Voting in Chicago


 

For years, it has been a simple procedure to register to vote. I have been a registered voter since I was 18 years old. I’m pretty old so about half of my life we will say. In mid-July I moved from a rural area in Illinois to the city of Chicago. About a month after I went on the Chicago Board of Election website and printed out a change of address form and mailed it in. I am a busy person with three active children so it slipped my mind to check on it. When a member of my household received their voters registration card, I decided to look into it. When I looked myself up I was still voting in my old district this is a bad thing, yes the Presidential election it may not matter, but it will matter when it comes to where I live and the things that go on in my neighborhood. Frankly when I did vote in the small town you were lucky to find a democratic candidate on the ballot at all.  I called the board of election to find out what was going on, a woman let me know that I was able to go to my local park district and vote.

Three days ago that is exactly what I did, I waited in a long line to get to the front, a lady even had me fill out my signature card saying what I was giving her was fine. When I get to the counter the ill-tempered woman tells me she does not know what the hell is going on and sends me to a supervisor who makes a phone call and proceeds tells me to go to the downtown location to vote. I’m a woman so I’m pretty pissed off at this point. Seriously, I live here see look at the mail look at my ID. NO! HAHA you can’t vote here go downtown! This is a hassle, but in my opinion worth it, I cannot complain if I do not vote and I sure do love to complain.

 

About three days later I was dropped off at the elevated train, went to Washington/Wells stop walked about a quarter mile to the Chicago Board of Election on the 6th floor. I waited in a pretty long line, I would say at least 50 ahead of me and I was there fairly early in the morning. Some lady took my information and sent me to a separate line. I waited in that line around ten minutes or so and was finally able to vote I voted for Obama/Biden of course. There were many other things on the ballot that I felt strongly about as well. City workers pensions, they would like to lower them and it would affect family so that I voted against.  I found something on the ballot I had no idea was on there as well and I was intensely excited about, regarding federally regulating spending on elections. It would bring back the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling which was atrocious! Putting a cap on election spending would turn our country toward a better place to be. That should be everyone’s goal to get back on top in every aspect of your life including your country. So voting was finished I took the train back home and all was well.
Some people getting on an el train

 

One line I stood in…
That is not my hand

 

El train on the way home

In other news, I had a political costume for Halloween that I wanted to share. Her name is Mrs. Sarah Palin and she was shot by my buddy Dick Cheney…who is backing President Obama, spooky…..

 

Sarah Palin shot in the head by Dick Cheney…notice the rebel flag…

Top 10 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Tea Party!

Photo by: Mark Bryan…what an amazing artist check his site out
The Tea Party began on January 24, 2009 in New York, it was a small event hosted by Trevor Leach, and he organized a tax protest. This was in response to the Governor of New York David Paterson’s tax increases. It spawned from there; the next big event was publicized by a Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin. The main trigger to the added publicity and encouraged followers was the Bank bailouts that were given by the Bush and Obama administration. At one rally protesters were questioned why they are there and what they were angry about. “They think federal spending deficits, and taxes are high, and they think no one in Washington is listening to them…”[1] After that the Tea Party starts picking up around the country.
This is what a Tea Party is…

 

This is a bunch of white, middle aged men acting foolish…
There have been several polls taken around the country as to what the membership consists of. Tea Party supporters are mostly white, males, 45 or older, more conservative then most, wealthy, and more education then average Americans. The other finding from these polls that are quite unsettling “11% saying they are concerned over Obama’s race, religion, or ethical background.”[2] That should not be a factor in your political opinion, but it obviously is for these people. Another finding that was disturbing was that “82% of Tea Party supporters do not believe that gay and lesbian couples should have a legal right to marry, and 52% believe that lesbians and gays have too much political power”[3] The United States was once thought of as a diverse country. It seems there is more hate in the US then one would think. The majority of the Tea Party supporters are Republican Conservatives that want your money. I was raised on the belief that the Republican Party will only do for the wealthy, that still holds true today.
  • Tea Party politicians are Corporate backed, which means these corporations are running the politician that was elected. The Corporations donate millions to the Tea Party, in hopes if elected they will help them make even more money.
  • Corporate law, since these Corporations run your elected official, think of how that changes the law. Two examples, Global Warming is not real, (Science says differently) these people really believe that it was an elaborate hoax. Evolution is not real; again there has been scientific proof. Extreme Christians may not believe it, but the facts do not lie. The main reasons for these conspiracy theories are one Global Warming laws could mean these Corporate owned companies would not have the power to let go their pollution into the environment.
  • Taxes are a major issue, we can not raise taxes on anyone, so they say, yet they raised taxes on one class. Any family that makes less than 40k per year had a tax increase in 2010. The wealthy in the US either pay low taxes or they find loopholes to get out of paying any tax. This is what the Tea Party wants to make sure their rich corporate friends do not lose their money.
  • De-Unionizing the country, there really is not much more to say then that. Except that it is wrong and workers need rights just like Corporations need not to pay taxes.
  • Fox News made the Tea Party what it is, listening to their lies and half truths make the Tea Party look appealing. There is a few websites dedicated to getting Fox off the air and I will list them at the end.
  • Constitutional Point Of View is off, you can interpret the Constitution in numerous ways, that is for the Supreme Court to decide, not the Tea Party
  • Oil Subsides, the Tea Party is all for this, why would you want to give more of your money away to the oil companies that are squeezing you dry at the pump?
  • Education, why in the world would anyone want to privatize education? The Tea Party is all for cutting funds on schools and closing some, if not all in the future.
  • Social Security and Medicare, look I know we all believe that Social Security will be gone by the time anyone under 65 needs it, but to cut that from people who need it now is ridiculous! Some of the elderly budget according to their Social Security checks and that is the bottom line.
  • Health care, this is just ludicrous first the politicians said they did not want to read the Obamacare bill, it is too long. Now they completely oppose it, but offer nothing in return. The reason for this huge opposition to Obamacare goes back to Corporations, the Tea Party politicians and most of the Republicans in general have stock in the insurance and drug companies. They also are backed by these companies in campaigns.
There are many different Tea Party Organizations all make decent money as well. The breakdown is as follows:
         Tea Party Patriots– 1,000 affiliates across the nation claim to be the official Tea Party.
         The National Tea Party Federation– formed by several Tea Party leaders to help spread the message.
         The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition– a national coalition of several dozen local tea party groups
         Tea Party Nation– Sponsored the National Tea Party Convention that was criticized for it $549.00 per person ticket price. Sarah Palin was said to have been paid 100k for her appearance at this event.[4]
         Tea Party Caucus– The House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann founded this and sits as the chair. This caucus is supposed to be devoted to the Tea Party’s philosophy, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and adherence to the Constitution.
See this is all about money; the supposed ‘Tea Party’ does not care even a little about the people. For these people it is all about the money, of course they are looking to be re-elected as well, that is why they pretend to care. Some politicians if not most are using this uprising if you will to their advantage. They gain money, publicity, and power, the power is what is terrifying. The Constitution was based on checks and balances, if the Tea Party is all for the Constitution, what exactly are they doing. Who is checking on the lobbying that is a major problem within the Tea Party caucus. If someone gives them enough money they will do whatever they want them to. It is quite absurd, this is not just the Tea Party, it is all of Government in general. These acts are far from Courageous these political figures accepting bribes or falling into blackmail are a major problem in politics today.
 This does not even crack into everything the Tea Party has done, and is doing today. This is made to be informative, on what the Tea Party is about and what. This blog will continue until the end of the Tea Party or myself.

Anti-Fox News Websites….

Peace is needed to stop the incited violence of Beck and Palin!

Peace is something this country takes for granted. Not to say that other countries are any better. I would like to apologize to my readers. If at anytime I suggested violence or doing something drastic, those were definitely not my intentions. My blog is to inform and to give some incite into what I see is happening. Of course it also is to show just how wrong Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, and the people that support them really are. I’m not telling anyone to get violent. This is never the answer. Blogging helps, so does taking medication if you need it. When I say to get a gun, it’s not to be used in violence. Protection and food are my key ideas on why you should obtain a weapon.

Firearms, should have stricter laws. Any joker can get a license to obtain a weapon. As long as you have no criminal felony charges a gun can be in your hands in a day. Some sort of psychological exam should be conducted. This can get expensive, however there are other solutions. A questionnaire as basic as it sounds can weed out some unstable individuals. This may just be the barrier that holds these psychologically unsound people from obtaining a firearms license. Politicians have their work cut out for them. Hunting is a sport, shooting at targets can be fun, guns don’t kill the people that hold them do. There are many people on the right side of the political spectrum that really don’t want to change the gun laws. After the tragedy in Tuscan it was found that an unstable individual was able to legally purchase a high powered assault weapon. There is another argument here, if someone really wants a gun and can’t legally buy one. Its not very hard to obtain one illegally in this country either. So why the talk?

Violence is the main issue, if people could think before acting that might be of help. Which brings me to Sarah Palin. The previous blog has the target poster that was posted on Palins website and facebook page. Instead of taking the high road, Sarah takes the sewer. Palin made herself out to be the victim of this tragedy. Instead of being the bigger person when several people criticized her she got below their level. This is unmistakeably the downfall of Mrs. Palin, how unfortunate. Another case of thinking before reacting. Palin had days to think before she spoke. Making herself the victim was the wrong answer here. There were 16 victims in this tragedy and Sarah Palin was not one of them. Palins 8 minute speech is below if one can tolerate the, “how dare you” attitude.

Sarah Palin’s deal breaking speech
Glenn Beck posted “We must stand together against all violence” on his website. While he was holding a gun on the left hand side of his web page. Beck is a highly delusional paranoid. “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?” These are actual words out of his mouth. Here is your proof on inciting violence Mr. Beck. At the beginning of each week he takes some poor soul and does a weeks worth of material dedicated to make this person look to be satanic. It’s quite disturbing and makes you think can we commit Beck? Beck takes his debates to a new level on his show. He posts in print the definition of ENEMY : one that is antagonistic to another; especially : one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent. This reminds me of things he says every time I view his work (if you can call it that) when speaking of President Obama. Beck is the definition of an enemy. He speaks of the constitution frequently. The constitution stands for democracy, so it’s appealing that he actually uses that to his advantage. Jon Stewarts moment of zen was Glenn Becks radio show. Beck stated this about Spiderman “It’s one of the best shows I have ever seen, it was breathtaking.” How can anyone say that this man isn’t off his rocker? Thank you Mr. Stewart!

1931 political cartoon

As for republican and democratic parties are concerned, violence is not the answer. Politicians on both sides need to find a common ground. The right and left may have different ideas and opinions, but both parties are Americans. Keep it civil, speak the truth. I know lies and politics go hand and hand it doesn’t need to. Be true to yourself and your beliefs, money and power isn’t everything.

1931 political cartoon

Lastly, I want to thank President Obama for your moving speech at the Tuscan memorial service. Politics would be a brighter world if it was seen through the eyes of a child.  Innocence is something American adults lack.

        President Obama’s speech Tuscan memorial

Well, we’re all screwed now!

So the majority of the house is Republican, that’s bad. In case you’re unaware, the Republicans like to lower taxes for the rich and raise them for middle class. Like Robin Hood in a way, but the exact opposite. The sheriff steals from the poor and gives to the rich. We are in for one hell of a ride.

America has spoken, I wish they hadn’t. If you’re not completely brain dead you are aware that our country is in major trouble. We spend more money then we have, in fact we don’t have any money. All our country has is debt.. The Tea Party Reps say that they are going to change things, spend less money. What will happen is they will take, all of our money and send it overseas to the corporations that paid for their campaigns.

I hope the American people know what they are doing or did because this “crisis” is only going to get worse. I’m not sure what we all expected out of President Obama. There is only so much the man can do, President Bush totally screwed up he over spent and passed it down to Obama. When Obama came in office he talked about a change. He is trying to make changes unfortunately, the Republicans would not let most of the bills pass. The health care policy was obviously a bad move, health care is important it’s not our top concern.

We need to start investing in the future. China is pumping out technology, what is it that we’re doing? I read today that most of the Tea party supporters were age 45 and older. Young people really need to get out and vote most young people are broke. So they are mainly Democrats. All of those smear campaigns really screwed it for the Democrats. The Republicans knew exactly what they were doing. I know people that say why should I vote? My vote doesn’t count! That could very well be true, however if you don’t vote you’ll never find out! Also, if you don’t vote you have absolutely no right to complain.

We need better values in this country! Everyone is stepping on anyone they can to get ahead. It doesn’t make any sense. The US should be a well-oiled machine, working together making things better. Everyone is against each other, we need to be a team move as one solid unit. This country can do it if everyone would just stop ignoring it all. If we continue down this path we will become a slave to the government. We’ll be working less wages, more hours, they’ll keep us job scared, does this sound at all familiar for anyone?

I may get people telling me that it’s getting worse. It sure as hell is I will be the last person to deny that. I voted today honestly, there was only one candidate I felt good about voting for. I went down that ballot thinking what’s the lesser of two evils. It really is a close call. I can’t help myself I had to vote all democrat, one green party, because it was him or a republican. Unfortunately I live in a farm community, they are all republicans, farmers have money therefore they would rather not be taxed on income. The Second Amendment is also something that majority of farmers are for. I won’t deny that I think that everyone should have a gun. That way when the bank comes to try to take your house you have protection!

This country is going to fall to pieces. As much as I love this country I am ready to declare refugee status. There has to be a country that has jobs, and work together to get what they need.  This election is a civil war between conservatives and democrats. I am appalled at how these politicians are portraying each other. Make it a clean election, no lies it may be the hardest thing a politician has ever done.

This election just confirmed my judgment on some of the states and how many gullible people live in the US.
For example, most of the Republicans that won Governor were southern states. In my terms the idiot hicks will listen to anything they hear, and vote accordingly. I was at Daytona International Speedway back in 04. George W was there and came out on a car and waved to the people these idiot Floridians actually cheered for the man. Mind you, Florida has to be the state with the worst drivers and now clueless voters. We knew this, the southern states vote all red. Why? because they are inbred hicks. No offense, but if you vote for a republican when you are living in a trailer you’re a complete moron that needs to get out from under your rock.

I’m not saying all southerners are morons, no just anyone who voted for a republican. Good luck to your souls, they will need it.

 

My own state is becoming Republican, what is happening? I think the Anti-Christ is coming out faster than projected. I will be looking into a refugee country. If anyone would like any information on declaring refugee status please contact me. I am as serious as a heart attack when I say that. I’m terrified for my daughters, I can’t have them growing up in poverty because this country is falling apart.

Probably the most upsetting thing about the whole turn out. Majority of school and public service taxes were voted no. If we don’t have proper education of our future leaders our country as a whole will suffer. The public service workers deserve better pay and supplies. That means more cuts in jobs! That just means if your house is on fire and you don’t pay $75.00 it will burn and you can’t do a damn thing about it! Americans you really are failing here. You want more jobs, but don’t want to pay to make more jobs, taxes are a necessity to keep our economy going. Without tax we don’t produce, without production, no jobs. Without tax we outsource all of our ideas we have it mass produced in a country that pays less and work more hours we bitch about taxes and higher wages. It would be nice to just find a job for most Americans. The Republicans are the main contributors to corporations and outsourcing. Don’t get me wrong Democrat hands aren’t squeaky clean either. Hilliary Clinton was a CEO of Walmart. Everyone knows the Walmart is an evil corporation. So, like I said it’s all of the government the Republicans are just more of an evil.

I know many hard working people, being a middle-class citizen. 80% of people I know are in financial trouble. The remaining 20% have piles of money, so they’re not hurting at all. In fact, the people I know involved in the stock market are flourishing. On the other hand, the people that have money and have had it for almost 2 full generations are doing very good, but not as good as they previously had been. I really feel for the millionaires that are down a few hundred thousand. I guess they’ll have to take one less cruise this year.
This all sickens me and I feel for anyone who fell into the Tea Party scam, it will bite you in the ass I guarantee it!! Did I say that I really don’t  like Sarah Palin? I really hope that the freakishly fake bitch will not become our president one day!