Yogis Stand Up And Endorse Obama

Here at YogaBrains we’ve been actively endorsing Obama, launching our own controversial critiques of the failure of both Western yoga culture and New Age leaders to accurately represent the reality of the political landscape of America, let alone inspire their constituents to actively participate in the political process. It was heartening for us to see Matthew Remski further this important dialogue in his most recent Elephant Journal post. In no uncertain terms, he called yoga leadership out on their pervasive apathy and general vagueness, often leaning towards the dissociative, in this important political moment. Matthew named “two political stances within the yoga demographic” that are detrimental to yogis actively engaging in effective ways in the political process: “One is etheric to the point of dissociation: ‘Whatever change we desire will only come through a change in consciousness.’ The other is flaccid and polite to the point of meaninglessness: ‘Yogis can use the political process to express their values, off the mat.’” The ramifications of this are enormous, as everyone in this post points out. (You can also read Matthew’s response on this site here, as well as YogaBrainer Philip Steir’s endorsement here.)

The clarion call (and well-honed critique) Remski unleashed on Thursday was to inspire and motivate leaders in the yoga world to courageously stand up and endorse Barack Obama for reelection. The following are some of our best and brightest offering their reasons for endorsing Barack Obama in 2012.

ANGELA JAMISON
There is a lot of sentimentalism about democracy and expressing one’s personal voice through the act of voting. There is a time for sentimentalism, but this ain’t it. Because just as much as these ideas make us feel part of something meaningful, they also keep us conveniently out of the way of the machinery of power.

“What really matters is my personal vote, my expressing my voice in the sacred space of the ballot box.” aka “Voting is deeply personal.” No it doesn’t, and no it’s not. Your vote for president doesn’t matter, except in your head. Political scientists know this; operatives know this. When it comes to the statistics, the only way YOU can effect an electoral outcome is to express your voice beyond the voting booth. Multiply your vote by (1) mobilizing others to match it, or (2) speak clearly and loudly and often enough that the real power players recognize you as part of a voting bloc and thus take your interests into account when they wield power.

“What really matters is that everyone should vote their conscience. If we just mobilize everyone to vote their conscience, democracy will prevail. “ Naiveté in the extreme. Every time you say it, please feel Karl Rove giving you a big, wet kiss on the lips. And have you SEEN Karl Rove lately? He’s been busy deep-throating YogaVotes all season.

The GOP’s best strategy is to block Dems from voting. This strategy is explicit, systematic and genius. Playing by other rules because you are nicer than them just will not help right now. In the meantime, consider: the expansion of civil rights to women, people of color, gay people, and those without citizenship has never proceeded by majority vote. You want democracy in process, or democracy in substantive effect? Sorry, but huge portions of this country are still (often unconsciously) racist, sexist and so on. If they’re not that into voting, let it be.

“I will only vote for the candidate who REALLY expresses my political values.” This is the biggest demobilizer of all, and when I hear it from yoga people I can only conclude that their yoga practice is stuck in the “big ideas” stage. Over time, yoga—even just a daily asana practice—teaches us all this beautiful thing: PRACTICE IN THE BODY YOU HAVE TODAY. The physical body, the emotional body, the social body.

Buck up already. Charles Eisenstein and Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle are politicians. They suck your life force into some ethereal someday-universe. When the time is ripe like it is now, drop the theories and conjectures and come back to the breath of our body politic.

There are two sides to this election. This “us/them” or “two sides” metaphor is deep in the mind-structure for all of us. We need to clear it out. And replace it with the metaphor of a linear or spiral progression. We are evolving politically. The expansion of the rights of citizenship is inevitable; the expansion of the definition of the human scope of responsibility (from tribe, to nation, to species, to planet) is inevitable. Unless we stall, take too many steps backwards, and thus all kill ourselves first. Obama is about 50 years ahead of Romney when it comes to the political enlightenment process. So you are another 50 years ahead of Obama. Duh. We need you to be. Don’t hate him for not expressing your exact values. If he did, he would never have gotten this far.

Obama 2012, my friends. Get in already.

DEREK BERES
How can social action be separated from personal development? The environment you grow up in defines who you are. That’s where our stories originate, and why we have ocean mythologies, forest mythologies, desert mythologies, and so on. You cannot fake the mythology you were brought up in—community and the individual are inseparably entwined. You can fight against your nation, you can help change it, but you must understand it has defined who you are your entire life.

In the past few weeks there’s been a lot of chatter over yoga’s role in politics. I’ll just say this: Running from your culture and pretending to reach some ‘higher state’ is no way to be an active participant in it. In this community I hear so much talk about selflessness, yet what could be more selfish than removing yourself from your surroundings and pretending you’ve reached some special plane that only a few are privy to? Trickle-down economics does not work in society; why do we think trickle-down spirituality will?

The idea that this inherited or ‘granted’ lineage of knowledge has been passed down through guru worship or the weird cult of shaktipat represents an outdated model for spiritual growth. And you can’t grow beyond the thing that birthed you—the community, the culture you live within. Running away from the world’s problems because you don’t agree with how it’s being run is no way to strengthen your yoga practice. Your practice has to be put to use in the world around you, and this involves working inside of your society. It involves, at the very least, knowing how your society operates and making informed decisions of how to participate.

American politics is not pretty. What do we do, close our eyes to the sufferings and injustices done to fellow citizens by filling our minds with vapid entertainment? Or by buying into the faux-ascetic lore of ‘being in this world but not of it?’ Is my ability to handstand really what’s going to define my contribution to this country? Whether or not we agree with current policies, we must engage them. The idea that they detract from our spiritual progress is proof of our not recognizing what spirituality is.

Before the 2008 election I wrote of the dangers of mythologizing Obama as a to-be-savior. Such a mindset could only lead to disappointment. True, he has not done everything I wish he would have. But he’s done a lot, and I fear what would happen to this country if we do not vote him into office again.

CAROL HORTON
We’re living in an exceptionally high-stakes, and in many ways frightening, political time. Just a few days ago the world watched (and millions experienced) the ocean waters flooding the heart of the East Coast like some apocalyptic disaster movie come to life. And unless you’re committed to rejecting science and rationality, you know that the cause was man-made climate change.

Yet our political leaders won’t discuss global warming. It’s maddening and horrifying—particularly considering that, like so many other crises facing us, this is not a problem we can address as individuals. We must work together.

It’s understandable that many people want to escape today’s disheartening political realities. Consequently, they turn to counter-productive strategies of denial, distraction, scapegoating, and magical thinking. Unfortunately, this is a big social trend—and one that, to a dismaying extent, the North American yoga community has been very much caught up in.

Yet an effective yoga practice can connect us to that inner source of strength, courage, and discernment we need to face what’s happening in our world and deal with it as best we can. And if there was ever a time to practice in a way that engages with the world rather than retreats from it, the time is now.

In the U.S., we have an extremely important election coming up. And while it’s true that our political system is corrupted by money and our two major parties don’t offer sufficient choice, it’s also true that whether Obama or Romney wins this election matters. A lot.

The Republican Party has aligned itself with two very powerful and very dangerous forces: right-wing populist reaction and cutthroat finance capitalism. Moderate Republicans have been silenced or driven out of the party. If Romney wins, we risk turning an enormous amount of power over to those hold hard-right positions on every important social, economic, environmental, political, and cultural issue imaginable.

While the Democrats are far from ideal, they are much, much better. Unlike the GOP, they include strong constituencies that support reproductive freedom, gay rights, environmental protection, financial regulation, progressive taxation, collective bargaining, international diplomacy, civil liberties, universal health care, and equal pay—not to mention basic values of science, rationality, and the separation of church and state.

No matter how unhappy we are with the political choices we have, the bottom line is that we have the freedom to influence the outcome of this election through voting. It’s critical to take full advantage of this opportunity, and encourage others to do so as well.

Right now, we must focus our energies on getting Obama re-elected. Not only is he the better candidate, but also, more importantly, he leads a party that, despite its enormous problems, provides the most effective barrier we currently have against a rising tide of right-wing reaction, elitist capitalism and unfettered Social Darwinism.

This election matters. Let’s focus on the swing states and get out the vote. The priority of the next few days is re-electing Obama, and those of us with the resources to help have a responsibility to do so.

I’m driving to Wisconsin (the closest swing state to where I live) to canvass with several friends (including two yoga teachers) this weekend. I hope that you’ll join me, if not in Kenosha, then in whatever way makes sense for you. It’s easy to get involved. The stakes are high. And the time is now.

JULIAN WALKER
We stand on the precipice of electing a blue-blood, swashbuckling, venture capitalist Mormon who flip-flops on every position he takes, depending on who he is talking to, as the leader of the free world.

This is a man who uses classic conservative doublespeak for a number of political moves that would damage the existence of many Americans. His real agenda would include outlawing abortion, reducing benefits and entitlements, giving tax breaks to the wealthy, disowning the poor, reversing health care legislation, refusing gay equality, pushing science out of the political and moral conversation, and re-establishing a state in which he and his silver spoon cronies get to recover from the economic collapse they engineered, while everyone else languishes in its aftermath.

Did I mention he’s a Mormon? Ah yes, we are not supposed to talk about that, because in some paroxysm of political correctness we overcompensated in a way that makes us ironically prey to the very same religious oppression we were trying to prevent. But it matters what people believe about reality! Look up the tenets of the Church of Latter Day Saints and get ready for a president in magic underwear that believes in divine golden plates (found by his prophet who used a magic hat to translate their prophecies) and Jesus coming again in Missouri.

Yea, I know ordinary Christianity is not much less nutty, and you straight up have to claim you believe in that in order to be a decent person worthy of running for president, right? Of course, religious believers have turned out to be the most peace-loving, honest, sane folks on the planet.

But the importance of spiritual delusions aside: Romney is a liar, leading a party in thrall to Tea Party madness. Draw a Hitler mustache on Obama, call him a birther, claim health care is oppression, or any of the other gun-toting, mouth-foaming Tea Party madness. He will serve the triplet masters of the foaming ones, his corporate friends and the agenda of the religious right to once again invade women’s uteruses, gay people’s rights, whether or not schools can teach critical thinking and evolution, and whether or not global warming is addressed in the way it desperately needs to be. I also shudder at the thought of a Romney/Ryan hawkish reign with the Middle East in such turmoil and their patently thin grasp on the realities of foreign policy and diplomacy and longing for a return to “unapologetic” American strength.

Drop the pretense, stop the faux spiritual madness, stop pretending it doesn’t matter and that a metaphysical “shift in consciousness” is the only solution, as if this is somehow distinct from political process, and get your hands dirty disagreeing with some people, taking a stand and making a difference in this crucial moment.

FRANK JUDE BOCCIO
Being pragmatically oriented, I voted for Hillary Clinton in the Arizona primary. I thought—and still think—she’d have done a hell of a better job than Obama. I feel she has more grit and fire than Obama, and would have given Congress the hell it deserved and not been as pandering in “negotiations,” rather than bending over backwards and forwards as Obama did repeatedly. Plus, we’d have had Bill as “First Bubba,” and he’s still one of the most popular politicians in the world.

But, we got Obama. And now we should do all we can to keep him, because I’m pretty damn certain Romney and Ryan are a bit sociopathic. Yeah, it sucks not to be in the position to vote for someone I’d actually like to see President, one with whom I agree politically (fat chance in America). For all his many weaknesses, Obama is the lesser of two evils by far! And that’s the bottom line.

Look at the respective platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties and tell me with a straight face there’s truly no difference! To take that position you’d have to be as much a bald-faced liar as Romney or as ignorant as John Koster, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Michelle Bachman, Joe Walsh…Do I have to go on?!

So don’t give in to whatever cynicism you may be feeling; pinch your nose if you have to, and vote for Barack Obama. Voting for Jill Stein, if you live in a ‘swing state,’ may make you feel good about yourself, but it’s a wasted vote and it’s most likely the immigrant farmer or nanny, the gay couple that would like to marry, the pregnant young girl, and the lower middle-class worker who cannot afford health insurance who will suffer if a Republican administration, in ass-licking subservience to the radical “Christian right” is elected.

And then, don’t just stop your political activity at the ballot box; do all you can do to hold Obama and your Congressional representatives feet to the fire. And work for a really viable third party if that’s what you think the US needs. Just don’t let Romney be foisted upon us!

ROSEANNE HARVEY
I feel a responsibility to step up and name what I feel is the right choice. Obviously, since I’m Canadian and can’t even vote in this crucial election, my endorsement is symbolic. I’m also interpreting Matthew’s challenge as a call for courageous and respectful conversation about what’s at stake in this election and how yoga practitioners can respond to it. I see it as a challenge for yoga practitioners to speak up, without concern about being polite or fear of being divisive.

In the past few months, I have seen too much vague language and pleas to “vote with your heart.” But since Matthew posted his call to action, I’ve seen more honest and critical dialogue than ever before. I love seeing responses like “Don’t tell me who to vote for/endorse” and “Obama isn’t progressive or radical enough to represent my viewpoint.” I love seeing yoga practitioners disagree; if the yoga community can’t be a model for respectful disagreement and open dialogue, what good is it?

My American friends, I hope you vote with your head on November 6, using discrimination and critical thinking, and not with your heart. I hope you vote for Obama, whether it’s because you agree with his policies or because he represents the lesser of two evils. It doesn’t matter.

I’m looking forward to seeing yogis get involved in the political process, before and after this election. This is not the time to be nonpartisan and hide behind talk of “unity.” This is not the time to tell people to listen to their hearts. It is the time to connect practice with politics, to encourage people to wake up and name the truth.

Photo: Obama DNC Nomination

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28 Responses to “Yogis Stand Up And Endorse Obama”
  1. Tony says:

    Here’s free advice, when you endorse someone, list a bunch of positive things you like about them. This fear stuff about keeping Romney out of office is pretty unbecoming.

    It’s frightening to consider how bad the last 4 years have been under Obama for 6 yogis to have had to endorse him in this manner. You’ve all let the political season get the best of you. Here’s an example of how to endorse. “Obama and Romney might be two sides of the same coin, but Obama stood up for gay rights. Obama ended don’t ask don’t tell. So vote for the side of the coin that supports social equality. Vote Obama.”

  2. Philip Steir says:

    Tony…1.Did you actually read the essays here and not just the title? That would be my free advise to you…please read the body of work not just the headlines.
    2. What would your response be if the yogis here were endorsing Mitt Romney?
    3. Pointing out the negative aspects of an issue or subject matter… all to put forth an argument for …or to make a point regarding a good reason to do something positive…is exactly what you’ve done here in giving out your “free advice”. Look at what you wrote in the first few lines of your criticism?

    • Tony says:

      1. Did YOU actually read these?

      ANGELA JAMISON
      “Obama is about 50 years ahead of Romney when it comes to the political enlightenment process.” <— Glenn Greenwald can answer this one.

      DEREK BERES
      "I FEAR what would happen to this country if we do not vote him into office again."

      JULIAN WALKER
      Did I mention he’s a Mormon? <—- Tom Cruise is a shitty actor because he's a scientologist, said no one.

      FRANK JUDE BOCCIO
      I’m pretty damn certain Romney and Ryan are a bit sociopathic.

      ROSEANNE HARVEY
      This is not the time to be nonpartisan and hide behind talk of “unity.” <—- My favorite.

      2. It would depend on how they endorse him, but I think a yogi could make a good case for Romney if you consider Obama's economic policy and the resulting oppression of South America, Africa, and Middle East. Obama has better managed the war on terror, but when it comes to the currency war, the Obama brand starts to crumble.

      3. The webs we weave.

      • julian walker says:

        hahahaha – love the biting humor tony! bring it on. :)

        in pointing out romney’s mormonism i made it absolutely clear that i think it matters what we believe. it matters whether or not the leader of the free world believes ludicrous things about the nature of reality.

        on a side note – cruise may be a shitty actor because he is a scientologist; not being one may have made him a more authentic, empathic, intellectually engaged human being. but that aside, cruise is not in charge of decisions that require respect fro reason, evidence and reality, the president is, and personally i think we would all be safer with presidents who did not pledge allegiance to nonsensical beliefs and were frank with a well educated public about ethics coming from someplace other than stone age texts by hallucinating desert nomads…

        • julian walker says:

          cruise may be a shitty actor because he is a scientologist; not being one may have made him a more authentic, empathic, intellectually engaged human being – and THEREBY a less shitty actor, right? ;)

        • Tony says:

          “ludicrous things about the nature of reality”

          An atheist would say you just described every religion ever. Yogis have been accused of the same and have done the same, see John Friend.

          • julian walker says:

            i agree that this statement describes every religion ever, including what many yogis believe, especially john friend, ok?

          • julian walker says:

            john friend would have been a better human being if he did not believe ludicrous things which gave him a) a deeply rationalized spiritual loophole for acting out his shadow and b) encouraged the people around him to turn a blind eye in the process of idealizing him and the nonsensical metaphysical beliefs that are accepted as arguments from authority in the community in general. .

            what we believe is central to how we function in the world. this is my critique of religion and magical thinking in general….. it has negative consequences that would be avoided by existential honesty.

  3. Kate Holly says:

    I’m very glad to see this! I agree that the yoga community (in an effort to be inclusive) has been overly vague and often uninvolved on certain political issues, but as a yoga teacher who will be teaching tomorrow night as the election results come in, I cannot ignore the emotions that I and most of my students will be caught up in, because of the stakes for some of us if Obama does not win. I don’t think anybody will be surprised to hear that a yoga teacher in Portland is an Obama supporter, but if they are perhaps they will have developed enough trust for me to open up a dialogue about it. I will share my endorsement in class tonight!

  4. Tony says:

    I think this ex-CIA guy pretty much demolishes all your arguments. Do you have a deal breaker?

    http://barryeisler.blogspot.com/2012_11_01_archive.html
    “If you’re comfortable with the statements above, you might have a hard time understanding how anyone could have a political deal breaker — a line which, if a politician crosses it, makes it impossible to vote for that politician no matter what. But if you can’t agree with one or more of the statements above, then even if your own potential deal breakers are different, maybe you can understand why some liberals have decided they just can’t vote for Obama, even though yes, Romney would likely be worse.”
    “I know it seems peculiar to a lot of people, but I just can’t vote for a president who claims — and who has exercised — what strikes me as the ultimate tyrannical power, just because he seems like a nice fellow and after all, has only used that power a few times, and always only against brown people anyway. I can’t. It’s too much. There has to be a line, and if it’s not “The president can order citizens killed if he thinks they need killing,” I don’t know what it is.”

    • julian walker says:

      you know this is a very tough one. i think taking out terrorist leaders who have orchestrated attacks on the US in a very measured, precise way requires great integrity and consultation with others who have a high ethical bar, but as an alternative to going to war, killing innocents etc or just doing nothing while they plan further mayhem, i am actually at this point in my life ok with it.

      there are serious questions regarding sovereign nations and yes issues of race and how we value individual lives. i winced at the time and though he should have been captured and brought to trial. but i am glad he is dead.

      the philosopher king archetype has largely been absent in american politics – to some extent i think obama embodies it and can be trusted with these kinds of thorny and fucked up real world decisions.

  5. WisdomLover says:

    Here’s my endorsement: Vote for the person you believe in the most! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • julian walker says:

      ah yes of course – but how shall we come to a determination as to who we “believe” in – and should this be done in a bubble so as to be free of any potentially oppressive influence, facts, reasoned arguments etc??!

      are all attempts to persuade people as to who to believe in and why simply off the table because everyone has to go with their truth – in short is politics now devolved to the same level as pop spirituality, where everyone has an inviolable right to believe whatever they want and not be criticized for it?!

    • WisdomLover says:

      “Walter Lippmann’s “Public Opinion,” and Leo Strauss’ work…. celebrate the role of a tiny, controlling elite that skillfully uses propaganda and symbols to, as Lippmann wrote, “manufacture consent.” The elite’s systems of propaganda are designed to magnify emotion and destroy the capacity for critical thought. Kafka was right: The modern world has made the irrational rational.”
      “Crowds have always undergone the influence of illusions,” wrote Gustave Le Bon, one of the first pioneers of the study of mass psychology. “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” -Chris Hedges

      Thus we find ourselves living in a “modern” democracy, where the rational, voting for the party you think would lead best, is irrational if that is a 3rd party. The 3rd party then becomes like a second class citizen. Anyone who would vote 3rd party will become the victim of the masses for daring to threaten their illusions. For there is no greater illusion, than the 6 billion dollar magic trick our elites perform every 4 years. The trick that this year, this election, is the most important in history and your vote will decide the future of this country and the world at large.

  6. My argument, made much more eloquently than I could ever do:

    “One great thing about being a black person in this country, and one who’s lived for a number of decades, is that you get to experience a reality that makes abstractions ring hollow. “Oh, politicians, they are all the same” rings very hollow when you can remember when some politicians released police dogs and fire hoses on some people who were peacefully protesting and different politicians sent the national guard to help school children make their way through a mob to go to school. “All politicians lie” rings hollow when some politicians said separate but equal was just fine and some said it warped the souls of young black children to be told they were not fit to sit next to their classmates. To those who think there is no difference between Obama and Romney, tell that to the child of gay parents who finally has a retort to a bullying bigoted child on the playground that says your parents are sick. Tell that to the literally millions – imagine that, millions – of your fellow Americans who will lose health insurance and thus possibly a chance at health and life if Romney abolishes the Affordable Act.

    Being black, you had no luxury of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. If A was one percent better than B, you went with A, because progress was only going to happen if you went forward, no matter how slowly. If black people in the south had waited for perfection, they wouldn’t have started with buses and toilets. (No, if I can’t have the same income, no thanks, no progress for me. ) So people died to sit where they wanted on a bus, and then died to eat in a restaurant, or to drink from a water fountain, and then died to go to school, and died to get into schools, and died to vote. Other people died to have unions and a minimum wage And women died to own property and to vote. And many still die to exercise their right to a safe and legal abortion when a clinic is blown up by someone who says they believe in the sanctity of life.

    I used to argue with white middle class feminists who similarly brooked no compromise with oppression, who wanted no half steps. They had the luxury of waking up to feminism when their husbands of twenty years ran off with the paralegal or the new MBA in their office. Black or Latina women who then, as now, got up at 5 AM to get to a job cleaning in a hotel or an office somewhere, who make less than men doing the same job can’t vote for Gary Johnson or some perfect progressive whose ideals line up 100% with theirs. They have to choose between the person who signed the Lily Ledbetter Act for fair pay and the person whose idea of feminism is his multi millionaire wife getting to stay home and care for their five sons. Bully for her, but it’s not a “choice” that very many Americans can afford.

    Please, any Facebook friends who are thinking of not voting, or voting for a protest candidate, or are frustrated by the lack of progress on issues you care most about – think of all the people whose patience and blood and sacrifice you make a mockery of with your self righteous impatience and rectitude. Most people don’t have the choice to sit anything out, or make a symbolic protest. An inch forward might not seem much to you, but to many, even that one inch might lift their head above the rising water and literally save their life. These peoples’ lives depend on you thinking of them, and choosing for the common good the candidate who might improve their lives – even just a little bit.”

    -Gwendolyn Parker

  7. Pez says:

    I am an avid ashtangi and espouse a libertarian political belief..the one sentence summary of its tenets: do no harm, live and let live, maintaining personal responsibility. In yoga, we step on our mats ideally without judgement and non-attachment to the outcome, all the while putting forth our best efforts. Stone throwing and derisive speech do not fit into my world politically or as a yogi. President Obama spoke eloquently 4 years ago, offering hope and change, as with yoga, life is 99% practice and 1% theory. I sadly do not feel his actions have matched his words. I am socially extremely liberal, I donate my time and money, I wish and set intentions everyday for peace, joy, health, and wisdom for all…as there are many paths of yoga, there are also many ways to achieve these goals..my path works for me, I can not expect it to be the ideal path for another, though I can encourage anyone to these goals in their path. I would personally prefer a smaller government that allows each individual the right to as so simply stated in our constitution to pursue happiness (in yogic terms, contentment, truth) This right and the freedoms of our country are precious. The two party system has failed in trying to have each side encompass to many different mind sets. If I claim to be a fiscal conservative, I’m deemed heartless, if I state my social viewpoint, I’m a Marxist. In truth, I’m neither. I, however, am casting my vote for Mitt Romney. I do not have his same belief system, nor do I like all he has claimed to stand for…but I like his willingness to learn, his intelligence, his moral compass, and his love for life. I don’t believe, and maybe I’ll be proven wrong, that he will try to take away any rights we already have. I think his morals are personal and he acts from a tenet of non-judgement. I don’t consider myself ignorant or foolish, I have watched these last few years feeling we are further apart as a unified country. President Obama had his first two years in office with a super majority of both houses. There was the power to make gay marriage legal, immigration, EPA, whatever he wanted to achieve and spoke about on the last campaign trail happen…whether I wanted those things or not isn’t consequential..but none were brought forth, none were put to our representatives when the opportunity existed. I don’t like to mother my children through fear or threats, nor do I want my vote to be cast or sought after based on fear of speculation. Whatever happens I wish for a brighter future and a good path.

    • Philip Steir says:

      dear pez,
      I’m so happy your man lost. Your position on claiming to be a liberal seems rather suspicious. however, like most of what Mitt Romney claims about himself is also not trust worthy. Severely so. He claims to be something he’s not whenever it furthers his career. Honestly, he is a insensitive phony. Anyone who would choose Paul Ryan as his running mate deserves to be oMitted from the political landscape. Anyone who would accuse our President of sympathizing with terrorists after lives were lost Im happy to see rejected from a political career. Again, I’m pleased you both had a sobering night last evening.

      • Pez says:

        Haha I must admit I like your clever use of oMittion…but do you really need to be so derisive? I am a social liberal..I stated I was a libertarian. My party affiliation did not have a chance at all, so I was voting with my fingers crossed that we would have some financial prudency put in place compassionately, without any emphasis in taking away anything socially. Both sides behaved badly during this painful and extremely expensive election cycle. I have not felt our President has done a stellar job, and no matter what sh#t he inherited, at some point he has to own it. I believe that social freedoms should be automatic and that we should be able to take care of ourselves, our loved ones and neighbors (ahimsa) without the government telling us how and creating bureaucratic waste.

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