Jacknife On Election 2008

September 10, 2008 at 12:25 am (My muthafuckin self, My personal opinion, Politics) (, , , , , )

Well, it’s election time again, and both the DNC and the RNC have concluded. The democrats have their pick, and so do the republicans. A lot of noise is being made about McCain’s second in command, Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska whose only experience includes being a mayor for a few years. It’s obvious that the only reason she was picked was that she was a woman, and McCain was trying to sway female voters who were angry that Obama didn’t pick Hillary as his running mate. Of course this would be assuming that female voters were so dense that the only reason they voted for Hillary is because she is a woman. If I were a female, I would actually find this an insult to my intelligence, especially since she is anti-choice, which is an issue many women care about. If Hillary was the Democratic nominee and didn’t pick Barack as her running mate, then McCain would have surely picked someone black as his running mate. If McCain wanted to pick a woman as his running mate, then there are a lot more candidates who are more suitable for the position, for instance, Condeleza Rice.

A lot of noise is also being made about her unwed pregnant teenage daughter, and how foul people are to bring it up. I say, it’s all good. The republicans present themselves to be about responsibility and family values, and Palin is about abstinence education. However, it seems like she has failed this in her own home. This is the exact opposite of family values, abstinence, morals, responsibility, and pretty much everything else this woman claims to stand for. Dirty? Yes. However, as the Swift Boats, Henry Hyde (along with every other republican that was part of the Monica Lewinsky affair), and Matt Drudge will tell you, all is fair in politics. If situations were reversed, and one of Obama’s daughters was pregnant out of wedlock, then the right-wingers would not hesitate to use it against Obama. Besides, its no worse than the “Obama is a super secret Muslim bent on destroying America” and the “Obama is the Antichrist” bulletins that were floating around Myspace a few months back. However, one has to praise Obama for not bringing this up and taking the moral high ground on this issue. It shows me the type of man he is.

Speaking of her, she criticized Obama’s previous experience as a community organizer. However, when he was a community organizer, he was part of a faith-based organization which among other things, provided job training for people in his city. Since when is assisting one’s community something to look down upon? Meanwhile, during her tenure in office, she attempted to seize land to build a hockey arena through eminent domain when she was unable to purchase it from its previous owner, and she fired a police chief who refused to fire her former brother in law who was a state trooper. That should say a lot about their prior experience, and their character. I like a president who is going to stand up for the average joe, and thus far, Obama has shown that he is that type of guy. Meanwhile, McCain seems to want to retain the same failed policies that flourished under Bush, so his main issue is that he needs to show people that he is different from Bush. Back to experience, that really doesn’t mean much in the long run. Bush and Cheney have had years of experience, yet you see the mess our country is in thanks to those two.

Another thing, even though Obama could not have further distanced himself from the Reverend Wright scandal, there are people still giving him heat about it. However, John McCain sought out the support of pastor Hagee, who among other things blamed Hurricane Katrina on America’s acceptance of gays. That’s as hateful as it gets, yet McCain gets a pass on it?

Now, a lot of people tell me about how I should just trust the republicans, and stay with the ‘home team’. I would love to do it, but however we were stuck with the ‘home team’ for the past 7 years, and where did that leave us? The surplus Clinton left us with turned into a defect, we have record-high gas prices, we are on the brink of a recession, and that war that was supposed to be quick and easy? It ended up lasting 5 and a half years (and counting), claimed the lives of over 4000 of the people in our military (along with god knows how many innocent Iraqis), and is costing us millions of dollars a day.  I don’t know if I want another minute of any of this stuff, let alone 4 more years.

By the way, here is an interesting article on Ms. Palin:

http://pickupthepen.com/2008/09/06/the-real-sarah-palin-by-melinda-donahey/

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