To those of you who answered My Writer's Block
today. Given it's just a normal post, people are mor than welcome to continue to comment.
To be honest, I was heartily surprised that everyone kept within bound of talking ONLY about their candidate, or at least avoiding smearing the other guy. Maybe it's just because the past few elections have left me living in a "Battleground" state, I get heartily annoyed with national politics. I know some of you criticize me for my views on occasion, but seriously, try living in Missouri or Ohio during a close presidential election and then tell me how wrong I am to be disillusioned with the process.
Seriously. While I will say the individual campaigns have more or less behaved (staying in the gutter rather than the sewer), that hasn't exactly stopped the flood of shit pouring forth from the parties backing the candidates, the independent special interest groups, etc. I can't log into my e-mail, turn on a TV, or even work without getting bombarded with this crap. I'm almost to a point where I want to move to Wyoming, since it gets a total of 3 Electoral votes and therefore gets ignored during campaign season.
I'll be honest. 8 years ago, I would have been torn between McCain and Gore. After seeing how he's run his campaign, plus his actions over the past 8 years, not so much. I just can't bring myself to someone who is either pandering or joining with the folks who want to change the US Constitution to follow the bible as they interpret it. I realize this meld happened under Rove, but I kind of miss the days wihen the Libertarians held sway over the Republicans. Now, it seems people like Palin are the new face of the party.
And as for Obama, I agree, he makes a great speech. He seems to have good ideas. The problem I keep coming back to is that he speaks like every politician I've ever heard. That is to say he can talk without actually saying anything. I took the time to read the stuff on his website, but it all is so vaguely worded as to be useless. Which I suppose vague promises easily ignored are a bit better than having the other guy spell out how he's going to screw you.
I know more than a few of my conservative friends have suggested the Dems take me for granted. This is true. Dems tend to promise us gay folks the world, then pass DOMA, and the failure to pass ENDA. However, it's hard to swallow voting for a candidate running on a conservative family values platform that's been spelled out to equate gay folks as less than citizens, worthy of if not death, then contempt. I tried explaining this to mom after her assertion that Bush didn't really mean anything when he condemned gay marriage as unholy, but...
And while we're discussing "family values", let me just state for the record why it pissed me off when it first came into play. For those who didn't know, my dad died when I was 7. That means I grew up in a single parent home for a majority of my childhood and adolescence. My brother and I both turned out of without a dad. I dare any of you to walk up to my mother and tell her she's a bad person for not finding a replacement for dad to help raise us. I dare you to walk up to her and tell her she should have quit her job to raise us. I know more than a few folks from two parent homes who turned out to be abused by one parent or another, people from two parent homes who turned out to be criminals, people who are scum of the earth. So the next time you want to start preaching about family values, kiss my ass.
And I realize this breaks my no politics vow, but I needed to vent somewhere.
And yes, Mrs. Palin's visit caused the bus to run an hour late, so I was 30 minutes late to work. She's not in office yet, and she's already negatively affecting my paycheck. I know culturalvacuum
didn't agree with me on the whole "political rallies should be held in BFE", but I still think holding a rally at one of the busiest intersections in town is a stupid idea. I know they had to change the venue at the last minute, but fer crying out loud, there's a grandstand and a covered stage at the Fairgrounds. Large enough to fit the crowd, on a bus line, and NOT a major intersection.