Thursday, September 04, 2008

That sinking feeling


It's amazing to me that the Republicans have nominated John McCain. I've been a fan of his for a long time and while I dont agree with everything he does, I feel he is competant and be a fine President in most years. The current Republican leadership has never liked McCain, but I think they are backed into a corner because of what a freaking mess they have made.

The pairing of Palin as a VP has really made this whole thing bizarre though. Within hours people are savegly defending someone they had never even heard of before. They are defending her against the very same attacks they used against Obama.

Some of the things I dont like:
* Obviously the familiy is going through a rough patch and I think people in general should back off criticism. It kinda gets my goat though that these same people shove an abstinence only message down all our throats when the statistics show that leads to MORE pregnancies. I certainly dont want my kids to have sex, but leaving them to figure it out on their own is pretty fucking dumb.

* Stop parading the baby-daddy around like he spends his summers yachting with the Bush's. He's an 18 year old hockey player who until 2 days ago had a MySpace page that described himself as: "I'm a fuckin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just fuckin' chillin' I guess. Ya fuck with me I'll kick ass." I'm actually fine with all that, but the reality is that the kid is in big trouble and shouldnt be on stage shaking hands with John McCain and waving to a TV audience of millions.

* Believe it or not there are some well educated people out there that think the Iraq war, it's expense, the loss of our precious soldiers, and several HUNDRED THOUSAND dead Iraqi's is ok...and why do they think it's ok? Because Bush said that 'God Told Him To Do It'. Palin believes this same crap. How is this rational? These same people LOVE the Constitution when it comes to their firearms but disregard it when they drag us into their own religeous wars. If God really wants some ass kicked, than this war should be paid for by the Offerings on Sunday. I'm not paying to fund their hatred anymore.

* So I listened to the Convention on the radio abit and heard some of Rudi Giuliani's speech. He's another Centrist (see Birdy Comment) that I've liked for a long time. He was extremely effective in cutting into Obama.

What sickened me though was the crowd reaction that stopped his speech during his segment about energy. 50,000 bloodthirty people chanting "DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!" over and over again made me realize that these people dont know, and dont care to know, the problems this country and world are facing. It's offensive actually.

14 comments:

Birdy said...

Did you go nutty or something?

I'll leave the McCain comment for now because I can't even imagine anyone considering his "more of the same" philosophy or buying into his manufactured "maverick" persona...

..but Giuliani as a centrist? Fuck that!

During his presidential run, Giuliani repeatedly said that he would appoint judges like Chief Justices Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas - all of whom have extremely conservative positions. Take that, social issues!

But that's not all - he's got far right views on the war (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/us/politics/25giuliani.html?_r=2&ref=politics&oref=slogin&oref=slogin ) going so far as to advocate first strike nukes on Iran! ( http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/06/05/hunter-giuliani-on-using-nukes-against-iran/ )

Man, don't buy into his bullshit.

steakbellie said...

Centrist compared to the other offerings, at least on the Social Front.

I realize he has a heavy handed background, but I'll always remember when Flight 800 went down (before all that 9-11 mess) and he personally showed up at the Airport and sat with the families for days while they kept getting stonewalled by the Airline.

He got my attention when he cleaned up 42nd street.

He got my attention when he PUBLICALLY backed Cuomo for reelection over the Rep.

Birdy said...

Centrist on the social front?!

Here is in on the issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/Rudy_Giuliani.htm

(I'll spare you the scrolling...he nets out cleanly as a right-wing, libertarian leaning conservative.)

steakbellie said...

Clearly the people at that site have not done their homework.
:)

katrocket said...

It's lovely to see Birdy again, even when he comes out for a fight.

Hi Birdy.

CoffeeDog said...

That woman is scary, period.

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szg said...

Steak:

Funny how you think of Guiliani as a centrist and reference his cleaning up of 42nd street.

While I admit 42nd is much cleaner/safer now, the methods and tactics his administration used to relocate undesirable people and businesses were some of the most heavy-handed, authoritarian tactics ever used by any government official in this country and probably would rival the facists of the '30s/'40s around the world.

Steve Caratzas said...

You lost me at "I've been a fan of his for a long time."

You gotta lay off the nitrates, my man, they have fucked your brain up royal.

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ginger b said...

I love to watch the comments that pour out on political posts...

MsAPhillips said...

Pennsylvania
we beg you:
Vote D, not R.



Or:

McCain:
sickeningly rich,
disability pension.
Us:
No insurance.


Or:

When will he
call Palin the C word?

Chris said...

McCain? Really? And you look so normal in the photos I've seen...

Just kidding. But seriously. McCain?

Mega Munch said...

I hear ya on the right wingers defending Palin. It's funny to hear some of the ways they try to promote her "experience". Bottom line, she was governor of fucking ALASKA for 18 months. Though she did win the Miss Wasilla beauty pagent back in the 80s by playing the flute and attended five colleges in six years to get her comms degree. That's gotta be worth something!