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Shallow Thoughts: If you're mad at President Obama, this one's for you

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I've been hearing a steady crescendo of angry voices saying, "I'll never vote for Obama again" over the past few months in Nicole Sandler's radio show chat room, in personal conversations, in TPC comments, tweets, emails, you name it. Today alone, I've heard three stories about people who refuse to vote for him in 2012. They would rather not vote, or vote for a third party candidate, than sacrifice their principles and vote for someone who has disappointed them.

I understand that all too well, and feel for them. I even agree with many of their gripes. I get it.

However.

I do not agree with their decision.

A vote against the president, or no vote at all, is a vote FOR a Republican. Imagine what would happen to this country should a Willard Mitt Romney or a Bachmann or a Pawlenty make it into the White House.

No seriously, imagine.

Now imagine what would happen to the Supreme Court. You think it's too conservative now? Just wait.  Picture Citizens United on steroids, for starters.

Next, imagine the United States of Wisconsin. Or Michigan. Or Texas. Or Ohio. If you're into financial martial law, vote against President Obama, because that's what's trending in ConservativeLand.

Yes, I fully empathize with the despair, the frustration, because I, too, fully support Medicare for All, civil rights and employment for every American, dumping BushCo's insane tax bonuses for the wealthy, ending wars, etc. In other words, I am directly affected, too, and it's painful. But, if we end up with President GOTP, if you fail to vote for a Democratic president, kiss even your dreams of improving any and all of these issues good-bye.

Our job is to push back hard, challenge President Obama, pressure our representatives to pressure him. We have to take some responsibility and a lot of action.

So vote in November. Vote for someone who has a shot at winning, because if you don't, not only will the Democrat lose, so will America.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Today's cable "news" broadcasts can be reduced down to two words

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I watched and watched the cable "news" dee jays all morning, as I always do. Their reporting, analyses, and that of their panels rehashed one specific topic over and over and over again. The focus of their blathering didn't deserve the attention, although that was the intended goal of the subject.

You're probably way ahead of me, and already figured out that the morning's broadcasts can be reduced down to two words: Sarah Palin.

After watching Lawrence O'Donnell's thorough dissection of all this Palinalysis, it's clearer than ever that 1) the "news" dee jays clearly think there is no other real news occurring anywhere in the world; 2) they don't watch The Last Word (although, thankfully, one CNN personality did bring up some of Lawrence's arguments); 3) the cable networks are in desperate need of viewers/ratings/money; 4) they're really bored; 5) all of the above.

And so this is what I heard all morning:

SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinWILLSHEORWON'TSHE?SarahPalinSarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinWILLSHEORWON'TSHE?SarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalin

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: "Awesome"

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I highly doubt that Walter Cronkite or Tom Brokaw ever said, "Awesome, thank you" when another on-air personality tossed to them during the transition from one anchor to another.

CNN's Fredericka Whitfield* was apparently awestruck today when it she realized it was her shift at the top of the hour.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.


*I like Whitfield just fine, but come on.

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Shallow Thoughts: What are our service members worth?

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I listened as the TV news dee jay told me how relieved members of our military are that their paychecks won't be delayed, now that a government shutdown has been averted.  I listened as the news dee jay reminded me that many of those same people would have been in real trouble if they would have had to wait even an extra week or two, because they're strapped, and wouldn't have been able to afford food, rent, or house payments.

And then I wondered why our military has to fret and hand wring about that when private contractors get paid so handsomely for their work. And I wondered why we don't pay our service members more, so that if they were to have to endure a shutdown, they could be less concerned than they were this week.

And maybe we'd even recruit more men and women if they knew that, you know, they would be more amply rewarded for their hard work and bravery.

Then I had to stop listening to the TV news dee jay, because my blood pressure was undoubtedly rising to unsafe levels.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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