distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

This is not a political blog and it’s not about to become one. But I will say this: If you are an American citizen caught up in this election storm, please consider voting for Barack Obama this November 4. Why?

I am not a registered member of a political party, not even the Democratic Party—I think my views are far too left even for that. But I will be voting for Obama with great excitement, and great responsibility for the future, this November.

Women far more articulate than I have laid out reasons worth reading, women such as Michelle Fabio, Stephanie Kuehnert, and Gloria Steinem. I wanted to be voting for a woman in this election, but vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is not that woman—please visit Women Against Sarah Palin for nonpartisan views of why she cannot be supported.

Election ads cannot be trusted, on both sides—so seek out some truth on FactCheck.org.

If you are not registered to vote please register as soon as possible—the cut-off dates are fast approaching. This is an election worth voting in. This election cannot be ignored.

I’m sorry to break out of my usual mold, but the fear of losing my rights and seeing this country go even more off the deep end than it is now under the current administration is too much to ignore. It’s a wonder I’m able to write my novel at all. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming about a struggling fiction writer who selfishly thinks only of herself and how hard it is to be a writer with a day job wah-wah-wah, woe is me, you know, the usual.

p.s. Vote!

11 responses to “Vote!”

  1. Um, I wasn’t really just mentioned in a sentence with Gloria Steinem, was I? Wow. Thanks so much for the mention and for going out a limb and writing about this here. There are so many of us normally nonpolitical (in public at least) types coming out and standing up…I love it!

    Barack the vote!

  2. I have been reading Women Against Palin all morning. Canada just announced an election! We’ll have it over and done with in October. I’m crossing my fingers for a Liberal government here and I’ll be voting for it too. It’s nervewracking.

  3. I will definitely be voting, already registered as an Independent– proudly casting my vote for McCain and Palin. I read the articles you listed to, perhaps if I get inspired I’ll debunk some of it. Probably not, I have Arabic homework to attend to today.

    Definitely an important election– I just signed up to volunteer for the campaign, too! Ta!

  4. Amy, thank you for your visit. This is normally a writing blog, but this post is my first political post because I felt strongly enough about this election to break my rule and speak out for the first time. However, I didn’t post this to start a debate. I know what I believe, I know what rights are important to me, and I know who I’m voting for. I just wanted to state that on my blog.

    Feel free to rebut all you’d like on your own website.

  5. I realized I couldn’t be just a “party” voter (yes, I’m a Dem); then people would think I have nothing but “useless opinion” when the discussions begin.

    So I have been reading up, like crazy, on Obama in the hopes that armed with some facts and some of Obama’s future thinking, I can indeed bring someone over from the dark palin-mccain side.

    I’m glad people are starting to post, even one sentence, about the upcoming election. This country needs more real civic discourse, less pop pundit-ing.

    Thanks, Nova.

  6. thanks for the post. i hope it reaches people beyond the usual democratic suspects. i grew up with plenty of no-neck bigots who will look for any excuse not to vote for obama — they would vote for stalin before a black person. i fear the worst but will not give up hope.

  7. I tell you, I wish I could vote for Barack Obama. I’ve been watching what is going on in America and feeling nervous, and very concerned about Sarah Palin. Sort of off topic but last month I was able to vote for the first time in 16 years because I became an Australian citizen. It’s compulsory to vote here, which I think is a great idea. Women died for us to get the vote, it is not something to be ignored.

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