election reflection

November 6th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I want to try to draw some cohesive analysis from the election results, but it’s so difficult.  I’m just going to post some things that come across my radar that I responded to. Folks talking about voting for McKinney/Clemente made me think long and hard about third party candidates.  I was so sick of hearing […]

the stigma of socialism in historical context

October 31st, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

What’s old is new, apparently, especially with electoral fear-mongering.  I had heard that the label of “socialist” had been used to try to mar the political policies of many past presidents, but it was nice to find it in print. Then, as is now, we don’t end up talking about actual policies – the effect […]

radical votes

October 30th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Two days ago, I voted early in Bloomington, Indiana. It took me around forty minutes and was a pretty great experience. I want to encourage everyone who is registered to vote, to do so, but even if you aren’t registered to vote, can’t vote, or choose not to, please go to a polling place on […]

Voting and CommUNITY

October 29th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From Georgia early voting: Prada wearers, discount devotees together: There, overlooking an Office Depot and, in the distance, a Wendy?s and a McDonald?s, an anymore rare public coming together of the classes has been congregating on recent weekdays to exercise an all-American right: the right to stand in line. Voters decked out in everything from […]

Early Voting and Sample Ballots

October 27th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

One of the ways to ensure your vote gets counted is to vote as early as possible.  You may be able to vote but there may be complications with your registration (you’ve moved for instance) that might complicate things and could delay your voting or just make for an uncomfortable situation on election day. Early […]

Republican environmental policy

October 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m as sick of snarky partisanship as much as the next guy, but couldn’t help but share this flyer for Indiana Republican candidate Mike Sodrel that I found stapled to a tree on the IU campus.  I think the tree will survive, but it just seemed crass to me somehow.  Still it wasn’t quite as […]

sexism or patriarchy?

September 17th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m terrified about the galvanization of power that could result this November.  If there’s one good thing about how candidates have been framed in this election, it’s that the response has become very clear and articulate.  The analysis that Rebecca Hyman applies to the election and the cultural back-and-forth about Palin, Clinton, and gender that […]

reason #4 to vote: the myth of America vs. the reality

September 12th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’ve been posting on the Defiance, Ohio website about why I’m voting for Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election and why I think that people who connect with the content of Defiance, Ohio songs should vote, and vote for Obama.  I think there are limits to the power of voting, but I think punk […]

race and the election

September 12th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I heard this awesome piece, Does Race Matter In ’08? The View From York, Pa., on NPR yesterday afternoon and I want to write more about it, but don’ have time right now.  Still, I wanted to through it out there because I think the people profiled say some very awesome and very scary things, […]

why vote? and distance from policy

September 5th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I would now ultimately summarize my last post on the election as saying that deciding whether or not to vote and who to vote for is a personal decision based on one’s own politics, policy analysis, investments, family, identity, etc. in all it’s contradiction and complexity and not overwhelmed by media coverage of the election, […]