I, like most American’s who are following politics, have been reading anything I can get my hands on regarding John McCain’s pick for VP, Sarah Palin. While I’ve shouted voiced my opinion on the subject to a few friends and co-workers, I decided to keep it away from my blog. However, after reading my very good friend Jackie Schechner’s almost continuing coverage of the situation, I thought it was time to chime in.
I don’t now if I should be really excited about this pick or really frightened. On the surface, I want to be excited. Surely, the choosing of such a clearly unqualified individual will result in the downfall of McCain’s bid for the White House. Even someone who is in favor of the Republican party and nearly blinded by the light of faith can add up the facts and see her shortcomings. This, for all intents and purposes, should be an early Christmas gift for the Democrats. Not only has McCain willfully removed the ‘inexperience’ sword from his armory, but he hastily chose a running mate without knowing the full baggage that comes with her.
It seems so obvious to me; there’s nothing that even needs to be made up in this situation. She bases her political agenda on family values, teaching abstinence and pro-life, then reveals she has a pregnant teenage daughter. Oh, she’s keeping the baby, so that speaks to the pro-life commitment and I keep hearing her repeat that Bristol is going to marry the father (interestingly enough, she never says when), but how about you get your own house in order before you tell me how to run mine? Why is no one screaming that this is a failure of her way of thinking by saying that teaching abstinence didn’t work? You can bet dollars-to-donuts that had this been Obama’s daughter they would have bought billboards saying that Dems ‘condoms-for-students’ programs are a sham. You know who could have realllly used a condom?
With all that, why would I be frightened? Four words: George Bush’s Second Term. I no longer will put anything past the stupidity of this country. No longer will I give the average American the benefit of the doubt. My faith has been shaken and nothing short of a landslide Obama victory will restore it. There’s an entire swath of folks in this country that will do whatever it is other’s tell them to do. Sheeple, I believe is the term. And unfortunately, the Republican’s no how to work the shit out of the sheeple.
I should be happy about this. I should be thinking that this is sewn up. However, what I am thinking is that this woman could very well be in the White House, one precious heartbeat away from sitting behind the desk.
God help us all.