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5 days…

In only 5 days, our nation will elect its next president. As we speak, polls show Obama with a slim margin and a decent chance to win. I still can’t believe it’s even remarkably a close race.

I heard a poll today surveying voters in Texas who *actually* believe Obama is a muslim. 24%. 24%!!! You’ve gotta be kidding me. Come on people. Seriously? Don’t you think if there was some conspiracy to send a muslim in to be elected President of the United States they would’ve picked someone who didn’t have the middle name Hussein? Don’t you think they would have been a little smarter?

What do you think is going to happen anyway? On inaugaration day, the flag will be burned and a decree will go out to all in the land to don turbins or face penalty of death? Are you people that ignorant? Really?

You cry for your freedom and country you love but if you vote for McCain you will be condemning it to more years of corruption, war, loss of the basic rights guaranteed to us by our Constitution, further damaging our relations with other nations and our standing in the world not just as a power, but as an example. We are a nation, still united, but on the verge of collapse over basic human rights such as equality, tolerance, and acceptance of those that are different than ourselves.

This country was founded on the principle that all who came here could have a chance to pursue their dreams, be treated fairly and equally, and not be discriminated against. We are turning into the very nation our founding fathers fled so many years ago to escape the narrow minded, unaccepting views of the religious majority so that we could have the freedom to worship as we choose.

I can not believe that those same brave men and women who moved their entire families and lives overseas for that great dream would condone what has now become of this country they founded I can not believe that those same brave men and women wouldn’t hang their head and cry to know of the persecution that is perpetrated in the name of religion, morality, and God.

This country was founded by people who wanted something better than what they left behind. They wanted freedom. For all. Even those who differ and do not agree. They did not fight to form this nation only to see it become a mirror image of the same oppressive, unaccepting monarchy they left behind. All that they believed in and fought for would be in vain. We have become a country bitterly divided over religion, politics, and morality, with the strongest and loudest drowning out and stifling the minorities, the weak, and the poor. We have become a country that thinks it is acceptable for a group to claim moral supremecy, and to use agendas based on ignorance, fear, bullying, and discrimination to quiet those who have different views and beliefs.

It is our responsibility to stay the course they laid out for us. It is our responsibility to unite, even in our differences, especially in our differences. If we fail and continue down the dangerous path of self-proclaimed righteousness, refusing to celebrate the wonderful possibilities that our diverse nation has to offer collectively, then we have failed as a nation. We have failed our founding fathers. We have failed ourselves and our children.

Racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia, religious persecution, violence, and silence. These things are alive and well all around us. These are the things that will keep us from ever realizing our potential as the nation that was founded so long ago on the principles of freedom. For all. Not just those that look or think or love or worship like you. For all.

Get your heads out of your white cloaks, your pants, your asses, your bibles, your anger, and the sand. Look into your hearts. Look at the people you love. Look at the people around you. They are just like you. They love their family and their friends and their country. They don’t want anything more than you do. Respect, equality, a chance to pursue their dreams. A chance to live their lives. No one person is more entitled to that than anyone else around them.

Share. Dream. Open your minds. Open your hearts. Close your mouths until you’ve really had a chance to think about what you might say and why you might be saying it. Stop living in fear and hate. Start living like you deserve it. Like everyone else around you deserves it too. You don’t have to take away from another to get what you want. If we all work together, there’s enough for us all. More than enough.

Compassion. Hope. Understanding. Charity. Joy. Laughter. Passion. Love. Respect. Kindness. Curiosity. Open-mindedness. Acceptance. Growth. These are the things that will unite us and remind us that we are all one nation of people with the capacity to be united even in our differences. These are the things that will show us the way to celebrate, not fear, those differences and move forward together.

But if 24% of the people in Texas really think Obama is a Muslim, hell, I just don’t know. That’s pretty grim. Fear and stubborness are one thing. Racism, sheer stupidity and willful ignorance are another. Those are taught at a young age and reinforced in a rigid, unyielding environment. Reason and sanity are no match for such frightening traits. And where reason and sanity fail… well… I just don’t know how progress is ever made. And progress is our only hope for survival.

Well, that and ramen. You can live a long time on ramen. It’s cheap, man.

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