Folks, it's just a few days away now. Please vote. And before you do, think. You're smarter than these people. Look at the facts, look at the events, and think.

bq. "Go back to bed America, your government is in control." --Bill Hicks

Politics in America are fairly well fucked up right now, but the graver situation is that we have an unintelligent radical in the White House, and he is the biggest problem in America today, he must be relieved of his command, and the only way to do that is to vote for John Kerry. I'm all for change in the system, but changing this system cannot happen in one day. And a vote for Nader or Badnarik or Popeye the Sailor Man this year ain't gonna change a damned thing. Please, people, I'm begging you. Think about what you are doing. Let's solve the immediate -- and very grave -- problem on Tuesday and then work toward change from there.

bq. "The house is on fire and when your house is on fire is not the time to talk about remodeling." --Arianna Huffington

The airwaves are filled with rhetoric on both sides. The way I see it, the problem is that most people listen to one side or the other, or nothing at all. What you need to do is listen to all of it, so you can see how these people work. That way you can expose the lies & manipulations that both sides use. The advantage here is that you can see how much more serious the lies from the right are. Those are the ones that are getting people killed. But they will have you believe that Kerry is untested, unfit to lead. When you think about it, it seems ludicrous that a President who is unable to have a conversation or even make a clear speech, a President who skipped out on his opportunity to serve this country and a President with less political experience than his opponent could suggest that his opponent is untested and unfit for the job. When you think about it, it's insulting, isn't it? But people are buying it up. Please don't. Think.

bq. "It looks like I'm going to be forced to vote for Bush. I mean, at least I know what I'm getting with Bush; you don't know what you're getting with Kerry." --Garry, my mailman

See, he's not thinking, and that's bad.

This is the most important election in my lifetime, and it's exciting, but I feel a deep sense of sorrow when I look at the polls, and read & hear the rhetoric that is driving these campaigns. The only thing more upsetting than listening to that is hearing someone tell me they aren't going to vote in this election at all. If I believed it'd help, I'd pray for this country right now.

Read, think, decide. I can't stress the need to think enough. Rational thought will guide you through the bullshit. See you on the other side.

You have three days.