Saturday, August 30, 2008

Political Rant

I normally don’t talk about anything serious or controversial on this blog (with the exception of an occasional comment to spay or neuter your pets) but since the Presidential candidates have been all the talk, I thought I would put in my two cents.

Friends and relatives assumed I would be happy about John Mc Cain’s choosing of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate because I lived in Alaska for 15 years and because she is a woman (I was a Hillary Clinton supporter). What they don’t realize is that I don’t see the two women (Clinton & Palin) as interchangeable! Look at Palin’s environmental record or consider that she is not pro-choice. (By the way if you go to the “news” page, you will see the use of two very unflattering photos of Hillary and Obama where she looks old and he looks goofy. That’s what I call dirty politicking, LOL)

It is exciting to see that the two major party tickets have diversity – Democrats has a bi-racial presidential candidate and the Republicans a female VP. This pretty much assures that something will change on November 4th; however, look a little deeper and you’ll find something more exciting. The Green Party (my registered party) has TWO female candidates, Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente, and they are both African-American.

Now for my point. America is big, diverse place. I strongly believe that two parties can’t come anywhere close to representing the entire population. That is why about 15 years ago I switched my registration from Democrat to Green Party. And, that is also why I believe that forums such as Presidential debates should always be open to the other established parties no matter how small their following. You don’t truly have diversity if you don’t have inclusion. There! I said it! I’m stepping down from my soap box now.

Here’s a GREAT site for history and links to the many political parties in the US. It was interesting to browse while awake at 4am on a Saturday morning :) ALso, good for rainy day reading.

Photo from Greenparty of the United States web site


Rusty in Miami said...

I like your political rant and I agree with you 100%

Wicked Gardener said...

I don't care if a canadate is black, white, purple, man or woman; what matters is their vision for this country. A person that looks like me does not necessarily represent me. A woman who is not pro-choice will not woo me. Most Americans are smart enough to understand that. I just wish the media could. (Well, there's my two cents . . .)

Julie said...

I just can't bring myself to vote Republican. I try listening to them, and I can't stomach it. I feel a woman should have a right to abortion if she chooses, and I also feel gay folks should be able to marry. I'm sorry. If we are free, then we should be of nonsense like worrying about what others choose for their own lives.

My LIttle Family: said...

You know Julie I used to believe you can't fight someone else's battles (such as gay rights) then I realized if THEY don't have freedoms and right then I can't say that WE (the country as a whole) has freedoms and rights. I guess the older I get the bette able I am to step outside myself.

Wicked - I agree that platform is important but I also feel that it's been white men leading this country for over 200 years and it's time to mix it up a bit but only if we have a qualified candidate. Two parties doesn't give us enough choices in my view. I also agree on the issue of pro-choice, It a candidate cannot see a womans choice as a basic, a given, then I can look no further at their view. I read today that in Pakistan they were going to bury 5 women alive for wanting to choose their own husbands saying that is immoral. Women all over the world still have a way to go for equal rights. Hey, this politicing is kinda freeing! I usually keep my liberal views to myself.

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