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Recent census statistics put the adult gay community at around 10 million in the United States. That's 10 million + people who actually stated publicly, "Yes, I'm gay." That doesn't include gays under the age of 18. What would have happened last night if, as a voting bloc, we withheld our vote? America would not have elected her first African-American President. I'm not laying blame on anyone here at DU for any of the Propositions that passed handily last night (and couldn't have passed without the help of Democrats sadly).

What I'm saying is this, it's damn disappointing that the gay community is counted on to elect Democrats but we can't count on our fellow Democrats to help us achieve what we shouldn't even need to fight for, civil rights. Until the Democratic community realizes that if they don't help the gay community, this will always be a wedge issue in elections and 10million+ people are going to feel disenfranchised the day after an election until we too are allowed to enjoy the inalienable rights that the rest of America shares.
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I know many of us think the MSM is holding back information to make the election a horse race. I can understand their rationale, I mean capitalism and all that, I get it. Here's what I don't get.

Either way you slice it, this is a historic election--either the first African-American is going to be elected as President of the US or the first female VP. Why do they not think this will drive viewers? Even if Obama wins in a landslide, people are going to tune in to "see" history be made. Even if McCain* wins (Dog forbid), people are going to tune in to "see" history made.

It seems they are missing the huge historical implications this election will have and are so focused on the numbers, they aren't seeing the obvious hand waving in front of their faces.
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It's the one's that say that no matter how far ahead we are, or how well early voter turnout favors the Dems that it's all for naught. We have fought hard and continue to fight hard for Obama (or whomever we supported during the primaries) to win this election. Then you have posts like one I read just recently that says (and I'm paraphrasing) "it doesn't matter, with Diebold machines counting the vote McCain* will win by slim margin."

Call me naive but the way the polls look and as highly publicized as it has been, is there really any way they could really steal this election? Most electoral maps show that McCain* has no way of winning so how could they possibly steal it with that kind of lead? Like I said, maybe I'm naive, maybe I bought into Obama's hope and change message a bit too much but when I read those kinds of posts I end up asking myself the following, "Why the fuck do we even bother?" That's how disheartening I find them.

I'm optimistically cautious about an Obama win, I haven't jumped on the "we're ten points ahead so there's no way to lose" bandwagon but I do believe, if the trend continues, we are just too far ahead for it to be stolen by Diebold.

Borrowing Rachel Maddow's phrase (that I know pisses off some folks), "Talk me down."
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