Ok, so the title is bullshit, but it got your attention didn’t it?
I’m not one to typically step up and talk about politics. I enjoy having passive discussions and as many of you know (if you know me well) I enjoy debating just about anything. However, most of the time, realizing that politics can be a touchy subject, I choose not to bring it up in casual conversation. However, right now I feel that we’re at a crossroads in American history, and I refuse to remain quiet anymore. If a single one of you reads this and takes anything valuable away from it, or if it teaches you something you didn’t know before, I will find it worthwhile… with that being said… here we go…
On November 4th 2008, the American people will place their votes in what is undoubtedly the most crucial presidential election of our generation, and perhaps of our country’s history. I must start by saying, that there is absolutely no reason why any single American citizen over the age of 18 shouldn’t vote. The future of this country will in large part be in the hands of the next President of the United States and anybody who chooses not to vote is simply saying that they don’t care. I’ve heard people say “Oh, I don’t know enough about either candidate to make a decision, so I’m not going to vote.” This excuse sucks. If you don’t know enough to make an educated decision, put down the beer, or the x-box controller, or make the commitment to yourself not to update your fucking Facebook or Myspace for one day and sit down and educate yourself. Anybody who doesn’t think it’s important to learn the issues and to learn about the candidates and their views and to get out and vote this election needs to keep their mouth shut for the next 4 years if they don’t like the way this turns out. However, of course, it’s going to be the naïve, ignorant assholes who didn’t take the hour off of work to vote that are going to have the most to say come the inauguration in January. When I say vote, I don’t mean go with what most of your friends or doing, or to side w/ the views your parents have been shoving down your throat since you were 6 years old sitting around the dinner table, or even to listen to anything in this blog. I’m saying go out, get the facts, listen to some debates, and make an educated decision on who you want to run this country.
While over the passed few elections I have found myself siding w/ the Democratic candidate, I am not affiliated with any particular party. With that being said, I need to express my feelings on a few things…
Over the past 8 years, this country has been torn apart by countless careless decisions of the current administration. September 11, 2001 changed this country forever. On that day, President Bush went on national television and made a promise to the American people that those responsible for this attack would be brought to justice. He built up the American people and brought us together, regardless of party, bringing to light a sense of pride and unity that we seemed to have lost after the Bush/Gore election. On one of America’s darkest days, the people of this great nation came together, and showed the world what this country stood for. As we went forward, over the next few years, however, the promises made on that night became convoluted, and President Bush began to make some very bad decisions. We declared a preemptive strike on a nation, based on faulty intelligence. This was a mistake. But like a stubborn child, for the better part of the last decade, Bush had continued this war, and thousands of lives have been lost, to prove that this was a good decision.
The America that once stood for freedom, is now looked upon by the majority of the world as senseless and power-hungry. Our international relationships are in shambles and we now face the worst economic crisis of our time. Some would say this was all in large part the responsibility of a man who more than half of the nation never voted for in the first place. We can not afford for this to happen again.
Before us are two presidential candidates, each with their own strengths and weaknesses…
Senator McCain, a former prisoner of war, has more military experience than anybody could ask for in a president. However, over the passed several years, he has sided with Bush on most major issues. The common slogan that can be heard from the Obama camp is that we don’t want “More of the Same”. I am not going to beat this point home any further. In fact, I am not going to even touch on the specific issues or views of each candidate. This should be done from a fact-driven, accurate, and unbiased source. However, what I will touch on is the first crucial decision that he has made as the Republican nominee for the President of the United States.
Realizing that some Hillary Clinton supporters would be hardened from the long and hard-fought primaries, Senator McCain chose the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as his running mate. In my opinion he did this for two reasons. First, he hoped to pull Clinton supporters over the line to give him the edge in the election. Second, I believe that he hoped her inexperience would highlight some of the lack of experience of Senator Obama. From on election standpoint this was an extremely intelligent and effective move. This decision pulled McCain back into the polls and if he wins, this will probably be the reason why.
However, if this decision doesn’t deter you from voting for McCain, I am sorry, but you are an idiot. Sarah Palin is a former beauty queen and hockey mom, a former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska which boasts all of 7,000 residents. This woman was elected Governor of Alaska less than 2 years ago. Sarah Palin has zero experience. She is the governor of a state that has spent a large portion of it’s time trying to separate itself from the United States. She voted in favor of the bridge to nowhere. For those of you who are concerned about your tax dollars, you may want to take a few moments to look into this. The Bridge to Nowhere was a proposal to charge federal taxpayers $320 million for a bridge connecting the town of Ketchikan (pop. 8,900) with its airport on the Island of Gravina (pop. 50). Sarah Palin, who until recently had only been out of the country once, had never met an international leader or had any type of military experience, but cited that her international experience was extensive due to Alaska’s proximity to Russia. To prove this, she cited the fact that you can actually see Russia from parts of Alaska… Well excuse me, but sometimes when my neighbor opens her door wide enough and I’m leaving my apartment I can see some of her dirty laundry laying on the floor, but that doesn’t mean that I’m friends with her. When Charlie Gibson asked Palin about the Bush Doctrine, she used cheap political debate strategies to try to brush off the question, essentially trying to get Charlie Gibson to tell her what it was. To be frank, this woman is an idiot and has no business being the Governor of Alaska much less the Vice President of the United States. I wouldn’t trust this woman to watch my dog for the weekend much less put the future of my country in her hands. I encourage you watch the news, read some articles, fuck, get on Youtube and watch any of the video’s in the top 10 highlighting her ignorance.
Now, under normal circumstances this may not be such a big deal. However, the presidential nominee who chose her as his running mate is a 72 year old former prisoner of war who has survived the most deadly form of skin cancer on four separate occasions. If elected, he would be the oldest president ever.
Do me a favor. Stop reading this for a second… Get on Google and image search pictures of any former president at the beginning of their term and at the end of their term… Being the president of this country is the most taxing, stressful, important job on this planet. Take a look at Bush on the night of 9/11/2001 and compare it with a photo from last week. He looks old, and worn, and tired.
So let me get this straight McCain supporters… You’re going to elect a 72 year old four time cancer survivor into the hardest job in the world during a war in Iraq, while international relations are in shambles, while we face a continuing war on terror and the worst economic crisis of our time and you expect him to survive the term? The latest stats coming out claim that there is a 25% chance that McCain will not survive his first term if elected. Those are pretty damn good odds. What does this mean? President Sarah Palin. If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, it should. This woman, and I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, is one 72 year old man’s heartbeat away from the President of the United States. This is a joke and the fact that this is even an issue terrifies me. I guarantee you that at least one person is going to make a comment on here or to me later saying “I’m sure McCain will be fine and survive the term… That’s no reason not to elect him.” I’ll see that person inside the 7/11 next week buying a powerball ticket while I”m outside filling my tank with gas for $4/gallon.
To come full circle, even with all of McCain’s experience, the fact that this was his first decision as the Republican Presidential Nominee negates all credibility. In his first major decision he put our country’s safety and future on the line by selfishly choosing a hockey mom as his running mate for the sole purpose of winning the election. To be frank, I don’t want a person who would make that decision to have his hand anywhere near the red button.
America has a lot of issues that need to be resolved in this next election. Most of them involve the war, our countries current economic crisis, and our international relations. Senator Obama, is intelligent, well-rounded and educated, and is extremely well-spoken. The common perception of Obama internationally is that he is extremely well-perceived and if elected, is capable of mending international relations. Beyond this he understands the current economic crisis and focuses on helping the middle class. He also has the experience of Senator Joe Biden by his side. Any criticism I have ever heard about Obama focuses either on his lack of experience or on issues such as health-care. With regard to his lack of experience, Obama is older than Bill Clinton was when he came into office. He is also older than Teddy Roosevelt and JFK were when elected. This isn’t bad company… Also, going back to Sarah Palin, I don’t want to hear shit about any argument for lack of experience. Say what you want, but Obama understands the issues and can speak intelligently to any aspect of any issue that has come up thus far. McCain openly admits his lack of understanding of the current economic crisis, and Palin is a moron.
As far as the other issues are concerned… I don’t mean to belittle health-care, or abortion, or taxes, or any of that, but as of 9/29/08… Who gives a shit! We have bigger fish to fry at this point, and while I still believe that Obama’s views on these points are still favorable to McCain, if these are the issues that are swaying your decision, you need to get your priorities straight. As an aside, if anybody would like me to follow up with a post breaking down some views or passing along links to educate yourself on more specific issues, I would be happy to do so.
In closing, despite my rants on McCain and Palin, the most important thing here is that everybody needs to get out and vote. If we have the largest voter turnout of all time for this election, and the president that we choose doesn’t fix all of our problems, at least then we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. I will support whoever is elected, because this country needs unity now more than ever, but this is a time when you need to stand up for what you believe in and get out and vote.
Please feel free to leave your comments. I will read every one of them and reply if necessary. If this is well-received (or not) I may do these more regularly, so let me know any issues that you feel are important to talk about. I realize that this is probably not going to make me very popular, but quite frankly I don’t care. This is America and I can say whatever I want. That’s one of the beautiful things about this country that we still stand for. A country that I love, that has given me more than I could ever give back. I’m just trying to do my part.
God Bless America.