Today’s Not Spencer post is from the 49%er. Next week the ladies take over with posts from Merujo, Suburban Masquerade, and my wife Senorapants.
The Fight For Our Future
In my lifetime, there have only been a few elections that I actually remember. I only really became politically aware when Bill Clinton took office in 1992. History will show that Clinton’s time in office saw peace and prosperity. He left this country with an economic surplus. Yet, Republicans are still trying to blame him for terrorism and our economic slide over the last eight years.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Since the year 2000, the United States has seen the government attempt to wire-tap citizens and even try to suspend the writs of habeas corpus to people who were deemed enemy combatants of the United States. After eight years of George W. Bush, this election will not only determine the direction of the country – it might also determine the fate of democracy itself.
The only thing I am truly sure of is how this election proves that we are, in many ways, a nation divided.
Because of this, I decided that I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. There was never any way I was going to vote for John McCain. With Sarah Palin in the mix, I am actually afraid when consider how close this race is heading into November.
Americans are facing a deal-breaking choice in 2008. We can either elect Barack Obama – who stands for tolerance, intelligence, education and patience in a world gone absolutely berserk financially and politically. Or, we can elect a candidate (McCain) who has chosen the most polished of all political sewer pickles (Palin is that sewer pickle) to get flushed down the pipe in my lifetime.
To me, this race is about electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they are the right men for the job. It is also about stopping John McCain and Sarah Palin dead in their tracks.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are frauds.
First of all, Sarah Palin is the most ridiculous choice for a vice-president anyone has ever seen…ever. She is the product of a political jack-off machine that preys on the complete stupidity of a large segment of the public. The worst part is that John McCain didn’t even pick her himself.
On paper, Palin wouldn’t even be allowed to wash my car. Her only qualifications are being mayor of a town about as large and socially tolerant/diverse as the 700-level of the now paved-over Veterans Stadium. She is a political attack-dog who sets herself up as Eva Braun standing by her man – who in this case is a snowmobile-racing “himbo” secessionist. Her convention speech slurred the criticisms of George W. Bush with war-cries about the liberal-media conspiracy. She belongs to a church whose pastor, Ed Kalnins, claims that such criticisms “come from hell” and wondered aloud if anyone who voted for John Kerry could be saved. He also believes that Alaska will be a “refuge state” for Christians in the last days, which he speaks of as if they will occur if Palin slips in the next poll.
Palin has been caught on tape spewing the same right-wing, vomit-inducing bullshit about the Iraq War being “God’s will”. Her church also seeks to convert Jews and “cure” homosexuals.
Read that again.
Now, let’s examine John McCain.
After Sarah Palin?
Let’s face it, he has become the under-card on his own ticket, at this point.
As a senator, McCain put himself first when he allowed someone else to choose Sarah Palin to be the VP nominee. No one was putting “Country First” when she was chosen for this ticket.
Between McCain and Obama, McCain is the true elitist, having spent most of his life getting special treatment as the son of a career Navy man and the grandson of a respected admiral. At Annapolis, he was a terrible student who graduated second from the bottom of his class. He has crashed more planes….let’s just say he has destroyed more military hardware than a Michael Bay film. McCain’s record as a pilot is actually worse than George W. Bush’s was as an Air Force reservist.
McCain is a dangerous hawk with an even bigger “Daddy” complex than George W. Bush. McCain’s recent remarks have heightened tensions with Iran. In April 2007, when a voter asked him about his policy toward Tehran, McCain sang, “Bomb bomb bomb” Iran. This was meant to rally the GOP base, but it also strained relations with Iran, whose foreign minister condemned McCain’s “jokes about genocide” as a testament to his “disturbed state of mind” and “warmongering approach to foreign policy.”
This election has come down to me protecting my son from war. McCain stated that he would stay in Iraq for 100 years if that were what it takes to win the war and defeat terrorism.
Well, that means that my son might have to be a soldier serving in a war because McCain and “vice-president Moose-Burger” can’t negotiate peace.
Because McCain is either going to be infirmed or interred before the end of his first term.
We all know it.
Now more than ever, it is about stopping the people who will not hesitate to sacrifice their own children (Palin), and anyone else’s for the sake of “God’s will”.
I am sure that John McCain doesn’t consider his five years as a P.O.W. “God’s will”.
In this election, the Republicans even co-opted, and subsequently watered-down, Obama’s promise of “change”. They couldn’t compete with the promise of change. So, they flooded the market with it. “Change” is everywhere, now. As a stock, its worth would be plummeting.
So, why is this election so close?
Because, many Americans like their leaders to be like them. They want a fat, barely literate and totally disoriented shame-fest running their country. They like their leaders mean and unwavering, even when all the facts point to them being wrong. And even when being wrong means that they are gambling with the lives of America’s young.
This kind of thinking got Americans to turn a blind eye while George W. Bush stole two elections, right out from under us.
The most telling moment of this campaign season was George W. Bush’s absence from the Republican National Convention. Thanks to a well-timed hurricane, Bush was excused. He addressed the booze-addled flock via satellite and his name was never mentioned again. With his approval ratings, the GOP didn’t need the stink of loser that follows that recovering-alcoholic-fucktard wherever he goes.
So, George was out.
Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
George W. Bush.
Even Republicans are ashamed of these three, at this point.
Is this the best we can do?
For me, the only light in this forest is Barack Obama. So, he is the only real choice. He stands for a dream realized after eight years of a torturous national nightmare. The only thing that will make me happier than watching Bush be let out the side door of the White House is watching Obama take the oath of president and finally sticking it to the bible-thumping, gravy-train riding shitheads that Bush so smugly referred to as “his base”.
This election is not so much about embracing the promise of good over an impending evil – it’s about good’s triumph over bedrock stupidity. When Obama wins, we could finally see the nation engage in intelligent discourse with other sovereign nations as it works towards peace in our time. We have the chance to see the leader of this country be a man of respect and sincere adulation wherever he goes. We have a chance to save our endangered environment and protect this planet for future generations. We have a chance to silence the religious throng who insist on challenging Roe V. Wade, year after year. We have a chance to elect a highly qualified candidate and show the most racist people in this country that open-minded people mean business and we are not going to bow to the lowest elements of a tired misanthropy. We have a chance to see Wall Street be made to conform to regulations that eradicate the kind of greed that has destroyed our economy while shipping our jobs overseas. Hopefully, this will also mean the wealthiest residents of this country will start paying their fair share of taxes.
In short, we can rescue the once great reputation of this nation from the gutter that George W. Bush and his henchman pitched it into during their eight years in power. We can finally derail the gravy train that Bush so smugly referred to as “his base”.
I am voting for Obama to protect this country from further constitutional abuse. A McCain presidency will be a third term of George W. Bush. Going a step further, Sarah Palin is an unqualified, mean-spirited and brutally inept tyrant. If Palin is allowed to walk the halls of The White House on any other business than being part of a tour group, she will usher in a new generation of religious-fueled intolerance.
Mostly, it’s about America moving forward and trying to heal while the people of this country reclaim what has been lost over the last eight years.
What have we lost?
What do you lose when your when your president talks about suspending the writs of habeas corpus and the government allows wire-tapping – while the same president takes three days to react as New Orleans drowns in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?
What do you lose when your country is anchored to a costly, seemingly endless war in the face of a struggling economy that needs to be bailed out to the tune of over one trillion dollars?
What do you lose when the world sees your leaders, the supposed leaders of the greatest democracy in history, act so inept and stubborn – seemingly devoid of decency or common-sense?
What do you lose?
You lose precious time.
And, if you wait too long, you live to see the greatness of this country continue to erode until the country itself is almost unrecognizable.
Can Obama make a difference?
I will tell you when he gets there.
And people, he needs to get there.
Please vote on November 4th.
The 49%er is plotting a desktop revolt from the Philadelphia suburbs.