Thursday, September 11, 2008

I've been thinking

I have been debating whether or not to discuss politics here. The idea is frankly daunting to me, because I worry that people will take my discussion of my views as a desire to contradict theirs. Not true. I think that any healthy discussion requires two sides, and it definitely needs a common sense of respect between the two. I don't want to turn off anybody who doesn't share my point of view, so if you would rather not deal with my opinion or feel discovering that my voice is contrary to yours would (negatively) affect your opinion of me, don't read on.

Sarah Palin scares me, she truly and bone-jarringly frightens me. Truthfully, I could live with McCain for president. He might not be my first choice, but he certainly wouldn't be my last. Though many of his positions do not align with my own, he seems to be a man of the middle ground- someone capable of compromise. So it concerns me that he was so willing to completely capitulate to choosing Palin as his running mate. I know there has been much discussion surrounding her role as a woman, especially as a mother. Yes she has a special needs infant and a pregnant daughter, two very challenging charges for anyone. I might not think it wise of her to pursue such a high powered position when faced with so much in her personal life, and wouldn't choose that path for myself. But, and it's a big but, that's her choice- not mine. I would no sooner presume to choose what is best for her than I would like her to choose what she thinks is best for me or for any woman. Enough said.

This person is not qualified for the job that she is seeking, and it disturbs me to think that she would be just one heartbeat away from the presidency herself. I wonder if Americans would so roundly support her, find her so unfailingly desirable as a candidate, if they knew she would actually assume the mantle of full leadership. There are so many more qualified, and not necessarily more liberal, options out there. They challenged Obama as fluff and nothing more than an appealing celebrity. Now that they have their own they see no reason to discard the question of qualified years. The blind momentum it has all taken on is appalling.

Alright, off my soap box.


Jamie said...

Excellent post. I completely agree. Thanks for sharing! :)

Pregnantly Plump said...

First.. I like your new look!! Very pretty. And second, I couldn't agree more. And the more I read about this woman, the more scared I become. I guess I'm glad they picked a woman, but I don't understand their choice of her. The more I think about it, the more political I think the choice is. I think they shot themselves in the foot over the experience, like you pointed out. And it truly scares me that the polls have them so close. I wasn't a fan of the Biden selection, but at least he made more sense to me. Thinking about the election this year, just gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach. I am so glad I don't work in news anymore.