“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Some things transcend design – Help me help Barack Obama re-design the US

Tonight I made a decision. After a deep debate with my friend @zakiwarfel (twitter reference ID) I decided to put my money where my mouth is in a direct way. First, I’m going to cut to the chase. Yup! I am going to ask you to donate to the Barack Obama/Joe Biden campaign. So if you are already convinced and don’t need to be entatined by my narrative below, just jump on over to http://www.barackobama.com/ and get started with your donation.

Here’s what I’ve done.

I’ve donated $250 to the campaign I think that is a lot considering I’m struggling with my life as it is financially and that Barak has only ever asked me for $5. But where did the number come from. Why that number? Well, in the end it is pretty arbitrary. It is the usual amount I give to my school Alumni association each year and I figure this is a heck of a lot more important than that THIS year. (Sorry Cal. Go Bears!).

But I thought about the number a bit, and I thought more about my conversation with @zakiwarfel a lot in the last 24 hours. A big piece of that debate centered around “wealth” and what the right to obtain “wealth” is worth in society. I was on the side of, we have NO right to obtain wealth while so many globally and locally are in such pain or dying from so much that is preventable through the elimination of wealth. (Notice I didn’t say “redistribution”.) You can ask me more about this later.

I was so inspired by the speech and also by MoveOn’s follow up to the convention (registering voter campaign) that I was even telling my wife that I want to quit my job for the next 10 weeks and work on the campaign. Her reply, “you can’t give up sushi.”

So That’s the $250. I spend about $250 personally on sushi every 10 weeks. My usual sushi bill is about $25 so 10 weeks is $250. So I’m going to give up sushi for 10 weeks to be my “wealth” or if you will “luxury” tax that I’m going to sacrifice to help ensure that this amazing, eloguent, inteligent, wise, articulate, visionary individual can lead my country.

And I’m going to ask you all to do the same. Well, maybe not sushi, but for you for 10 weeks to give up that one luxury of sweetness that really is so unnecessary that by you giving it up may end up helping so many more than you.

So that link again is http://www.barackobama.com/ and I urge you to go, click on the Donate link or if you must read around a bit to help you get more convinced. If you must even check out snippets of his speech last night, but I do hope you see that we are at a moment in time, a crossroads, to either continue down the path this nation has been leading filled with conceit, selfishness, self-absorption, myopia, recklessness, belligerence, etc. or a new path where compassion, openness, wide vision, thoughtful intention, humility, and mutual respect are put forward.

This campaign is not really about the economy, or oil, or security, but it is about the soul of our nation.

Please join me … Donate today! … Let’s re-design the US!!!


— dave

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