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i leave work today at noon.  i've taken the next several days off.  i'm driving from chicago to the deepest mountains of virginia.  i'm going to pull into Tazewell County (never been there in my life) look for a campaign office, and work until i drop.  i chose Tazewell county because 28% of the people who voted for kerry didn't show up in the 2005 state election.  i will go to any holler, talk to everyone, and cajole, campaign, do anything to get an additional 500 votes for webb.  that's my goal.  500 more votes in Tazewell County than voted for the democratic governor in 2005.  this is after giving more money than i've ever given in a campaign, making phone calls from home, and being generally passionate about this election. before i leave, i want to state for the record why i'm doing this:

1. i just want to be America again.  
2. i trust the american system of law more than george bush's judgement.  i don't want to live in a country where george bush can imprison anyone for no more reason than its ability to enhance his political party.
3. if george bush nominates another supreme court justice i want the chair of the judiciary committee to be edward kennedy and not arlen specter.
4. i want to restore my faith in the american populace - that they all can't be fooled all the time - and that democracy is a trustworthy check on wanton government power.
5. i'm tired of the racism of the republican party.
6. i'm tired of the gay bashing of the republican party.
7. i'm damned pissed that the everyday family is being punished by these crazy conservative policies.
8. i hate the people who claim to be moral, but are actually just moralistic.
9. i want to destroy the conservative "christians" who have stolen my faith, made it the opposite of what Jesus would have, and prefer political power to spiritual power.
10. i want to know what happened to all the money missing in iraq.  i want to know who the republicans are protecting.
11. i want war profiteers to meet their just rewards - preferrably at the hands of mothers surviving the loss of their child in iraq.
12. i want torturers to accept their fate in hell, and an american that leads the world away from the tuse of torture.
13. i want to believe that people are sophisticated enough to discern pr from policy.  that they know when we're all being sold a bill of goods.
14. i want the democratic party to find its source of strength from the working people in small towns - i want them to believe in each other.
15. if george bush wants to attack iran, i want someone to ask some tough questions.
16. i want to end the republican confusion of the best policy is the one that is most profitable for their personal family.
17 i want to believe in virginia again - as a state the recognizes honor and chooses leaders based on it.

Originally posted to wahoo lon on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:09 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Beautiful and put up a tip jar (9+ / 0-)

    Thanks. You are a rock star!

    Man, I fuckin' hate politics.

    by Whigsboy on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:11:58 AM PST

  •  Good for you (2+ / 0-)
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    Dittoz, DemiGoddess

    I'm off for some local TN campaign work myself today.  Nothing like your "all-in" trip, certainly.

    I would go insane without this place...

    by vrexford on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:12:54 AM PST

  •  Safe drive, and good luck. (1+ / 0-)
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    DemiGoddess

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:18:20 AM PST

  •  Damn well Said (1+ / 0-)
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    DemiGoddess

    And I'm damn proud of ya. Go get em, wahoo.

    Al Gore had the goods on global warming in 1992. Read "Earth in the Balance".

    by Civil Defiance on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:18:45 AM PST

  •  Good luck! (1+ / 0-)
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    DemiGoddess

    Here's hoping you get 1000! :)

    Flying Squid Studios - Cartoons to Rot Your Brain!

    by Arken on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:19:10 AM PST

  •  Thanks for You Dedication (6+ / 0-)

    May I make a suggestion?  Contact the Webb campaign before you leave, and find out where the nearest office to your target area is.  Then call them and let them know you are coming and want to help.  They should have you set up and ready to go, which will save you a lot of time, something we are running out of at this point.

    •  If You Call Ahead (0+ / 0-)

      They may have time to line up a place for you to crash while you're there.  Bring a sleeping bag - just in case.  The campaign office floor is as good a place as any in a pinch.

      Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -8.75 / -6.10

      by Alegre on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:52:53 AM PST

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  •  Now that's a real case of radar love for (2+ / 0-)

    Jim Webb and country! I'm always re-energized by people who find thier passion for this country, democracy, and a representative they believe in.

    Wahoo lon, please diary what the experience was like for us upon your return.  

    An election is coming. Universal peace is declared....and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ~T.S. Eliot

    by maggiemae on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:31:40 AM PST

  •  Sounds like a very cleansing experience. (0+ / 0-)

    Besides, it's COLD here in Chicago today. I admire your effort and hope you have fun.

  •  Seventeen Reasons! (3+ / 0-)

    That's one more than the Virginia Bill Of Rights.

    Here are a few items from that list that come to mind today:

    <center>
    Virginia Bill of Rights
    June 12, 1776
    </center>

    1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
    1. That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.
    1. That no man, or set of men, are entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of publick services; which, not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator, or judge, to be hereditary.
    1. That the legislative and executive powers of the state should be separate and distinct from the judicative; and that the members of the two first may be restrained from oppression, by feeling and participating the burthens of the people, they should, at fixed periods, be reduced to a private station, return into that body from which they were originally taken, and the vacancies be supplied by frequent, certain, and regular elections, in which all, or any part of the former members, to be again eligible, or ineligible, as the laws shall direct.
    1. That the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotick governments.
    1. That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
    1. That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
    1. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our CREATOR, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.

    Oops. Read it again, and there are more than just a few that demand attention. Have a safe drive, eat healthy, go help win out country back.

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 09:36:08 AM PST

  •  You make me proud. (1+ / 0-)
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    chimpy

    Proud to be American.....ahhhh I sincerely have missed that!
    Thank you for all you do and good luck.

  •  I am inspired. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Like all weak men, he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. Somerset Maugham

    by anais on Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 08:18:40 PM PST

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