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Well, hey — my name is Lincoln Madison, so I've always felt a certain personal affinity for this particular holiday, ever since Madison Avenue invented it. True, this holiday generally commemorates Lincoln and Washington, and it's downright antipodal to my birthday, but I can still call it my own.

I've always taken a keen interest in Presidential politics. I watched hour after hour, day after day, as the Watergate hearings crept forward in Congress, even though I was only 11. Two years later, I watched large chunks of both the Democratic and Republican conventions. I was 17 when Reagan was elected, but I watched my older brother campaign for John Anderson, a Republican-turned-independent who broke from the "Conservative Movement" domination of the GOP. When Bill Clinton was elected, I was living abroad, but I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, watching the returns roll in until a winner could be declared. I was utterly dismayed that the American electorate failed to repudiate George W. Bush in 2004, having had a pretty convincing preview of how badly he could fuck up if given another four years. I shall not stand idly by while my country surrenders yet farther to neo-conservative totalitarianism.

I believe wholeheartedly, more fervently than ever before, that our nation's freedom depends upon electing a Democrat in November. I would prefer that it be Barack Obama, but I will support any Democrat against any Republican.

[cross-posted from my personal blog, "The Third Path"]

Originally posted to LincMad on Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:36 AM PST.

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  •  I don't like Mondays... or Bob Geldof (1+ / 0-)
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    Justus

  •  You forgot an option (0+ / 0-)

    In Florida, the Democrats should have been more vocal about wanting to follow the rules.... or be more vocal that they want to buck the rules to demonstrate that the process needs changing...

    Happy Birthday.

    Flowers Bloom for my Ex - though Honeybees are pretty cool too.

    by Yoshi En Son on Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:43:23 AM PST

    •  but what option did I forget? (0+ / 0-)

      Your comment doesn't actually contain any other option for going forward.

      Also, I think that forbidding all the candidates from campaigning in Florida counts as being "vocal about wanting to follow the rules," at least on the part of the DNC. The candidates were vocal in accepting the idea that Florida wouldn't count for delegates. The state party officials never made any representation that they were going to buck the DNC ruling. So, in sum, I don't get what you're trying to say at all.

  •  i liked it better when it was (2+ / 0-)
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    cjallen, Libertaria

    lincoln's birthday, and washington's birthday so there was no insinuation i was celebrating chester a arthur, woodrow wilson, richard nixon or george w bush (to name a few) as well

    please pardon the poor keyboarding, i can never decide which two of my ten thumbs to use, so hopefully some of you are fluent in Typo

    by TAPayne on Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:47:08 AM PST

    •  isnt it funny too how george bush (0+ / 0-)

      and others like him are going to have a coin? they couldnt ever get him one so they trumped up a whole series so they could slip him in...pfft

      please pardon the poor keyboarding, i can never decide which two of my ten thumbs to use, so hopefully some of you are fluent in Typo

      by TAPayne on Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:49:12 AM PST

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      •  Only if he dies. (0+ / 0-)

        any president who is still alive two years before the end of the program doesn't get a dollar. That means if Carter and Bush, Sr. live to be 90 they won't get one, and Bush, Jr and Clinton won't get one at all.

        •  awkward possibility (0+ / 0-)

          Suppose Carter is still going when the cutoff hits. Do they skip Carter but still have a coin for Reagan (and Bush-41 if he's already shuffled off to the Great Inferno Below)? Or do they just end it with the Prez before the earliest one still alive (i.e., Ford)? I think we should put the issue up to a vote in Michigan and Florida....

          The whole discussion, though, reminds me of one of the factoids about Nixon. He was the first President since Washington to have no living ex-Presidents. LBJ, Ike, and Harry Truman all died while Tricky Dick was in office.

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