Politics again…

March 8, 2008 at 2:52 PM (Uncategorized) ()

Some of my closest friends will differ with me, on this one.

Some of my closest family will and have also differed with me on this one, since we see many constitutional issues, and the role of government quite differently.

This, like everything else here is my opinion.

The 2000 election was handled questionably in the best light and stolen in the worst.

Then, an organization trained people to fly planes to kill us.

We got afraid enough to permit the Patriot Act. Obviously some countries hated us, but it was by no means universal, at that point. There was geniune sympathy from many quarters.

We went into Afghanistan, ostensibly to bring to justice the organization that trained the guys to fly the planes.

In the midst of not doing that, somebody thought that *then* was the divinely appointed moment to start a preemptive war against another country altogether.

The lives lost, civilian and military, the wounded, money spent, and taxes unpaid by the machinery to persist in this war is a staggering total.

Oil is at 100 a barrel.

Forclosures are up.

Privacy appears to be nonexistent.

the “Department of Justice” is now a misnomer.

Religious fervor matters more than life saving education.

Canada,Europe…they’ll ration care, but they won’t tell someone for *any* care at all you’re on your own. America won’t accept any responsibility to pay for working adults health care. Period.

I didn’t think all of that could be so *quickly* forgotten or ignored.

There are people, self-described liberals, Democrats or Progressives,  who are *ignoring* that entire list of stuff…for their own political purity test.

If a particular Democratic candidate (either of the two frontrunners, depending on who you speak with) gets the nod, well then oh, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth and they will vote third party, or stay home.

Yep, you heard that right.

Stay. Home.

The last time we did that…was the 2000 election…..and the result was???

We’ve got to vote for someone who will be positioned to at least *attempt* to push our ship of state in a different direction from the top, from the Executive Branch, *has* to be elected this time. Has. To.

Or perpetual war,tent revival,homelessness,economic upheaval and persecution…that’s what the choice to stay home and not vote will buy us.

How happy will the people who “stayed home” out of principle be then?

I’m holding my nose and voting for whomever has the (D) in front of their name in the general.

Do you want to stay ‘pure’ or do you want to save America?

figure it out.

Justin Dart said: “Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it. It does.”

Damn right.

2 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    I understand it in principle — like I understand the political withdrawal of abolitionists to focus themselves on changing the national dialogue (with the idea of pressuring politicians to do difficult things). However, in this particular historical moment, I don’t understand it At All.

  2. Penny said,

    When I taught high school civics, I told my students, a vote isn’t a valentine–you don’t have to be in love with someone to vote for them. You only have to think they have a chance to do the job better than the other candidates. Maybe just slightly better, sometimes. Because “slightly better” still beats “much worse.”

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