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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 10:00 pm

The election campaigns seemed to start way too early this cycle. I felt a sense of political fatigue setting in as the months rolled by.

Sen. Obama, you single-handedly renewed my thankfulness for the open nature of our primary process. I listened to your rhetorical skills and recognized your talent. I learned that you spent some 20 years listening to a gifted orator in the person of your pastor, a possible connection to your own speaking skills behind the microphone. Weeks went by, allowing me to focus in on your words that accompanied this skill.

In the course of your campaign, you spoke of a world where every child has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. Referencing God fit with your background, but I wondered. In your opinion, when is it that God imparts this potential to every child? Fast forward to the Saddle Back Forum. You were asked when does life begin? You responded, something to the effect, to be specific on that subject is above my pay grade. I trust you weren't implying that a presidency pay raise would bring wisdom is this matter. It appears that while sitting in the pew all those years you picked up the preaching skills but missed the character of God regarding life.

History was in the making and you, Sen. Obama, were at the heart of it. The first African American along with the first woman presidential candidates.

In your acceptance speech, you looked us in the eye (via TV) and said: This election is not about me, it's about you. Eighteen million cast historical votes for Hillary. In your first presidential-type decision, intended to show judgment and character, you ignored those voices. Instead of reaching back through that cracked glass ceiling and saying to Hillary, let's shatter this ceiling once and for all together, you stepped right over her and reached for one of the good old boys from the broken Washington you speak of fixing. We will never know what history might have brought us.

It takes time to see a man's character unfold. I'm thankful our process has allowed me time to observe yours. Thank you, founding fathers.

Terry Jorgensen


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  • posted at 3:32 pm on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Hey, wtf I saw Ron Paul on the news. He was there helping people in Texas.

  • posted at 3:31 pm on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Tim, I sure did. AND I will never forget.

  • posted at 12:57 pm on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Sam, I see you have met Terry too.

  • posted at 11:02 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    I did want to clarify my earlier post to you, MARZO. If you feel that Obama is the best choice, by all means, vote for him - that's what voting is for. Same with McCain supporters.Study the issues; be informed on the positions and vote for the person you think is best suited for the job.

  • posted at 10:29 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    After the big deal the MSM made of Hurrica -er- Tropical Storm Gustav so McSame could have a photo op and avoid Ron Paul in Minnesota; imagine my surprise at this news....NOT!Media restricted from covering Hurricane Ikes devastation. across some photos though..., the (s)election process is working...kind of; the MSM is spinning, spinning, spinning the rigging for McCain in November.Did hear from my daughter and she is fine; but had a h*ll of a time finding out anything from the so-called "news"

  • posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Marzo2008 - "don't waste your time voting for a vote that doesn't count." That has got to be the dumbest thing anyone has ever said. You want some real change - kick the Dems and Reps out of the White House and watch what happens. Besides, none of our votes in the central valley count anyways. If LA and SF vote for one candidate, that candidate gets the whole state. Now, when we get a proportional allocation of the electoral votes, then the voice of the valley can be heard in this election.

  • posted at 7:32 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    MARZO2008 wrote: "don't waste your time voting for a vote that doesn't count."Marzo, the only vote that is potentially wasted is voting for the "lesser of two evils" i.e., one of the two "major" candidates.People should vote their conscience and for the man they think is the best man for the job.For me, that man is Ron Paul and I will be writing his name in.On the blog to the letter "Don't Vote Out of Hate or Fear" I posted McCain's, Obama's and Ron Paul's positions on economic policy and immigration.Two topics that get fairly hot on these boards. ;)

  • posted at 7:24 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Terry is publicly attacking another man's character??Now that is hilarious. Hey Terry, look in the mirror.

  • posted at 7:08 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    for those of you who are voting for anyone other than mccain or obama should just stay clear. don't waste your time voting for a vote that doesn't count. the clear choice is obama compared to who is out there. we need change and to get rid of some of those "old men" out of washington. there needs to be change to get this country back on track. let us not waste another four years again to see if things will get better. we need younger people running the show. lead us foreward and make America great again.

  • posted at 5:59 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Leonard, I agree with you and would like to add that I don't think Hillary was voted for because she was a woman; but because she was Hillary Clinton - however, even Hillary's wa-a-a-y better than Palin.Bulldog that is the same thing that made me question Obama i.e., his not standing behind his pastor. I actually listened to the so-called "inflammatory rhetoric" of Rev. Wright and found it to be pretty accurate and, to me, not really inflammatory at all.But then I'm voting for Ron Paul. LOL!

  • posted at 3:51 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    That should read:You are NOT one to speak about character, Mr Jorgenson.

  • posted at 3:31 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    Your are not one to speak about character, Mr Jorgenson.

  • posted at 2:38 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    I lost my respect for Obama when he distanced himself from his pastor. How could that man sit in that church for 20 years and not know what was being preached. He could have said "The media and Republicans are taking a couple of his sermons out of context, and I stand behind the basic teaching of my pastor for 20 years". But no - he thought becoming president was more important than standing up for the man who preached to him for 20 years. 20 years! It kinda is a Bill Clinton if you think about it. How much different is "I smoked it, but didn't inhale" from "I was there for 20 years, but never heard his sermons".Terry, you are right about his nature. It is the pursuit of the job that drives him.Now, McCain is no better. He wants the christian vote, but dissed Pastor Haggee (sp?) who endorsed him. I am not voting for either this year. I think I will vote for the libertarian as a protest.

  • posted at 2:25 am on Tue, Sep 16, 2008.


    To me, the idea that Obama should have made Clinton vp just because she was a woman is pretty sexist.If Clinton made one thing clear in her campaign it was that she had spent 8 years playing second string and she wasn't going to do it anymore.Some people might argue that Clinton would have made a fine President but from my vantage point on the primaries, it was pretty clear that she was temperamentally unsuited to take the number 2 slot again.


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