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Barbara's Column
November #1

Waiting for election results and wondering
what the future holds for America
by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, November 13, 2008

So there I was Monday evening, at the juncture of Halloween weekend and Election Day, eating a caramel apple, watching Part 5 of PBS Masterpiece Theatre's "The Last Enemy," when the phone rang.

My right hand was covered with caramel, but I managed to turn down the TV and grab the phone with my left hand and hold it a few inches from my sticky face.

On the line was state Sen. Bob Hedlund, inviting me on his WTAD talk show for a last-minute discussion of the ballot issues. Quick, hit the tape button to catch the end of the show: The contemporary British hero is having a hard time evading evil Big Government because of its new national ID card. Because he can't buy anything or gain access to transportation or buildings without being spotted, he can't hide or fight back for long!

I lick the caramel off the clicker. OK, I'm on the air.

Hedlund has George Carney with him, defending dog racing. He thanked me for my column recommending a "no" vote on ballot Question 3, which would shut his operation down.

I let him know what I thought of his paid ad urging a "no" vote on Question 1 the effort to shut down corruption and waste on Beacon Hill. Would kissing up to Beacon Hill get him a taxpayer subsidy for his declining business?

Hedlund offered to play peacemaker. I'm not interested in peace.

As the years of political activism add up, I find myself less polite, less tolerant. I have stopped making excuses for people, including voters who, when asked why they vote a certain way, cannot give a coherent, logical explanation.

My son was raised to be rational. He is voting for Obama because he is "calm and well-spoken."

He tells me he remembers the time when he was 4 and recited for me a little ditty he'd learned from playground friends: "Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a (bad racist word) by the toe." I knelt down to his eye level and explained why he was never to use that word again and why racism is bad.

Forty years later, he has apparently decided that I meant he should vote for the first calm, well-spoken black guy to run for office. Parents, be careful what you say to your children: They recall the oddest things, and they do not necessarily get the message you intend to send.

My son is still a good debater, when he forgoes the "party line," and he does make me better understand the Obama Phenomenon, even though I do not buy or like it. Practicing restraint, I have not overwhelmed his e-mail with educational messages: I started with just one column by economist/author Thomas Sowell, figuring that since he too is black, calm and well-spoken, he might get through with his concerns about the liberal candidate. And I sent just one dramatic video showing that the Fannie Mae meltdown was the fault of Democrats, including Obama; it ends with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and a McCain campaign pitch.

Yes, we always hang up with, "I love you." Blood is thicker than politics.

I have tons of e-mail messages that I could have shared though. The only item I sent on to relatives and faraway friends came from The Salem News. You may have noted the same paragraph in Brian Watson's anti-McCain column last Saturday that I thought every voter should read:

"McCain was a POW in Hanoi for 5 years between 1967 and 1973. Critically for him, I think, he missed experiencing directly all the learning, dissension, debate and sea change in public opinion that occurred in the United States during that period. To this day, he may not quite believe that force cannot always subdue the ideas of a resistant population or culture."

I see. What's wrong with McCain is that instead of hanging out doing drugs in Haight-Ashbury, he was being tortured in a communist prison as a military POW. Then, upon returning home in 1973, he spent over 30 years ignoring the superior wisdom from the Age of Aquarius about how we should "share the wealth." Good thing Obama, a child at the time, "got" the cultural revolution.

At Halloween, I always dress as Robin Hood, who, far from being a liberal, took on Big Government, Big Business and Big Church from Sherwood Forest on behalf of the overtaxed peasants. He did not take from the rich and give to the poor; he ran the first taxpayer group and took from those who enabled and kissed up to Big Government.

After my WATD bit, I finished eating my apple and watching "The Last Enemy." Total government control: It couldn't happen here, right?

Well, by the time you read this you will know as I do not writing it who and which ballot questions won. As a true Aquarian, whose bottom line is freedom, not income redistribution, I may be writing my next column from some nearby Sherwood Forest, preparing to battle any attempt to raise taxes or make us peasants carry a national ID card.

Time to go vote.

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson's
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle Tribune newspapers; bi-weekly in the Tinytown Gazette; and occasionally in the Lowell Sun, Providence (RI) Journal and other newspapers.