Think Before You Vote.

It’s election day.  To say the economy is in the toilet is the understatement of the century.  People are losing jobs left and right.  When it comes to food, clothing, and shelter, you can choose any two–if you’re lucky.

At the polls, there are a bunch of “little candidates,” but only two really matter.  One aging candidate represents the old guard and traditional values.  He is a respected war hero, especially by those who claim the “moral high ground,” but also has enough of a following by social democrats to avoid being automatically tagged as a “hard-line right-winger.”

The other candidate wants change, period.  He is in his 40’s and a dynamic speaker.  Questions linger about the validity of his citizenship, as well as other nasty rumors about his background and intents once he takes office that just won’t go away.  He mounts a grueling campaign, flying from town to town, making speech after speech about how he wants to restore wealth, respect, and hope to a dispirited and increasingly-pessimistic nation.

You are the average citizen, exercising your right on election day and shaping the future of your nation.  Whom do you choose?

The aging symbol of the past, or the young dynamo?

Which one?

Decided?

Good.  Remember who you picked.

You’ve turned in your ballot.

You can’t go back and change it.

Oh, I forgot to tell you a minor detail.

The year is 1932.  The country is Germany.

If you voted for the aging war hero, you chose Paul von Hindenburg.

If you voted for the young dynamo wanting change, you chose Adolf Hitler.

Early voting started yesterday in Texas.  Election day is November 4.  Think carefully before you cast your ballot.  The future of not only your country, but mine and our children’s country depends on the choice you make.

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14 Responses to “Think Before You Vote.”


  1. 2 liberalofdoubt October 21, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Okay, sorry, that was a bit snippy, but really, I don’t think Hitler comparisons are ever a good thing.

  2. 3 gatakitty October 21, 2008 at 8:08 am

    I never said Obama was Hitler. I know the world has at least one more megalomaniac with which to deal before the End of Days, but I pray it is not in my lifetime. I just want people to think before they vote.

    Change solely for the sake of change is never a good thing. One does not throw out the baby with the bath water.

    And the more accurate term for your first post is “post hoc, ergo proctor hoc.”

  3. 4 evylrobot October 21, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Well played and nicely done indeed! I still don’t ‘get’ what the Obama supporters see in him. It’s the weirdest thing. He seems like such an obviously stupid choice to us rational-thinkers. I don’t think that Barry is Adolph, and I would hate to believe it… but, he could be. That’s the scary part.

  4. 5 gatakitty October 21, 2008 at 8:42 am

    And what does it say for those indignant liberals who DID see Obama in my tale???? If that’s what they think about their man, why are they voting for him?

  5. 6 liberalofdoubt October 21, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Actually, as far as I am aware, the post hoc fallacy is that of correlation not causation. That is not equivalent to the (humorous) fallacy of “reductio ad Hitlerum”, which is closer to guilt by association.

    We can find agreement that change solely for the sake of change is not a good idea.

    And gatakitty, if I am the “indignant liberal” you mention, I never referred to Obama in my post. Nor am I particularly indignant. 🙂

  6. 7 gatakitty October 21, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Finally, an erudite debate! You, sir, are a welcome guest anytime!

    And, no, I wasn’t targeting you as an “indignant liberal.” I just knew they were coming, as already one unpostable commentator had to get snarky.

    I love intelligent discussion and debate, but have no tolerance for name-calling or anti-Semitic diatribe, which was all the unpostable commentator had to offer.

    Stick around; things will undoubtably get more interesting in the next couple of weeks.

  7. 8 liberalofdoubt October 21, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Thank you! I always enjoy speaking with those with whom I disagree.

    I hope you take pride in getting an unpostable commentator; I think that’s the mark of a successful blog.

  8. 10 Instinct October 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

    “intelligent discussion and debate”

    Aw crap… guess that leaves me out.

  9. 11 gatakitty October 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    You, O Benevolent and Protective Wingleader? Left out? Heaven forbid! The REAL “Attila the Hun chair” is here and waiting for you.

  10. 12 girldujour October 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I voted for Obama on Monday. I did not see Hitler in your comments. Nor do I see any correlation between Hitler and Obama.

    I think that Obama is very intelligent, level-headed, feels that war should be a last resort (everyone already think that the US is a superpower, we don’t need to keep invading other countries–especially when we have so much to work on amongst ourselves here at home), and is kinder to the environment and animals than the McCain-Palin ticket.

    That said, in this country, the President doesn’t make unilateral decisions. There are all those Senators, Congressman, House Representatives and Legislators there to debate the subjects and slow things down. And that can, and should, be a good thing.

    I am hopeful and excited about an Obama Presidency.

  11. 13 gatakitty October 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Interesting that you brought up Congress, girldujour. There has been some interesting buzz on how the economy didn’t go off the cliff until the Democrats were running it. I’ve seen more concise examples, but this one is pretty comprehensive:

    http://www.westernherald.com/?p=1393

    I’m not saying the Democrats are to blame for everything; God knows there’s more than enough blame to go around.

    As for us “invading other countries,” maybe the terrorists should have thought of that before they boarded those planes on Sept. 11, 2001. To quote the last person to mastermind an attack on America, Admirial Yamamoto: “We have awakened a sleeping giant.”

    My daughter’s debate teammate is an American of Pakistani descent. I witnessed an incredible scene in which someone who had no clue as to her background mentioned sentiments similar to yours. She went into concise, but unmistakable detail about what she had witnessed when she went to visit relatives there last summer and the terror from the prospect of the Taliban taking hold. She ended with the forceful statement that our military MUST stay in the Middle East and Pakistan until the governments there are settled, or abandon them at our peril.

  12. 14 Instinct October 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Girldujour, do you mean “slow things down” like they did with the $700 billion ‘crap sandwich’ bailout which, as it turns out, $70 billion of it the companies want to use for corporate bonuses?

    We the taxpayers called our Democrat controlled congress and overwhelmingly rejected the bailout plan, economists across the board said it was a bad idea and pointed at the fact that during the great depression the “New Deal” that was introduced actually delayed economic recovery by seven years.

    Those Democrats ignored us, their constituents, and they ignored history. Why do you think that having an even larger Democrat majority with a Democrat president will be better?

    Why do you think having a president who admires PLO terrorist Rashid Khalidi is a good thing – He recently attended a dinner for the man and gave a toast to him? Or a president who has tried to have those that have called for an investigation of ACORN investigated by the Feds?

    Why is it a good thing to have a President that won’t even verify with the pulbic that he really WAS born in the United States? The state of Hawaii won’t release the information without his approval and he won’t give it. What is so hard abut that for him?

    No, the environment and animals are a much smaller concern for me that the Constitution and our individual liberties.


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