Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MilesTones • Minister Axed from Obama Campaign Committe&Ohio Hijinks

It began Friday, November 2nd with an email headlined: “Goodbye Austin.” (?) The message inside was not gentle, notifying me that they were saying ‘goodbye’ to my in—box that had always been filled with inspiring Obama messages.

What? No more emails from The One? Gasp!  The dismissal notice was based on my insufficient support for the Obama campaign with an even sterner statement, “Seriously, you’ve waited until the last minute here and we have our first big budget meeting tomorrow.”

I had failed and was ashamed.

It was a notification that I was no longer a MoveOn member of Obama’s reelection campaign. The puzzling factor was how I got there in the first place.

But with the dozens of emails from Obama, who feels he is on a first name relationship with me, made me feel loved.  I belonged…was a part of something big and useful and had become accustomed to this position.

The emotional strain was tough. After the Obama campaign promised me that there would absolutely be no more emails, more than three dozen more came in, which made me feel back in the loop to be part of the normal Obama stability.

However, today, Monday Nov.5th, I received a last-minute crisis email from the campaign with the following: Dear MoveOn member (lower case ‘m’), and that rather bothered me. Isn’t a member important? Then why was ‘member,’ in this case, me, not typed with a capital M for member like Dear MoveOn? See the caps there?

This showed me that Obama’s party members are considered smaller in importance than the Party itself. Anyway, I read the urgent comments:

“In a last-minute directive issued Friday night that could disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans and tip the outcome of the election, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted changed requirements for submitting provisional ballots on Election Day.

“The directive requires voters, not election officials, to fill out a confusing form listing the type of ID they provided to vote. This new directive is a clear violation of Ohio law and puts even more votes at risk of not being counted. Secretary Husted even instructed election officials to not count ballots where that part of the form has not been correctly filled out by a voter.

“An emergency motion to halt the directive has been filed in federal court by voting rights activists, but to get fast action we need to show that people across the country are outraged.

“Click here to sign my petition to urge Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to stop this last-minute attempt to disenfranchise Ohio Voters.

“Thanks!

“-Ohio State Rep Mick Foley and Cleveland native Nina Hart.”

This whole affair of making voters show ID took up so much of the Dems time that they had to delay the arrival of the buses filled with illegal Somalians who couldn’t speak English who were brought in to vote for Obama.

However, the distraction of it all may have given cover for the ballot with the name, Adolf Hitler to slip through without delay.

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