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Posted by: Helen Philpot | November 3, 2008

Lessons I Have Learned Along the Way

(Seven Posts in Seven Days – Day 7Thank God)

No matter what religious views you have (or don’t have) there are at least a billion people (or more) in the world who don’t agree with you.  Maybe that is your cross to bear… your stone to carry… your spell to cast… your opinion to defend ( or not defend)… But that is the world we live in.  When it comes to God none of us have a monopoly. 

No matter how you vote in this election, several million will have disagreed with you.  When it comes to politics, we don’t have a monarchy.

When I think back to John Kennedy, I remember that people had serious concerns with his being Catholic.  And if my memory serves me correct (and that is always questionable), one of the main concerns was that he might have to put the Pope before the country.  It was a valid concern and a fair question to ask.

But somewhere along the way the questions stopped being questions and started being accusations.  I read some of the comments on this blog over the weekend and I just have to roll my eyes.  I believe I wrote in support of freedom from religion as well as freedom for religion.   They can coexist even if the panel on The View cannot.

The ability of our leaders to remain true to their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others is our greatest challenge just as it has been our greatest accomplishment.

So to come full-circle, I called Sarah Palin a bitch because I see a woman who took a very colorful world and decided to paint it in black and white.  I have visited Alaska.  It has more to offer than just oil and snow.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  After tomorrow, Margaret and I will go back to just being two silly old opinionated broads with a blog.   We hope you stop by every now and then to say hello.  I mean it. Really.

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  1. Helen and Margaret:
    I vote for the two of you! What a fabulous, inspiring team of friends! Please continue to blog. You add so much light and laughter to days that are sometimes so ordinary! You are an inspiration!!! Thank you.

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  2. President Obama gave a great speech tonight! I was in Missouri in 1970 and I asked at a gas station where a person can find a place to live. He pointed down one road and said, ‘blacks live down there’ and pointed in another direction and said, ‘whites live down that a way.’ I lived in the white area and no blacks lived there. A fellow soldier got orders for VietNam and I asked my landlord if this other soldier and his wife could stay in my spare room to save money so he could have money for his 30 day leave, prior to shipping to Nam. She said yes.
    I did not mention that the fellow and his wife were black. I instantly went from being a ‘good ol boy’ to ‘black lover.’ I was amazed at how quickly people turned on me.

    We now will have a black President in my lifetime.
    I am so pleased. After Bush/ Cheney, we need change and we got it!

    Thank You Margaret and Helen for your wonderful blog. Thank You America for voting for Obama!

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  3. Women after my own 22 year old heart! Keep realism alive!

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  4. I never knew my father’s mother – she died in 1945 when he was just 9 years old. I am named for her though – Alice Cecelia Devine Carney! Seems like such a big name to give a baby. I am proud to have her name as I have been told she was a lovely woman.

    My mother’s mother died when I was four days shy of my 18th birthday and she was my best friend.

    She had a hard life in rural Maine – 15 kids total, her 2 oldest sons died during WWII. She did a good job with her children and was such a wonderful grandmother to me and my brothers and sister. I miss her terribly – Flora Pullyard Clukey died June 4, 1974.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our thoughts of our grandmothers. My condolences to The Obama/Dunham families.

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  5. Her experience is questioned because, among other things, although she may have “executive” experience… she’s just plain dumb on many issues. She can’t answer easy questions like “what is the job of the vice president”. A third grader asked the question, so maybe she was trying to dumb it down for the child…. but I doubt it. And she’s called a bitch, because she is a bitch. People throw that word around a lot for us women, but it’s rarely ever as fitting for a woman, as it is for Palin. She is a hate and fear-mongering woman…. that is a true bitch.

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  6. Thank you Helen for reminding us that there
    is a a plethora of colors on the spectrum
    between black and white. Palin lives in a
    black and white world because she is comfortable
    there and does not need to question her motives.

    Helen and Margaret for President 2012!!!

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  7. Thank you!! I’ve never really known my grandmothers so thanks for being my online gradma! And, thank you for making me realize that while aspiring to be a comedy writer myself, there are always those who are older, wiser and just down right wittier than I.

    You rock.

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  8. I hope that I can be half as awesome as you both when I grow up.

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  9. My Grandmother Zoe celebrated her 90th the same day as Toot’s passing. Like Barack’s Gma mine helped raise me through my preteen years due to my mother’s death when I was 18 months. She went back into the parenting biz at age 54, giving me her all, and of course my Grandpa Dale was there. When most people are starting to wind down into retirement and have delivered their own kids into adult lives, the last thing they see for themselves is raising grandchildren.
    They didn’t think twice and gave me a big chunk of their life.
    Thanks to Gma Zoe and all the Toots in the world.

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  10. I agree. Alaska is a beautiful landscape with a distinct climate and wildlife, completely unique from the rest of the U.S. It should never be looked at as just a resource to strip and squander.

    Debra, as far of “accusations” of “socialism” (which I don’t think is a dirty word, hence I am reluctant cal lit an accusation) – maybe you should ask yourself why you’re so afraid to give money to help poor people. (Which is really what you’re saying you’re against.)

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  11. Debra,

    By the way, Why do many people have to go bankrupt in Alaska and the Lower 48?

    Medical Bills! People get sick, they have an operation, the insurance decides they will not pay or the person has no insurance and guess what: BANKRUPT!

    There are no 800 Billion dollar bailouts for these folks though. WE HAVE MORE UNINSURED PEOPLE IN THE US NOW THAN EVER BEFORE! That is part of the Bush/ McCain legacy.

    We have spent 600 Billion on the war in Iraq. BUSH LIED TO GET US INTO THAT WAR! How about stop the war and use the money for some health care for uninsured? How about NO PRE-CONDITIONS FOR INSURANCE? (In my case, there was no pre- condition but they sent 8 letters before they would pay the bill.) With McCain, we would get more insurance company exclusions.

    If you cared for your patients, YOU WOULD VOTE OBAMA!

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  12. http://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/chuck_currie/2008/11/the-future-of-s.html

    Debra,
    I hope you push for medical insurance paying for birth control in Alaska. Alaska insurance policies are great at playing the pre-condition game to get out of paying for operations. (Those are Bush/ McCain policies by the way.) I am not impressed with Alaska health care. I was told, if you get real sick, we will send you to Seattle.
    I too, am in Alaska and I voted Obama.

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  13. Well, Debra
    change is coming, and it is time we all were sensible
    instead of fearing things.
    I personally don’t like Sarah because she has created
    a mob mentality during her campaign visits. That is not what we need. We need a voice of calm reason, not one exploiting and playing on people’s fears.

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  14. She is a Bitch!
    Did you know the following?
    The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard is America ‘s first line of missile interceptor defense that protects the entire United States.
    The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty.
    Governor Sarah Palin is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard!
    Governor Sarah Palin is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism!
    Governor Sarah Palin has a higher classified security rating than Obama! (hmm and her experience is questioned)
    According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. Obviously, she can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.
    You see ladies I am from Alaska. I’ve been aware of Governor Palin well before many of you knew she existed. Funny how a powerful strong woman is always referred to as a Bitch.
    So if you want to refer to her as a Bitch fine.
    But I would rather a Bitch be in office than a Socialist!
    Actually, I’d like to fancy myself a bitch also. I’m a nurse and will fight tooth and nail for my patients….a real Bitch when it’s called for. Right now I’m scared for my patients, I fear any and all health care changes Obama has for. Take a look at the health care in Canada…. Often times patients die before getting medically necessary surgery. The waiting list are just too long. Good ole socialized medical care!
    Remember your words, they may ring in your ears if…GOD forbid…. Obamas changes are made. As for me I’m not ready nor do I want the kind of changes he has in store for us.
    GOD bless us all!
    from An Alaskan Bitchy Nurse

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  15. Thank You ladies for this blog!

    Your insights into politics was so very needed! I cannot thank you enough.

    I voted Obama, now we just need to get this day over and see the results.

    I do hope you ladies get invited to an Obama Inauguration.

    Thank You!!!! I am a true fan.

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  16. Just stop by to say hello…

    (^_^)

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  17. . . . oil and snow . . . black and white . . . what a terrific metaphor. Please keep writing. You’re among the best is the cosmos . . .

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  18. Helen, you and Margaret are on my bookmark page. I will stop by often, and enjoy whatever it is you are writing about. Thanks for all you’ve done to get the rest of us through this historic and maddening election. Love to both of you from this reader.

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  19. The Palin bitch, as I refer to her now, was in Jeff City, MO today, spewing her “Obama is a terrorist” crap, once again. I swear, it’s getting worse, not better. A she-devil with no brains to back up her foul, hate-spewing mouth. The woman is a few bricks shy of a full load, I’m telling you.

    They were saying he doesn’t like our National Anthem, etc… these people are hate mongers.. and that’s what’s positively UN-AMERICAN, not Obama. Go Obama! We’ve got your back!

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  20. Helen – how refreshing you’ve been amidst the toxic air surrounding this election. Please keep writing even after the election. It’s the lack of voices such as yours that may have led us to where we are today. Let’s not let that happen again. Two roads – and you chose the one less travelled and that’s made all the difference to others who found themselves alone on their roads. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on Wednesday and afterwards [afterall that twit will still be on The View]. Bless you & Margaret.

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  21. Musings from Kay — enjoyed your post but when it got to your neighbor worrying about your husband I got my druthers up! Your husband is more of a Christian than the man that worries about your husband. He may not call himself a Christian but his practices of help and support of everyone is what all people should do and be.

    What a great person you have there!

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  22. Thank you Helen and Margaret, in her own quiet way, for having us all in these past few weeks.

    Helen -Thanks for hanging onto that booming voice of yours through 7 posts in 7 days. Wow!

    Thanks for the safe haven to tune up and practice OUR voices.
    We’ve been getting kinda rowdy the last couple days, less thoughtful … I’m edgy- it’s time to get back to work now.

    Whether you turn the porch light off for a few weeks or forever, I’ll always treasure the soirees I’ve had the good fortune to attend here in your parlor. Thanks ladies!

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  23. I wish my grandmother was as cheeky as you two!

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  24. Yes, I have just discovered your blog too Helen, I have deserted the Huffington Post for the past three days, as I was catching up with past posts of yours! Such a joy! Please do continue! I will be returning even after the election too, echoing so many voices on this blog! Thanks a whole lot for spreading such optimism and hope! The world needs it!

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  25. I happened upon your blog.. Enjoyed what I read here. Thank you for sharing your views.

    I am not an US-ian. It is possible that some could feel that I have no right having an opinion about the US elections or about the US as such. They would be right in their view.

    I dont see an answer either in Mr. Obama or Mr. Mccain, what I see is a choice between two, who have no makings of a leader but that of a businessman. I could be wrong. As much as I love the concepts of Freedom, democracy etc. that US stands for, I am also aware that every system and concepts within, has its own pitfalls and limitations. It is a Human Limitation, cause not ALL can disregard their prejudices, reign in their egos and become aware of the whys and hows of their own thinking. However, I do hope that more people within the US, regardless of their religious affiliation will see that we are first Human beings and then whatever else we choose our identities to be. I hope that more will see how their seemingly insignificant everyday actions affect their future and the future of the rest of the world.

    As for no one having a monopoly on God – I agree.. I also think God doesnt need a Spokesperson in any form, cause logically, it seems very silly to have this “ALMIGHTY” entity not being able to speak for itself. I dont mean offense, just using my God given Brain.

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  26. My very first reading of your blog and ladies, what a breath of fresh air! Two quick opinions from a crusty one as well…

    (1)- The perspective you have vis-a-vie: “…somewhere along the way the questions stopped being questions and started being accusations.”

    I absolutely love that observation; I feel it says a lot about the ‘human condition’ which is turning uglier by the day. And…

    (2)- I didn’t personally hear or read that your referred to as a ‘bitch’; however, that is your take. Personally I am in awe of that person. Whereas on the other hand, “The View” reminds me of a miserable human condition.

    And lastly, you can’t stop and we both know it! You’re writer’s, never met one yet that could quit.

    For Aliceson (up at the top) America was founded on the very principle of what you espouse: “I also agree that freedom from religion is just as important as freedom of religion.”

    It would be nice if some people would put that exact same sentiment regarding ‘speech.’ Freedom from speech (restraint, hate, ugly) is every bit as important as freedom of speech; unfortunately, not enough people understand the Framer’s original intention. Thank you ladies!!

    pc

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  27. Amen.

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  28. O! I was so hoping that you would stay long enough to log a million hits…just to show ’em all that we old ladies are voices to reckon with! You will, won’t you?

    Bless you for all you’ve done these past days…I wouldn’t have gotten through it without you. God keep watch over you and may She/He/It keep you safe, healthy and happy until the next election! Thank you! I mean it. REALLY!

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  29. Helen,

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and your humor. You cut through the crap and get right to the point. Thank you, Helen, for brightening my days!

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  30. http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/categories/19

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  31. Blogger’s Choice Award

    Don’t forget to vote for Margaret and Helen and show them how much they mean to us!

    http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/categories/19

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  32. Did any of you watch the video Navajoy posted above. It appears to me to be another bit of proof that Obama will bring all of us together. Can you believe that he is the FIRST Presidential nominee to visit and speak to Native Americans?

    Yep his grandma did a good job — she will rest in peace.

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  33. My shirt and mug came today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    I am SO happy!

    Helen, I really hope you continue to post after the election…about anything…cuz I’m HOOKED on you! Don’t leave me!

    Anyway….just thought I’d take a break and check in. I also got sucked into the post about grandmas and posted a comment there…

    Love Bunches from Seattle…xoxo

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  34. Ladies,
    What a thrill to read your blog!!! You have acquired wisdom with age—we so need that today.
    I am so looking forward to tomorrow. When Obama wins, our nation will turn the page on the hate that has hung in the air since the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. Racial hatred will not be completely eradicated, but we will be on the track to seeing it end. This is my hope, in my lifetime, to see us begin to achieve what began more than 40 years ago.

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  35. I don’t know where I found you but I am so glad I did. I come from a very Catholic family and most will vote only on the abortion issue. As if it’s fine to kill people once they are born. People I love and respect have such blinders on that I can’t even talk to them.
    I just hope that things really will change when Obama is elected (I can’t bear even thinking about McCain winning). I can’t wait for some trickle-up economics.

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  36. […] Lessons I Have Learned Along the Way (Seven Posts in Seven Days – Day 7 …Thank God) No matter what religious views you have (or don’t have) […] […]

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  37. I am watching McCain’s campaign on PBS. He is talking and Joe Lieberman is grinning behind him with support. Helen, what should we call Lieberman besides a “backstabber”? I thought you could come up with something better 🙂

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  38. Dear Helen,
    I’m a long time reader but new blogger. I respect your opinion very much and you have proven why. Not only do I agree with what you say, You speak the truth and what you feel without fear of being ridiculed. Girls today need more than just a beauty queen to look up to they need intelligent, opinionated, but funny women. I thank you and Margret for being who you guys truly are. Even though I’m glad you two will go to back to more light hearted topics I’ll miss the topics of politics you opened my eyes a lot and got me interested in researching the issues and the candidates opinions. Politics like my monthly curse, ‘cleaning’ up after my dogs, and Sakura Haruno are not my favorite things. Hope to read something soon bye!

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  39. oopsy..Meant CA..not NC

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  40. I need your help Helen. We’re in the fight of our life to keep our equal rights for marriage here in NC. Too many of my friends and family will be told their marriage is invalid because the Protect Marriage group here is using deceptive campaign practices. They claim there is a CA educational code that teaches marriage in the schools when in fact the code they reference is for the teaching of AIDS/HIV. This save marriage group is comprised of religious groups who are shamefully using this scare tactic to have people vote YES ON PROP (H)8. Please tell them how you feel at :
    http://www.protectmarriage.com/contact
    This is so wrong to blatantly lie and in the same breath claim to be Christian. Thank you!

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  41. Thanks so much for the “7 Posts in 7 Days” as well as the earlier missives. Reading your posts (and the comaradarie of spirit displayed in the comments) has been a joy.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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  42. I just saw the people waiting in line for the Obama rally in NC. The hugest line I’ve ever seen.

    Young people, old people, elderly, families with their babies and little kids, disabled people in their wheelchairs… All races, all walks of life… All waiting under soaking rain…

    It was so uplifting to witness. No matter the outcome, I am so very proud.

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  43. I truly hope you keep blogging. It is one of the highlights of my day!

    Duke

    http://thedailyduke.com

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  44. Thank you a million times over for this wonderful blog. It brought me back when I had lost all hope in this country. I not only thank you Helen, but all of your readers as well. You all have opened my mind with your discussions and made me realize that there is still a chance for us. Thank you everyone!

    Please do not stop writing Helen and Margaret, you are wonderful!

    RIP Madelyn Dunham

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  45. I am buying your T-Shirts to wear during my workouts….Helen, you inspire me!!!!

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  46. Margaret and Helen,
    Silly and old..I don’t think so. How about loving, kind, pithy (I love that word) and so connected to what has been going .
    I mean. really. with love

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  47. I need your help Helen!!! We’re under fire here from religious intolerants who want us to vote yes on prop (H)8. These fine folks are citing a CA educational code and saying it is the code to teach children about marriage when in fact it’s all about the teaching of AIDS/HIV in sex ed and it’s that abstinence plan to boot! But I digress. Please have everyone bombard their site and tell them what hypocrites they are. We’re counting on you.
    http://www.protectmarriage.com/contact

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  48. I’m sorry I didn’t find you until late in the election season. I loved all seven of your posts, and will continue to read. You ladies make my day.

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  49. I can’t believe the impact of the death of Obama’s grandmother to me. I cried remembering my own father who died on this same date in 2001. I admire Barrack Obama’s strength of character. I really hope this election don’t get rigged like the previous ones. I hope that our number will be enough to overcome the bradley effect.

    I just spoke to some friends who said they don’t like McCain-Palin but wouldn’t vote for Obama either because he’s black. After failing to convince them, I simply advised them not to vote.

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  50. Thank you Margaret and Helen!!
    You have made the last 2 months
    tolerable. You give us hope!!
    Go GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  51. I for one will be happy to hear your old broad take on absolutely anything! xo

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  52. As a 29 yer old woman I would like to
    thank you and let you know how much
    I enjoy and appreciate your wors of
    wisdom. Please never stop writing!

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  53. OH NO – you’re not getting off the hook that easy !!! Have a few peices of pie and get your butts back on the track here – there’s gonna be a lot to yak about after the election.
    Just read the news about Obama’s Grandmother – how sad that she didn’t live long enough to see her grandson reach the White House. But she probably knows and will continue to inspire him, just as my parents and grandparents still live in a special part of my heart. Love to all that gathered here on your blog – it’s been so nice knowin’ ya all – and I mean it – you betcha !

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  54. I love your cheekiness about the elections. I have enjoyed!

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  55. You’ll never just be two old opinionated broads with a blog…

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  56. Wow! Someone just forwarded me one of your posts and I had to find your blog which I have now forwarded to all of my friends. You have articulated everything I have been thinking but in such a no nonsense humorous way. Thanks for being such a role model for those of the next generation!!!

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  57. I just discovered your blog. I love you and wish you were my grandma!

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  58. Yes, as someone above said, there was the wonderful Molly Ivens from here in Texas. And also the fearless Ann Richards. And now there is Helen.
    Brenda from Tyler

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  59. Thanks Helen and Margaret for your great words of wisdom. I live in the great State of Alaska and, yes, we have more to offer than oil and snow. The only sad thing about Obama’s possible win is that we get our Governor back :-(. I did not have any opinions of her before she was picked as VP but, boy, did she show her ugly side to both the “real America” and the “fake America.” GO OBAMA!

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  60. You two are a proverbial warm blanket on a cold night.

    I don’t think that I’ve read anything else with such clarity and bold truth-telling.

    Keep it real…and get some rest (like we will all need after tomorrow).

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  61. May all of our hearts and prayers be with the Obama family tonight with the loss of his grandmother.

    http://smartandfemale.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/a-sad-election-eve/

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  62. Helen, you will never be just a “silly old opinionated broad with a blog.”

    And I hope that your observations on the political arena don’t end when the election is over – politicians on both sides do stupid things and they need good, honest, opinionated broads with blogs to call them on it. I hope you continue to do just that.

    Thank you for reminding me that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to get along with you no matter what race or religion you are… I was starting to think they were an endangered species.

    I have a bumpersticker magnet on my car… it says, “Frodo failed. The Republicans have The Ring.” I hope I can peel it off the back soon.

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  63. I just read that Sen. Obama’s Grandmother died from cancer. Poor woman. She must have been very sick to not be able to hold on for just two more days.

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  64. I wouldn’t dream of not coming back. You guys make my day!

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  65. I hope America does the right thing. Then keeps him safe.

    Thanks for the brillaint blog.

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  66. Our Leaders lately have been idiots. Our Military is comprised of every economic background, philosophy, race, gender, religion and political party. And yet these people go to work everyday, in the presence of weapons, and manage not only to NOT KILL EACH OTHER, but to also accomplish very complex, long term missions and and goals.

    Now we have a smattering of Extremists there too, but they are not the majority. They make trouble, but its usually short lived.

    It is a powerful statement as to the ability of people of all these different backgrounds to come together and achieve the possible and sometimes the impossible.

    I have always found it ironic when we would hear from high ranking politicians, who claimed to be pro-military, who seemed to have missed that incredible, living fact. That these politicians were unable to live up to that example set by our own troops–while they waved a flag and claimed to be great supporters of the military.

    Which elicits the response:

    Yea whatever.

    Get back to me when you really understand what the military accomplishes daily, inspite of the efforts of bigots all over the Nation.

    I hope you ladies keep blogging like crazy. I want to hear what you have to say.

    Everyday you remind me that the entire country is not crazy, dumb or doomed to be crazy or dumb. You let me know that intelligence is found in every generation, that the 2-dimensional treatment of those over 50, by the press–the media in general is inaccurate and misleading and is often used as an excuse by younger folks to be jerkoff bigots.

    Everyday I come here, you ladies give me hope and I cannot even begin to describe to you how long its been that I have gotten that particular savory drink on someone else’s electronic Stoop.

    So for Keee-Rist’s sake, don’t stop now.

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  67. Helen-

    You can’t quit now. You’ve become a policy wonk! And of course… the election may be over, but The View could still use some thoughtful critique!

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  68. One of my best friends (who lives part-time in Maine) pointed me your way. I’m Texan, but live in the UK, as does she…and let me say that all of us here are just holding our communal breaths.

    Thank you for telling it like it is — and hinting toward what it should be! What it needs to be.

    Cheers!

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  69. I love this blog. I have only been reading for three days but you ladies provide a lot of wisdom and common sense.

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  70. Helen & Margaret,

    I’m certain you have much to share on many topics…we are eager to hear your thoughts and comments on ALL aspects of American culture & life in general! In fact, I’d like to be the first to pre-order your forthcoming book…you do have a forthcoming book, yes? Because it would be an instant best-seller!

    You already have a great title: “Margaret and Helen…Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting.”

    I — along with countless others — will be checking back in several days a week. You have become a habit that I don’t want to break! I understand if we don’t get 7 posts a week, but please know that we look forward to whatever posts you choose to share with us! Your posts have come to make a huge difference in the lives of so many, and we thank you for your willingness to share your “little blog” with the world!

    This is just the beginning for you two!

    My Best Regards,
    Your #1 Fan

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  71. Well written! Not much else to say, except that I agree. 🙂

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  72. Dear and Beloved Person,

    I hope this will be of interest to you. Very moving to me and I share it with a loving heart. Senator Obama visited the Crow Nation during his campaign. The opening prayer before his speech was spoken in the Crow language by an Elder. Though it is the introduction for Mr. Obama who apprears briefly at the end, the sentiment of the prayer is one Nation (the Crow) praying for the welfare of another Nation and the World.

    The Elder opens with an invitation that I have heard many times in American Indian Communities: “Pray in your own way”.

    With Hope and Respect to each of you and deep appreciation to Miss Margaret and Miss Helen,

    Joy

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  73. Thank you for being a wonderful breath of fresh air. I’d recently discussed how much we miss Molly Ivins now with some friends…and then I stumbled upon yall! Now, I’ve sent your link to all of them. You’ve been helping us all feel better. Now if we wake up to President Obama on Wednesday, we can start to heal.
    With you ladies, It’s all good!

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  74. Helen, I am so glad that I found you. Thank you so much for your blogs. Good luck to you in the future. I will stop in from time to time to see how you are doing!!!!!

    Robin

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  75. Helen, you are incredible!

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  76. If I only loved people who agreed 100% with me, I’d only have my dog left. Even my beloved husband and I disagree on a few key issues. But I love him anyway!!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to keep up with your blog after tomorrow – oh, how I can’t wait until this is all over!!!!!!!!

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  77. You are absolutely correct…we have quit asking questions and begun to hurl accusations! And not just any old accusations, but very personal ones at that.

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  78. “The ability of our leaders to remain true to their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others is our greatest challenge just as it has been our greatest accomplishment.”

    Very wise words, Helen.

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  79. I’m heading to your on-line store now!!!! WooHoo!!! Helen, you are amazing!!!!

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  80. Helen, I too revere you and am so grateful that you have taken the time to blog. I understand the ‘Thank God’ part of seven blogs in seven days, and I too, hunger for more from you. Perhaps you would like to blog less frequently, when an issue strikes, and can have Matthew set up an email notification to those of us who would like to read your new blogs. These kids can do anything, you know, and if other blogs can do it, I know Matthew can for you and Margaret.
    I’m feeling so anxious today. I’m only 68, but I remember ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’, the thrill of the Kennedy election, then, oh then – the election of Nixon, his re-election (!), a brief respite with Carter and the absolute drubbing he took (almost on a par with Clinton), and then the election of Reagan who I had experienced as a horrible, mean spirited, stingy awful Governor and his trickle down ‘economics’. Bill Clinton was a wonderful change but he was so savaged – then these past eight years. Did I mention that my son joined the Air Force in 1984? He’s been in every war since then, and I learned the real meaning of ‘no news is good news.’ He is retired now (and now I know the real meaning of ‘Thenk God’), but my anger runs deep when I remember ‘Bring it on!’ and think of this wonderful country, full of hope for people all over the world, engaging in a war of aggression. Oh, dear – I’ve gone on way too long, but the reason my heart is in my throat is that I’m so afraid that ‘folks’ will fool us again, and we will have McPalin declared the victors. Your posts have given me lots of heart and hope. So thank you, and see if Matthew can get that email thingy I talked about when I first started this (unedited) comment. You are very special ladies – Lois (apparently in Ms. Blabby mode today)

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  81. What a pleasure to read your blogs! Do keep writing for the good of … all of us.

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  82. I’ve really enjoyed your blog and I will continue to follow it.

    I hope you will continue to post about politics. No matter who wins the election, I’m sure there will be plenty of things to blog about in the political arena.

    http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/

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  83. I hope you ladies continue to post, and on more than just politics! Our country and our culture are awfully short on people who speak their minds and speak their truths.

    I’m a fairly new reader (got here from feministing), and while I appreciate the numerous commenters who have noted that they hope to be like you “when they grow up,” I really hope they are inspired by you to start speaking their truths right now! I know I have been! Why should I have to hold out ’til I’m a grandma to start tell people what I really think?

    Signed,
    an appreciative 27 year old who is learning how to speak her own mind by example, from you lovely ladies and others!

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  84. Ladies –

    I can’t begin to tell you how very happy I am that Andrew Sullivan pointed me to your blog – you have made me laugh out loud many times in the last week when the news has just made me want to scream

    WELL DONE on your 7 blogs in 7 days – go vote tomorrow, stay up late and enjoy watching the returns come in – and know that there are many of us out here, including us expats, who will be doing the same thing in different parts of the world. Regardless of the outcome, we all stand with you in our love for our country and our love for our fellow citizens.

    God bless you both – I look forward to continuing my visits after all the hoopla is over …

    big hugs from across the pond!

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  85. I agree with Sam—you cant quit blogging—I just bought the tee shirt—

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  86. Ladies:
    What a pleasure it’s been to find your blog! (And my mug should arrive today). WE all hope you will continue to share your observations with us, though we won’t hold you to any more multiple-day marathons! All the best from the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Area…

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  87. Hi Helen,

    No matter what, please don’t stop blogging, we need your wisdom.

    Best,
    Shirley

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  88. Oh please… you’re not “just” two opinionated old ladies. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what other things you have thoughts on, or what you feel like sharing. Looking forward to all this ruckus being over 🙂

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  89. Love and blessings to Helen and Margaret!

    As usual you hit the nail precisely on its head.

    I found your blog two weeks ago and it instantly became a daily habit. Your astute observations and marvelous way with words has lifted my spirits. You are many things, silly is not one of them. So many, many heartfelt thanks and much admiration. Please keep on writing. We need you, really.

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  90. there IS no going back! you’re part of all of our lives now! break from the blog, ok, but please no long term hiatuses. or is that hiati? 🙂

    you’re the jiminy cricket for america. just keep sitting on our shoulders and don’t let us slide back into any zones of comfort.

    peace out from bee caves
    -s

    p.s. i saw the post about inviting you to the inauguration. i second that motion but i’m hoping beyond hope that obama comes out and cancels any inaugural balls. do you know what the total for those were 4 years ago? staggering. really staggering. that would be a good start for Obama in putting his $$ (or our money and personal contributors’ money) where the proverbial mouth is.

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  91. I love reading this blog everyday. I work with all republicans and it’s killing me.

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  92. err wanted YOU to know

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  93. I just wanted to know that your construct: “black and white … oil and snow” was appreciated 🙂

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  94. Well said yet again. I hope when the election is over you continue to share your opinions on all aspects of society! Even if (oh please let it happen) Obama wins, we bloggers will all still have plenty to talk about, keeping an eye on what Washington is doing and making sure the reasons we voted the way we did are being carried out.

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  95. Hi guys,
    I am a 29 year old female who hails from New Zealand. I stumbled across your blog a few days ago. All I can say, I wish there were more like you! Well done on the blog.

    Anna. xx

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  96. Ladies,

    Without intention, you two have created a phenomenon, and i think i speak for a number of us here when i say we will be back to visit after the election. Thank you for your wisdom and insight, but most of all thank you for your humor and ability to make so many of us literally laugh out loud at times when we felt nearly at the end of our rope!

    I look forward to your continued commentary on politics, life and this crazy world we live in.

    Go OBAMA!
    -Trish

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  97. Grandma Helen,

    Wow, what can I say??? I have so enjoyed reading your blog everyday; I look forward to it. You and Margaret have spoiled us all with your daily dose of wisdom, history lessons, laughter, current events, etc; now what are we supposed to do??? It’ll be like weaning a baby from the bottle; oh the hell we will raise. Please don’t be a stranger now; we want to still hear from you and Margaret. And if by some chance you ever take a trip to Virginia I’d love to meet ya. Please take care and keep givin’em hell!

    P.S. Maybe you can start another blog detailing the aftermath of the election. Sarah will have to go back to Alaska and get back to her hunting and fishing expeditions. John McCain, well he just needs to go home….He’s done his part for the country.

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  98. Somehow I don’t think that your ideas an opinions will go away just because the election is over. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading them.

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  99. Ladies,

    How I will miss reading your posts every day on the election. And I agree 100% with JuneauJoe that you both should be invited to Obama’s inagural!!

    Please continue to keep us all entertained with your wit and wisdom. While I am more than tired of the campaigning, I am looking forward to tomorrow – the beginning of a new era!

    Take care,
    Phyllis from NC

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  100. I love your comment about Sarah P. painting the world in black and white. My sentiments exactly. Narrow minded fundamentalists tend to do that. Like George Bush, “You’re either with us or against us.”

    I firmly believe that President Obama will abolish the deviceivness that has shamed our country for far too long.

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  101. I have greatly enjoyed your blogs. Thank you for your inspiration. Really 🙂

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  102. Hi Helen,

    Your message on tolerance was on point! This nation was created by prescuted groups, but unfortunated for most of us once we are a generation or two removed we loose our empathy for the prescuted.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  103. Over here in London and Hertfordshire (all the UK actually), we’re all celebrating the victory of a young man of mixed race who, despite little experience and villifcation by his rivals’ supporters for being black (and hints from within the establishment that he was “the wrong sort of person”), managed to reach the pinnacle he had dreamed of since childhood.

    Take Lewis Hamilton’s sporting victory as a sign if you want to, but I can assure you that we’re also hoping that the papers we pick up on Wednesday for our journeys home will have good news for the whole world. But one worry – will there be two months of petulant irreparable damage before the inauguration?

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  104. You and your posts have been a ray of light during this electoral season. I’ve enjoyed your blog and learned from your wisdom. I hope you continue to post after we are no longer pounded with party ads even if it’s just to give us an update on what you and Margaret are up to.

    I mean it. Really

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  105. Hi Helen,

    Your message on tolerance was on point! This nation was created by prescuted groups, but unfortunated for most of us once we are a generation or two removed we loose our empathy for the prescuted.

    Thanks for the reminder!

    …and thanks for you message!

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  106. Palin got pranked and I wanted to share it with you!

    It’s all over the news, but mostly foreign news!!!
    Enjoy!

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  107. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post and beyond that too. Got you bookmarked. Love from Alaska.

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  108. I hope the two of you never stop blogging. For one thing, the two of you are just a little older than I am, and I am very, very old. But you think as young as I’m sure you ever were. I strive for that myself. Today I wrote a post called 19 things I hate about being old. Shortly I hope to write one from the opposite view. I need you two to remind me of the good things.
    Seriously, I think of you as the voice of sanity in a pretty crazy world, so please keep writing.

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  109. Thank you two – it has been a fun to read your blog. I also hope you come back on the 5th to sum what you think of the 4th. By the way do you have any idea on how we can avoid another two year campaign.

    All the talk of Kennedy and his election for some reason reminded me of how upset the Republicans were when Bill Clinton won. The country had to go through 8 years of them trying desparately to find some dirt to smear the Clintons with. Made it pretty tough for Clinton to be ‘president’ of the country – since a lot of his time and energy went into defending himself and Hilary. I can image them doing the same when Obama wins. See there will still be many topics for you two to share your opinions on.
    Thank you again.

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  110. Wonderful post–you say what so many in this country feel to their core. I hope that an Obama administration brings with it tolerance and openness on a scale that is so needed in the world today. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

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  111. Helen & Margaret – I found your blog a few days ago thru a link at Andrew Sullivan’s blog. I love you! And that’s coming from another silly, old broad! I had been thinking of blogging for a while now, and reading yours got me started. I’m adding a link to yours. And, yes, please write an election wrap-up for us. Keep on bloggin’!

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  112. as usual you have deftly and succinctly expressed the thoughts that many of us have. forget getting invited to the inagural you guys should be on the cabinet. keep up your wonderful blogging – you have an audience of thousands hanging on every word.

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  113. Gee, I hope you guys don’t stop talking about what’s important. I think that after the election is just as important as before.

    As for the election, it all comes together tomorrow. McCain’s campaign people leaked their final ad copy to me today. You might want to take a look.

    http://thedailyduke.com/a-message-from-john-mccain/

    All the best,

    Duke

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  114. You ladies rule! Thank you for blogging and thank you to my college friend, Maddie for referring me to your blog!!

    And here’s my soap box for anyone who’d like to small-move checkmate the fear-mongers: Regardless the outcome of tomorrow’s election, do everything you physically and mentally can to have HOPE, FAITH (whatever your denomination) and PEACE in your heart. And whenever possible actively share those gifts with people who you encounter who are full of fear, despair and/or hate. Nothing good EVER comes from fear, despair and hate. Anger is OK, if self-harnessed to motivate, but fear, despair and hate weaken our human potential. Always have – always will.

    Be Strong and Have Hope!

    Laura

    p.s. I live in Texas and “I see hockey/security moms everywhere…” (That works’ best if you whisper it like “Sixth Sense”) And I’ll shut up now. LH

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  115. I just found your blog via the F-word.org, and I want to thank you guys for blogging. My best friend and I have been “BFFs” for 12 years. Now we’re totally going for 60. ^_^

    I agree about the black & white world. I see things in a thousand colors but unfortunately, I’ve got family members who only see those two.

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  116. Your comments on Amercian politics comes from what appears to be a long life of common sense and tolerant living. A breath of fresh air!!
    I think mature women should be able to cuss a bit to help make their points 🙂

    I’m a Canadian who’s daughter is now married and living in NC ( why is beyond me!)
    So I’ve been reading with great interest. Thank you.

    Your country’s future and the World’s depends on the right man getting in tomorrow!

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  117. Surely you don’t think an Obama win will end all this nonsense, do you? The cons will be criticizing and undermining him from day one. Be strong and keep fighting.

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  118. Thank YOU Helen, for being someone I respect and admire for your courage to speak your mind. I hope you do keep posting- about any and every thing that comes to your mind. I appreciate and thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me so much to think about, so much to reflect on, and a way to continue to be passionate about this election.
    Bless you both!

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  119. Helen:

    Please please please don’t stop writing even if you do it only now and then. I live in a red state and I desperately need to know there are others out there like me who are scared by politicians with a black and white and constricted world view. Thank you for your reasoned and very entertaining arguments. Keep up the blogs; have those grandsons publish them as a book, and you’ll be rich enough to start influencing the Republicans.

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  120. God bless you both and America.
    Tomorrow will be the first day of change in this country!
    Your friend in San Jose, CA

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  121. I just bought a shirt too! Can’t wait for it to arrive 🙂 Will be back often for some Margaret and Helen enlightenment!

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  122. …your blog is just incredible….looking forward to celebrating our new President Obama’s victory on Tuesday night.

    God Bless You.

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  123. Dearest Helen & Margaret,

    God bless you & your families.

    God bless America.

    God bless the World.

    Thank you for sharing a part of you with all of us. You have helped keep me sane these past few weeks.

    Peace, love, laughter & blessings from Lake Tahoe CA

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  124. Thanks Helen! Today’s post keeps things in perspective for me as usual. I remember the Kennedy election very well as it was my very first vote for president. My classmates and I were almost as excited when he made it as many of us will be if Obama wins tomorrow. I just hope if he does win, and I hope he does, that some bastard doesn’t come along and change history. This time it would be even more horrible to live through.

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  125. I love silly old broads! I will be reading and checking in every day!

    Another wonderful post today.

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  126. Thank you Margaret for saying what so many of us think. Unfortunately, with the “if you’re not for us, you’re against us” mentality – so many don’t speak out like you have. It means so much – and keep telling us what you think!!

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  127. Helen and Margaret,
    I’m a “lurker” over at dailykos and I am so glad someone posted a wonderful diary there about your blog. Your thoughtful and hilarious posts have really made an impression on me and my family and friends. Thank you for being willing (and VERY able) to put your thoughts down.
    I hope you’ll keep up the blog after the election– I’ll definitely be checking in to see what you’re up to from time to time.

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  128. You ladies ROCK! I love how you just say what you feel…share your opinions…it’s not against the law…though some wish you wouldn’t…i have to say as young American casting my second presidential vote tomorrow…I hope the outcome is different…i hope the outcome is CHANGE! And i will continue to read your blog even after tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks U!

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  129. You can’t go anywhere…I just bought the T-Shirt! 🙂

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  130. Thanks, Helen.

    I really mean it.

    Your friend,
    Karen

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  131. This is the highlight of my day!! I so love reading your blog. You have the same ‘spunk’ my nana did.

    I’ll be back tomorrow!!
    You ladies Rock!

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  132. Actually, I would hope that you would post on Wednesday, summing up the long, strange trip we’ve been on through the campaign. I still want to grow up to be like both of you, unafraid to speak my mind. Thanks for being there the last few weeks.

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  133. Thank you so much, Helen (and by extension, Margaret), for your witty and spot on posts. You’ve said what many here would like to say, and you’ve said it so eloquently and colorfully, too!

    I do hope you will keep up with the occasional political post. I’ll keep checking in, regardless.

    Thank you,

    Toni

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  134. Well you made it and I know I’m not alone in my eagerness to check the blog each day for “day *whichever* of 7 blogs in 7 days!” I add my voice to the chorus calling for you to keep writing. The election ending is only the beginning, really.

    Tomorrow I will be working the polls and will be living in a bubble of sorts until they close and I go home. Being in AZ I hope the east coast results will be telling the story by then.

    Anyway, many hugs and thanks for all the great reads.

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  135. I had a wonderful day yesterday reading through all of your posts and homepage. Now I find myself worried that you will fade from the blog scene when tomorrow comes. Please, please keep writing and sharing with us your wisdom and oh, so funny take on the world at large.

    I want to hear what you have to say about whatever comes up…whatever is on your mind. You and I agree politically so that makes my reading of your writing even more enjoyable. However, something tells me that even if we don’t agree on the next topic, the way you say it will make me want to hear what you have to say. Isn’t that as good as it gets?

    I, too, am so full of hope about this election.

    One of my favorite bloggers, Danny Miller at “Jew Eat Yet?” wrote a brilliant post about the 1908 election. The Republican party at that time was about peace and communication. The Democratic party was about Religious intolerance. How did that happen? Here’s hoping we can make the flip again and come closer to being Demopublicans or Republicrats.

    By the way, if you haven’t seen this:

    …check it out. It is very smart and funny.

    I am looking forward to your continuing posts and to getting to hear more from / about Margaret.

    Margaret…where are you?

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  136. Great work Helen! I’ll visit for lunch, even when it’s all over with. It’s been a humungous pleasure to have found your blog.

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  137. I also agree that freedom from religion is just as important as freedom of religion. This election has become a contest to see who can be more Christian than the next guy, when many Americans aren’t Christian at all. Wake up people, we need healthcare and jobs not religous BS.

    Thanks Helen for wisdom and insight.
    Can’t wait to vote tomorrow!

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  138. I agree with you about religious tolerance and assumption, too. My husband said he had to take part in group Christian prayer in the federal building for some occasions and it made him a little uncomfortable. The assumption was that EVERYBODY was Christian. I had that happen at my school, too, but eventually the time came when teachers became aware that not everyone went to the same church so they called it more a moment of silence which was fine with me.

    My husband is an angel. He’ll stop whatever he’s doing to help anyone who needs it. I won’t go into all he’s done before to help others aside from volunteering in my classroom to help kids after he retired. However, he has a friend who told me that he was worried about him because he feared my husband would be going to Hell because he wasn’t Christian. This friend is one who has been “troubled” as long as I’ve known him. And he’s worried my husband would go to Hell. What kind of God does he have anyway. Oh dear…. I’m getting carried away aren’t I? Sheesh! It’s only Monday for goodness sake.

    I just want you to know I LOVE your blog and will continue to read it even when the elections are over.

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  139. Well Said!

    God Bless both of you, I’ll stop by and visit now and then. I can only hope that I am as clear headed and articulate when I am your age.

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  140. Thanks for the daily posting this past week. I’ve sent the link to your blog to many friends and we all wistfully wish we could be adopted by you. My elders are neo-cons. Sigh. I hope we get to hear from you in the future–I’m sure you’ll always have something good to say that we’ll love to read. Oh I live in Austin too! So it’s great to hear from a fellow Texan in this sea of red! Power on, Helen and Margaret!

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  141. Helen and Margeret – you are all kinds of awesome.

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  142. Yes… tomorrow decides it all. And no matter what happens, we can all be sure that we met some great people here at this blog, and to think, the way it started, who would have guessed it woud have turned viral?

    Helen, I’ll check in on you every so often, to see what’s going on in Texas and Maine, and I do hope after this election you can go back to enjoying Margaret’s company without worry of appeasing your political audience, hehe.

    Take care Helen, and God bless you. 🙂

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  143. I only discovered your blog recently, thanks to a comment by another reader on The Huffington Post. Kudos and much appreciation to both of you ladies. You’ve helped to keep me sane in the face of all this nuttiness from the McCain campaign, and I thank you for that.

    I wish my grandmother had been more like the two of you. Unfortunately, she held tight to her prejudices to the very end, and we had many heated exchanges over the years. She sure was feisty (like both of you), but her views remained firmly entrenched in the past. I’d like to think that, if she was alive today, she wouldn’t be voting for McCain/Palin; she was too smart for that. But I know she wouldn’t vote for Obama, either. *sigh*

    I wish you and your families good health and good cheer, and I will check in after tomorrow to see what you’re both up to. I hope we all have reason to celebrate the future!

    Sincerely,
    Robin in AZ

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  144. I feel a bit sad. But youll still be here wont you? Lets hope that we are all celebrating on Wednesday. I am staying up all night to watch it. Take care xxxxxx

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  145. Helen&Margaret…I have enjoyed visiting with you very much.I have felt so comfortable here,stimulated by your posts,engaged by the comments,and able to take a chance on expressing myself. I appreciate you. Ann

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  146. I was 12 when Kennedy ran, and Catholic. (I’ve been in recuperation ever since…) My mother’s side of the family wasn’t Catholic, and voted Publican for the first time in their lives. Now they are the ones who think they have a right to force their religious practices on everyone else.

    Like you and your readers, I can’t wait for tomorrow to be over and a new chapter of life to begin. I am so pleased to have become acquainted with you and your blog, and look forward to frequent visits over the coming months.

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  147. Thanks for being a bright spot in the midst of all the anxiety. I’ll keep checking on you because you remind me so much of my mother who is no longer here to give me my much needed daily doses of reality! Thanks again!

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  148. Ah, Helen … what do you mean “Margaret and I will go back to just being two silly old opinionated broads with a blog.”

    Silly? No. Funny? Yes. And you’ve got such a following now, we’ll all be checking in with you — often.

    I will be. I want to see what you say when Obama is finally our new prez, besides, “Whew, what a ride!”

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  149. Just love your site. Thankfully, this will all be over tomorrow & if things look like they do now we will have a president we can be proud of. One who thinks ALL people in America are American. I was at the Cleveland, OH rally yesterday (over 80,000 people!). It was just awsome to see all ethnicities, all religions, etc. coming together. We went by the Cleveland early voting location & there were so many people you couldn’t believe. It was just amazing!!!! You go girls:)

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  150. You wrote:
    “The ability of our leaders to remain true to their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others is our greatest challenge just as it has been our greatest accomplishment.”

    Well said! In fact our founding fathers alone had beliefs as varied as the panel from the View and they actually accomplished something.

    I’m hoping the lipsticked pitbull is taken to the pound, but there are several million who’ll disagree – and as cliche as it sounds, Isn’t it still a gift that we have the freedom disagree?

    Oh, I will always stop by for a dose of reality and some wisdom that comes from walking this earth longer than I have – long after the election has ended. Keep it up ladies

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  151. Please do not get to sporadic with your blogging, I really enjoy your wit and wisdom.

    I am sooooo excited about tomorrow!!! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas, with so much anticipation and hope.

    I will be up before dawn to get to the polls before they open. I will vote, go to work and periodically check the internet to see what is happening.

    I feel optimistic. A new hope is on the horizon.

    May Obama bring the changes we need. May our talk be about hope, future, peace, prosperity, tolerance, embracing the differences in one another.

    No more talk about fear. No more talk about divisions. No more talk about us and them. Just us. Just us. Just us. ALL of us!!

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  152. Please post now and then on the new political landscape we’ll have!

    I was 10 when Kennedy was running for President. I vividly remember the threatening ads that if we voted for him, the Pope would run our country. That Kennedy would take orders from the Vatican.

    Hogwash, you might say! And there’s still a LOT of hogwash out there, isn’t there?

    I’m SO looking forward to voting for Obama tomorrow!

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  153. Ladies,
    You have made each day a bit brighter and a whole lot more sensible. Thank you.

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  154. Ladies,

    What a joy to discover your blog this fall!! Thank you so much for being here and so generously offering your thoughts to all of us. I know I am richer for it. You always make me sit up a bit taller, think a lot harder and thanks to your wonderful sense of humor I have been able to laugh at the craziness of it all.

    It has been a long election and I think we are all ready for it to be over. But, oh how I will miss your thoughts and wisdom.

    Alex

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  155. Thank you, Helen. You helped to make it all a little more bearable. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. Take care.

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  156. Molly Ivins would be proud of you. I can’t think of a better compliment.

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  157. I have only recently began to read your blog. Friends of mine on the http://politicalcartel.com/ posted about your site. Ladies, you are amazing. You are a mix of my history teacher/ political science teacher and my grandparents/ greatgrandparents wisdom. Although, i would not go so far to call Palin a “female dog”, she scares the poop out of me. mccain is old, capable, but old. His age doesnt bother me, really, it is his ideological stance that emulates a mutated form of reganism (that i think was excellent, but not the mutated stuff) of the 20th century. It is time for us to make a major shift in the way things are done around here. I have future children and grand children to think about, not just maintianing the status quo. Thanks again Mrs.Margaret and Mrs. Helen and Happy voting!

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  158. Great job ladies. Though Big Brother claims monopoly on the one true way to God.

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  159. I am buying more of your T-shirts…what a Hoot they are and YOU are!!!!

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  160. I hope you’ll keep on with your political comments, you are so right on with what I think, and it reinforces me and helps me think that maybe I’m not totally crazy – or if I am, there are three of us.

    Love your blog!

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  161. Succicnt and positve note to end with. Love the analogy of a colorful world.

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  162. Hi Helen,

    I’ve sure enjoyed your blog through this election. I look forward to tuning in afterwards to see what you and Margaret are up to.

    My best,
    Joan

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  163. Thank You ladies. You are both national treasures.
    I hope you are invited to the Obama Inauguration, you deserve to go.

    Really, I mean it.

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