Regardless of whether you've agreed with me in the past, regardless of whether or not we think each other are idiots for our worldviews, you should know that we stand at a tipping point in history, and this presidential (and both representative and senatorial) election will at the very least point us in whatever direction we are going to be headed for at least the next two years. 2004 seemed like a pretty important election, but the one we're facing now is even bigger.
I'm a big advocate of free speech, but a bigger advocate that everyone should vote, and do so in an informed and aware way. If you are one of those people who think that Obama's first act will be to forcibly convert the entire country to Islam, I really can't help you and (along with those who think that Republicans eat their young) to be honest, you are the reason that the founding fathers created a representative democracy rather than a more direct form.
For the rest of you, get out there and vote. Conservative and depressed because it's increasingly clear that McCain's going to lose? There are still a ton of other reasons to vote, not the least of which are the local measures on your ballot, most of which are written by insane people, but you still need to vote on them. Hate both of the folks running for Senate in your state (like we do in Oregon - I never need to see another ad against either Merkley or Smith again in my lifetime)? Close your eyes, pick one out of a hat, and vote.
Think the War of Northern Aggression did more damage to the US Constitution (not the ship, the document) and that it wasn't about slavery? Vote.
And in about 36 hours, it will all be over except for the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Assuming, of course, that the angry white people unleashed by Sarah Palin don't try something crazy, or (much less likely) every African-American decides that this country really *will* do anything to keep the black man down. It is at that point that every one of us, crazy or no, must take a very deep breath, hold in our bile and/or jubilation and/or frustration, and realize that we are in such deep doo-doo that it no longer matters what party you belong to. Because it's time to stop screwing around and start fixing the mess we're in, starting with the climate and working our way down from there. So no complaining. No one cares what the tax rate is if Manhattan is under water.
See you in 36...