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Friday, October 3rd, 2003 · 4 Comments

Vote NO on the recall October 7.

Aside from the horrible precedent it would set if the recall passes, here’s the number one reason why we need to prevent this from happening: the air we breathe.

Ben has a great piece today about just this topic, and he’s inspired me to write about it, too.

This is an issue that’s close to my heart (and lungs) for reasons beyond the fact that we all breathe the same air and we only have one Earth to protect or destroy (and these days, we’re destroying it). My wife has pretty bad asthma. She’s had it her whole life. It’s hard enough for her to breathe when the air is good and clean. Why should self-centered people like he who’s a front-runner for the governorship in California who choose to buy Hummers be allowed to pollute the air for the rest of us? (Though Arnold is now saying he’s pro-alternative fuels, he won’t give up his Hummer. Rather, he’s going to spend lots of money converting it to a hydrogen-powered vehicle. Huh? OK. Really.) I have asthma, too, though not as bad as Jen’s.

What will it take for people to care about the environment? Unless it’s impacting their wallets, it seems like too many people don’t really care about the immediate and long-term impacts of their decisions.

As a sidenote, Camejo said yesterday that for those of us who want to vote for him, but fear a Republican running the state, it’s OK to vote Bustamante. Camejo said he understands and is just excited that the polls are showing him with 5% of the vote, and that he was actually allowed in the debates this year — a first for the Green party.

With Huffington out of the race and running a “no on the recall” campaign, that leaves Camejo and Bustamante. I’m still undecided between the two, especially in light of Camejo’s comments yesterday.

Tags: politics

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ben // Oct 3, 2003 at 3:46 pm

    Come on… Vote Camejo… Don’t be a chicken.

  • 2 shreyank // Oct 3, 2003 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah, Gabe….don’t be a chicken. Vote with conviction: Yes on the recall and Camejo for Governor. Ben, that’s what you’re doing, right? Oh wait…..um, nevermind.

  • 3 Dave Reed // Oct 5, 2003 at 3:02 pm

    I’m loving Absentee Balloting. :-)

    Stick to your guns on the recall, Gabe: vote no.

    As to for whom you should vote, don’t let the ” doesn’t have a chance to get elected, so I won’t vote for him” mentality drive you away from what your mind and heart (and lungs, too) tell you to vote.

    As to for whom I voted, it’s immaterial [though answerable via e-mail]. Vote for who you think would be best, Gabe.

  • 4 Dan // Oct 7, 2003 at 8:45 am

    Why vote for Camejo? Do you actually want him to be Governor?

    (and where is the link to the “comments” you referred to?)

    While I think it is actually a political mistake for Bustamante to even be on the ballot, you really need to hedge your bets against Ah-“Sexual Assualy”-Nold.