Ok, so no matter how you shake it down, this is already one of the most interesting election years in a long, long time. Then along comes McCain’s announcement Friday and it suddenly gets even more interesting. So I’m awake in the middle of the night, feeling crappy sick, and I decided I might as well toss my 2-cents into the fray…. I logged into WordPress and lo – here is a blog from an Alaskan about his governor and who she is…
Now the interesting thing is this, I’m from Idaho. I understand conservative politics, to a certain degree, because we live mired in it. And yes, from my wording you can probably tell that I’m not conservative. I’m not ultra-liberal, but I’m a far, far cry from Palin and her beliefs.
As a woman, I was initially interested to hear that McCain had chosen her, but I do tend to agree with the opinion floating out there that this was done to grab women’s votes. Now he got an extra bonus out of her because she is so massively conservative. Here’s where women will need to think, particularly if they are independent or pro-women’s rights… Palin comes from a background and philosophical leaning that will not do good for a huge portion of the women in this country. I know, this is a broad, sweeping statement to make. This is my opinion and we all know opinions often aren’t worth the paper they are written on, but here’s the thing… anytime you get someone in a position of power, with a voice that can be heard by so many, that voice has sway. No matter what conservatives believe, or far-left liberals for that matter, our leaders represent a population that is diverse. We are a country made up with people all along the spectrum. From way out there right-wing to way out on the other end left-wing. We have men, women, and pretty much every ethnicity you can imagine.
I’m concerned when I see a ticket that is so obviously out on that one end. I’m still trying to learn what I can about Obama-Biden, so I’ll deal with that opinion when the time comes up, but McCain-Palin concerned me enough to write it up now. My honey is more vocal than I am and I’m sure he’ll have a few things to say, likely pretty liberal. I’ll leave that up to him. I’m trying to maintain a bit of my mid-road opinion.
At least I was until yesterday. Now, I make no secret of my detesting GW. Good grief! The man is like finger nails on a chalk board. Smirky little grin and his very obvious personal agendas from day one of his first term in office. He’s enough to send anyone over to the left, as far as I’m concerned!
I digress. Frequently, it appears. I hope folks will take the time to learn about this newcomer to the big polictical arena… I hope, but don’t expect it. She has already said something that made my “concern” antennas go up: “…until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day. I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here….” [the author of this quote, in the blog link above, noted the items of concern by bolding them and I’m maintaining that]
Boy… where to start with this quote… unclear on the role of VP or the fact that she is upfront about her bias towards Alaskans. Has anyone explained to her that this is an elected role for the nation?
I’ll leave this alone for a while and wait to see what else she has to say. I’ve got a few suspicions about her and it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.
Here’s the part that makes this election year so interesting: We either end up with the first African American President or the first woman Vice President. From a sociological standpoint, this is really interesting. Those staunch power-elite “old white dudes” can’t win either way and that appeals to my sense of humor. I keep betting mentally though, that they’re going to love the pretty lady from Alaska who is ultra-conservative. And that thought gives me chills.
I can tell you this, though, I won’t be casting my vote for her. Sorry. This is one woman who doesn’t agree with her idealogy and I don’t think she can meet enough folks in the middle. I’ll keep listening to what she has to say, but this is one Idahoan woman that isn’t buying this particular choice.
Cheers in the middle of the night,