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I stand with them.

21 Sep

When I registered to vote, I was so proud to mark myself as a member of the Republican Party.

I was proud to carry my voter’s registration card in my wallet and I was proud to vote for George W. Bush. Both times.

When I renewed my driver’s license, I decided to change my party to “Independent.” I wasn’t liberal enough for the Democrats and certainly didn’t feel comfortable in bed with the GOP, who was/is constantly railing against the “entitlements” I NEED to live.

Now I’m probably more a Democrat than anything, but I tend to favor more centrist politicians. All things in balance, all sides talking, and doing teamwork. You know, like we learned doing all those group projects in school.

Here I am again feeling like a woman with no political party, but siding with those “evil” progressives who “kill babies” and want to take God out of America. The ones who want to let immigrants inundate our country and want the impoverished to have food and healthcare. You know, those evil liberals.

Now Jesus kept Himself out of politics siding neither within the zealots or the Pharisees or Saducees. His answer was love and He had friend in both low and high places and all those in-between. But if we’re honest, Jesus was a homeless vagabond and tended to attract the same type of people.

Both sides claim to be following Jesus…and honestly, since Jesus was apolitical, it’s hard to drag Him into the argument. Now the Bible as a whole, that’s a different story.

There are many times the Bible talks about caring for the poor and the widows, standing up for the abused and mistreated, and to give everything back to God–how we do so is the tricky part.

While I’ve seen churches provide much needed services to those in need, I’ve seen its individual members turn a blind eye. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of good people I’ve met in churches who have blessed me in times of need. It’s the other ones, who share nasty Facebook posts about the poor or private message me to ask if I still believe in God because I don’t speak highly of the president, that I call out.

Those people are the ones who have hurt and disappointed me–the ones who equate being a Republican with being a follower of God.

They’re the ones who bother me the most, probably because I used to be one.

Applying for welfare, getting food stamps, and eventually Medicaid broke my pride and I knew I could not be that kind of person anymore. I knew God changed me.

I could never be a Republican again, at least not *that* kind.

I looked at my tattered voter registration card the other day and wondered what party would stand up for me. I thought deep and hard about my love for God and others.

I also thought about the phone calls and emails and letters that went answered and unanswered from my elected leaders.

I thought about the party that made a monster President of the United States and the evangelicals (like Franklin Graham) who lauded him as God’s choice for America and of those who publicly opposed him (Ann VosKamp and Max Lucado, among others.)

I want to be a part of something new, something real, something that can’t be typed onto a voter registration card. I want to see God move in America and change hearts and minds. The problem is my prayer is to change the hearts and minds of everyone. Not one side, not the other, but both.

Until that party exists, I will remain a centrist because two parties is not enough. But if I must take sides, at least in the healthcare debate, I choose the poor, the oppressed, and the widows and orphans.

I not only stand with them, but among them as well.

And I stand in direct opposition to the Republican Party and the Christian I used to be.

How to Stimulate the Economy…or Just Your Brain

7 Feb

Yesterday as I was eating lunch, I flipped on Fox News to see what was going on in the world.  Apparently, the economy’s in the crapper.  If I didn’t know it from the news ticker on the bottom of my TV screen, surely each and every story would have clued me in.  I got to hear a Democratic senator’s reaction to the economy (and stimulus package), then a Republican senator reacting to the same thing.  I saw clips of the President talking about the economy and the news anchor talked about the economy with some economist.  After 20 minutes, I thought my brain would combust.

I thought, man, that’s depressing.  People are getting laid off, the government wants to spend close to a trillion dollars, and the Democrats are took a retreat on the taxpayer’s dime.  To be fair, the Republicans also went on a retreat a few weeks ago paid for by the lobbyists.  Yeah, so between their seaweed wraps and massages, our elected leaders can work out situations to help the plight of the common man.   Personally, I think they should give everyone stimulus checks, then we can all have a chance to waste our own money instead of letting the government do it for us.  Who’s with me?

While we’re waiting for the government to cut our stimulus checks (don’t hold your breath), we need to buckle down.  Instead of wasting our money buying books, CDs, and DVDs, we now need to spend it on sensible things like food, heat, water, and underwear.  Fortunately, I’ve discovered a magical little place where you can borrow all the books, music, and movies that you want, and it’s not called Amazon.com–it’s your local neighborhood library.

Growing up, there was a small library half a block away from my house.  I had the books for the Summer Reading Club read in a week.  But this library only had books and magazines.  I felt a deep sense of awe when we went to the library’s main branch in center city Allentown.  There were so many books they couldn’t be contained on one floor, so they had elevators!  And music and movies and a periodical room the size of that dinky library up the street.  Ah, my local public library was a place of joy and beauty.

When I got to college, I started buying more books because, you know, that’s what college is all about–buying books.  Then at the end of the semester, college is about selling your used books, blowing the money on something stupid, and scrounging up money to buy more books the next semester.  Occasionally, a college student goes to the college library to meet cute guys, I mean, borrow books.  Generally, though, class books are purchased.  Of course, I went to an all-women’s college, so there was no point for me to go to the library (hence, there were no cute boys in the library to meet).  Except for the one summer when I worked in the audio-visual department at my college library, I basically stayed away from the place.

So while I was out and about yesterday, I decided to stop at the Emmaus Public Library, which is pretty small, but still a treasure trove of literature.  The children’s reading group had just let out, so small kids were running about excitedly picking books to take home for the week.  You’d have thought we were in a candy shop, not a library.  Then again, after I filled out an application and officially received my own Emmaus Public Library card, I felt the same way.

Since the library is a “quiet” place, I couldn’t break out into song and dance, but I really wanted to.  I wanted to see every book and every DVD and every CD and every magazine–after picking up three books (“Water for Elephants”, “The Astonishing Elephant”, and another elephant book) , a National Geographic video about the African pygmy people, and five CDs (including the Village People’s Greatest Hits), I was done…for today.   But I’ll be back because there are a ton of National Geographic videos that need to be watched and whole sections of books I overlooked.

Honestly, I don’t know what would stimulate this economy and it’s depressing to think of the possible dire scenarios that could be looming on the horizon.  But I do know how to stimulate your curiosity–head to your local library and pick up a book (or an audio book).  And maybe, just maybe, you’ll meet a cute boy (or girl), too (here’s hoping!)

McCain’s Shrewd VP Pick – “Coldest State/Hottest Governor”

29 Aug

My apathy has turned into excitement!  Whether you’re routing for Obama or McCain, you have to admit that it’s been an interesting week in politics.

As I watched Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention last night, I couldn’t belp but cry a little.  Not beacuse I was moved by his speech, but by the fact that finally a (half) African-American was being nominated by a national party to run for President.  After growing up learning about Martin Luther King and civil rights, I always thought the black/white divide was a bit silly.  I never understood racism, but seeing Obama on that podium made me realize how far our nation has come.  It was definitely a defining moment in our country’s history.  I can admit what Obama’s nomination means even to me, though I’m leaning towards McCain.

Then today came John McCain’s chose of running mate–Sarah Palin, the first female governor of Alaska (read more).  At first I screamed, “Omigosh!  He picked a woman!”  I swelled with pride that my gender would be represented at the polls.  After I thought about it, I realized what a shrewd choice McCain is making–if he is elected to office, then his VP will be the first female vice-president ever!

If Obama wins, we get the first black President, and if McCain wins, we get the first female vice-president!  What seemed like a doldrum little election is turning into an interestign political spectacle.  I, for one, am thrilled with either prospect because history is going to be made!

Admittedly, I haven’t been all that impressed with McCain’s campaign lately and have felt that Obama’s people have done a much better job communicating his slogan.  However, in recent weeks McCain’s political ads have stepped up, including an impressive TV spot that aired Thursday night during the DNC in which McCain congratulated Obama on winning his party’s nomination–brilliant!

Following his “Mr. Nice-Guy” ad with his announcement that Sarah Palin will be his running mate is a great way to kick-off next week’s Republican National Convention (granted that Hurricane Gustav doesn’t interrupt things.  However, the immediate concern is for the people in Gustav’s path, not politics).  Governor Palin has the potential to win over disgruntled Hillary supporters and disengaged feminists, as well as provide interesting commentary on environmental issues, such as the hotly contested issue of whether or not to drill for oil in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).

Palin is a maverick in her own right, often working on a bipartisan level to enact legislation for her state.  This mother of five–the oldest is in the military and the youngest is a 5 month-old with Down’s Syndrome–has a unofficial slogan all her old “Coldest State/Hottest Governor.”  Her husband, who is part-Eskimo, is also easy on the eyes.  Another advantage Palin brings to this ticket is her age–she’s obviously much younger than McCain, and more Obama’s contemporary.

Now if only McCain’s campaign would let me volunteer and/or give me a free pin or bumper sticker…  No, McCain 2008 still hasn’t called me back (read post).  But MoveOn.org is sending me a free “Vote for Obama” pin…oh, the irony.  What happened to the ol’ days where they handed out the stuff for free?

For an insightful post on Sarah Palin and women in leadership, check out Jonalyn Fincher’s “Sarah Palin- Integrating Work and Home.”

Open Letter to John McCain’s Campaign

27 Jul
All I want is this pin and its $5...for a pin to promote someone. The one I originally wanted was $7.

All I want is this pin and it's $5...for a pin to promote someone. The one I originally wanted was $7.

To John McCain’s Campaign HQ:

I’m an Independent Voter, who supports John McCain. I’ve already contacted McCain’s local campaign office to see about helping with the campaign. No response yet (and I have an undergraduate degree in journalism and have worked in public relations. Believe me, I would be a valuable asset to the team).

Then I decided to check out the merchandise section of the McCain Website to see about getting a bumper sticker or two or maybe a few pins–$7 for one pin! You have got to be kidding me! You can get Hannah Montana pins cheaper at the Disney Store, which has super-inflated prices. Plus, she’s just a fictional TV rock star, not a presidential candidate.

I’m all about slapping a McCain bumper sticker on the back of my vehicle or donning my purse, jacket, and other attire with a pin, but not at these prices. I can get a vintage “I Like Ike” pin for a better price. I understand that purchasing these items is also like making a donation to the McCain campaign. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of extra finances to do that, so I merely what to offer what I do have–time, talent, the back of my vehicle, and space on my personal belongings to promote John McCain.

Unfortunately, if you do not return my calls or e-mails or lower the prices of your promotions items (or give me a few for free like other campaigns have done in the past), I can’t help promote your candidate.

Amy, Independent Thinker for McCain (for now)

Yes, I did actually send this letter to McCain’s Campaign. If they fail to receive it but read this post, they can feel free to e-mail me. Oh, and if you support Obama, good for you, but I really don’t want to hear about how I’m an idiot because I like McCain or any of that. It’s unnecessary and makes me like Obama even less because he had such mean supporters.

Obama’s Not Rockin’ My Vote

12 May

BSW welcomes Andrew Wilhelm, who will be writing about issues related to culture, politics, and economics (and everything else you need to know about life from a college guy).

By Andrew J. Wilhelm Barack Obama, the electrifying, charismatic, charming young politician. Barack Obama, the breath of fresh air, the suave law professor, the speaker of the decade. Barack Obama, just what this country needs.

That is what we’ve been hearing all along, isn’t it? Ask the typical teenager or twenty-something and they’ll give you a description very similar to the one above. What draws people our age to Senator Obama? Why does practically everyone under the age of thirty seem unified in the belief that Barack Obama should (and will) be the next President of the United States?

It is important to first discuss what draws young voters to the Democrat Party in the first place. Why don’t we see such a rousing reaction among young voters for the GOP? Well, college students are used to change; change is all we know. Therefore, when someone speaks of change, we listen. Even if it’s not broken, we are more than willing to fix it.

Democrats also are the champion of the “little people.” They promise that the government will make everyone’s troubles go away and that we will live in peaceful harmony as long as we take money away from those mean old men at the oil companies and give it to those who really need it. Sounds great to a poor college student or recent graduate.

Finally, young people like Democrats because they proclaim that morality is too relative to really get in a huff about. No kid likes when his parents make rules–the same goes for the government. Who is the government to tell me if I can be gay and married, if I have to listen to that horribly offensive prayer at a graduation ceremony, or what I can do with my body (for example, “terminate my pregnancy”)? If you want complete moral relativism – and young people usually do – then visit your friends at the local Democrat Party Headquarters.

The first, most obvious reason anyone would vote for Obama is that he is black. In such a multicultural, pluralistic generation, young people make every effort to appear as diverse and tolerant as possible. One of my favorite blogs, Stuff White People Like, put it this way: “Since we are on the verge of electing a black president, it seems important to explain why white people want black friends. Every white person wants a black friend like Barack: good-looking, well-spoken, and non-violent. Obviously, whites want black friends so as not to appear racist.”

Ask anyone on the street why they would vote for Obama, and if you’re lucky, they will give you some feedback regarding his policy decisions. No matter how educated about the issues, the line, “We are long overdue for a black president” will usually arise at some point. Ah, how tolerant. Don’t get me wrong; I am far from racist. I voted for a black man for governor of my home state of Ohio (Ken Blackwell) and I would love for McCain to pick Condi Rice as his VP. The true racists are those who vote for (or against) a candidate based at least in part on the color of his or her skin.

Secondly, young people like young people. Duh. It just isn’t cool to have a 71-year-old running the country. It is much more hip to have a 47-year-old with a great jaw structure and shiny white teeth. Surely Obama knows the needs of our generation better than McCain or Hillary, who both probably still don’t know how to work an iPod.

Lastly, Obama is a great speaker with utopian ideas. Being surrounded by great speakers in high school and college, young people love good rhetoric. They love to be told that they can do anything as long as they are given the opportunity; they love to be told that it’s not their fault they are in a bad situation; they love to be told that they can be better off without working any harder. And that is exactly what Barack Obama preaches. (We don’t have time to discuss what his pastor preaches). Young people want people to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Sorry, McCain and Hillary just aren’t warm and fuzzy people.

In the end, the reality remains that Obama has been rated as the most liberal senator in office. He favors abortion, gun control, trade restrictions, higher taxes for anyone making over $30,000, huge expansions in health care that will drain our budget while decreasing quality, and some kind of foreign policy change.

Wait, exactly how much foreign policy experience does he have?

Look past the charisma and youth appeal of this man and see him for what he really is–a stereotypical liberal democrat. Vote for the person you think will benefit this country the most, not the one who would make this country “cool” again.

Andrew Wilhelm a sophomore at Wheaton College majoring in political science with a minor in economics. His two main passions are playing piano and golf. He also enjoys learning about and analyzing trends in culture, economics, and politics.

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I Went Indie

14 Apr

Yup, now I’m indie.  I made the decision a lot time ago, but finally executed it today when I got picture taken for my new driver’s license.  Since changing my political party was an easy touch of a button, I did it.  I wanted to do it for a while, but changing from Republican to something else, a day before the BIG Pennsylvania primary felt scary.  It wasn’t like I was sending a missle to the Middle East, just pushing a button.

But in evangelical circles, I’m generally surrounded by Republicans.  It’s not just the Right…it’s the right thing to do or I may lose my salvation.  But I switched to “Independent” because I’ve had it with the two party system, and I don’t like being a Republican and I don’t think the Democrats have it right either.  I can still vote for McCain in tomorrow’s primary (I’m staying home).  Yet I feel free, like my mind is my own and I don’t have to “go along” with any party anymore.  Like Joe Lieberman and I should go out for tea and talk about what being Independent means to us and how people can’t assume we vote on party lines because our party has yet to be defined.

In some ways, I wish pushing a button could be so freeing in other aspects of my life.  Like–WHAM!–best-selling author or wife or something else.  I guess we can’t change our identities and affiliations quite so easily, most of the time.  I suppose that would ruin us because we learn so much in the journey.  Today marked something for me–a shift from who I thought I was supposed to be for many years into the person I want to be.

It may have only been a small change–a push of a button at the DMV–but it was a step in further defining my self, my beliefs, and the things I care about.

I am really happy to be an Independent.

The McCain Girls vs. The Obama Girl vs. The Hillary Kid

14 Apr

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the “McCain Girls”–a trio of ladies who have made two videos in support McCain (read more) and the “The Obama Girl” who seems to have a thing for Barack Obama. The McCain Girls, who sing “Raining McCain” and “Here Comes McCain Again” are part of the humor website 23/6, which is poking fun at campaign songs. The Obama Girl, Amber Lee Ettinger, sports a shirt reading “I’ve Got a Crush on Obama” in her video, and was voted as one of the sexiest women on the web. So, who could win in a battle of the McCain Girls vs. the Obama Girl? While the McCain Girls have the advantage of being a trio, they really can’t sing on-key, and don’t have as much sex appeal as the Obama Girl, who sings slightly better. Truth be told, the Obama Girl’s son is flat-out better lyrically and musically. Plus, that Obama Girl is scrappy–I think she could definitely beat the McCain Girls in a fight. Yet i love how the McCain Girls represent a wider demographic, and they’re not, uh, skanky. Maybe sexy sells, but I sure wish that Obama Girl would cover up. How is having hot chicks sexualize your campaign going to win votes? Not sure, but I will say this Amber Lee Ettinger seems like a nice girl, and the video is pretty amusing. I’m not sure what “girl” I am anymore. Then there’s this random rockin’ kid who likes Hilary, who’s the best of the lot. Unfortunately, I think he’s underaged (jail bait!), but man, this kid can rock. I think he can take ’em all on. See him below…

Faith Beyond Politics

6 Feb

Maybe I’m not a horrible Christian after all.

According to the Barna Group, born-again Christians are less likely to vote for Republican candidates. The group says that if the election were held today, more Christians would vote for the Democratic Party Presidential nominee, even if it was Hillary Clinton!!! (Read study here and thanks to my pal, Gavin, for bring this interesting article to my attention. Go read his blog. It’s good stuff.)

The article states that born-again Christians constitute close to half the votes cast in the U.S. Here’s a quote from the survery, “the new Barna study shows that if the election were to be held today, 40% of all born again adults who are likely to vote in November would choose the Democratic candidate and just 29% would choose the Republican candidate. The remaining 28% are currently not sure whom they would choose, preferring to make their selection on the basis of the candidate than strictly on the basis of his or her party affiliation.”

Looks I’m part of the 28% that is undecided, not part of the majority who would choose a Democratic candidate, and only one percentage point from die-hard Republican voters. Isn’t that interesting?

I’ve been getting some rather heated comments/notes lately because I said I would probably throw my support behind Obama or McCain, and not Huckabee. People have been questioning my faith in God, my values, and whether or not I am truly a Christ-Follower. It’s cool, because as my friend would say, my name is written on His Hands and in His book of life.

But I do find it interesting that 28% are undecided like me, and 40% are in favor of a Democratic candidate. That means that 68% of us are in the same boat on our ways to the Inquisition of Faith. How could a Christian be a registered Democrat, vote for a Democrat, or consider voting for a Democrat? It’s so…ungodly!

Amazingly, I am more concerned about the faith of those who think being a Christian equals being a conservative Republican, than I am about the voters who are still exploring their candidate options.

Could it be that the body of Christ is made of of more than conservative Republicans? Perhaps so.

By the way, I am not knocking conservative Republicans who are Christians. I think you guys are great and you rock! I love that you have faith and are bringing your beliefs to the polls. It is important that you show up and vote. I am glad that many of you are taken with Huckabee, who seems like a good guy.

My point is this–I am a moderate who also brings her faith to her polls. I also pray and consider my options carefully, and just because I reach a different conclusion as you does not mean I am any less “saved” than you. Just like no one church has the corner on the faith market, nor does any political party. God works outside our constructs because He is God.

And I really think He wants McCain to be President.

(Just kidding! I was having a “Pat Robertson” moment, plus I thought it would be a killer closing.)

Pretend You Matter & Bilary’s A’Coming

23 Jan

AHHH! It’s Bilary!

The Morning Call, the area’s local newspaper, is running a straw poll cleverly called “Pretend You Matter!” It’s funny because it’s true. As much as young people are urged to “rock the vote”, if young Pennsylvanians head out to vote in the state presidential primary on April 22, it probably won’t make much of a difference at all. After two dozen states hold their primaries on Feb. 6, it looks like the party nominees will be known. Of course, you never know in this wacky election.

The straw poll has Clinton and Obama in a dead-heart, while Ron Paul seems to be heading up the the Republican nominees. Interestingly enough, I hadn’t heard of Ron Paul until I saw Paul supporters gallantly holding “Ron Paul in 2008” signs in the mall area as the Christmas season shopping began. I doubt Ron Paul has a chance against the others in the field, but I admire the passion of his supporters. I haven’t seen supporters for any other candidate standing in the freezing cold with huge homemade signs weekend after weekend for their candidate. So I looked into the guy, and he seems pretty solid. I might even vote for him in the primary, even though my vote will mean diddly squat.

Then there’s Obama who’s battling it out with not only Hilary, but with Bill as well. Andrew Sullivan points this out in his column “The Daily Dish”. Sullivan suggests that voting for Hillary is also a vote for Bill and refers to Hillary’s campaign as the Clintons’ campaign (the term “Bilary” has also come back into play). He summarizes it like this, “At least now we know what this race is about: Obama versus the Clintons. Both of them. Their dynasty. Their power. Their methods. Their character.” The column itself, though brief, is brilliant and well-written. Check it out.

Despite the polls, many of my liberal friends are not pro-Bilary. One even told me she would do the unthinkable–vote for a Republican candidate if it would keep Bilary from taking office. Ouch. As much as I’d like to see a woman take the office of President, I don’t want it to be Hillary. I relate to her as a woman, but not as a politician. To fulfill the obligations as President, I need to respect her politics, and I don’t. In fact, I don’t trust her or her husband one bit. Why would I want these people in the White House again?

If it comes down to Bilary versus a Republican contender, the Republican contender might have better chances, even with all the complaints about the GOP and the Bush White House, just because people dislike Bilary so much. Obama pitted against a Republican, any Republican, is a much more formidable candidate for the Democratic Party. If they’ve got any sense at all, they’ll offer up Obama as their man.

As for the Republicans, I’ve got no idea what’s going on what that party. Huckabee looks to be the most conservative candidate out of Romney, McCain, and Guiliani. Romney’s record on abortion and the fact he’s a Mormon still weigh heavily against him. Guiliani is way too liberal to be a Republican forerunner. In my opinion, it comes down to Huckabee and McCain, which begs the question–do Republicans want a moderate like McCain in office or a conservative like Huckabee? I fear that Huckebee’s Christian values will align him too closely with Bush and he won’t appeal to moderates. Yet McCain’s support of the Iraq war also makes him a wild card as public support for the war is dropping every day.

All I have left to say is this–anyone but Bilary!

Does an Iowa Win Really Matter?

4 Jan

According to this article from FoxBusiness, those who come out in top at the Iowa caucus still may not secure their party’s nomination. As of now, Republican Mike Huckbee and Democrat Barack Obama are the projected winners from today’s election with Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney nipping at the heels of their rivals. While Iowa’s primary certainly sets the tone for the rest of the primaries, it doesn’t guarantee victory. Here’s why:

1. Iowa’s population is 95% white. Although this bodes well for Obama, it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot for the good ol’ boys battling it out in the Republican party. One would expect Huckabee, a former Baptist minister with traditional values to do well in a Midwestern state. This election proves that Obama, on the other hand, seems to be able to win the “white” vote, at least in Iowa.

2. Voters must be physically present to cast a vote in a primary. This means that folks who have difficulty getting to the polls like the elderly, the sick, and the disabled haven’t had their say. Also, night workers and those serving overseas in the military also do not have the opportunity to vote, meaning someone like John McCain, who has enormous military support, could do better in Iowa in a general election.

3. Iowa is not representative of the views of the entire nation. If I really wanted to pick a forerunner for my political party, I wouldn’t consider Iowa to be the hotbed of political activity. I would head to a state that shows a diverse representation of red and blue voters, and start my primaries there. However, the results from Iowa do seem consistent with national polls with show a popularity surge with both Obama and Huckabee.

The battle within the political parties is on to find a suitable candidate to endorse for President–I’m predicting it’ll come down to Mike Huckabee versus Barack Obama. However, maybe Hillary will come out on top–like cockroaches in nuclear attacks, it seems that the Clinton family can survive just about anything. So maybe Iowa does a decent job of predicting who will go head-to-head in that national elections, or maybe winning in Iowa really doesn’t matter at all. Sometimes when a candidate knows he (or she) is losing, he fights tooth and nail overcoming enormous odds to win. And we all long an underdog.

All I really have to say is this–who’s this Ron Paul character that everyone’s talking about but no one really knows about? And you never know, maybe Ross Perot will show up again in 2008. Don’t you miss his graphs and charts? I know I do!

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