Yes, we can…

UPDATE: This was supposed to show up last night…

[Before we get started, I’d like to apologize for not update for the last week or so. I’ve been busy & had to let something drop.]

Ok. This is the point where I endorse Barack Obama for President. This “endorsement” matters nil – very few people will read this and most of those that do are already sold on Barry for Pres. But I will go ahead anyway – mostly for my own stake.

Why do I think that you should vote for Barack Obama – beyond the fact that he will usher in the communist revolution I’ve been dreaming of since I was a lad? On the most basic level Obama represents – this is an obvious slogan/clinche at this point – change. What exactly is this “change”? An Obama election will represent a fundamental paradigm shift – very Kuhnian of me – in the basic direction of the country.

Since – at  least – the late 1970s we have been living in an “Age of Reagan“; the basic terms of our politics has been conservative. (Whatever the problems with Wilentz’s book, his basic argument about the conservative drive of our politics in the last thirty some years is dead on) An Obama victory represents a fundamental, 180 degree shift from all of that. A reorientation away from dead-end governance, foreign wars, private interest raiding of our public trust, and cynical manipulation of the public’s fears and hates.

On a basic level Obama means more of this and less of this.

Of course, the change Obama will bring is not going to be exactly what I’d want in my ideal world; but – of course – we don’t live in my dream world (who would want to anyway besides me?), so I’ll just take what I can get. Whatever surprises, disappointments, successes and failures an Obama administration will bring, we must remember that history will judge us worse if do nothing than if we try and fail.

But a ramble from me won’t really convince any undecideds out there. Perhaps Obama’s own words will: (via)

Ok. With that out of the way: below are a list of the candidates that Blurred Productions offically supports in this election cyle. The list only includes candidates (and ballot issues) in the three states immediately (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia) surrounding BP central here in Northern VA.

Federal level:
Barack Obama – President
Joe Biden – Vice President

Virginia: (Polls open from 6:00am -7:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Mark Warner – US Senate
Gerry Connolly – US Congress (VA-11)
Judy Feder – US Congress (VA-10)

Maryland: (Polls open from 7:00am to 8:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Vote NO on authorizing adding 15,000 slot machines at five locations
Vote YES on allowing legislature to provide for early voting (within two weeks of an election

West Virginia: (Polls open from 6:00am to 7:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Jay Rockefeller – US Senate
Anne Barth – US Congress (WV-2)
Margret Workman – State Supreme Court
Menis Ketchum – State Supreme Court

And for the record, if you live in California please make the world a better, more humane place by voting for Prop 2 (better conditions for livestock) and againist Prop 8 (banning gay marriage).

Consider this an open election day thread.

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