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03 November 2008

David Byrne sent me an email! [More:]
Well, it's a bulk email, but I'm happy just the same:

I Can't, But You Can

Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can't Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. FYI - I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board's records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President. On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day.

But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can't - and don't intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights. Global warming? What's that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we'll stick with a good 'ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.

Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain't over 'til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.

David Byrne
Where is he from?
posted by Meatbomb 03 November | 19:58
I dunno. He's got two passports, a coupla visas, he don't even know his real name.
posted by jonmc 03 November | 20:00
Born in Scotland, moved to Hamilton, Ontario as a child, then to Maryland when he was 8 or 9. Seems like he could be a citizen by now...
posted by eekacat 03 November | 20:07
Not unless he applied for it.
posted by jonmc 03 November | 20:14
I have no idea what you meant, jonmc, but I realize I wasn't clear, and meant to say he could have been a citizen by now if he wanted to. That was kind of the point of the ellipsis.
posted by eekacat 03 November | 20:54
meant to say he could have been a citizen by now if he wanted to.

That's more or less what I was aying, that if you want to be a citizen you have to apply for it if you are an immigrant, as the son and grandson of naturalized citizens, I know all about this.
posted by jonmc 03 November | 23:28
My parents are naturalized citizens, and I'm a first generation American. So yeah, I know all about it too.
posted by eekacat 04 November | 00:21
i got it too, and it made my day SO much more than the email i got from michael moore... then again, i haven't seen mike in concert.
posted by es el queso 04 November | 00:54
I got that email, too, and it put a huge smile on my face.
posted by BoringPostcards 04 November | 07:38
We're on the eve of || Breaking News: Gov. Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges