|It is NOT a football game, people
||[Mar. 25th, 2008|12:16 pm]
I'm pretty appalled at the, oh, that damn lying journalist friend of ours knows the word for it -- not media coverage of the election race, but the special interest and editorializing and all that extra stuff -- and to be fair, I get it from friends and family as well. |
My mother who urges me to vote for Hillary because women have to stick together. If you're a black woman, you've got to decide, do you vote race or sex -- what's more important, having a woman president or having a black president?
I'm sorry, but shouldn't we be voting for the most competent person? Or the person whose views/record seem most like what we'd like to see reflected in our presidency.
(Snicker. Like I really believe anything they say or that any of them have the backbone to kill their future career with the party. Maybe McCain, since he'll be unelectable in four years, because by then he'll be old and those jowls will have continued to grow to the point where he'll look like a deranged albino Orangutan.)
So really, I choose the person who will pander to the groups that I will find it least offensive to be screwed by. (There is a way to make that sentence grammatically correct, but it sounds so jacked up that only William F. Buckley would approve and he's dead, so the hell with him.) I'm a dyed in the wool (what an odd saying) middle of the road (well, that one's clearer) unaffiliated (I preferred "independent") moderate, more or less. But generally, I prefer to take it up the ass from the environmentalists than big oil. I'd rather wash off Patchouli than Brylcreem.
But still, issues, voting record, hell - attendance, health, intelligence, demonstration that they follow basic civilized rules and do their taxes on time, pay their parking tickets and recycle.
These are all very valid reasons to choose a candidate.
But choosing your candidate based on skin color or sex?
Ummmm, isn't that racist/sexist? Aren't we supposed to, if not be completely over those demons, at least grappling with them, refusing to give into them?
Now admittedly, I tend to just read headlines and ledes. (Any more and I get a throbbing headache. Besides I only have so much time and there is far more interesting reading to do. Snakes in luggage, bee dances, bat die-offs, genetic mysteries unraveled. Really, in the long run, these are the important things to me. Not someone's opinion of other people's opinions about an election that I'm probably powerless to affect.) So, maybe somewhere in the story this is coming out and I'm just too ADD to notice it. (Okay, and I have a whopping ten minutes a day to read the paper.) But I remain skeptical.
This is NOT a football game, people. You don't choose the candidate because you like the color of their jerseys. Or because they have a cute quarterback. Or because they're based in your old hometown. Hell, cussed independent that I am, I'd have you ignore their party affiliations. You shouldn't have to feel that you're being bold and a risk taker because you're considering voting for the "other" party. Choose the best person you can.
This is America, damnit, where a black woman should feel free to vote for a white man and a white man should feel free to vote for a black woman and I guess I should just be glad that none of the candidates is differently-abled, because I really don't want to have to deal with the guilt-pressure of voting against the special-needs guy wearing a helmet.