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Thursday, November 06, 2008


Wrote a blog a week ago that put ME to sleep. So I didn't post. A weird cycle. I'm struggling to free myself. I've been working on new songs, playing rehearsal-intensive gigs. But mostly I've been addicted to following election polls and post election news and killing time in between watching Family Guy on I'm starting to come to my senses but that was some entertaining stuff, I have to tell you.

I hope, if you're reading, that you're not scared by the Fox un-News prophesies of a terrorist/communist/Muslim takeover. If you do lean that way, I'd pray for you but that would be more hypocritical than, oh, being pro-life but pro war and pro-death sentence at the same time. Like being a strident Christian who can't ask the question, "Who would Jesus kill?" Kind of like being anti-welfare but pro-corporate welfare (bail-out). I could go on but it really isn't my intention to antagonize, as you know. I hope people who were frightened will breathe and see that none of that scary crap that the fox was spewing is gonna happen. But I understand, I've been very scared over the last eight years too. Somehow I survived and still have my house. Just lucky, I guess. The music business is in the toilet lately but I don't think anybody is gonna flush. I'm clinging to the side, anyway.

Obama was in Sarasota five days before the election. We attended the rally at a baseball stadium used by the Cincinnati Reds. 12,500 very diverse people sat and stood shoulder to shoulder in total solidarity. It wasn't predominantly anything. Equal parts black, white, brown and off-white. Male, female, young, old, hourly employees and salaried employees. All either off for the day or off for the recession. I even saw Amish people there. There were people wearing crosses and stars of David and risque T-shirts. There were disabled people and those showing six packs or impressive cleavage. We had it all. And we all had one thing in common. Belief that together we could make the world a better place.

Nobody yelled ugly remarks about the other side. We stood in line for two hours. Some camped overnight. Nobody got pissed off. Complete strangers just glad to be in this company. On the way out, the traffic jam was horrendous. Nobody beeped their horn in anger. People stopped to let others go. It was a very uplifting day. And Florida went blue. Had it gone red, I would still have been happy to have shared that experience. I hope the anger on the other side subsides because we all have a lot of work to do just to keep from becoming poor. We'll all scale back and gear up and we'll leave our children and grandchildren a more usable planet. It's okay with me if the other side wants to take credit for what we've accomplished in eight years. They tried to take credit for Clinton's surplus and blame the recession on him. Whatever, if it makes them feel better, they can say what they want. Let's just get people's jobs back and houses saved and fix the environment while we do that. Oh yeah, and there's that war thing. Let's cut that shit out.

For me, this is heavily political. And I most likely won't be doing that again, but that's what's been on my mind. Keeping me away from blogland. I'm gonna go write some love songs now.

posted by Bud @ 8:31 PM

Great to have you back!

And I noted how your state voted and thought about how different your thoughts must have been about your neighbours this time around.
I'm keeping an eye on your election tomorrow too!
I freakin' love Family Guy (and Hulu for that matter)
As you know, I tend to walk the middle and I think there's anger on both sides -- I wish we could get past it, period. Because there was no doubt which way WA was going to go, we didn't have either one come up here. I think Biden may have done a speech in Tacoma, but I really don't know why. Both Hilary and Barack came up for the primary, when they were duking it out but I didn't even know about it until the day of. I wished I'd gone to at least one of them for the experience.
Oh yeah, Family Guy is usually good for a laugh & diversion!

Regardless of where your mind has been, I'm just glad you're back! =)
Hi Bud great to hear from you again.

You know many people are noticing that the Obama Crowds are very inclusive yet the McCain crowds were mostly white.

Obama's crowds tended to be quite and loving while McCain's was the opposite.
Bud, I love your blog! Take care!

last tuesday, me and the other democrat here in utah had a near beer...

giggidy giggidy
That was quite the election campaign and since i have been listening to the gracious winners and loosers.
I have my own views on the whole political thing and none of it's pretty.

I ask myself, how can these people go out there and attack each other on the personal level for a year and then be expected to forget iot all and work together?

When elections become trailer trash brawls do you really want the trailer park boys running your country?

Well, you made history now lets see what kind of mark it leaves
Sounds like a great experience.

Love songs are good too.
Nice to see you blogging, Bud! Also encouraged and heartened to read about new music and lyrics. You have so much to offer. Looking forward to your material in 2008! :)
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