily. I decided to write McCain's daughter Meghan. I don't know that she'll actually read it, but I figured if someone could knock some sense into the campaign maybe it would be a former Democrat who changed parties to be able to vote for her dad in the primaries. I have waited on Meghan and John McCain when he would visit her when she was attending Columbia in NYC. They were both always exceptionally nice and good tippers. And as a side note- I thought that John McCain was a pretty cool dude back then and was almost as excited to wait on him as I was Cher! I tried to focus my attention in the letter to the fact that both McCain and Palin have not publicly reproached their attendees when they say unacceptable things. I watched a video where a person called out "Terrorist!" when John McCain asked the loaded question, "Who is the real Barack Obama?" He looks visibly uncomfortable for a moment and then he continues with the baiting which is dishonest and dishonorable. I said to Meghan that regardless of the outcome of this election her father deserves a better legacy than one that includes such low balling in the final days of a campaign. I believe he is an honorable man that has lost his way and she has an opportunity to bring him back. He deserves that legacy. And all Americans, Republican and Democrat, deserve better.