17 October 2008
Is there a single soul left in the United States (or, frankly, anywhere on earth) who is not sick unto death of the current US presidential election? Gah. And: boooooorrrrrrring. I'm so over it, and I am a political nut. I started this blog yea those many years ago specifically to write about liberal-lefty-politics and the pro-choice side of the abortion debate.
I have not watched a single one of the debates. I didn't pay attention to a single second of the conventions over the summer, other than the daily recaps I heard on the morning news as I drove to work. I can't watch McCain. I want to throw things at the TV when I do. DH gets really upset at me hurling things at his flat-screen telly, and I like peace and serenity in my home. I can't listen to Palin. I scream obscenities at the radio if she's on. I am making a good-faith effort (really. No, seriously!) to clean up my language, so that's not good either.
My issue (abortion) is so decisive for me that I. Will. Not. Ever. vote for someone who is anti-choice. The McCain/Palin team has made it abundantly clear where they stand on this issue. Truth is, though, that I wouldn't vote for him even if I wasn't such a pro-choice advocate. He's out of touch with reality, out of step with....well, I was going to type 'the American people' there, but it sounds so pompous that I can't type it with a straight face, so instead I will say that he's out of step with ME.
I usually feel that a presidential election comes down to the choice of a lesser of two evils. Who of the two candidates is going to do less damage during the 4-8 years they're in office? Yes, yes, there are always more than two, but reality, people, reality. A third-party candidate has about as much likelihood of getting elected as I do of turning into a pretty pretty fairy princess. With wings.
I voted for Hillary in the primaries, because the possibility that there might be a female president in my lifetime is too beautiful to resist. I didn't think she was going to get the nomination, but I wanted to vote for her. Then, surprise, surprise, she won Ohio. I was stunned, I didn't think she had a shot.
Obviously, then, I will be voting for Barak Obama when it comes time to cast my ballot. I don't feel bad about that decision in any way, and this time I think it is a choice between hope and evil rather than a choice between the lesser of two evils. I have a hard time not feeling hopeful when I hear Obama speak. My local paper (a rag if there ever was one) carries Parade magazine as part of its Sunday inserts, and last week's Parade had a small paragraph about what the tax plans of two candidates would mean for income levels from $10,000-$100,00, broken down in chunks of about 10K. Under McCain? My tax liability would stay roughly the same. Under Obama? My tax liability would DECREASE by over ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. $1,000! How can I say NO to that? I can't.
It seems surreal to me that there might be a minority in the White House. I'm excited about that. So many predictions for the twenty-first century have fallen flat; where are our flying cars? Our jet-packs? Our vacations on the moon? Nowhere, that's where. But people who have been traditionally disenfranchised gaining more and more political power? That's here. Fantastic indeed.