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My name is William J. Hamilton, III.  I am 52 years old, white and a supporter of Barack Obama.  I am from the future.  On Thursday, I will enter a powerful machine which will transport me to Cleveland, Ohio a few days before the 2012 general election with the hope of avoiding the future I live in here.

Most of you have no idea how powerful the forces aligned against President Obama and his administration are.  The energies raised against him, which have nearly incapacitated your government and potential for effective collective action have been increased so broadly that you no more feel them than the gossamer monster fish which living in the cold, dark water miles below the surfaces of your oceans.

You no longer notice the advertising for oil and carbon energy companies filling the space between what you accept as reporting in your news.  You don't think about what the money which paid for that advertising has bought.  You may not have noticed that the survival of the planet you live on has been squeezed out of the national debate, being entirely absent from the four confrontations between the administration and its opponents just held.

Likewise, reaching a time of real peace seems beyond discussion in the atmosphere of fear saturating your culture.  Science seems mute.  History is not provided a moment for witness.

You are losing your capacity to work out a sustainable future and you are being deprived of the precious and often bloodly lessons of the past.

In the place I come from, twenty years after the takeover of a rigid, currupt conservatism, the future is clouded by the deeply incoherant mix of religious myth and racial paranoia.  Schools are not allowed to teach how life has come to survive on this planet.  Economics is stuck in a reductive replay of Adam Smith which leaves out most of what you have learned in the industrial and information ages and a great deal of what Smith himself knew.

Attitudes towards sex and human reproduction, the most significant activity on the planet, are utterly irrational.  Life is precious until children are born and cheap thereafter.  Birth is mandatory.  Medical care is optional and facing massive cuts in programs for the poor and elderly.

Race, a problem we honestly believed would be resolved to a manageable remnant of social anxiety in my time, remains a massive wall of division.  Predjudice is expoited in every conceivable way to excuse the failure of government, education and an economy under the control of powerful, greedy men and women.  Racism is so powerful that it can be used to compel the poor to destroy their schools, government safety net and common institutions which they share with those of other races.  The ancient issues of slavery and sexism enlarge in an era of economic desperation.

The prosperity of two generations ago has slipped away.  The oppressed undereducated and afraid blame it not on policies which concentrate wealth into the hands of idle speculators, but on those who look, love or live different from themselves.

Where I come from, our government is now utterly within the invisible grip of corporate economic power. The administration of our Governor is directed by paid operatives who communicate with their masters outside of public knowledge and instruct our Governor on what to say and do.  Huge funds have been accumulated to squelch any opposition in elections where less than have the population still bothers to vote. 250 candidates were struck from our ballot last year with no major public protest due to incompetence, while the incumbents were grandfathered on to the ballot. Endless irregularities in the interaction between money and politics have grown so endemic that the Governor and others caught merely declare that what they are doing is normal and expected, one of the rare true things they say.

There are still people here fighting for something better, but they struggle on without reenforcment by the young.  The young, who know only war and decline, see our efforts for something better as pointless,  They prefer the cheap accessible distractions of intoxicants, electronic distraction, sex and low cost consumption.  They have been deprived of the knowledge, time and energy to imagine great things.

It is important for you to understand how vulnerable President Obama's opposition is in 2012.  They are losing the struggle for control of the culture.  They refuse to comprehend a complex, conflicted world.  Their economy cannot enrich them while also producing the incentives to keep the working class in line.  Their greed and prejudice blinds them to much of what is going on beyond their gated communities and quarterly reports.  Their tools of mass media, so easily controlled with money, reach fewer people every day.  They are being driven to threatening the livelyhood of ordinary people to force them to vote for Mitt Romney, as if they were serfs again, bound to sweat and fight for feudal lords.

They must secure control of the Government and its capacity to apportion power before they are overwealmed by demographics and the failure of their own system.  Your right to vote, demonstrate and communicate has to be reduced to ineffectiveness if they are to hold on to control.  This is a global struggle now, but no where and at no time is it more critical than in 2012.

If you win, your victory will not be complete.  You will at best, gain the opportunity to rebuild a sustainable, democratic society that can evolve a rational path to a future where you and your planet survive.  The luxuries of war, waste and ignorance cannot be returned to you.  You may however, if you act now, begin the creation of a world where your grandchildren will have what matters.

If you lose, however, Mitt Romney and his friends will be sure that their victory is swift and complete.  They will auction off your public treasures for a pittance and compel future generations to rent them back.  They will defund your schools and pulblic institutions.  They will shred your social safety net and reduce  people to utter desperation.  They will push the ecosystem and climate of the planet to failure.  Want, disease, oppression and disaster will descend on America in ways not seen in a century.  All the benefits of social and economic progress since the time of Theodore Rosevelt will be erased.  The will silence you. They will dissolve your unions and scatter your camps of protest. They will drive your demonstrations from the streets.  They will reduce your right to vote to the point that it no longer threatens them.

I know this because I lived in the future that they have made for the past twenty years in the State of South Carolina.  They have already been in control for a generation.  They have been implementing their plans here relentlessly since 1992.  You can find the proof in the mercury found in the flesh of the fish in our rivers, a declining standard of living or reduced access to health care.  Our leaders speak, without any sense of embarrassment, about “driving cost out of the system” which means starvation, sickness and death to someone who does not count and probably doesn't bother to vote.

If you call South Carolina's Government for an explanation of what isn't working, such as when our Department of Revenue's lax security enabled the theft of tax information on over 3 million residents and credit card data on over 300 thousaand, you'll be assaulted by a teeth grinding, Governor mandated, “It's a great day in South Carolina.”  It is a mercy that most offices are so understaffed that you end up with voice mail.

While most people talk about South Carolina being stuck in the past, we're really stuck in a conservative future ordered and paid for by the out of state money which toys with our fate because it is cheap and easy here.  A seat in our legislature is easily bought for a mere 25 thousand dollars.  Possession of the Governor's pen cost only a few million and obtains a reliable, attractive servant ready to do and say whatever she is told.

Wisconsin turned out to be much harder place to launch their agenda. Hopefully they can be denied the control of the nation and your future.

Unfortunately the future I come from is contemporaneous with your own, a reality which doesn't threaten students of complexity.  Porgress moves forward and backwards in human affairs as any resident of Rome could have told you in the year 500.  I cannot bring magic force fields to hold back voter suppression, teleportation as a tool for enhancing GOTV or ESP boosters to replace phone banking.  I know you are up against a lot of power and money in Ohio.  I'll only be getting off the plane with a carry on and a shoulder bag holding my Ipad with Votebuilder loaded on it.  I'll be joining a crack team of organizers who focus on public transit riders deployed by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Americans for Transit to work on GOTV and voter protection.  Last week they participated in a national effort which reached a million transit riders with voting information.

I can only bring one more voice and set of feet to the contest, just that and a warning.  We "must be the change we want to see in the world" and go on with courage and hope.  The future is a stake and control of it shouldn't be sold to the people with the most money.  The future will only belong to everyone if we secure it now.

Originally posted to wjhamilton29464 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM PDT.

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  •  Well, Romney will gain a far higher percentage of (2+ / 0-)
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    rmabelis, Creosote

    the vote here in Utah than in S.C. Polling right now is at over 70%, and those 70% are all in for everything you mention/expose.

    Yeah, we're toast if they pull the theft of this one off.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 12:43:24 PM PDT

    •  White Divide (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, dchill

      If you consider just one side of the White racial divide here, it is a lot like Utah.  I would guess at least 70% of the white electorate will be voting for Romney and many of them detest him.  They just crawl out of their singlewide mobile homes to push the "R" button because of the color of Romney's skin.  Their employers, living in the beach resort communities, just clink their glasses of scotch and laugh.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 01:46:26 PM PDT

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      •  Here, O gets most if not all minority votes, and (0+ / 0-)

        R will still top a 70% total. But, on the bright side, his folks will be "toasting" election eve with newly "legalized" caffeinated sodas, so our streets will be safer.

        There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

        by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 02:11:11 PM PDT

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        •  In Cleveland, that's not happening (6+ / 0-)

          The 70% white vote, I mean. Obama will get almost half the white vote in the county, and about 99% of the AA vote. I'm working at the Cleveland BoE and we've had people come in and say, "Just show me where to vote for the president." Whatever that poll was t hat showed him getting only 79% of the black vote was completely wacko.

          Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

          by anastasia p on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 06:50:09 PM PDT

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      •  One of them today shrugged and said, (3+ / 0-)
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        Steve Canella, OleHippieChick, akmk

        "I'm a Republican so I'll be voting for Mitt Frankenstorm." Unfortunately, I know several nice people like him, living in a dream of what the GOP once was.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

        by anastasia p on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 06:48:25 PM PDT

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    •  smuggle, I don't believe it will be 70% in Utah. (1+ / 0-)
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      That would be depressing.  Can we settle on 66%?  I'm not so sure that everyone in Utah is married to their faith father.

  •  Chilling. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  My mother's people came from Cleveland (4+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, Wary, Creosote, tobendaro

    I really appreciate this message from the future.  

    What we are looking at is nothing less than a leveraged buyout of the White House - and Congress - by Wall Street.  

    How dare We The People exert our interests in even suggesting that these denizens of the tops of tall buildings be more transparent or join the social compact with the rest of us.  

    If the GOP wins, especially if Romney wins, it will be necessary to continue the struggle as intensely as possible.  

    But it will get way, way harder.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 01:15:28 PM PDT

    •  Harder (6+ / 0-)
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      ybruti, Alda, Wary, JanL, Creosote, tobendaro

      We continue to struggle here in SC, but it does get harder and the returns decline.  Ultimately the costs and risks of engagement get steep.  People lose their minds fighting what is happening here.  They get fired from their jobs.  They can't stand going to church any longer.

      Some people quit in a desire for self preservation.  Others just do liberal out of state, making contributions and being active online.  I have neighbors who have lived here for years, but vote in their "home" state where they often have a summer home.  They don't want to waste their vote here.

      My skills have been honed in this arms race and I can still hit their flank out of nowhere now and then, but this election cycle we've been so short of people that we're grinding up our volunteer base in a poorly coordinated effort which has sacrificed everything fun or rewarding just to keep the lights on.  Nobody comes back for more.  We're spending nearly all our efforts here sending people out of state and phone banking to out of state, which sends a devistating and toxic message to the volunteers doing it that there is nothing left to fight for here.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 01:43:17 PM PDT

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      •  Same is happening in Louisville, KY (2+ / 0-)
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        Creosote, tobendaro

        I went to Ohio a couple of times BUT no one was left to volunteer for my Dem Rep John Yarmuth and other local Dems!

        I decided to stay here and work ALONE most times! It's very very weird no volunteers in the Dem office when I go in!

        I know there are a few others coming in picking up signs, canvassing materials , like me' BUT I never see them!

        OFA has a different office, thank fully because everyone wants "ME" but I am far more concerned about our local DEMS since no one else seems to be!

        It's a very good thing my Dem Rep is in a VERY SAFE race this time, first time for a truly 'safe' seat and GOP isn't trying to take him out or cause problems.

        Hang in there!

        Re-Elect President Barack Obama & RECALL GOP 2012

        by Wary on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:39:39 PM PDT

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    •  It will get almost impossible (3+ / 0-)
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      Wary, Creosote, IreGyre

      Like you said, they will immediately move to nail their victory with permanent advantage, just like our Governor Kasich did. Instead of jobs, he immediately focused on destroying labor, women's and voter rights. The position of women under a supercilious patriarch like Romney would be miserable — and unfortunately, improving the lot of women is how countries move out of poverty. We'd move backwards.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 06:52:10 PM PDT

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  •  HELP! Does anyone remember (1+ / 0-)
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    the you tube that came out 4 years ago.

    It was a get out the vote ad, featuring a transmission supposedly sent from the future, a world that looked like "Mad Max".....telling us that our only hope was to vote for Obama.

    I've tried to find it online but can't locate it.  It was a great sci fi parody.

    It was similar to the diary but more humorous.

    "I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."~ Christopher Reeve~

    by Texnance on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 07:58:57 PM PDT

  •  Clevelanders are politically astute (3+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, akmk, Paddy999

    I grew up in Missouri and have lived in several other states as well.  NE Ohio is the most politically savvy areas I've lived in.

    Politics is much more a part of daily life and daily news coverage here, its been that way for decades.  People here tend to be more connected, they understand how politics affects their quality of life. They know more about their elected officials than other areas I've lived in and they're not shy about discussing politics in public.

    They always get screwed, though, because they live in a state whose political system has become increasingly rigged in favor of Republicans. They've almost no representation in the state government, very little in Congress and increasingly send more tax money to other parts of the state than they get in return.  

    They'll turn out in large numbers for Obama & all our Dems on the ticket.  They will carry Ohio for Dems, but damn, they deserve more in return for all their loyalty and hard work. I hope Issue 2 passes so we can get fair representation in government again.  If not, northern Ohio needs to secede from the rest of the fricking redneck nutjob state.

    "Mitt Romney is Dick Cheney with more charisma"

    by Betty Pinson on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:49:01 AM PDT

  •  State of Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    I believe Ohio will vote for Obama, but I also believe that the electronic voting machines --  the ones that do not print receipts -- will randomly flip one vote in 30 to Romney, thereby giving him 6% more votes overall.   The voting machines are actually capable of printing a receipt of actual votes cast, but the Republican-owned machine manufacturers have convinced the Republican election officials that it's impossible program their machines to give a receipt.

    •  Scanned Voting (0+ / 0-)

      In Florida, after years of disputed election results, everyone wanted to junk touch screen voting.  They now scan paper ballots, which when validated (no voting twice for one office errors) and tabulated get dumped in a safe at the bottom of the tabulator for later, hand recount if necessary.

      The risks of tampering with the machines are very high.  While they can be hacked, someone has to connect to the machines to make it work in the real world.  If they were caught everyone, including the winners would be certain to luck them up for a very long time.  After all Republicans consider ordinary people to be disposable.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

      by wjhamilton29464 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 07:59:55 AM PDT

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  •  The President leads here in Ohio ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... by about 2% to 3%, which is normally enough for a win.

    If the midline of the polls are 1.5% or less, get nervous.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:20:32 PM PDT

  •  Tagg Romney (0+ / 0-)

    Owns a company connected with the Voting machines in Hamilton County Ohio.  

    To be undecided in this elect​ion is to pause​ for a moment and then ask how the chick​en is cooked.” ― David Sedaris

    by Paddy999 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:12:57 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments.  I spent Sunday going door to door in my own Precinct in Mount Pleasant, SC.  Outnumbered and often disregarded, our progressives and Democrats down here are voting as if their lives depend on it anyway, often as an act of pure defiance.  They're taking elderly and disabled relatives to early voting and strugging with the huge amounts of voter disinformation circulating.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 07:55:55 AM PDT

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