Lighting The Fires & Preparing for Battle

It’s amazing how much attention you get when you reveal your love for change and hope has died in the current political climate. I am so angry right now that I am seriously considering voting McCain and Palin come November.

I certainly understand it is the nature of the political beasts to fight over the largest prize in the free-world. Yet something makes me pause when those so loyal to the ideas of hope and change wield their sharp and bloody swords and take aim at a candidate.

Yes, this has everything to do with Sarah Palin. While I thought it a brilliant stroke of genius by the McCain camp to vett and ultimately choose a woman as a veep, I was prepared for the slaughter once the announcement had been made.

I just didn’t think it would be the kind of brutal hunt and slaying that the liberals have managed to push while they hold their signs of hope and change. Frothing at the mouth and uttering epithets tend to lose you credibility in an argument.

It wasn’t just the child controversy plaguing Ms. Palin, but the blatant disregard of delegates as they were attacked while walking to the RNC. Angry protesters pushed men and women from Connecticut to the ground as they tried to exit their bus. The linked article above also mentions other issues popping up at the RNC.

What ridiculous and inexcusable behavior. I am actually embarrassed to associate myself with this camp right now. Once my temper cools, and I am soothed by the bard with the silver tongue, perhaps I will once again stand in Obama’s shadow and pull that lever.

Yet, right now the veil is gone. The sweet words and melodies that echoed hope, change and dreams once remembered in Martin Luther King speeches and John F. Kennedy rallies, are washed away by the injustices of the people who hold bloody Democratic banners in the call for political annihilation.

The people of this country have every right to be angry with how they’ve been treated by the current administration, of course. I feel your pain. Take your anger to the voting booth and vote for the person who best serves your ideals, but leave the childish and unforgivable bickering and bullying out of the equation.

Grow up.

11 thoughts on “Lighting The Fires & Preparing for Battle

  1. Mr. Chris says:

    When asked what Obama thought of Mrs. Palin’s early pregnancy he made it crystal clear that he would not involve families in his campaigns. He said he would fire anyone on his campaign team that violated this directive. He then pointed out that his mother was 18 when he was born. Make no mistake: he does not press for the kill because he identified with her. He is an a man of integrity–and that is why he will bring change to D.C.

    McCain believes he will bring change, but his rhetoric is the same we’ve elected year after year. When he first began campaigning he denounced dirty campaigning. This weekend, when asked how that fits in with his commercials that compared Obama to a celebrity fad and even the anti-christ, he laughed. He claimed he was just making the differences clear. He thought they were funny, and those that didn’t see it that way were lame.

    Every hero will attract supporters that don’t understand the ideal that is being championed. Let’s not hold that against Obama. Worse yet, let’s not let it motivate us to throw our support behind someone who embodies the very thing you despise.

  2. Unfortunately, the GOP has no corner on assholery, as noted above. While I’m a bit disillusioned my own self, I am glad that Obama’s own statement is more along the lines of “examine the issues” and “leave her family out of it.”

    And pushing and shoving? Yeah. Grow the hell up.

  3. There’s no excusing what some people did at the Republican National Convention.

    That having been said, the so-called “anarchists” who engaged in criminal behavior don’t represent liberals in general any more than the Republicans are represented by people like, say, Fred Phelps. (And if one were going to use a few extremists to characterize the whole bunch, then it’s only fair to stack the extremists up against each other; but then that would be a counterproductive and stupid exercise, so let’s not do that.)

    If you’re concerned about reproductive rights, environmental issues, progressive taxation, education, or healthcare–by which I mean, if you think people should have any of those things–then the Democrats may be far from ideal, but they’re a damn sight better than what you’re likely to get from a McCain administration by way of leadership or appointments to the cabinet or judiciary. On top of that, it’s reasonable to ponder the odds of a Palin presidency–McCain is not young, has had health issues, and the presidency is a job that ages people–and Governor Palin is, as far as anyone can determine, to the right of Senator McCain on many, most or all political issues. She may be a wonderful human being and she might be a wonderful Governor of Alaska, but if you agree with almost any of the stands she’s taken publicly on key issues, you were probably concerned with McCain’s rampant liberalism to begin with. I speak broadly, of course–there might actually be an issue I’d agree with the Governor on, and I’m someone who considers the fact that I’m no longer really a socialist and marvels at my drift to the right; but you get the picture.

    There were those who were ostensibly on the side of JFK or MLK who resorted to violence or juvenile tactics. The extremists smear neither of those men. And the people who resorted to angry and illegal activities in the Twin Cities don’t smear the left or, for that matter, the Democrats, either. There are those who would tie the two, ’tis true, but they have an agenda when they do it, and they’re wrong in points of fact and morals.

  4. Mmm. Excellent reply, Eric.

    My concerns though are not with the issues themselves. Being an independent who votes according to my conscience, I’m not going to be able to find someone who is really ideal for me. I’m rather ala cart in my beliefs which is why I’m having a difficult time choosing in this election.

    Since Obama’s camp really likes to write speeches and win us over with nostalgic rhetoric, my issue with him being president is failing to deliver all the hope and change he is promising to a hurting American public. It’s not as if he can hop up on the greatest stage in the world and start writing policy and pass it immediately. Tradition, bureaucracy and bad moods will dictate what becomes law, what wrongs are righted and when/if we recover our stature as a good neighbor around the world. Frankly, I think failing the promises of those speeches would be more detrimental than a president who has admitted that he will do what he can in the interest of bi-partisan politics through reason and compromise.

    My issues with McCain (he’s definitely not George Bush) is that so many people are angry with the current administration, that they aren’t looking at the facts and only see the 800 lb GOP elephant in the room. McCain by standard is almost more liberal than where Hillary stood on campaign issues. Hell, I’m surprised he didn’t choose her for his veep. I am not comfortable with someone who votes for a torture bill when he knows the horror of being a POW in Vietnam. There are other things I’m sure, but there are other issues with the Obama platform I’m not necessarily happy with either.

    So unless someone comes up with a candidate who can protect our constitution instead of shredding it to pieces (including the right to carry guns, free speech and freedom of the press), who doesn’t make me feel like I’m in East Berlin handing over my ‘papers’ whenever I need to fly somewhere, and who can put the American government back into the hands of its people instead of investment bankers, well, then, he/she/it has my vote. Plus, many more issues I’m in favor of, that neither candidate has been able to provide.

    Until then, I’m going to bitch from the sidelines that these campaigns and rabid supporters are highly hypocritical and outrageous in maneuver.

    You’re absolutely right though, I am not trying to make extremists the rule instead of the exception. My issues are with people who are so blinded by their stances that they are unable to face reason or reality and it seems that exception to rule is creeping into mainstream thoughts.

  5. My main issue, Chris, is that I am tired of hearing the same people who are waving the banner of change, love, peace and hope, turn right around and give a finger to the other side or wish horrible things on elephants. 😉

    If you’re going to rally behind a man who uses those faith-based promises, stand by them. This Palin baby thing is like watching sharks circle when there is blood in the water.

  6. Ellen says:

    I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of the Sarah Palin issue. I do NOT think it was” a stroke of genius” by McCain to “vet” and nominate her for VP.I found this a rather transparent insult to women in general and to the 3 disenfranchised Clinton supporters that remain after the brilliant spectacle that was the DNC.
    I feel he chose this wholly innapropriate running mate based solely on her genitalia. PALIN IS NO HILLARY!!
    While some of her decisions were admirablle( the choice to bear a child with Downs syndrome), and her support and love of her pregnant daughter, there are serious questions that remain about her suitability to hold the proposed office of VP.
    She is currently being investigated in a an abuse of power issue….Lord knows we have endured enough of this through the last 8 years, she is a candidate who is in every fibre of her being, an ANTI- conservationist, and a true ANTI- feminist on most issues that involve women.
    Senator Obama, uncategorically stated that the daughter situation SHOULD REMAIN OFF LIMITS. and threateded to fire ANYONE on his staff for so much as commenting on this, once again, taking the high road,in thought and deed.
    I hope that you do not think that the violence that you refer to was sanctioned by Senator Obama!!
    I personally marched in a PEACEFUL protest during the RNC in Nyc in the last election. Maybe after the last 4 years the RAGE of having our country highhjacked by Mr Bush and his cronies, that has reduced this country to a morass of hopelessness and frustration in most folks is bubbling over.
    No excuse, maybe and explanation.
    As for Senator Obama, we have a great gift of hope and vision for this this man.

  7. AB says:

    I think the reason Mccain chose Palin was not an attempt to try to draw Hillary supporters at all. Palin is a die-hard pro-life supporter, her views are by far way more conservative than anyone else that was mentioned as a running mate seriously for Mccain. His advisors had to know that a very right-winged conservative like Palin was not going to draw the support of Hillary supporters. The reason that Palin was his choice was obviously because of a large amount of pressure from the religious right part of his party. The religious right were not fond of McCain to begin with as he has a long history of not going along with their desires. This selection was a move to placate them as Palin is -their- choice for a VP candidate and most likely not his first or even second or third choice.

    Mccain had a chance to be my vote for this election prior to this choice as I desperately look for a moderate candidate, someone who is willing to work bi-partisan with both sides (Republican and Democrat), which Mccain has a long history of doing. If Mccain had chosen someone like Lieberman as his running mate, which it seemed very likely that Mccain really -wanted- to do, I likely would have voted for him. I am no fan of Lieberman, but the willingness to be a Republican presidential nominee who is going to buck the system, put his deaf ear to the religious right and bring in a ticket that is the most moderate of any in recent history would have been appealing to me.

    Somewhere along the way, Mccain chickened out though. Whether someone from the religious right threatened him with an entire block of non-support at the convention or something else, it is dissapointing to me to see him back down and cater to their wishes and select their candidate instead of whom he likely wanted to choose. I likely won’t be voting for him now.. not because of who Palin is. For all intents and purposes, if you look beyond all of the smear campaign against Palin (most of which has been shown to be untrue), you end up finding that Palin is wildly popular in Alaska, their most popular politician period. She campaigned against an incumbent Republican governor there and worked hard to try to remove the corrupt Republican Party that was in place in Alaska. Because of such she appears to have little fans from the actual Republican party there (as many were corrupt or resigned because of her actions). I won’t be voting for Mccain because this selection just means it is business as usual and once again the religious right won out and put a giant albatross of their candidate choice for VP around Mccain’s neck. Mccain obviously gave in to their desire and it makes me wonder how many other things he’ll give in on just to make the religious right happy in the future.

  8. …if you look beyond all of the smear campaign against Palin (most of which has been shown to be untrue)

    Unfortunately, that portion in emphasis is one of the troubling things about Senator McCain’s apparent haste in making his decision–the New York Times reported the other day that Senator McCain may have not done much vetting of his running mate at all, and there’s some indication in the press that Governor Palin may have been chosen less for her merits than as part of a power struggle between Senator McCain and Karl Rove. Much of what has been said about Governor Palin in the past several days hasn’t been true and many of the falsehoods have frankly been offensive–the accusations about Palin’s most recent pregnancy being a front are as ridiculous and paranoid as the claim that Senator Obama is a Muslim (and like the “Obama=Muslim” accusations, the “Palin=grandmother” accusations also share the paradoxical quality of turning things that shouldn’t matter if they were true into weird insults).

    But some of the claims about the Governor–e.g. her stands on environmental issues–appear to be valid. And other issues–the chief one being the flare-up involving her ex-brother-in-law–appear to be a Schroedingeresque state of ambiguity: it is looking quite possible, pending the results of an investigation the Republican party is allegedly stalling, that Governor Palin improperly used her influence to fire a sleazebag who shouldn’t have been working for the Alaska Highway Patrol (an interesting twist on the “framing a guilty man” scenario).

    Completely aside from the ultimate issue of Governor Palin’s qualifications to be Vice-President (or President), one increasingly wonders what the choice of Governor Palin is saying about Senator McCain’s judgment as he runs for office. Senator Obama’s choice of running-mate was a man who’s faults are largely a known quantity (e.g. the 20 year-old plagiarism scandal, the long-windedness, the tendency to verbal faux pas) as are his assets (e.g. political experience, popularity in the northeastern states, expertise in foreign policy matters). Senator Obama’s choice wasn’t beyond reproach (especially for lingering Clinton partisans) and you might argue whether it was Senator Obama’s best choice, but I don’t think anyone can say it wasn’t a smart or wise choice. Governor Palin is proving to be a dubious choice, and only Alaskans seem to feel sure what they’re getting, with everyone else having to project their hopes and fears onto the Governor as she comes into focus.

    Sorry–like Senator Biden, I can get windy. 🙂

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