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Where Do We Start?

Posted in Politics on November 5, 2008 by andyzilch

Barack's Victory Tweet

What a great night and how great that Barack once again called for a new level of service from the country in his acceptance speech. Sarita and I talked afterward – we could barely sleep last night – and we’re both looking forward to that opportunity. It’s inspiring to have elected a president who promises to ask sacrifice of all of us. Lately our country has been a little lopsided there – asking our military and military families to sacrifice while the rest of us are told to go shopping with a $1500 tax rebate. That’s truly shameful, but it’s going to change soon.

I’ve heard only a few ignorant comments at work today (regarding tax policy or speculating about riots had the election gone the other way), and I’m hopeful that after some of the pain wears off from such a long election cycle we’re able to unite in the spirit of service we so desparately have lacked. After all, that united sacrifice is how this country was born; what greater way to be a citizen and patriot is there?

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Politics in the Blood

Posted in Family, Politics on October 31, 2008 by andyzilch

Wow, so I set off a great dialogue in my family with that last email. It turns out one of my cousins who happens to be an attorney in St. Louis will be working as a credentialed poll observer making sure that no voter is disenfranchised; St. Louis and Jefferson County have a history of running out of ballots apparently. I also have an Aunt in Minnesota who will be working the phones for Obama on Election day.

Best of all though, I found out back in the day my Grandparents not only campaigned for candidates they cared about and acted as election judges, but also drove people to the polls who otherwise would not have been able to have their votes count.

What a proud history that carries on to the present!

Why I voted for Barack Obama

Posted in Family, Politics on October 31, 2008 by andyzilch

Sent this recently to my family to encourage them to vote for Obama.

Fam,

First, I hope you’re all voting on Tuesday for Barack Obama and I hope you’re telling your friends to do the same.

If you/your friends are voting for John McCain, you should try to avoid long lines of Obama supporters by going to vote on Wednesday 🙂

Seriously, I’m concerned about this election. Our country is in bad shape. Bad shape of historic proportions – the crash we just had in our stock market is proportional to 1929 and the next couple years are likely to hurt (though hopefully not as bad as the G. Depression). To top it off, I just read this pretty F-ing disappointing view of racism in St. Charles/St. Peters

If anyone should be voting for Barack, it’s the working class folks in towns like St. Chuck and St. Pete!
See what the leader of the AFL-CIO said a few months back:

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Ghiz Accomplishments, Syntax Not Listed

Posted in Politics on September 27, 2007 by andyzilch

Poor syntax gets on my nerves. So does SPAM.

That’s why I was doubly upset when I got an email from Leslie Ghiz’s campaign today. Since I’d already spent the mental energy determining if I’d actually signed up for her email list (I didn’t) I decided to check out her site. I know, I know — that just just validates spammers but I couldn’t resist figuring out to which party she belongs.

I first searched for her party affiliation: Republican. That usually doesn’t play a large role in local politics, as it does in national politics, so I kept reading. That’s when I found her accomplishments page.

The fact that every one of them starts with “GHIZ stood up” could not be more cliche and not to mention annoying. I’ll give her the “GHIZ stood up as…” comments, but when it starts “GHIZ stood up and…” I want to scream “does she do everything on her feet?” I understand the intention; her publicist wants to show how many stands she makes. When the sentence starts “GHIZ stood up and…” though it indicates she merely stood up and then she did something!

GHIZ, take a seat in front of an 8th grade English book and get to reading! Please keep up the good work for Cincinnati, too.

SiCK

Posted in Politics on July 15, 2007 by andyzilch

The movie SiCKO by Michael Moore is incredible. The evidence presented that our health care system is broken is just so overwhelming. I choked back tears watching the stories of the 9/11 rescue workers who could not receive medical care in the US as good as that given to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. When Moore took these men and women to Cuba to receive free health care that rivaled any checkup they’ve ever received in the US I was outraged. No words can sum my reaction up better than those of Blue Cross’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Barclay Fitzpatrick “You would have to be dead to be unaffected by Moore’s movie…”

Unity ’08

Posted in Politics on June 5, 2007 by andyzilch

Unity08 Delegate ButtonJack McCoy is in my opinion one of the best characters on television. I’m so glad to see that in real life, Sam Waterson has an opinion I agree with: give moderates a place to rally and we can do away with divisive politics!

For just one election, Unity ’08 aims to create a bi-partisan ticket. There are three simple goals:

  1. Goal One is the election of a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2008 — headed by a woman and/or man from each major party or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties.
  2. Goal Two is for the people themselves to pick that Unity Ticket in the first half of 2008 — via a virtual and secure online convention in which all American voters will be qualified to vote.
  3. Goal Three is for the delegates to that convention to select the issues which are crucial to America’s future and the questions on those crucial issues which the candidates should address fully and candidly.

Watch the video, it’s thoroughly enlightening.  Better yet, visit Unity08.com.
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4 years ago today

Posted in Politics on May 1, 2007 by andyzilch

4 years ago today, it was 23 years since my mom went into labor and 22 years, 364 days, 23 hours, and 41 minutes since I was born. In the past 4 years, I’ve run 2 half marathons, met and married the girl of my dreams, purchased and sold a house, and remembered the 15th anniversary of my dad’s passing.

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