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The United States Presidential election is coming up in 2 weeks and 2 days. Last weekend I spent time with people, mostly women whom I pretty sure are McCain/Palin supporters. These people are great people. They love their families, are funny, and fun to hang out with. A few of the people who are supporting the Obama/Biden ticket stated a few reasons why they supported the democratic ticket. But the McCain/Palin supporters remained tight lipped. Which I found odd because they were the majority. Maybe they buy into the myth that all supporters of the democratic ticket are crazed liberals who attack all of those who oppose them. (I have seen some of those crazed liberals before….scary, scary, scary)

I’ve written many post here asking people for explanations about why they are supporting the McCain/Palin ticket, but not one single person responded. Oh, many of you came by for a visit, but no one was willing to share. So, I’m left to make my own conclusions.

It seems to me, at least down here in the south that there are 3 main reasons to support McCain/Palin.

1. I’m keeping my gun damn it, and no one is taking it away from me. IT IS MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO DEFEND MYSELF!!!!

2. Abortion is a sin, period.

3. The republicans will help me keep my money and help me get more of it.

I think those are the most popular reasons. But I have heard from quite a few people who only shared with me because I’m white, that they were not voting for a black person, ever (this has been changed from what exactly was said because it is way too offensive to even this non black girl to repeat it)  And a few people actually believe that Obama is a terrorist. Give me a fucking break! If Obama is a terrorist, I’m a beauty queen!!!

Okay, Barack Obama on gun control.  He supports the 2nd amendment. He doesn’t want to see any law abiding citizen lose their right to bear arms.  I do believe though, that he strongly feels that it should be as hard or even more difficult to acquire a gun than a driver’s license.  That ain’t such a bad thing, at all!!!

Barack Obama on abortion.    There really isn’t much else to say about this.  It’s a pretty clear cut issue.  For or against.  But for those of you who are against abortion, you must know that those of us who support Roe vs. Wade are not anti life, we are pro choice.  Most people who support free choice wouldn’t personally choose to have an abortion,  but they understand that their personal beliefs should not be placed on someone else.  It’s America people!

About the whole money issue.  I am not economic savvy, in the least.  But it is my opinion that the only reason a republican would help you get or keep money would be if you’re a millionaire already.  My life has been better, financially when there has been a democrat in office.   I have to say though, how many of you have made more money or held on to more money over the last 8 years?  I’d dare to say, not many of you, certainly not me.  McCain has voted with Bush over 90% of the time.  Why do you think he’d suddenly change his opinion NOW? 

This is the conclusion of the rantings of a middle-aged white southern girl (woman).  This is where I honestly think the minds of the McCain/Palin supporters are.  I would bring up Palin separately, but she scares me too much.  It scares me to think that A LOT of women are supporting this ticket only because there is a woman on the ticket.  That is not being a free thinker, or a feminist.  The National Organization for Women have given their support for Obama.  They usually don’t endorse anyone, but this time they felt they must take a stand.  Below is the link to the NOW article and the letter they attached with their endorcement. So, basically this is the end of this long rambling.  Thanks for making it this far….and by all means….whether you agree or disagree…. feel free to share, this is a judgement free zone!!!! 

National Organization for Women PAC Endorses Obama-Biden

 

Friends,

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech, gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears.

To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second (and possibly first) most powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a
mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely
as a rash, incompetent, and altogether devastating choice for Vice
President. Ms. Palin’s political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and from which we’ve so demonstrably benefited.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not
demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

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Barack Obama picks Joe Biden and John McCain picks Sarah Palin. Two history making events. I’m feeling pretty fortunate to be alive right now!

I’ve been watching all of the news channel’s and am really tired of hearing television news journalist opinions. On the record, off the record….same ol’ crap really!!!!

Most people will end up here looking for information without the intent of commenting….but if you could be a part of helping others find the information they’re looking for, including me….that would be wonderful!

I want to hear the opinions of average people. Are you an Independent, Libertarian, Democrat or Republican? What do you think about these candidates? Who are you planning on voting for? Why are you choosing the candidate you’re choosing? Are you a one issue voter? Do you vote just along party lines? Or, do you not care what party a candidate belongs to, you weigh all the pros and cons about each candidate and pick the one you think will be best for the job? And for any of those that are planning on voting for McCain, I’d love to hear what you think the differences are between him and George W. Bush.

If you’re undecided or even if you want more information, on the issues is a good place find the information you might be looking for!

Come on people! speak up! Whatcha thinkin’?

On the Issues: Is a very good place to get information that you need on every political leader on every issue.  Information on the 2008 Presidential Candidates, Governors, House of Representative members, and Senators.  Want to know how they voted or where they stand on every issue?  Check out On the Issues to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to vote for the candidate that you think is right for this Country. It is a must see website!

I found a wonderful article on what it means to be an American and who the real America haters are. 

Here’s and excerpt of the article:

April 6, 2007
by Michael Boldin

I occasionally get emails from people who tell me that I hate America.  They tell me that I’m destroying our country, and that the world would be better off if I would just go live in some Communist nation. 

These people equate love of America with allegiance to the government, and patriotism with loyalty to their favorite politicians.  Sometimes people tell me that they wish I would be thrown out of the country, tried for treason, or even executed.

Here’s a common example (spelling and all):

your a traitor and should be executed just like your friend sadaam

The words differ from email to email, but the overall theme stays the same.  Why do you hate America and the American people?  Why do you love “the terrorists?” 

The most common, though, is what I call the “get out” email; if you don’t like it, you should just leave.

To me, this type of position is one of weakness.  Don’t stand up for what you believe in.  When you don’t like things, don’t try to change them.  Instead of speaking out, run away. 

Utter weakness.

Like this note from “Tom”:

Why don’t you go to some other country and live?  You obviously don’t  appreciate what you have here.

Or this short and sweet email from “FREE MAN”

MOVE TO CUBA

I often wonder if people like Tom or the free man would run away if they opposed the government’s foreign policy, or would they obediently fall in line the way they want other people to do.  America: Love it or leave it; that’s what this type of person says. 

Does this mean that anyone who rises in opposition to any American war is a traitor and hates freedom?  Or, is it just this war, or the last war, or the next one, or the one after that?  Is everyone who doesn’t like this massive government a communist?  Is it impossible for a person to love America and dissent at the same time?

for the full article  click here

A take on Jeff Foxworthy’s, “You Might Be A Redneck”

You might be a republican if you… 

– believe that the cause of the earth warming and animals becoming extinct has nothing to do with what humans are doing.

-believe that your government would never lie to you, so everything that they said happened on September 11th is the   God  given truth.

– believe that a pregnant mother has no right to choose, and that the American adoption agencies are capable of handling all of the unwanted babies.

-believe that an innocent man on death row must die because the courts said  he is guilty.   

-believe that the British Sailor’s confessed to being in Iranian waters because they were tortured, but POW’s/Hostage’s  held by Americans who confess would only do so because they are guilty.

-believe that people who are poor or even homeless are that way because they are not driven, and only want a handout.

-believe that any war our government decides to become involved with is for the benefit of the United States and all of its people.

– believe your gay neighbor’s can’t marry, because then your other neighbor can marry his dog. Not only that,  your  marriage would some how be less valuable.

-believe that legalized medical marijuana would give kids a message that drug use is ok, but drinking beer during the football game isn’t sending any messages at all.

-believe that tougher gun restrictions means that you won’t be able to shoot anymore beer cans off of the fence or go hunting with the hunting club.

And last but not least, you might be a republican if you think Fox news is fair and balanced journalism.

I’ve been corresponding with people in a few news groups, sharing my views on what it means to be a liberal. The money issues came up more than anything else.  It’s really weird that people who consider themselves to be conservatives think that most liberals just want things handed to them on a platter, that everyone should have exactly the same, sort of a socialist sort of opinion.  I’ve been trying to  erase that image from their minds, but not having much luck. The point I’m trying to make is that the United States would fall to pieces if it weren’t for the middle class.  The poorer people have earned income credit, the richer people have countless tax write-offs.  I pay 1/3rd of my salary in taxes.  I’ll bet the rich don’t pay that high of a percentage.  To be a liberal, in my opinion in matters of finance, I think the more money you make, the higher percentage of taxes you should be required to pay.  The fairtax would do this to some degree, but the wealthy and the government don’t like this plan. http://www.fairtax.org/    (Gee, I wonder why?) What I’m trying to say is, to be liberal does not mean we think that all should be equal, and everyone deserves the exact same amount of money or resources.  But I do think that the wealthy should be required to do more based on their income.  Why should the middle class be responsible for paying most of everything?

Should we withdraw the troops in Iraq or continue fighting? If we withdraw, does that mean we’ve lost? If we stay, is it a sure bet we will win? In this war, what does it mean to win or lose?  The answer may be different if you ask President Bush, or if I ask you, or if you ask me.  That’s part of the problem.  Since we all disagree why we are in this war to begin with, it is not a yes or no question, but a  combination of what, when, where, and why?  Even though it is my opinion that whether we win or loose, it will bring the same outcome, lets talk about some of the yes and no questions. 

1. If we our at war to protect our freedom, I think our freedom was not, is not, and cannot be based on the outcome of this war.  We are at war with an elusive enemy.  One that is everywhere, even here in America.  

2. If we are at war to liberate the Iraqi’s, and give them a democratic society, their fate is not determined on what we do.  This is their civil war, not ours…we can fight without end, but the ultimate solution is in the hands of the Iraqi’s themselves. 

3. If we are at war to gain control of oil…that also is ultimately in the hands of the Iraqi’s, no matter what solutions are made.  For example, look at Iran.  It doesn’t matter what agreements they have with whom…they’re going to do whatever the hell they’re going to do.  Just as we did.  We went to war, despite what the U.N. had to say.

4. Did we go to war as the result of a personal vendetta of President Bush?  If yes, then Saddam Hussein is gone, mission accomplished.

 For me, the answers to all of the above questions lead me to an answer of  Yes, we should withdraw our troops from Iraq.  But, here is another dilemma. It is not as simple as to whether or not we withdraw our troops.  If we withdraw our troops suddenly, we will increase the risk of more deaths.  If we do not withdraw our troops, we will also have more deaths.  If we set a deadline, then that will create a false sense of comfort.  These questions and answers are not easy. But I personally think we should have never ended up in Iraq to begin with, and we need to get out.  The deaths of our fellow American’s in this war are unjustified and unexcusable.   We need to spend more time compromising, debating and securing our freedom right here at home, and less time proving how strong we are, and how right we are.  America is not liked by many.  I know a lot of you could really care less about that, but it is an important factor to the future of our country.

It’s hard to admit when you’ve made a mistake, and even harder to forfeit, but sometimes you have to do that in order to protect your assets. Our freedom is our asset.  Our strength, and our being right is a result of our freedom.  We know that we are strong and we know that being free is right and that’s what makes us strong.  But if we loose focus of that, we loose everything this young Country has fought to achieve. To stay focused and to stay the course doesn’t have to mean we keep fighting this war, it can mean, we learn which course is best for our country to stay focused on.  The problem is, in the name of democracy, we all seem to disagree on what that course is.  But, on the other side of the coin, in the name of democracy, it seems that the majority of American’s agree that the course we’re on is not working, and it just might be time to change the focus, and get more of our young men and women home alive instead of in body bags!