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Deb’s House Concerts

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I have a relative who seems to get all of her news from The Flat Earth Society and The End of the World Club. I asked her to stop sending me Swift Boat types of emails before the last election, and she did for awhile. But now, she seems to either think I believe as she does, or she is out to convert me. Her talking points come straight out of the inflammatory rhetoric of the right-wing-talk-radio/tv shouters and the sky-is-falling-the-end-is-near ‘religious’ groups who call themselves Christian (but, whose behavior in no way exemplifies the teachings or life of Christ).

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Today she sent yet another high-blood-pressure, red-faced-ranting “save America” email. I finally took the bait and responded. I’ll quote my reply to her. This is what I wrote:

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you say: “If Obama is elected president of the United States we are in trouble.”

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my reply:
No matter who is elected president, our country is in trouble after the damage that has been done by the current administration over the past eight years. No Republican or Democrat will be able to clean up the mess in the next four years. Our reputation, our economy and our personal freedoms have all been diminished by the corrupt and unethical actions of the current administration. No one, no matter how good or competent, will be able to undo the damage that has been done. Our nation is now in so far in debt, due to a war that was started based on lies and for the purpose of enriching the cronies of the current administration, that even your great great grandchildren will still be paying the debt. (And, if McCain is elected and continues this war, your grandsons may very well be drafted to go over there and fight.) Some economists believe our economy is on the verge of collapse due to the actions of this admin. over the past 8 years. If it happens in the next four years, you should hope there is a Democrat in office, so that you can blame them for the damage that has been done by the ones currently in power.

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I wonder how many hearts or brains die because of politics (when the blood pressure goes too high and stays too high in people who are already at risk for heart attack and stroke). I’ve already lost one long-time friend this year, because I answered the question, “Who are you going to vote for?” and then gave my opinion about the corruption of the current administration. I had no idea this friend was a die-hard supporter of said administration.

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I believe we in this country are in grave danger no matter who is elected. Our economy is in trouble. Our military is over-extended. Our basic freedoms have been compromised. I don’t know what, or who, it will take to turn this country around. It is true that Obama does not have much experience. What he offers is hope and a vision. I hope he is surrounded by good people. McCain is scary, because he looks like he’ll continue the destruction of our country by continuing business as usual.

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Is there a way to repair the damage that has been done over the past two terms? What do you think?

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