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My Story [Jan. 29th, 2009|09:02 pm]
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Hey y'all. yukitheawesome/Madeleine posted a bit about herself, so I thought I'd give you a little information about me.

This is real long, y'all. My apologies.

You can refer to me either as my whole username (if you like to type), or any shorthand thereof.
I think Madeleine will refer to me as JC.
I am a seventeen-year-old from Dallas of mixed race. Looking at me, you might think one of a hundred different things about me. This makes me paranoid. Stop looking at me like that.

I'm not serious all the time. In fact, let it be known that I am RARELY serious. My first post was misleading to my nature. I was just very upset by the apathy of my generation.

You guys will probably only see my sarcastic side. My ridonkulous side might show from time to time, though. Be prepared.

Politically, I know next to nothing. I will be very honest. I did take a fancy quiz once that told me I am center-left. Madeleine seemed to trust the answers of said quiz... So I'd like to think that's true. :)
Despite having little knowledge of the actual political system other than what Madeleine tells me (POCKET VETO!), I have very strong opinions of my own, especially concerning civil rights.

Don't think I'm not trying, though! I definitely want to be well-prepared for midterm elections and such. :)
I resolve to be an active member of our country's politics.

Important notes? I'm sort of basing mine off the structure of Madeleine's. I'm horrible at introductions. I need a steady guide! A sherpa, if you will.
I come from a strongly Republican family. My mom's side are white Methodists who really don't push religion, but my dad's side (being Cuban) is HIGHLY Catholic. I was raised in the Catholic faith, though I am ashamed to admit that now* and consider myself more of a spiritual.
I bring this up as an important note to prove once and for all that religions do not brainwash people and you can believe in Jesus and still be sane. Kind of.
I strongly believe in the separation of Church and State, and I hate anyone who says different.
Seriously. I will try not to bring up my religious beliefs outside of this post unless I am directly asked (nicely!), or if we're arguing Creationism vs. Evolution (I'm kind of a fan of Intelligent Design, but please don't ask me to explain it...).
I also hate intolerance of any kind, and should I come across any in the comments of this blog (if there will ever BE any), so help you, you will face my wrath.

I plan to major in Film and minor in Journalism. Yes, this means I intend to make documentaries of any sort (I have BIG plans!), and perhaps do news and correspondence (to my mother's dismay) for cash monies.
I am fully aware that I am going to be dirt poor, thankyouverymuchSIR.

Umm, what else... My favorite color is red?

Yes. That's all. Thank you for bothering to read this.
I'll update and add more later.

*The reason for this is because of the incumbent Pope.
Let's just say I will never accept him as the Pope, because I think it was a huge mistake on the Catholic Church's part to appoint a former Nazi to the office of "Holy See."
Uh, yeah. Like the Catholic Church needs to be any MORE intolerant.
Lest we forget when the Pope declared that "defending humanity against homosexuality is just as important as saving the rainforest."


To this, Fuhrer Ratzinger, all I can say to you is...

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On This the Day of the Inauguration [Jan. 20th, 2009|09:42 pm]
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I woke up this morning with mixed emotions. I was excited, scared, hopeful, patriotic, and very nervous with anticipation. Part of me imagined what today would be like, the day of the inauguration of our forty-fourth president, the first African-American to be elected, Barack Obama. I thought everyone would feel the same way I did. I even packed my video camera in hopes of getting good footage, come hell, high water, or spontaneous parades of joy.

I was so naive.

When I walked into the building, I was faced with nothing but complete and utter apathy.
Apathy on a historic day that we are absolutely blessed to bear witness.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. There will be many more presidents of African heritage, but there will never be another FIRST. Regardless of how you voted or would vote, this is something that as an American you should be proud of and respect.

We started watching the inauguration on the big screen in our theatre. Herr and Mrs. S were very adamant about respect, and made sure to direct students away from the cords and projector so we could all see.
They included the senior theatre group into our film class, then invited the piano and choir kids to join us. We were all watching quietly and respectfully, together, until our principal came onto the P.A... right as Obama had begun his inaugural address.

After announcing a school-wide mandate to watch this moment in history, he decides that we're all going to miss all of Obama's speech, or be late to third period.


I literally ran to my next class, in hopes of catching as much as I could.
As it turned out, my third period teacher was not showing the speech.
By the time she turned the projector back on and set up the stream feed, Obama had finished speaking.

I don't even know what had been said by the announcer to follow up.
Everyone in my third period class (save a blessed few) was talking about anything but the inauguration, and all in obnoxiously loud tones.

Then, Obama was off the screen for no more than five seconds, and our teacher looked at us and said, "So, he's completely left the building now?" and shut off the projector.

I was in a state of shock. My classmates and I were denied the chance of seeing history unfold.

Could we not have just struggled to catch up our third and fourth period classes?
We have had random bad weather days before, we manage to get back on track after those. Was it really so difficult to just ignore the bell?

So thanks to American apathy, I was robbed of witnessing a defining moment in the history of America.
No, not just America, in the history of the entire world.

America is in some deep, deep water. If we can't inspire my generation to gain some initiative and take action...

I am scared to finish that thought.

Here's to hoping and praying that America will truly listen to our new president.
May he have a prosperous, glorious, and successful four years, and if it is such a presidency, may it last for a full eight.
I pray that he will lead with wisdom and integrity in the face of all challenges, great and small, and use his best judgement to determine America's course in all things.

The citizens of the United States of America and people around the world are looking to you know.
Use this influence wisely.
I expect great things from you, Mr. President, and I know I'm not alone in this sentiment.

Congratulations, Barack Obama.
It is your turn to set things right.
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The End of the Beginning. [Jan. 20th, 2009|09:32 pm]
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You have somehow stumbled across the_itches. Welcome! This is a Democratic political blog written by myself, yukitheawesome, and my friend missjcchinadoll.

We've been talking about starting a political blog for the last however long, and we thought today would be the most appropriate time to do it. (You know, with that big thing that happened today, uh, uh, the… Inauguration! That's the one.) This is an excerpt from the Inauguration Day post I made earlier this evening on my personal journal. I think it pretty well expresses why I'm here.

The Story
I am a 16-year-old white female living in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Looking at me, you would expect me to be one of the last people who would feel anything positive today. But I am a Democrat.

In 2004, when I was twelve, I watched my dad seethe as George W. Bush was reelected to the office of President of the United States. I wanted to know why it was so terrible. I wanted to know why "[President Bush] had four more years to finish us off," as my dad spat bitterly at the TV screen. So I started to pay attention to politics. Not a lot, but enough to know that our President was an idiot who employed sneaky, underhanded politicians, and was running our country into the ground.

I think it's important to note that my parents did not shape my political ideology. After the 2004 election, I read way more about politics and policy and former presidents than any tween probably should. I didn't want to talk about politics to anyone. I wanted my beliefs to be mine, not those that someone else thrust upon me.

Fast forward to August 2008. I'm following the presidential race, and I'm pulling for Obama. On top of the hype, I'm taking a new Government class… with the only liberal teacher in the state. She and her awesomeness inspired me to open up and talk about those ideas that I had worked for so long to shape. She inspired me to share and fight for what I believe in. She inspired me to delve even deeper into the world of politics. Since then I've hardly come up for air. I don't think I want to. I owe 50% of my enjoyment of this day, the half that's dedicated to the pride of having a brilliant politician as our President, to her. The other 50%, the half that's dedicated to the amazement of the election of the first black president, I owe to my father. I grew up hearing stories of him not understanding the concept of "white" and "colored" water fountains ("They're both clear," he used to think), and of his best friend Don G, the first black student to ever attend his school. I remember November 4, crying and holding my dad's hand, thinking - even though I had never met the man - "I wish Don G were alive to see this."

My point is this: whatever this day means to you, whomever you may be, we can all agree that after eight excruciating years and a bloodthirsty presidential race, the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of President of the United States is the dawning of a new age. This is only the beginning. Together we will all bring change to America.

"America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child
who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more."


Yes we did. Yes we can. Yes we will.

Happy Inauguration Day. Happy New Year.

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