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What Voting For Barack Obama May Have Meant


There are racists, ageists, sexists, haters, and myopias among us.

Are you one, some,or all of them?

Did the color of Barack Obama’s skin have anything at all to do with your vote for him?  If it did, to even the smallest degree, then you are a racist.  You discriminate when it comes to skin color.

Did you vote against John McCain because he is 72?  If you did, then you’re an ageist.  You discriminate when it comes to age.

Did you turn down Sarah Palin in the general election because she’s a woman?  If it was a factor, in any way, then you’re a sexist.  You discriminate when it comes to gender.

Did your anger against George Bush factor into your vote for Barack Obama?  If it did, then you’re a hater.  You could still, however, be a member of the anti-hate committee in this area because they take the illogical stance that they have the right to hate you if you disagree with them.  (If you don’t believe me, try practicing your First Amendment rights in a public square holding up a sign opposing same-sex marriage.)

Did you vote for Barack Obama because he has more experience than John McCain does?  If you did, then you suffer from myopia.  Your vision is so limited that you can’t discern fact from fiction. 

I do not assume that the presidency of Barack Obama will be without problems.  Therefore, when those problems begin there will be those of us out here who will criticize the new president.  Will that be the cue for friends of the president to label us as racists, ageists, sexists, haters, or myopic?  I hope not because some of Barack’s apologists are already wearing those labels deservedly.

(Appeared as a letter-to-the-editor on November 17th in the Newburyport Daily News.)

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Retirees: Sarah Palin is Our Daughter

Okay, not really but after watching her going against Joe Biden in the vice presidential debates I could not help but think that she could be our daughter.

Her age (43) is right and I cannot help but imagine that Sarah and our own daughter are similar.  If you have a daughter near that age, you know what I am talking about.

We raised them.  We trained them.  We hurt when they hurt and were happy when they were happy.  We could not stop ourselves from bragging about them to anyone who would listen.

But suddenly they grew up and high school, dating, college, marriage, and children lessened our connection to them.  We hoped and prayed that we had helped set in place a foundation that would help them as they built a life with less and less influence from us.

Now we look at them and see what they have become and think, “Wow!”  Little seems to get the best of them and if it does, they know how to find solutions.  They juggle a schedule that includes; a husband, kids, employment, and pets and still have enough left to be pleasant to be around.

Joe Biden (65) is the age of us retirees.  In addition, like us, he can still talk a good game.  However, let us be realistic, he has neither the energy of our daughters nor the practical problem-solving skills our daughters have developed. 

Joe, and the rest of us of retiree age, can get an occasional burst of energy and we can solve an occasional problem or two if we can remember what the problem was by the time we solve it. It is folly for anyone of retiree age to think that he has more to offer than the likes of Sarah Palin. 

Some folks thought that John McCain took a big risk when he added Sarah to his leadership team.  I believe that most of us retirees, with daughters Sarah’s age, must respectfully disagree.

(Appeared in both The Bridgton News and Newburyport Daily News on October 9th.)

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