Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I. Can't. Look.

I'm wondering if my no thought problem has something to do with the election. I'm terrified. Seriously. I'm quite heartened by the fact that Demon Baby has turned his state, and it seems like everything is going pretty strongly for Obama overall.

When I have a performance, I'm too nervous to practice for a day or two or three before (depending on how important the performance). Of course, I do practice, but imagine me squeezing my eyes shut with every muscle braced, holding my breath. I'd be immobilized if it weren't for sheer force of will.

That's how I feel about the election right now

I kinda feel like Tina Fey about Sarah Palin: "If she wins... I'm leaving Earth."

I feel, also, for those who are just as fearful that Obama will win. I believe the Middle Class could collapse, and I believe this next president will have a lot to do with whether or not it does. Look at these statistics:

Since George W. Bush has been in office 5 million Americans have slipped into poverty, 8 million have lost their health insurance and 3 million have lost their pensions. In the last seven years median household income for working-age Americans has declined by $2,500. Our country, for the first time since the Great Depression, now has a zero personal savings rate and, all across the nation, emergency food shelves are being flooded with working families whose inadequate wages prevent them from feeding their families.

I know those who want McCain are just as fearful Obama could cause it as I am fearful McCain could cause it.

It's tough times.

Whoever wins, I pray with all my heart they can help lead this world, this country, to a better place.

So tonight: the debate. I don't think I can look. I get nauseous every time I think of it.  What if he totally screws up?

I'm too scared to look, too scared to watch. And I've sort of lost  my stomach for this election. I want it over with now.

What did I think about before all this election business? What did I do online before I started checking the Dow and the Election Polls three times a day?

What about you? Can you look? Will you watch? Did you watch? Do you still have the stomach for this election?

24 bonus scribbles:

Rick 10/15/2008 08:26:00 PM  

Two out of three Tarot readers predict consistently Obama. And I'm counting Libertarian Tarot readers. There, that ought to give you some solace.

Now I'm going to go back and read your puppy post again. I like that one.

Eric Mayer,  10/15/2008 08:49:00 PM  

I am afraid the repugs will manage to lie, cheat and/or steal their way to a win, no matter what the polls say. They've done it twice in a row. You'd have thought Bush was an obvious fraud/incompetent/crook/right-wing-loonie but he somehow fooled just enough voters twice and now look what we face. Who said no one every went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public? Was that P.T. (there's a sucker born every minute) Barnum? Yeah, I am worried sick.

Melanie Avila 10/15/2008 10:46:00 PM  

The debate just finished and while I don't believe with everything Obama says, I feel better about my decision to vote for him. (did I mention I already voted?). McCain came off as petty, flustered, and more worried about getting his little digs than actually explaining anything that he stands for. I'm done with old men who giggle for the camera to win over Joe "Six-Pack" Plumber. I'm a college educated woman and my opinion matters too.

Now I have to go read your puppy post.

spyscribbler 10/15/2008 10:48:00 PM  

Well, now I feel better, Rick! Btw, I read about your apartment house. Man, that's a dream!

spyscribbler 10/15/2008 10:49:00 PM  

Isn't that the truth, Eric? Yikes. See, that's exactly why I've got that feeling in the pit of my stomach.

And amen to what you said about intelligence. See the rant I'm going to make in my next comment. (Gotta spread the love, LOL!)

spyscribbler 10/15/2008 10:53:00 PM  

AMEN, Melanie!!! I am SO over that. I mean, for crapping out loud, McCain talks like we're freaking IDIOTS!

Maybe Eric is right. Maybe that's why Bush won. Maybe the majority of the population just doesn't have the intelligence to realize when they're being talked to like idiots.

I mean, how else can a party that mostly supports the interests of the rich be as popular as it is?

Get the support of the stupid people. Sheesh.

Okay, rant over. McCain was totally petty and... ya' know, there's an anger simmering under that smile. A bad aura. Something. Like he's hanging on to that smile with everything he's got, but push a button and something BAD is going to happen.

SHAKEL 10/15/2008 11:07:00 PM  

I agree with ERIC; this is quite scary! After 4 years of failure, I couldn't believe the American people voted George Bush for another 4 years.

Barrack Obama is extremely intelligent, I think the last three debates makes that clear. This is a man who was painted as inexperience - Barrack Obama actually have taught Mcain as well as the American more about the foreign policy, energy policy, and economics than either one of us knew. I did my research after each debate and Barrack Obama clearly understands these policies and understands what has failed.

MCain either does not have a clue or just does not know how to articulate what he wants to say. . because he never answer the questions with specifics - he goes all over the place.

Hillary Clinton just stated Mcain called her a couple of weeks for advice on economics . . .wtf. He couldn't even answer the questions on his Vice President choice-once again all over the place.

Either my ears are clogged up or the American people are deaf. Everyone clearly can see how frustrated, and panicked Mcain was.

Senator Obama was very calm, poised, and clearly articulated responses to the questions as asked.

Come on People!

SHAKEL 10/15/2008 11:14:00 PM  

I HAVE TO GIVE MCAIN SOME CREDIT, HE'S TRYING REALLY HARD! HOWEVER, THE FACTS ARE, HE VOTED THE SAME AS BUSH 90% OF THE TIME. SO HOW IS HE SEPARATING HIMSELF FROM THE PROBLEMS WE'RE FACING TODAY. ESPECIALLY, WHEN OBAMA EXPLAINED ALL OF MCAINS POLICY MORE CLEAR THAN MCAIN EXPLAINED HIS OWN POLICY, OBAMA CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS THE POLICIES MCAIN SUPPORTS BETTER THAN MCAIN AND DHE FURTHER EXPLAINED WHY THOSE POLICIES WILL NOT WORK!

spyscribbler 10/15/2008 11:15:00 PM  

Shakel, welcome! Watch this video for a great quote on what McCain has to say about his own experience in economics.

This reminds me of 2000. Al Gore was extremely smart. It breaks my heart, to this day, that he lost. What a different world we would have right now if he had won.

Melanie Avila 10/15/2008 11:32:00 PM  

I completely forgot to say I agree with Eric! Just yesterday I wrote in my journal that I cannot believe that Americans are stupid enough to elect McCain, but then I remembered I felt just as passionately during the last election. I could NOT believe that people would reelect Bush. But they did, and that scares the shit out of me.

It doesn't help that we watched Michael Moore's Sicko last night and now I want to move to England. The US is scaring me more and more. If McCain is elected I really worry for our future.

Melanie Avila 10/15/2008 11:32:00 PM  

Oh, and I just said on FB that "McCain looks like a wax figure with nothing but hatred in his eyes."

mom2brie,  10/15/2008 11:51:00 PM  

I can't wait until the transcript comes out for the final debate. I want to quote what Barack said about "pay as you go" (which is my #1 concern - the US's huge deficit) and his plans for education - which I think he very concisely and thoughtfully explained. These quotes will explain exactly why I am going to vote for him. Additionally, his intelligence is just so reassuring to me after these past 8 years.

PS - Brie's playset was installed today - YEAH!!!!!!!

Edie 10/16/2008 12:26:00 AM  

Melanie, I want to move to England too after seeing Sicko! Or Scotland. I would love to live in Scotland.

I only watched the debates for a short time. I'm at the point where McCain's hypocrisy and lies is upsetting me. So is the ineffective media. Thank God for the comics, who make me laugh and keep me sane.

I'm so glad that America seems to be getting it right this time.

Robin 10/16/2008 08:06:00 AM  

Completely and totally scary. I watched the debates and thought it was a clear win for Obama. He came off as articulate, calm, intelligent - someone I'd want representing me in front of the world. And McCain had, well...crazy eyes. Then I listened to what "man on the street" news audience people said, and they all thought McCain sounded great.

I felt like I had been on another planet during the debate. My son said, "Oh, Mom...they're paying those people!" He, like me, couldn't conceive of a rational person watching that and thinking, "That McCain's a great guy!"

Erica Orloff 10/16/2008 09:00:00 AM  

Spy:
I get scared too. Terrified. I often can't look . . . I'm afraid if I do, my head will explode every time McCain is a jerk.

I can honestly say, the election is consuming me . . . it's too close for my comfort and I put nothing past them given the attack ads and Palin's smiling over crowds shouting out that Obama is a traitor.

E

P.S. I'm the person who reads the ending to books--first. So of COURSE it's hard for me to look. I want to know for sure it all gives me the happy ending I want.

WendyCinNYC 10/16/2008 02:30:00 PM  

Can I look? I can't seem to look away!

It's completely unproductive!

LaDonna 10/17/2008 12:29:00 AM  

Spy, I'm with ya, I've been consumed. I had to turn off the tube for a day, just to get rid of the toxins in the air. More than anything, I'm worried. What's happening to our country? Was it always this way, and I just didn't see? I've lost faith in the system, and that's sad. The veil has fallen.

For me, my major concerns are a rigged election, a total collapse of the middle class, and socialism. I've read some scary stuff lately, and it ain't pretty.

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 04:54:00 PM  

Melanie, it's so sad. My friend "connects" with Palin because she is so stupid. Um, she didn't use the "stupid" word, but basically said she connected with her because she was more human. It's the same with Bush, I think. He was the guy next door.

I. Just. Don't. See. How. People. Can. Think. They. Want. The. Guy. Next. Door. To. Run. The. Country!!

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 04:56:00 PM  

Mom2brie, how cool is that? What does she think of it? Has she played on it?

WHY don't you have pictures up? Hmm??

I haven't heard of this pay-as-you-go thing. I must research. I hope with all my heart Obama does some great stuff in the next four years. AND that he gets elected!

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 04:59:00 PM  

Edie, the comedy does help. I actually miss Sarah Palin's interviews, because at least she made me laugh. It's scary times.

I'm crossing my fingers and lighting candles in the hopes that we do get this right, and that Obama does it right once he moves into the White House.

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 05:00:00 PM  

HAH! Which son was that, Robin? That is so funny! You'd think they'd have to be. I just can't understand how people can say McCain did better. Do they not listen to his words? Do they just close their mind and decide for McCain and just not listen to the facts? I don't know. It terrifies me.

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 05:03:00 PM  

Erica, I'm like you, I often sneak peeks at the ending. That stuff with the traitor and terrorist at the Republican rallies is truly scary in its bigotness.

And did you get that Obsession DVD???? We got two in the mail, and I wanted to rant and yell about it, but I couldn't bring it in the house, let alone watch it. Where's the link? Here's one.

It SO pissed me off. That's the Republican way: scare people into thinking they'll be attacked if they don't go to war or vote for a Republican.

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 05:04:00 PM  

Wendy, I know. Oh gosh, I know. It is consuming me!

spyscribbler 10/17/2008 05:05:00 PM  

LaDonna, I'm very worried. Very. I don't know. I just don't have the answers. I just do the very, very small parts I can and know how to do. Which are abysmally little.