Dear Texas, Dear God, Please Go Democrat Tomorrow

Nov 3, 2008 by

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GOP, you don’t have a trademark, copyright, or stamp of ownership on God. He’s not on your side. If it helps, he’s not on my side, either. He’s on the side of people, I imagine, and I further imagine he doesn’t see petty things such as political party affiliation.

I bring this up because I heard about the prayer vigils yesterday. That offended my Christian sensibilities deeply. In general, I have a somewhat strenuous objection to demanding God do what we want; it’s a little too three year old in my opinion.

I believe more in asking God to be with us as we manage life situations, rather than telling God what to do, such as "Dear God, please let the Democrats win." My prayer is more like, "Dear God, please let me bear with grace the outcome of tomorrow’s election, and go forward with wisdom to keep improving the world according to the values I believe in."

Those values, for the record, are the ones I learned from church and my family, and they stem from the teachings of Jesus. I’m best represented by the Democrats, who believe in helping people and the earth, living as brothers and sisters, which is pretty much the basis of Christianity, per its originator, Christ.

For some reason, people think voting patriotic and Christian requires you to vote Republican. I call phooey on that.

Just go listen
to Senate Candidate and long-time serviceman Rick Noriega explain how Democrats support the service, and listen to military families tell how
Democrats support them. Patriotism is more than just backing military and war efforts, though. It’s about doing the best thing for one’s country. It’s about ensuring that we value both our business and our environment. It’s about protecting our citizens with proper education and health care. It’s about respecting our founding principles and adhering to the Constitution as a document that grants rights, instead of taking them away.

I don’t get any of that with the Republican candidates on the ballot.

And so, I’d like to tell you about a few of my local Democratic candidates and why I’m voting for them, as well as why I hope you will vote for them too.

US Congressional Candidates

Senate–Rick Noriega: I’ve met and spoken to Rick a number of times. He’s down-to-earth, easy to talk to, extremely knowledgeable about current issues and how they affect real people, and he’s got active military duty experience in a war zone. He knows what civilians and military personnel need, and he’s got solid plans about how to achieve it. When Rick shares his ideas, they come from a reliable place—personal knowledge and experience—and his solutions are practical. I can wrap my mind around how he can achieve what he wants to do. From the economy, education, energy and the environment to health care, homeland security, immigration, and the war, Rick has well-thought through plans that reassure me that my interests will be considered and we’ll be protected and supported, and all that without fear mongering.

House–Nick Lampson: This is not even a question mark for me. I haven’t heard one single person give one single good reason for voting for his opponent. I’ve heard lots of tripe about Nancy Pelosi, ridiculousness and bigotry, but not one good reason. His opponent has to lie and distort to try to convince people to not vote for Nick, without even himself providing one good reason to vote for him. Whatever you’ve heard Pete Olson say about Nick Lampson—don’t believe it. It simply isn’t true. Honestly, I’ve checked. You should too. Go read Nick’s voting record, his Congressional record and experience, see his committee work, an endorsement from the Houston Chronicle, and read more. Nick has an excellent record for getting in touch with his constituents and voting as they want, which is often against his party. He holds public Town Halls, open meetings, keeps his office open and available, and stays in good touch with what his area needs. He really has an excellent service record for this community. He does well ensuring that this economy is one of the strongest in the US, with good growth potential, and proper transportation solutions to ensure that growth continues and is accessible. I wish he did better on the environment, but I hold out hope. I’ve met Nick, and he’s the real deal, honestly.

Local Candidates

State Senate—Joe Jaworski: Joe is a Good Guy. Really, he is. He works hard and he will work hard as our rep. When I saw him campaigning, and all the effort he put into it, I watched closely. I saw someone who was doing this because he really, truly cares. This is about loving his community and wanting to serve it. I like Joe, but more than that, I like his stance on issues and what I know he will do for our community. Listen to Charles Kuffner‘s interview of him in January, and read Kuff’s interview of him in October. His opponent is one of our community’s worst enemies–his policies for insurance and the environment are as detrimental as it gets for us here. On the other hand, Joe is ready to come in and do what’s best for the people here. You could see that in his experience as a Galveston city council member, and Mayor Pro Tem, and you could see it when he hopped into action personally to help his community after Hurricane Ike, even though he personally suffered from the hurricane. I’m phone banking for Joe—that’s how much I believe in this guy as The Right Guy for our community. His plans for education, health care, transportation, safety, and ethical service are so outstanding I have convinced undecided voters to vote for Joe simply by reading from his website issues page.

Texas House—Sherrie Matula—I also know Sherrie personally. Early on, I brought my mother in from Austin to vet her. My mother, a teacher like Sherrie, was so impressed she wished she could vote for Sherrie. If this state needs anything, it’s better health care and education. (Texas ranks 25 on the "smart" state rank list, and 33 on the National Education Association’s list.) ParentPAC, a bipartisan group, endorsed Sherrie, as did many others, including Annie’s List, the AFL-CIO, the Texas State Teacher’s Association, and the Texas League of Conservation Voters. Her top goals are:

  1. Regain control of skyrocketing insurance, electricity and college costs
  2. Ensure sufficient funding for public schools
  3. Preserve our environment while protecting our jobs
  4. Restore ethics and integrity in Austin

Of course I’m voting for her—she’s the best.

State Board of Education—Laura Ewing. I think we’ve gotten our priorities wrong—we’ve turned education into a punitive political playground. We’ve got too much politics in the classroom and not enough teachers in politics. Laura Ewing would balance that out. She’d take experience and great ideas to Austin. Charles Kuffner’s did a great interview with her and the Houston Chronicle endorsed her. So do I. She knows what works.

What are other progressive Texans saying before the Big Election Day?

It is Monday, November 3, 2008. In less than 24 hours, the United States will have elected a new President and Texas will–hopefully–send Rick Noriega to the U.S. Senate and a host of new State Representatives and Senators to Austin.

In the meantime, here is your Election Eve edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance‘s weekly roundup.

Bradley from North Texas Liberal lets us know that you should be careful not to lose your vote if you have to use an electronic voting machine, like TV personality Oprah Winfrey almost did.

jobsanger believes an avalanche of new voters could produce some surprises on election day, including the possibility that Georgia will turn blue, and even though an amazing 23% of Texans think Obama is muslim, a huge turnout in the urban areas and South Texas could produce some surprises in Texas, and early voting totals show this is happening.

Justin at AAA-Fund Blog is glad that 60% of Asian Americans polled in Harris County support the Democrats. He also is glad that voting this year was not a chore as it often feels. Justinurges everyone to support AAA-Fund’s five Texas endorsees: Rick Noriega, Al Green, Nick Lampson, Hubert Vo, and Sandra VuLe.

It’s been an exciting week for Democrats. First up was Hank Gilbert asking a Cornyn staffer to take a walk from a Rick Noriega event. Then there was Texas Blogger (and current TPA Chair) Vince Leibowitz spanking the Mike McCaul campaign for their amateurish content theft. Finally, we at McBlogger received word that Dr. Dobson had traveled to the future and didn’t like what he saw. Which is something you’ll probably love.

Vince at Capitol Annex tells us how State Rep. John Davis (R-Clear Lake) is sending out his wife to attack Netroots backed candidate Sherrie Matula (D-Houston). In return, he opens John Davis’ own personal Pandora’s Box and tells the world about Davis’ record.

The Texas Cloverleaf notes that Barack Obama leads John McCain in fundraising in Denton County of all
places!
In nonpartisan news, while Obama is raising money, Ron Natinsky
is spending it. The
Dallas City Councilmember is spending your tax dollars on trinkets bearing
his name.
In shocking news,
a 9 year old is electrocuted by a McCain-Palin yard sign.
No, we
couldn’t make this stuff up if we wanted to.

After record breaking early voting in Williamson County, Eye On Williamson is ready for the general election. The HD-52 race has been the focus of attention this election cycle.  The issues concerning voters in HD-52 include the Trans-Texas Corridor, insurance reform, and the economy.  No matter the issue Diana Maldonado is the best choice in HD-52.

WhosPlayin looks at the early voting turnout in Texas’
26th Congressional District, and thinks Ken
Leach just might be able to upset incumbent Michael Burgess
.   
WhosPlayin asks you to guess whether this incident
of political suppression happened in Liberia or Texas
.  (Hint: It
was Harris County, Texas.)  Most of all, WhosPlayin
wants Denton
County residents to get to the polls and VOTE
!

Off the Kuff takes his last looks at early voting, and makes fun of some whining by Republican enablers Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

El Paso is going Democratic in a big way.  As El Paso goes so should South Texas. 

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is looking for a blue, blue
Thanksgiving!

BossKitty at TruthHugger is laments pre-election jitters, Oh The Stress Of It All – Op Ed, and  how many years will it take to recover because, Divided We Fall.

Neil at Texas Liberal says think about the future when you vote. Don’t be like Galveston voters who in 1886, 14 years before the 1900 hurricane, voted no on building a seawall. Texas Liberal also offers up a post on how Texans have voted for President since 1948, and, finally, submits for your review  some election predictions.

Over at TexasKoas, TxSharon tells us that somebody is finally looking at the Barnett Shale Gas Wells . Its called accountability and its about time.

boadicea provides some excellent resources/talking points on the ACORN non-story. Give a look.

Txsharon kicks off a lively debate on the the training of 4000 troops in the use of non-lethal weapons for possible domestic use.

Texas politics is screwed up for at least two obvious reasons this week: because Tom Craddick has his debates sponsored by AT&T — complete with a lobbyist on the panel, and because 23% of all Texans think Barack Obama is a Muslim.  The sad details at Brains and Eggs.

Nat-Wu discusses the long tradition in the Republican of crying wolf about voter fraud in an effort to minorities from legitimately exercising their right to vote, and Xanthippas rips into anti-woman bloggers for brewing up a faux controversy over their DART bus ads.

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5 Comments

  1. kim Sheram

    Completely agree with you on God and prayer. And do you know how deliriously excited I am that there's even a possibility that Georgia could go Blue? I remain skeptical, but I have seen more support than ever before in the form of yard signs, bumper stickers, and unabashed public admission (which is I know totally scientific).

  2. I'm voting for Obama, and I was raised in an extremely right wing fundamentalist christian family.

    I've made it through this election season with my self respect intact, however, my christian family wont talk to me without screaming.

    it's really sad that they have come to equate hate and fear with christian values.

  3. You are a credit to your faith Julie.

  4. Hey, if Arizona can go blue (we did it in 1996) then any state can pull it off. Great post!

  5. It is so loverly to hear Christians behaving properly and using their nice words. I have written a few posts recently that contradict the right-wing agenda, and have had all sorts of interesting comments and email questioning and criticizing my faith. Thanks for reinforcing the fact that I'm not the only pinko-Jesus-lover out there.