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Finally we have overcome so many hurdles, so many years of pain, so many years of suffering, of ignorance. Finally we have opened our eyes and see not in color, but in competence. We see abilities, we see potential, and we can finally see past race. We have finally chosen someone who deals not in fear, but in hope. We have finally chosen change.
Thank you for helping Barack Obama to win this election. Thank you for restoring not only my faith, but the faith of most of the country, if not the world in the America’s humanity. After eight years of George W. Bush, thank you for turning the tables and calling for us to seize our place on the world stage again not as a war monger, but as a bringer of stability, and of peace.
My dad was watching the results pour in and commented “I didn’t think I’d actually live to see this.” I don’t think I thought I would see it either, and if I did, I thought I would have been much older. This is a testament to the power of the youth, in part, but also a testament to the changing views of the country. We are fast becoming a country that cares less about the superficial, and that’s a very encouraging sign. No amount of smear tactics, no amount of false rumors could derail us from our goal: change for the better.
This is not to deny that John McCain was a good candidate, but unfortunately he just wasn’t right for this time and wasn’t right for our country’s needs as they stand now.
Change is here, change is finally here.
Christopher Hitchens basically took what I wanted to say and put it in a wonderfully biting and eloquent article that really hits the nail on the head. Bravo!
Thank you Preeta for bringing this to my attention:
While there is, not surprisingly, a lot of state pride with Sarah Palin’s ascension to the national political stage, most do see that she is not yet qualified to hold national office. They also see that McCain is not quite the maverick he used to be, and has sold out to the neo-con constituency of his party. While they are proud of their home-grown governor, they see that the McCain-Palin ticket may not be what this country needs. Obama brings with him not only the clear foresight and logic to lead this country, but a “steady hand,” not a trigger finger.
The McCain-Palin campaign has prided itself in recent weeks on calling out the various earmarks and pork barrel projects. Sure, many border on ridiculous, but Sarah Palin clearly has no idea what is ridiculous and what isn’t.
FYI fruit fly research is absolutely a legitimate cause. For those of you who may not be associated with biology or medicine, maybe it doesn’t seem terribly useful. I mean, fruit flies are more a menace than anything else…right? Consider that fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are among the most prized model organisms used in research. They are a mainstay in genetics research, given how few chromosomes they have (8) and how, at the L3 larval stage, their salivary gland chromosomes can be easily visualized under a light microscope (so-called “giant chromosomes”), making them very easy to work with. They are also used in various behavioral studies, many involving the use of noxious stimuli, since flies (surprisingly) can be trained in a manner similar to operant conditioning that has been more widely seen in rats or mice. I personally have worked with these organisms, and while I’m not a huge fan of fruit flies (they still kind of gross me out) they’re ideal to work with. I used them for research on polystyrene leechate as a potential xenobiotic (xenoestrogenic?) agent, since at the time, I was a high school student and there were enough restrictions in place to prevent me from working with higher vertebrates. They’re important to neuroscience research and have even been used in autism-related studies. Guess what Sarah Palin? They’ve been used in research dealing with Down Syndrome…something that has affected her family directly.
Not legitimate, Sarah Palin? Really? You don’t want to fund research that could potentially help your family, as well as the rest of the nation? Really? I can even understand issues with stem cell research and animal research, even those in themselves are ridiculous reasons, but fruit flies are invertebrate organisms…they do not have as many IRB restrictions as a host of other research organisms. Yet they can provide invaluable insight into the workings of the body, even on a human level, which is amazing.
Sarah Palin, rethink your position on this issue. It could affect more lives than you may know.
This is just ridiculous. She can’t imagine a “President Obama,” and has issues with his mother being nonreligious and his father being a Muslim. Seriously? Oh, and Obama’s church apparently isn’t Christian enough for her…because she clearly knows what Christianity is supposed to be. Christianity is about peace and acceptance, at its very core!
That’s like me voting for Bobby Jindal because he’s Indian and completely overlooking his policies. It’s silly.
God do I love that woman, makes me laugh more than I would given my crazy workload:
Donkey chic and Paris fashion? What a maverick!