Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

February 7, 2008

I Am Torn

This Saturday will see us voting in the Primaries for Campaign 2008 here in the Gret Stet.

I am fucking torn. Do I vote for my hero John Edwards in order to give him, and by extension the Gulf Coast, leverage at the DNC, or do I vote for Barack Obama? This really sux.

In a way I see this as something we have to do every moment in Life: choose between our hearts or our minds. My heart screams for the thoughts and cares that Edwards expressed, but my mind says to vote for Barack in order to stop HRC.  (and no I can’t just do a coin toss on this one.) Yes I’m concerned about my Country’s future, but I MUST be adamant about getting the Gulf Coast fixed and prepping for what’s coming in the Future.

After Bush’s treatment of New Orleans post-Flood, I become very much a local Patriot. Our motto here is “Sinn Fein”. This is a hard row to hoe for me since I am a Patriot and a Veteran, but my part of this country must not be forgotten. I have traded my “America First” hat for a pirate’s tri-corner. My allegiance is to the Isle d’ Orleans, the Coast. This is the land of my people, and I have lived all along it. These last 29+ months have been Hell.

(been rereading some posts from ’06) Screw it, I’m voting my heart in the Primary, and I’ll vote for Obama in November.

I MUST stand for the folks along the Coast. (And Hillary, Bush-in-a-dress, ain’t getting my vote.)

January 30, 2008

Thanks Mr. Edwards

John Edwards backed out of Campaign ’08 today during a speech here in New Orleans. I’m not happy about this, but I think he has affected the National conversation concerning what is really important for real Americans, the working class and the Future of our country. He has also remained firmly dedicated to the rebuilding of the Coast and getting folks back on their feet.
Here’s a great write-up from Newsweek this afternoon.

BTW- I’m voting for Obama for President now. (Hillary is a George Bush in a skirt.)

January 16, 2008

Still Pulling For John Edwards

Filed under: Campaign 2008,John Edwards — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 4:08 pm

I will write on the topic soon, but this HuffPo piece sums up many of my thoughts on the election choices for President.


November 20, 2007

We Are Not Ready?

Yesterday the Prez Debate Commission put out their list of localities where the Prez debates next year are to be held. They passed New Orleans over because “the city isn’t ready”. What a crock of elephant and donkey poop that statement is.

The PTB isn’t ready for US!

I know why the Repugs don’t wanna be here: they can’t take the heat of appearing in a city that was so badly damaged, and the fact that their “appointed by God” Warlord President has reneged, with their aid/non-concern, upon his promise of the rebuilding of our homeplace. SE Looziana is the poster child for the neglect that the “Gov’mit don’t work” shit they spout for the entire Nation. (Check this out.)

Some of the Demos recommended the place, but only John Edwards seems to be willing to make an effort to get one of the debates held here. (This is why Edwards is my guy. *swoons*) The other Donkeys in the race barely mention us, which by extension means that they don’t really care about infrastructure and people’s safety around the country or the very real threat of rising sea-level faced by the U.S. and the folks who live in the danger zones from this threat. Is this an example of their future Domestic agenda?
I still can’t believe that they chose Oxford, Miss over a cultured place like New Orleans. Old Miss is just a Neocon factory, churning out brain dead goose-steppers to further the Elephants’ desire to destroy the Republic. Oxford has about 600 hotel rooms (nobody wants to visit that honey pot), whereas the NOLA has over 24,000 rooms. Are 2,400 people going to shack-up with Oxford’s local families? I just bet they are going to love Fried Coon or Basted Possum… Yum, Yum!

I’m not flying off the handle about our city getting passed over on this, but about the fact that the example of how the Social Contract being disassembled here and along the Gulf Coast not being a backdrop for such an important event as helping folks to decide who they wish to lead the country and what is most important to their lives, children and Fate. Americans are concerned about Americans: we see that all through the ravaged areas down here whether the destruction was Natural or Man-made. Thousands of people have flocked to the Coast and the City in an attempt to help in the rebuilding process. Many have opened their wallets too.

How can the Debate Commission not see that Domestic interests are on the minds of many Americans? They are concerned because “it could happen to them”, and then what the fuck is the response from the Feds gonna be if the worst happens? Sadly, New Orleans and the Coast are perfect examples of the Feds’ response: red-tape, delays, wasting of monies by going through Halliburton, Shaw and countless others until there is no money left for the poor sods that actually do the clean-up and the rebuilding.

And don’t get me started on the topic of what actually will happen to the folks who inhabit the disaster zones of the Future.

More on this topic: Here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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November 13, 2007

I Made My Decision Months Ago…

John Edwards for President in 2008! (Been his girl since he announced from the Lower Ninth.)

I do not trust Hillary, and Obama doesn’t add up for me. This time around, as it should be every election, it should be about vision, possibilities and not just founded in fear tactics and divisiveness. Edwards talks about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He wants to pull out from Iraq. He wants Universal Healthcare, and… John comes from a background similar to mine. His Dad worked in a mill… mine was a milkman who drove 60+ miles everyday through the swamps along the Coast rendering a service. (He was the first White man many Black children had ever met. Yes, I do remember those days of isolation for those folks.) This is the kind of person I can trust.
I vote for a candidate that shares a similar reality to mine. I cannot cast a vote for someone who shares nothing with my life as far as challenges go when we are talking the Presidency. I may disagree with the person later on, but I know that his feet were in the same mud as mine. That the worries of the family echoed the same concerns in my early home.

This is the kind of person I can trust when it comes to major National issues or the need for war.

Mr. Edwards, I AM your girl. I can’t wait to see you at the Inauguaration in 2009.

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