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Middle aged white women in tears on the phone

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I am still digesting last night. I chose to stay home and watch the election results alone — so I could channel surf as I wished. I was a bit concerned that I wasn’t reaching out, going out, that my being alone was not a good sign. But I wasn’t alone.

The first call I got was from a woman from the old neighborhood. Our parents were friends and she called, wasn’t even sure she had my right phone number — wanted to connect and reminisce about our parents and how much they would have loved this.

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November 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I am so proud

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Barack Obama has been elected President. I’m in tears. I see all these faces on TV and I am so proud. This is a reflection on how we have changed and how we are changing. I so deeply believe this will change how we are in the world and I hope this represents how we can be with each other here at home as well. Wow.

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November 5, 2008 at 4:12 am

Vote! It’s important

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I’m sitting at the League of Women Voters here in San Francisco – answering phones about voter registration, irregularities at the polls, offering up phone numbers to others who can help.

1.866.687. 8683 (866 OUR VOTE) is the hot line for voter irregularities provided by The Election Protection Coalition.

The Huffington Post has a  whole section just for voting problems.

Later today I’ll be glued to the TV and my monitor and my crackberry – getting the latest info from everywhere. How exciting! How scary! How hopeful!

Go vote. It’s important.

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November 4, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I feel good about America today

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Yes, I know the financial markets are in a mess, here at home and all around the world.

Yes, I know China is building at least one coal fired power plant a week and already 1/3 of the pollution that reaches my city comes from China.

Yes, I know a friend of mine has defaulted on his mortgage at least 5 times and may lose his home.

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What the next president can do at little cost

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Given the constraints the bailouts and the economy will have on the new president, it seems that we should look at, first, what we can do that will cost no (or little) money. Please share other ideas!

  • Release the scientists (let them communicate with other scientists, let them speak — i.e. Jim Hansen of NASA on climate change)
  • Review current rules and regulations and start enforcing the ones that fit our vision
    • FDA
    • EPA
    • Fed Reserve
  • Make all government transactions more transparent and more understandable

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A Hippocratic oath for government

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I admit that I am naïve and an optimist, but lately even my own political party isn’t doing things right as far as I’m concerned – not right for me, not right for regular people, not right for the citizens of this formerly great nation.

I am hopeful we can change things, and yet I’m ashamed of our actions as a nation – towards others in the world as well as toward ourselves. Need I mention Katrina and New Orleans. Need I mention bailing out Bear Sterns and Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac with alacrity and enthusiasm without any requirement that they change their ways or become more transparent? With little being done for those who are losing their homes and their jobs? Need I mention how we treat those we think are beneath us?

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July 29, 2008 at 6:42 pm