I went to a Matt Nathanson concert last night in San Francisco. You know with Madonna going off on Sarah Palin at her concerts, it was a bright spot when Matt stopped his session for a second and said that he believed in the system, and that in this election too many of us are getting bullied into voting one way or another. He went on to say that the ballot box is, by definition, our strength, and the last place in the world that we should be scared or bullied into anything. (I knew there was a reason I dug Matt Nathanson. In case you’ve never heard of him, I urge you to check out his music. Even if you like his music a little, catch a show, because you’ll love him after, and the fact that he’s a huge smart-ass doesn’t hurt either.)

I’ve heard of corruption on both sides of the fence, and I think it’s sad that, as Americans, we’re okay with it because we think that both sides cheat equally. I hope that no matter who becomes president, we begin a national discussion on the election process, and how to fix it to make it fair and legit. We need to have machines that are above reproach, and registration processes that are above-board, transparent, and not tampered with. You would think that after the debacle of the 2000 election in Florida we would have had this already, but alas the people who benefited from it got into power.

I have friends on both sides of the election who will jump down your throat at the mere mention of something positive about the other candidate. If you haven’t read it yet, Rolling Stone has an interview with Barrack Obama, and I think whatever misgivings I had about him had been put to rest by reading it. McCain has an impressive record to research and discover, and I urge you to do that as well. I think the thing to remember here is that after Tuesday, someone will become president, and I urge you all to respect that office, and the means in which he was elected, and let him rule without jumping up his ass every time he makes a decision. You may have disliked Bush, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more maligned president in my lifetime. I’m sure it made it hard for him to govern effectively.

So if you haven’t already done so, VOTE on Tuesday. And like I said before, research your local candidates, too often they get elected by old people who actually research the candidates …

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