This week’s Spin Cycle (Brought to you by the talented Sprite’s Keeper) is on the topical topic of voting and elections. The opinions expressed here are my own and for all intents and purposes, are the truth (in my eyes).
By the time you read this, some of you will already know the outcome of this year’s election. Not because you’re psychic (you could be and if so, cool!) but since the Spins are relinked over at Sprite’s Keeper on Fridays. This year’s election is the most heated one that I can remember. To be fair, I’ve only been actively participating in the past few elections and wasn’t informed or aware of what was going on in politics before then. I came late in the game but I do my research to back up the very strong opinions that I have.

I’m an Obama fan, a Democrat through and through. Love me for it, resent me for it, but it’s who I am. I’ve mostly tried to stay away from the political posts this election but hey, the topic didn’t really allow it this week so here goes. I won’t go into my reasoning for liking Obama over McCain or start throwing names around because I’m going to try to keep things as civil as I can here. I will say that if Obama loses this election, I am going to be a very sad, frustrated and angry person. I would imagine any Republicans reading this would have the same emotions if McCain lost. You pick your team and stand behind them, winning is exciting and losing just plain sucks.

A few weeks ago at a family gathering, my older brother and I got into it. His seven year old stepson wanted to tell me a funny song he made up and I obliged by listening intently. It was how Obama is stupid and yada yada yada. Haha, very funny kid. Then he asked who I was voting for (this kid is seven but wise beyond his years) so I told him. My brother overheard the conversation and went nuts when he heard who I was voting for. He immediately went on the offensive, his body tensed up and his voice got angry. “You’re voting for that TERRORIST? He’s a Muslim Terrorist, how can you vote for him?” I laughed in his face and kept my cool (by telling him that his candidate was stupid along with a bunch of other mean words). I told my brother he was an idiot and I saw red. I might as well have called him a doo doo head and kicked him in the shins while I was at it. My mom sat there yelling at us both to STOP IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT like we were both kids again. I’m surprised she didn’t make us sit on our hands on different couch cushions like she did when we fought when younger.

I still love my brother but I learned a strong lesson that day. Stay away from politics when I talk to him. Or religion or sports. There are some things we don’t see eye to eye on and instead of discussing them rationally, we both resort to name calling and foot stomping. We become toddlers throwing a tantrum. My political tantrums aren’t just limited to my family and their political views, oh no. I’ve become extremely judgmental of anyone who doesn’t support my candidate. I drive down the road and get angry when someone with a McCain sticker cuts me off in traffic but if there’s an Obama sticker on the car in front of me, he can go as slow as he wants and I won’t get pissed at his snail paced driving. What has happened to me? The world used to allow for civil political discourse but anymore, politics are fighting words. Our street is lined with McCain signs and only ONE Obama sign. We haven’t put one in the yard since I know the hatred it could bring and I’d prefer to keep my mailbox UNSMASHED. I am so looking forward to this election being over so we can get back to being a country that isn’t divided and angry. A girl can dream, can’t she?

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  1. jenni

    Casy, you totally inspired me to spin this week! Great post, and I’m so glad you are so passionate about voting, especially since you live in a swing state.

    I’ll be over here, in my safely blue state, holding my breath until November 5.

    jennis last blog post..Spin Cycle: Why Race Matters

  2. MommyNamedApril

    you need to read up on your history if you really think there has ever been a time “the world allowed for civil political discourse”.

    every election is The Most Important. and they all cause teenage-esque angst and grief.

    p.s. you’re voting for the wrong guy 😉

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  3. Sprite's Keeper

    First, I see you! Not first, cuz I’m third, but your site is working today! Great Spin. I think we’ve all been working the tantrum circuit when it comes to this election. At least you can admit it. I’ve come across some pretty hardheaded people. You’re linked!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Did you know it’s 11:57PM right now?

  4. Kirsten

    You’ll never have to throw down a tantrum with me, but if you ever need someone to back you up in an all out toddler war I’ve got yer back. ~wink~

    Another Obama Supporter

    Kirstens last blog post..Our Pumpkin Adventure…

  5. Michele

    Here is Arizona you can imagine the hype and tantrums that are ensuing. I don’t dare put up an Obama sign though I really want to. We are pilgrims in an unholy land.

    I’ve been checking the international career sites lately. I just can’t take another 4 years of this crap. I didn’t even feel this bad when Reagan was in office.

    Micheles last blog post..Happy Halloween

  6. Brenda-SeriouslyMama

    My parents and I got into it yesterday afternoon regarding my upcoming vote for Obama and their vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. I’ll be spinning about it this week. Lets just say that my mom called again this morning and started in on me. I told her I was calling the nursing home for a room for them… 😉

    Brenda-SeriouslyMamas last blog post..Do as I say, not as I do. Club HASAY update…

  7. DeeMarie

    Great spin!! It’s a rough topic, but you handled it well. It’s a trying time in our country, but in a good way, I guess it’s nice to finally see people passionate about what happens, whether they agree with you or not!!
    Hope you have a pleasant weekend!!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..When I Turned Down My Road…

  8. Sammanthia

    Hey, I hear ya’… I’m voting McCain (not that you could really tell from my post, but I was striving for humor. I lost a subscriber. Humor fail.) but I can understand why people would want Obama for president… he seems like a good guy. I don’t hate on anyone for who they’re voting for, it’s their right to vote for who they want, just as it is mine. People need to chill the heck out. I’ll be glad when it’s over.

  9. Jim

    I never talk politics with anyone. It’s too hot a topic and that’s sort of sad. Mainly because it gets placed in the same category as religion with me…based on dogma. Politics should be about thinking and discussion so we can all make the best for our country and fellow people. It doesn’t usually happen that way though. Many people align themselves with their party much the same as they would with their god.

    Darn you for making me talk politics…*grumble*

    Jims last blog post..Stages

  10. Christy

    Well, you already know that I’m an Obama supporter–we’ve discussed that. I get very angry lately too; but mostly, I think it’s a reaction to all the hate.

    It makes me sick to my stomach to hear all the “Obama’s a terrorist” and “You’re voting for Barack HUSSEIN Obama?!” I mean seriously, agree with his politics or disagree with his politics but why perpetuate the name calling and the scare tactics? The guy can no more help having the middle name that his parents gave him than I can (and mine is Joy, BTW–which I HATE) and it’s only in the days since 9/11 that such a name has taken on any negative connotation. Muslims aren’t terrorists–TERRORISTS are terrorists, and the fact that Obama isn’t a Muslim isn’t even the point.

    Isn’t our energy better spent elsewhere?

  11. carrie

    I am totally with you. Don’t want to say too much about my post but out country is too divided.

  12. Debbie

    Amen Casey! Amen!

    Debbies last blog post..HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  13. mrsbear

    Nope, I do not talk politics ever with anyone. Almost anyone, my sister and I have very similar viewpoints, but it really inspires some scary responses in most people. I personally, am not an expert debater especially when it comes to arguments that rely on hearsay and speculations and name calling. I don’t blame you for calling your bro a doo-doo head, I might have resorted to the same. Great spin. Can’t wait till Wednesday 11/4, I’m so over this election as well.

    mrsbears last blog post..My Cop Out Costume

  14. anymommy

    Tough topic, but you handled it well. I hardly ever discuss politics, too fraught with emotions, but a few friends are able to just discuss and then I love it because I learn so much!

    Wouldn’t it be great if all the hate and bitterness were left behind on Nov 5? Like you said, dare to dream.

    anymommys last blog post..The Key to My Heart

  15. tifRN

    that’s no shit, man. we are surrounded by mccain signs in our neighborhood and tho i’m a bit of a rebel i don’t want my house to get egged. or pumpkin’d. and we are the youngest on the street, with kids, no less, and all the (supposedly sweet) old people HATE US with a passion because….i dunno. but i really hope obama wins. we heard some jackass in walmart yelling at a cashier for carding him for cigarettes when “that terrorist f-er can run without a social security number or a greencard!” i was speechless at the stupidity.

    tifRNs last blog post..happy belated halloween, betches

  16. tifRN

    oh and hey, how do i join your fitness club? i need some e-buddies to make my ass skinny again…..since i apparantly ATE my former self.

    tifRNs last blog post..happy belated halloween, betches

  17. blissfully caffeinated

    Girlfriend, I live right in the McCain epicienter of California. There are very few people that I know in real life with whom I can have a civil discussion about the candidates. One day I lost my temper with my mother, of all people, who keeps trying to tell me how great Sarah palin is.

    Once the election is over, people will calm down and I bet you and your brother will be back to normal again.


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  18. Katie

    Yeah, you’re right. It’s really tense right now. It usually seems to get a little better in the weeks after the election as people get accustomed to the idea of whomever wins. We’re all a bunch of stomping toddlers!

    Katies last blog post..Halloween Candy is Crack Cocaine

  19. Kristy

    I generally stay away from politcal conversations…except for certain issues I just can’t keep quiet on. I come from a family of hardcore liberals and I however stand out as the lone conservative…blah…blah…blah…it’s a tough topic politics, but so is religion…I stay away from that one too!

    Kristys last blog post..This is cute…

  20. The Stiletto Mom

    I can’t stand either one of them to be honest. I don’t think Obama is a terrorist and he seems like a genuinely nice person but I’d really like a clearer definition of exactly what “change” means other than higher taxes And McCain? Just needs to head on over to the retirement center and call it a day…I am not his “friend” so I don’t plan on visiting him.
    So I guess on election day I’m going to be sad either way…sorta like I already am when I think about the mess this country is in!

    The Stiletto Moms last blog post..Cheer Mom? Me? Really?

  21. Tina

    I totally don’t talk to my family about politics. Religion. Family. (haha) I have learned that some things start feuds faster than others. This might be one of them!

    Nice spin!

    Tinas last blog post..Use a Pen Please-Spin Cycle

  22. Baba

    I whent to a Bridal Party last Sunday and this was made up most of my husbands family. There was a very nice older lady(Southern Bell type)(floppy hat and all) Well I don’t like to talk about religion or politics with family or friends becouse it tends to get out of hand. But there was no way out. I just said please lets have a good time and not talk about this. Well she would not let go of this and I (being a nice person like I am) keep saing lets play a game and didn’t talk to her till the end of the party. Let it go people lets see what he can do and give him a chance he maqy surprise you.

  23. texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana

    I am so over this election like 6 months ago.

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