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Because . . .

Because I have two children, and I want them to have a bright future . . .

Because my children are women, and I'd like for them to receive equal pay for equal work . . .

Because I think humankind is largely to blame for global warming, and I'd like to see it slowed or stopped . . .

Because as a former attorney, I believe in the tenets of the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, . . .


Because I believe that the Bill of Rights means prisoners cannot be held without being allowed access to an attorney or to the courts . . .

Because I believe that the Bill of Rights means that government searches must be reasonable . . .

Because I believe that the Bill of Rights means that the government cannot seize someone without probable cause . . .

Because I believe in equal protection under the law . . .

Because I believe in the separation of church and state . . .

Because I believe in the First Amendment right of free speech . . .

Because I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees a limited right to bear arms for purposes of defending the country, and not an unlimited right to all guns at all times . . .



Because I believe that the ideals of this great country means that it should be a beacon of freedom to the world, and not an agent of oppression and torture . . .

Because I think our economic policies, including the deregulation of the banking and mortgage industries that has occurred since 2001, have been disastrous . . .

Because I think that diplomacy matters, and that isolationism and unilateralism is not an intelligent option . . .

For all these reasons, and more,



If you're interested in knowing why I'm supporting Barack Obama in this election, and why I've done so since last fall, you can comment here or email me. I won't be talking about politics all that much here otherwise, but with so much at stake this year, I just couldn't sit on my hands any longer. After this post, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming.




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seaheidi
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Awesome. Now is the time to speak out. Too much is at stake not too--


carriejones
Sep. 24th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Kelly. This is so well done. Thank you.
amymcauley
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed that Nov. 4th is one of the best days of Obama's life! I'd vote for him if I could. Maybe when he's president, Canada can have him step in once in a while to sub for our Prime Minister. lol
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well done! And I am proud to say, "Me, too!"
giogas
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
You were a lawyer? I can't picture that (no offence - actually a compliment).
kellyrfineman
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yep. I was a commercial litigator. And I was a research assistant to a man who literally wrote the textbook on Civil Rights Law when I was in law school. So the Constitutional issues raised by the Patriot Act have been of particular concern to me.
lisa_schroeder
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, YES!
lizannewrites
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Me too!

I went to the opening of the Obama campaign's NJ headquarters [ it's in Princeton ] this weekend and bought an Obama/ Biden Poster to post in our window.

and Fiday I'm going to help make phone calls & watch the debate at the Pallone HQ [ Rep. Frank Pallone] in Long Branch.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Me too!
I'm still waiting for my yard sign to arrive. It's been on order for over a month now.
jamarattigan
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yay! Beautifully stated, Kelly.
liz_scanlon
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Beautifully put, Kelly. My favorite effort so far this year has been registering voters. It is fascinating to have conversations with people who have never voted -- and even better to watch them realize that this time they will...
kellyrfineman
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad many folks are registering, and I hope they all actually vote. In the end, I don't really care for whom they vote, as long as they do it. Our ability to vote at all was a privilege bought with blood, and we have what I consider a sacred duty to protect and honor it.
sruble
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Right there with you.
mreader
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
And this post is was the cherry on the sundae for my recognizing you for an I *Heart* Your Blog Award. Well deserved too. Come by and see.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet of you!
dampscribbler
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I am not feeling hopeful about this election, I'm feeling very cynical and dejected. I'm so glad to see that others can push on while I try to give myself a while to let the mood pass.

I don't have to ask why you're supporting Obama this election. But this morning I was behind a car with a McCain/Palin bumper sticker, and I thought -- WHY?
kellyrfineman
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I admit to feeling a bit like a Boston Red Sox fan, pre-Series win: I really believe change should come, and that the current administration was never a good choice, and that Obama is the best possible choice in this election, but part of me almost expects to be kicked like a dog again come November.

Nevertheless, I intend to do what I can to make sure people are actually thinking this time around, about issues and stuff, and not about who they think is prettiest (a reference to Bush, actually) or would be the most fun at a cookout (again, Bush). I happen to think that electing candidates who prove that "anyone can be president" is ridiculous. Not just anyone should be president, really. And this notion that we should all be biased against smart, articulate people really pisses me off. I suspect that "reality TV" is partially to blame somehow (in which "anyone can be famous").
(Anonymous)
Sep. 28th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Well said! Off to check out the rest of your blog.

Tracy
www.HappyDaisy.blogspot.com
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