Hey, the election is tomorrow

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Did you know that there is a national election in the US tomorrow? It’s true! I’m voting for the Democratic nominee, won’t you consider doing the same?

Above are some Obama posters my kids Sam (7) and Kit (5) made for a street-side political rally. Kit’s posters are asking cars to honk, but I also like the idea of Obama running for Honk. Kit, as you can see, has the courage of her convictions and is a true-blue born California Democrat — she was the one who insisted on making two signs, and covering them with peace signs and happy faces and the words "peace" and "love." Sam, however, takes the prize for the season’s most blunt and effective campaign slogan: "Vote Obama and Biden — So vote."  I have no idea what the abandoned, crossed-out design is in the center of his sign; I think he was trying to re-create the Obama logo but ran out of time.

Sam, not content to merely stand by a street imploring cars to honk for Obama, had the idea to hold a bake sale, featuring Obama-logo cookies.  He supervised the design and decoration of the cookies and staffed the table himself, and raised $34.00, which we took in to the local Obama headquarters and presented to the total Santa Monica surfer-dude campaign worker on duty at the time, who burst into a big grin at the sight of two little kids bringing in their bake-sale money to a campaign that had already raised something like $150 trillion at that point.  Sam, a canny businessman and no socialist, took care to sell non-Obama-logo items at his bake sale as well, and raised twenty-two dollars for his own self, which he used to buy a Lego Indiana Jones set.

In short, you must vote for Obama, or you hate children.  I thank you for your attention.



36 Responses to “Hey, the election is tomorrow”
  1. autodidactic says:

    the logos is powerful!

    Man, kids pick up logos like nobody’s business.

    Your kids are really kind of cool. What a great age, too.

  2. o.O I wish I was that business savvy at that age. Also, I have a perfect excuse to not vote on Tuesday. I’m not a US citizen and I live in Canada. 😉

    Otherwise, I’d have voted early already for Obama.

    • gilmoure says:

      I came across a fixed AOL straw poll page, that showed McCain taking every state but Hawaii and New York. My daughter, 8, glimpsed it and got all worried. I explained that it was just someone being silly and how painting a map to what you would like it to be doesn’t really change anything. She still thought it was silly. And yeah, she voted for Obama in her school’s practice election.

      • Believe me, if I could cast a vote or mail something in and have it count, I’d totally do so. 🙂

        • clayfoot says:

          A powerful endorsement, considering Obama’s stated intention to renegotiate NAFTA.

          • It needs to be renegotiated. The current NAFTA sucks ass.

            • clayfoot says:

              I suppose, though I fear my Canadian neighbors would bargain to add oil and natural gas tariffs to their biggest export customer. That’s reason enough not to revisit NAFTA, from the US side of the border.

              • NAFTA has been a raw deal for us, up here. The US benefitted and we haven’t. It needs to be more fair.

              • papajoemambo says:

                Canada is country built of compromise

                Living here my entire life, I can tell you that if both parties involved in any negotiation don’t each give a little, then the one who isn’t giving is taking advantage of the other party.

                Y’all have gotten your water and oil for too cheap for too long, and we don’t get as much from NAFTA as you do. The negotiatons are long overdue, and were only originally initiated so that our George W Bush politically Conservative who destroyed his party in a personal quest for financial gain and revenge against his perceived enemies (his name was Mulrooney) could have some kind of get away plan when he left office.

                Wouldn’t you rather pay a little more for gas and fresh water then not have any at all?

  3. clayfoot says:

    Before the cut, I thought the posters were your own work, and wanted to encourage you to continue writing.

    I already voted; Libertarians for President, House, and Senate! OK, probably not this year. Even the Libertarian presidential candidate wasn’t all that interesting this year, but the Libertarians were the only fiscal conservatives on the ballot.

    • Todd says:

      I’m sorry to learn that you hate children.

      • clayfoot says:

        Ha! My daughter (13) is also a big fan of Obama, on the principle that “The Time Has Come.” Over the weekend, I described how the deficit spending by Bush, and soon by Obama, will eventually have to paid off, probably by her and by her friends. She was most displeased by this idea. Of course, McCain would be no improvement in that respect, but that’s why I voted Libertarian.

        • robjmiller says:

          Of course, the oft-proposed “spending freeze” would cause a huge drop in GDP and massive unemployment as government workers and contractors get laid off (myself included). Deficit spending is required in a recession to stimulate the economy, preferably on infrastructure projects that employ American workers so as to take advantage of the multiplier effect.

          I’m not going to start ranting about the ludicrous positions of the Libertarian party, but I could.

          • clayfoot says:

            That’s what the economic stimulus package in February was supposed to do. And the Bear-Sterns bailout in March. And the Housing and Economic Recovery Act in July. And the emergency loan to AIG in August. And the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act in September. Why, we’ve almost reached the level of spending for defense, education, health care, and pensions (just one of those, not all combined, of course).

            Recessionary deficit spending, when it ever works, depends on paying down the debt during boom times. Without that crucial piece of fiscal policy, recessionary deficit spending just makes the downturn longer, and in the particular case of the federal government, it hardly makes an impact on existing deficit spending, anyway.

            • Anonymous says:

              Not really. The February stimulus package was supposed to increase consumer spending, which it did a little, but that form of stimulus is stupid. During a recession people tend to lower spending and increase savings, so directly giving people money to spend is not going to be very efficient. However, direct government spending on infrastructure is better than perfectly efficient because the people employed to do the work are paid a salary, and they in turn are able to spend some percentage of that money on other goods and services(hence the multiplier effect on GDP from government spending).

              The Bear-Stearns, AIG and financial institution bailouts are NOT economic stimulus, they are a poor solution to other related problems.

  4. rojagato says:

    the abandoned, crossed-out design … in the center of his sign

    The left part looks like the Amnesty International candle logo; the right part could have been practice for same?

    • ruinednet says:

      I thought the crossed out designs were weapons, at least the one on the right being a gun. “No guns! Vote Peace!”

      Going to a Nine Inch Nails concert tonight. It will be interesting to see what kind of political symbols and backdrops he has on display.

      • Todd says:

        I assume you got your earnest, heartfelt message of civic duty from Mr. Reznor this morning?

        • ruinednet says:

          Hmm, I didn’t see anything by email, but I had already voted. The show was great, as always. And the large backdrop image of W that slowly morphed into McCain was pretty humorous.

          • Todd says:

            This is the message I got a few days ago:

            “Next Tuesday we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation.

            “This election offers a choice is between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.

            “This is likely to be a close election. Your vote matters. Please use it and make a difference.

            Trent Reznor”

            From the man who sang “I want to fuck you like an animal.”

            Got one from David Byrne this morning too.

  5. “In short, you must vote for Obama, or you hate children.”

    And here I thought Obama was pro-choice… It doesn’t matter anyways. Bush wasn’t for abortion, but it’s not like he stopped anyone from going through with it.

    I don’t like either major candidate being pushed by the media, and will therefore please my conscience and vote Libertarian. Seems like they have people that are at least halfway serious about running. Besides, the process of voting now wasn’t how it was meant to be like in the first place.

    Here’s hoping November 6th will bring back the age when looking at an LJ page didn’t bring pages pushing various political agendas. (I’m leaving Nov. 5th out for all of the “I TOLD YOU SO” posts.)

    • Todd says:

      On the upside, the election should probably be decided by November 6. On the downside, George W. Bush is still president, so there is still a strong possibility that he’ll find some way to screw this up.

  6. zodmicrobe says:

    And on a somewhat unrelated topic, please tell absolutely everybody you know to vote NO ON 8. The statuses of the relationships of a lot of people I know and love, hang in the balance. (As bizarre as it is to have this up for a vote at all, and all.)

    The Obama election probably won’t be close. Prop 8 is going to be a squeaker. NO ON 8!

  7. lolavavoom says:

    I wish I’d known about this! I would have brought a dozen cookies (or more) to bring to work on E-day. Any chance of getting Sam to make more??

  8. In short, you must vote for Obama, or you hate children. I thank you for your attention.
    Come on now, we don’t need that sort of unfair partisan cheap shot here. Totally uncalled for.

    …Oh. That’s funny. Anti-Obama people really are crazy assholes who make your children cry. Well nevermind then.

  9. dougo says:

    Obama may not be able to survive this shocking gaffe.

    • mimitabu says:

      if we’re strictly looking at the TV series like most, no one cares about anyone but kato anyway. come on, it’s bruce lee. he steals every show/movie he’s in.

    • Todd says:

      I see no reason why Green Lantern could not create his own Kato with his Power Ring. Obama, being a geek, obviously meant that.

  10. yesdrizella says:

    Love the cookies! I was thinking of making some for tomorrow (or a pie or some other patriotic pastry). Though I will likely end up drinking a lot instead. Bracing for the worst and hoping for the best.

  11. ndgmtlcd says:

    Well I hate children when they’re trespassing on my lawn (or on the tricky path near the creek in the back of my woods) but if any of them wanted to borrow my entire front lawn for that kind of bake sale I’d say yes immediately. Also, the Lego corporation has been having some bad years and they need all the patrons they can get.

    P.S. I wish the USA good luck in the coming months since I fear that there will be a judicial voter id/refusal/counting mess which will only make trial lawyers and electoral jurists happy.

  12. You have the coolest kids ever. I love the bake sale idea.

  13. kevspace says:

    Oh! It says “Honk for”! That’s good, because the way I misread it (“Oh, fork on!”) seemed too strident, somehow.

    • Todd says:

      You’re ahead of me — when I first saw it, I thought it said “Vote for Obama, Honky.” Which seemed even more strident.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Go Alcotts, one and all!

    Side- splittingly wonderful to Kiki.
    Thanks. Yeah!