Monday, November 3, 2008

Gratitude Monday - US Election Edition

I am very grateful that the US is a free and democratic society in which regular elections are held. I am grateful that the regular election is tomorrow and the current reign of error will come to a close.
I am darned grateful for the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution which prevents anyone from being president for more than two terms. Ever.
And I really like it that the Constitution prevents an ex-president from sneaking in the back door by taking a turn as vice-president.
I don't have much else to say about it as a foreigner although my grandmother was from Nebraska and I have American relatives on both sides of the family. This allows me, in my mind, to take a few liberties.
Enjoy your election.
Meanwhile, I love this picture. You might have to be of a certain age to think it's funny, but I am and I do.
Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
see Sarah Palin pictures


MizFit said...

I voted.

I so hope my candidate wins.

I am of a certain age.

that is all.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I am also of that age... would SO much rather see Mrs Robinson as VP than Ms. Palin.

I'm grateful I live in a democracy (for now) but it that democracy f*cks it up yet again I'm going to be inconsolable.

Lookin' pretty good right now though...

Leah J. Utas said...

Glad to hear it, MizFit.

Crabby, I often think of the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." I certainly hope things get a lot less interesting soon.

the Bag Lady said...

I, too, am grateful that the US is a democracy. And that the current reign of error (I love that - did you come up with that? Of course you did!) is about to come to an end.

I was listening to the radio the other day and was distressed to hear them say that if Obama wins, the current trading climate between our countries will very likely get a lot chillier for cattle producers.
WTF? Instead of waging war on Iraq, he will start picking on his friends? I did NOT want to hear that.

Oh, and I am of that certain age, too, so got quite a chuckle from the photo.

Leah J. Utas said...

dfBag Lady, I so wish I could take credit for "Reign of Error" but it was the title of a book about John Turner's very brief turn as Prime Minister.
Obama has said he'll re-open the Free Trade Agreement. I do not believe it will have much of an impact on cattle producers. Not a bad impact anyway. It's chiefly some offensive scare-mongering.
Glad you enjoy the pic. I think it's beyond hilarious.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

I voted already.

I pretended I was young again and traveled to two different states to volunteer for the candidate of my choice because we are in very turbulent times.

Thanks for your good wishes. I only hope we get this election right.

Love the picture. And how true! Governor Palin embarrassed women everywhere by flirting her way through the VP debate and through an interview with conservative tv show host Sean Hannity.


Leah J. Utas said...

dfTerrie - Good for you for voting and double good for you for volunteering. I have great faith that Americans will do the right thing.

Lethological Gourmet said...

I'm so happy the Reign of Terror is almost over, but I'm scared about what it's going to turn into if McCain somehow manages to pull through to victory. I don't think it would be much better than Bush.

Not that my vote's going to count much (because I live in a steadfastly blue which was the ONLY state to go blue in the Nixon-Humphry election, so there's no chance of red leaking in). But I'm still going to vote anyway.

I'm really crossing my fingers.

I can't believe we went from the major female candidate on the scene being Hillary (highly competent) to Palin (wtf?).

Leah J. Utas said...

LG, I understand what you're saying, but I believe your vote still counts.
McCain represents the old fear-based world that I am confident is over.

Missicat said...

Funny also of a certain (fabulous!) age. :-)

Actually getting nervous. Setting the alarm clock to get up at the crack o' dawn so I can stand in line with a thousand of my closest friends (no early voting in VA - wah!)

Lethological Gourmet said...

My vote counts in the sense that if a bunch of people in MA all decided to not vote because "MA always goes blue" then all of a sudden, it would go red. So it doesn't not count, but it doesn't count in the same way it did when I was in Missouri (which is a right-leaning swing state).

I'm still doing my best to convince friends to vote who've said they're apathetic, or even worse, don't believe in voting (yikes!).

Leah J. Utas said...

Missicat, good for you for going out early and getting it done.
It's good to see lineups for voting. Your country is having a very important election. It's good to know how many people care enough to get out and vote.

LG, totally get your reasoning. Oh my. "Don't believe in voting." Echo yikes.

Clare2e said...

Funny picture!

Leah J. Utas said...

Clare2e, it's good to laugh.

Reb said...

Well said! Especially the "reign of error"!

Love the photo!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb.

Dawn said...

We're following the US elections closely in NZ. Some of the younger folk find it more interesting than our own election to be held next weekend.

Leah J. Utas said...

Dawn, we haven't heard much about the NZ election up here. The US election will have a significant impact on us, especially in oil rich cattle country Alberta.

Hilary said...

Great photo, Leah.

I wanted to let you know that I made that casserole again this past Friday and it was yummy as expected (except for lacking garlic which I totally forgot to add for some inexplicable reason). So thanks again. :)

Psychic said...

I like the photo though. Election day is quite the talk of the world today. Hope the best candidate wins.

Leah J. Utas said...

Glad you enjoyed the pic, Hilary. And thanks for letting me know how the Nightshade turned out. I am so tickled you like it.

Hello Psychic, I hope so, too.