And it'll be over... I never thought I 'd be glad to see an ad for a CAR! The saturation of political advertising makes me glad we can record our favourite shows... and then zip right through the gloom and doom McCain ads (do they not have ONE good hopeful ad?) and even through the Obama ads (and the negative one they have doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy either)
I voted already. Absentee. Thank you to the State of Minnesota, that allows military members and their families to vote that way. Did you know that not all States do that? There was a bill in Congress to allow it nationwide, but with everything else going on, I haven't the foggiest as to whether it passed.
The blogosphere has been rife with rumour, innuendo and plain flat out wierdness. I have seen some that make me laugh, because they are so patently ridiculous, and sadly I have seen some real hate, on both sides. I don't like McCain's policies, I honour his service, but I don't think he's the right one to lead us - his chosing Palin cemented my resolve! If you apply for or are put forward for a job - it's a good idea to know what the job entails! She is clueless, and being used, cynically, to get the women's vote. Most of us don't vote with our reproductive organs, or for anyone based on that - those that do I pity. I vote for the thoughts, the policies and the person. BUT, he's not evil incarnate, she's not the devil!
Obama is NOT a secret terrorist - he's not an Arab -he's not a Muslim (although, I don't really care if he is or not, a person's religion is their business) Biden is, yes, a career politician (isn't McCain????) he knows the ins/outs and how the very screwed up and flawed system works. He does have a case of foot in mouth sometimes but when the McCain campaign doesn't put in that last sentence - when he was talking about testing Obama - "he has a spine of steel" etc. Well that's just tacky, nasty and another example of if you can't have a decent policy, just be negative.
The Libby Dole matter - well that's just a lie. a flat out, vicious lie, told to scare and waste a lot of time. If Kay Hagen were an atheist, ok, she's an atheist. But to lie about a woman who is an elder of her church, well... it's a LIE!!! Religion should NOT be in politics, but it consistently is. One party has decided to hijack religion and make it clear that those NOT voting their way, aren't good Christians. I know a lot of good religious folks, who aren't voting that way, it doesn't negate their beliefs, values or their faith.
The Obama birth certificate bit - oh please! I have a document - it's called Birth of American Citizen Born Abroad - I was born there because my father was a State Dept. official doing his job. How many of us, the military family, have children born abroad? C'mon, how many of "us" are military brats, born in Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Belgium... Non issue.
And his middle name? A family name, honouring his family. Ok, how many of us (all of US - Americans) have a middle name honouring our family? I do, it's the middle name or first name of every girl child in my mother's family for centuries. My son does, honouring his father, his grandfather, his great grandfather. Just because Obama's middle name isn't Bobby, doesn't make him unamerican!
We need to all get a grip. but that's too much to hope for this close to the end of a campaign. I do wish we'd emulate the Canadians - 30 days, soup to nuts. done. think of what could have been done with the money thrown around in the last 2 years on campaigns... how many hungry could we have fed, how many homeless could we have housed, how many children could we have given health care to, how many veteran's could we have helped? Sad.