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A Political Message

Political commentary is a little out of place for my BLOG, and the most important message for this post is CHECK and DOUBLE-CHECK everything everyone says and make sure EVERYONE votes!

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I’m not sure how much of this is “true” and how much of it is spin — obviously Rolling Stone Magazine isn’t in the Fox Network camp of supporting McCain, and certainly Tim Dickinson has very different political ideas than Barbara West; but the story is very interesting reading — and hopefully we’re all aware you can take “factoids” and make them say anything you want…

Do you homework, check every fact in multiple places before you believe it… odds are no one is telling you more than they want you to hear, and there’s almost always more to the story.

Regardless of your political views, and regardless of who you support in this election the most important thing you can do is vote and insure that every one else (regardless of their ideas) vote and that no one prevents them from voting or coerces their vote in any way.  Voting is what makes America free and great, and in this election we need to insure that the winner is clear and uncontested by having everyone cast their ballot.

Make-Believe Maverick (Rolling Stone Magazine, Tim Dickinson)

Loving John McCain (The Nation, Eric Alterman & George Zornick)

 

http://www.votesmart.org/

http://www.factcheck.org/

 
I was considering some links to Veteran sites (there’s actually several that support each of the candidates) and news media (but most of those are very biased).  The problem is there that so much of information that is spun it’s hard to sort the truth out.  I would suggest sticking with sites that try to provide information that is as un-biased as possible.  Keep in mind, if a “fact” seems unbelievable, maybe you shouldn’t be too quick to believe it.

I’ve decided to close this post with one of the most positive and well done political advertisements of memorable time.

Originally posted 2008-10-29 20:00:58.

I’m mad as hell…

and not going to take it any longer is the phrase we’ve heard from the silver screen when it comes to the breakdown of our political system.

One thing to keep in mind is that the people you elect (or maybe I should say the people who find their way to “public” office — since recent history tells us they might not always be elected) don’t know what’s on your mind unless you tell them.

Sure they look at polls and surveys and listen to the media — but pollsters, surveyors, and the media have their own agenda — and are often funded by big business to make sure their interests are put in the spotlight (favorably).

The best way to let your elected officials know your feelings are to contact them.

When you do contact them; make sure you’ve written a clear and concise message.  Keep it simple — you don’t need to include any extraneous details or information that reasonable people would be aware of.  Tell them who you are if you’re someone who’s “professional” view on the topic would give it additional credibility.  Make sure any specific details (including enough to identify the legislation or initiative) is included; again if you have information that may not be available provide the facts.  Close your message with the specific action(s) you’d like to see taken.  If you want a response, include your contact information so that they can reply to you.

Contacting the Congress of the United States is fairly easy

Your Senator may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

If you don’t know your Senator’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://senate.gov/

Your Representative may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

If you don’t know your Representative’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://house.gov/

Your President may be contacted at

http://whitehouse.gov/

NOTE:  President Obama seems to encourage electronic contact over written letters , but if you must (though they request you email address, even if you send a letter)

President Barrack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

I’ll close by saying you should avoid vulgarity, profanity and threats (which might get you a visit from the Secret Service, or a “vacation” at “Club Fed”)… it’s fine to underscore your frustration or anger, but do it in a calm, reasonable way and treat the individual with respect (even if you don’t feel their actions have earned your respect).

If you need more help, you can locate examples of letters about issues on the Internet, and simply use one of those as the basis for your contact.

Originally posted 2010-07-24 02:00:00.

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