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You'll have to forgive me...

Not many of my friends are Republicans. But one of those just shared a Romney campaign bit on facebook, a graphic that promotes voting for Romney in order to get rid of "Obamacare". She knew me back when I could barely walk, so her stance is personally troubling for me. Anyway, here's the response I posted on facebook:

For over twenty years I struggled with increasingly debilitating physical difficulties, unable to get health insurance because of those pre-existing conditions. The bitter irony is the worsening of those temporary conditions into permanent disability simply because I COULD NOT access the doctors who had the ability to help. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, opens the doors to doctors offices for people like me, for people like my nephew with cerebral palsy, for people like my sister-in-law with multiple sclerosis, like my friends’ children with cystic fibrosis and asthma; it is no longer legal to charge women higher rates than men; seniors are no longer penalized with higher premiums for the crime of living longer.

So you’ll have to forgive me if I cannot support your vote for Romney on the basis of his promise to get rid of “Obamacare.” Going back to the way it was would be, to put it mildly, needlessly cruel to millions of Americans.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Nov 4, 2012, 03:23 PM (54 replies)

November 7th

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:47 AM (2 replies)

Whatever will they do?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:04 AM (1 replies)

Mitt won't lose

graciously. You can see it in his face, hear it in his voice.

He's working up to, at the very least, a colossal snit.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:43 PM (17 replies)

Another moment of hmmmmm...

Back in early '08 a friend, who had just entered her 40s, mentioned that she'd never voted. Being curious, and more than a little surprised, I initiated a conversation about the importance of voting. It was an interesting chat, given that she's quite adamant about her opinions; but I did let her know that her opinions would have a bit more credibility if she had the courage to back them up. A few days later she called to say she'd thought about the things we'd talked about, and that she'd gone to the county clerk's office and registered to vote. She made it a point to mention that she'd registered as a Republican, I made it a point to welcome her to the conversation.

She went all gung ho for McCain-Palin, and we had a few heated discussions about the candidates. She fell in with those who were demeaning "book smart" as opposed to "street smart", and she's managed to drop the occasional Obama snark here and there; part of that comes from her dad, a right-winger with whom she's been working to reconcile. This year she's gone out of her way to post every Fox news anti-Obama dig on my facebook wall; I just delete them, there are sufficient numbers of truth-telling posts to negate any need for getting into an argument.

A couple of weeks ago she stopped posting anything about Romney. Then today she changed her profile pic to the one shown below. No comment, no explanation. Hmmmmm...

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Nov 2, 2012, 04:51 PM (0 replies)

Four word

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:25 PM (0 replies)

A moment of hmmmmm...

Couple weeks back we had a visit from Joe Biden. As soon as the visit was announced, our OFA offices were swarmed with people wanting tickets. Those tickets went quickly. The day arrived, one of the first cold ones of the fall season, and we were glad the event would be held indoors. We were plum tickled to have 1600 people brave that long, cold line. This county is divided roughly in thirds, R-D-U, but Republicans dominate in elected positions, thus we tend to be viewed as a Republican community. Given that, a crowd of 1600 showing up for the Democratic Veep is something to smile about. Adding to the flavor of the day, the Republicans scheduled a counter-rally a few blocks away, their guest of honor being Craig Romney. He drew a whopping 36 people.

Today we had a visit from Paul Ryan. Being good weather, they decided to hold the event outside the building where the Biden event was held. Big grassy area, it can hold lots more than the indoor venue. Good move on their part, especially since Ryan brought entertainment with him in the person of Lee Greenwood. Attendees didn't have to shiver in the cold as they awaited their candidate. Yesterday, the newspaper ran a notice that there were still plenty of tickets available. According to press reports, the crowd was "almost 1000."

So I'm wondering - did the "enthusiasm gap" switch sides?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Nov 2, 2012, 12:35 AM (4 replies)

Back to Basics

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 1, 2012, 04:38 PM (1 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM (0 replies)

The Cake

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:56 AM (0 replies)
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