Friday, September 5, 2008

America The Beautiful

Wow- what an exhausting four weeks! Staying up late for the two weeks worth of Olympic excitement and then two weeks of political conventions. I'm tired! I am relieved to get back to my regularly scheduled relaxing evenings and early bedtimes. I am starting to become a sleep-deprived, cranky crocodile!

I have to say that this two year long election process is far from ideal. I feel like it divided our nation more than it brought people together. The conventions did a lot to bring party lines together but certainly not the country as a whole. And things are likely to get even dirtier and darker in the coming months. My nerves are shot and I am tired of feeling so upset and defensive and then excited and energized and then a million other emotions all over again. And I don't think I am alone here. I think a lot of Americans feel this way. So in a tiny effort to bring us back to focus, I have devised a little giveaway. But there's a catch.

Here are the rules....

You must leave me a comment with two sentences. You must say one genuinely nice thing about each of our presidential candidates. You may not say that they are handsome. They are both attractive people with attractive wives and darling families. There, that's covered. Nope, dig deeper folks. Something truly nice about both Barack Obama and John McCain. Not about their running mates. Maybe if this goes well we can talk about the veeps next week or something. Don't like either of them? Well you are welcome to say something nice about those two AND your preferred third choice if you so please. But the key is to say NICE things. To put positive energy out into the world instead of all the negativity that we will all read about or hear about or engage in during the remainder of this election.

Y'all are the kindest and sweetest girls I've never met so I know you can find many many nice things to say about these remarkable and honorable political leaders. And as a reward for spreading the love, I will pick a winner and mail her (or him....but I don't think I have any boys reading my blog....unless my grocery store lovah is reading...in that case...call me!) a fun little prize. I think it's been well documented in Blogville that I am a pretty fun gift giver.

Leave your NICE comments by Monday evening. That should be plenty of time to think of something to say. Snarky comments will not be posted. That's not what this is about. Be sweet and play by the rules. If you don't have something nice to say, please just don't say anything at all.

17 comments:

Preppy Mama said...

I really didn't have to think too hard about it. I really hate politics. I think Barak Obama is a very charismatic speaker and a fresh face to politics. I think John McCain is an honorable American who fought for his country.

Gracie Beth said...

Barack Obama is a good orator and can give a motivating speech. John Mccain is an American hero, that does not get pushed around by either political party and truly stands by what he believes.

Candice said...

I can honestly say that Obama is inspiring and his attitude for change is captivating.

McCain is an inspiration for all Americans and no one can deny his experience and dedication to this counrty.

Anonymous said...

Obama will give my family health care, security and bring my brother home from war. McCain is an honorable vet who fought hard and went through a lot for his country.

~Emma

Insight, Insanity, Imagination said...

McCain is a hero who loves this Country and truly wants to see it come back into it's fully glory.

Obama is a great speaker and had a desire to see change and great things from our country

ballerinatoes said...

Sen. Obama is young, charismatic and energetic I like his message of hope. Sen. McCain is not opposed to bucking the system and I like that he is wants to use the best ideas of both parties. We are so lucky to live in this country and have a choice of two exceptional candidates.

Mom x 2 said...

Obama has brought up health care in nearly every speech he's given - he seems very committed to it. McCain fought for his country.

Marla said...

I love the idea of generating some positive karma...John McCain is a dedicated public servant & patriot. Barack Obama desires to work for serious change as an advocate for the middle class.

cancersucks said...

Obama will bring about change to our Country and will be a leader in the fight against cancer. John McCain is a true American hero.

susan said...

Barack Obama brings a new look, voice and feel to the typical American political arenas of the past. John McCain has a wealth of experience from the US Army and can help to help Americans with the war in Iraq.

Kappa Prep said...

Politics can be very frustrating at times so I want to say who i appreciate your holding this 'contest.' I think all of use bloggers can be good examples of how political opposites can get along.

First, I want to leave Barack some love. He is a wonderful speaker and is someone that has made a name for himself. Whether or not you are voting for him you have to acknowledge that he really made something of himself. There are very few people in this entire world that can be born into a middle class (some may even consider it lower, middle class) family and run for the President of the United States before they are even 50! He has a wonderful way of working the crowd during his speeches.

John McCain is a honorable, war hero. He gave his all to protect those in his homeland. McCain is also an adoptive parent!

amh said...

What a great idea!

I love that McCain fought for our country. He is truly an American hero who should be honored.

Obama is such a motivational, inspirational speaker. Listening to him gives me hope.

Polos & Pearls said...

Obama is a great speaker and has really gotten the young Americans involved in this election. McCain is an American hero who brings years of experience and determination to the table. Regardless, both are going to bring change...they will be the new President!!! :) That is promised change they can't back out of!

Flamingos & Flip Flops said...

Wow, to sum it up in one sentence each, that's tough, can I say...

Either candidate if elected will do their job to the best of their ability? Each brings a different background to the table - which all is necessary and I do believe they will put forth their 100% effort, whatever their beliefs.

Does that count? My husband says either can do the job, he'd prefer one of the other, but they will surround themselves with the right personnel to hold the highest job in this country! (I wouldn't want to be president! Would you?)

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh Miss PPC, what an absolutely grand idea this is! Good for you! Let's see....

John McCain fought for this country and somehow survived hellish circumstances defending it, cares deeply about it, and will give all he can to lead it in a new direction.

Barack Obama fought hard to move ahead despite challenging circumstances, is a brilliant orator, incredibly charismatic and will give all he can to lead it in a new direction.

Thank you for helping us move in a new direction!
tp

AG said...

McCain is committed to being an elected official and has a great love of country as evidence by his military service.

Obama is a fantastic speaker and motivates through his word and committed to social change.

By the way, love your blog! I am also in upstate NY. :)

amanda said...

I think I'm too late for the contest, but i'm all about spreading the love. I'm going to do my best to say something nice that doesn't indicate my preferred candidate. Unfortunately, I missed the two sentence maximum!

Obama has fresh ideas and a passion for seeing Americans work together for change by recognizing that all individuals are not given the same opportunities and seeking to help us equalize the system through education and healthcare.

McCain seems to be a good man who is willing to turn away from party standards to do what is right instead of what is popular: he is passionate and committed and eager to find a solution for the healthcare problem and energy crisis.

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