Friday, September 19, 2008
...for becoming shamelessly partisan the past several months, but America is in crisis, as is the world, and voting for McCain-Palin is going to get us more of what we already have. I feel it to the tips of my toes. McCain flips flops every few hours over how he's going to manage the country, depending on which way the wind is blowing at the moment. The only place where he seems resolute is keeping troops in Iraq -- which is one of the things the American people and the Iraqi government want to see him change his mind on!
There's a well-known definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. I don't see much daylight between the Bush-Cheney years and what McCain proposes for his term in office. All I hear out of him is slamming the guys he's running against. And it was working for a while, until Barack decided to take his gloves off and get down into the mud with him. (It had to happen, or Barack would have been thought of by too many as a wimp or as being in agreement with the attacks against him.)
I want to see change that takes into account "the rest of us" folks who make less than $250,000 a year. You know, the folks who build the autos, teach our kids, till and harvest the fields, drive the schoolbuses, build the bridges (the ones that actually go somewhere)...
If the American people don't get it THIS time, when the choice is so very clear and the times so very urgent, I despair of this country ever getting anything right again. We're on a threshold and need to make a choice that will lasso the possibility of the American dream for all its citizens. I don't think McCain gives a rip about the middle class. A guy with seven houses (I hear nine, now) has enough toys and joys to keep him happy. What about the millions who are struggling right now to keep ONE roof over their heads?
Rich is fine. Rich is good! But when rich trumps kindness, fairness, and social justice, something is very, very wrong.
Jesus would be appalled. I'm appalled.
Aren't you appalled?
Look around. Drive outside your comfort zone and see the landscape beyond your gated communities. As long as the American dream is available only to those who are very rich, there will continue to be drug dealing, prostitution, crooked business dealings, and many other ways to "get rich quick" at other people's expense.
Is this the kind of nation you want to call home?
I didn't think so.
Vote for change, for a change, and see what comes of it. And if change doesn't come, hold the heads of government and our representatives responsible, as we should have been doing the last eight years every time an election came along!
Make America America again. This certainly ain't it!