Pic of the day: Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Leutze


Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations; but, on a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism. If we go over the whole history of ancient and modern republics, we shall find their destruction to have generally resulted from those causes.

James Madison, from a speech at the Virginia convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788


I am a man of many and strong opinions.  I am sure that your opinions are as strong as mine, and may differ wildly from mine.  There are many reasons to either love or despise both the individual candidates, be they from the house of representatives, the Senate, President, or more local representatives and the parties they serve.  There are many good people who think right now that they are the best choice to help lead the way for the state, the nation, or their city.  They can’t all be right, can they?

If you are a partisan you will just run your finger down one side of a ballot and vote for the people, and that is fine. It is also fine if you do not.   The best thing we can do is vote, not because it will help bring about the will of the people and will do everyone good, though that may well happen.  No, the best thing that can happen tomorrow is that the process forces you to think, and think not just of yourself, but of the effect that you have on the world around you, both locally, nationally, and globally.

I will be voting for tomorrow.  I hope regardless of your viewpoints you do as well.


I will be voting for Barack Obama for President,  Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate ( Note: I worked at DPW 20 years ago with her when she was still Kirsten Rutnik, an attorney and I was Mike, the copy guy{pre-rhino days}), Mark Murphy for House of Representatives, and Michael Cusick for State assembly.

I expect that I will write myself in as a candidate in at least one seat, at least one important post.  I have in past voted for myself for a judgeship of some type, once for state senate, and once for house of representatives.

Think. Vote.  Matter.


That’s it from here, America,  G’night.

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