I think I stated this already but just to make sure that you get the story right: I am a guy from Austria and I am married to a wonderful woman from the USA. We are relocating within the next 10 days to the US.
Yesterday I drove home from work and had my wife on the phone. She told me about what's going on right now in the country that we have decided to life in. Guys, I was simply shocked...
When she told me that people damage cars of Obama supporters, when she told me that crowds are standing in front of voting points and yell at voters, when she told me that Obama supporters knocking on doors are attacked, when she told me that people recieve letters, stating that their family will be killed if they go on supporting Obama, when she told me that people tried to vote for Obama but the voting machine switched the vote to McCain - a picture came to my mind that is based on the stories my grandpa told me when I was a kid. It was the picture of Germany in 1938 and before.
I was told a lot of these stories and I learned a lot about this time in school because people here want to make sure that that can happen NEVER AGAIN. And yesterday my wife told me that it starts again, just slightly different, now in the USA.
I shocked my wife right after she told me all this, because I said that these right wingnuts (I think that was the term she used) are acting like the Nazis did here in Europe. She was shocked because I used the term Nazi, a term I usually do not use because from my point of view this is the worst thing you can say about someone. But still I can not find another word to describe this. It is simply shocking and terrible.
So far I was more or less independent. Yesterday changed my life and my political oppinion completely. From now on I will do EVERYTHING I can in order to help Obama to win. As soon as we are in our new home (in a swing state) I will get in contact with the local democrats and offer my help. I will drive people to vote if they can't make it on their own and if necessary I would even carry them to the voting point. I will spend some time every day in order to support my wife in her activities to support Obama.
I hate to do that, but I have to compare McCain and Palin with Hitler. The crowd starts to act in the same way. But the situation in the USA is much more dangerous. In Germany, Hitler had control over his crowd. By eliminating him politicly the situaion could have been stopped at the beginning. McCain lost this control already. People get crazy and he is standing beside, sometimes trying to calm down but with no effect. I he looses this election (and I pray to god he will), he will not be able to stop the crowd. It will be on us, thinking people to show them the difference, to act in a different way, to help Obama to unite this country again.
This guy is not able to control his own party, so why do people think he would be able to lead a nation?
Having the picture of Germany 1938 in mind I think it is time to act now.
If 20 people show up at a voting point,yelling at people who are on their way to vote, show up with 40 people without jelling, just showing that voters are not alone.
If you try to vote and the machine switches your vote, use your cell to videotape it and send it to the big news-channels.
More suggestions very welcome...
I am moving to the US because I felt in love with my wife and with this country. I will not just sit down and watch a development that history already prooved wrong with a world war. I want to life in the UNITED States of Amerika, and this is why it is so important that Obama becomes president.