You know what? It's incredible to me, these last few days, thinking that people actually think America is a place of gloom and doom. Watching Barry on tv last night, I wanted to slit my wrists. Really, is this what we are about?
Reading the last batch of comments also had me realizing what DIFFERENT places people are in their views on this country. I had no idea that so many people truly believe the few should carry the many.
Listen, I would really like to believe that everyone has a strong work ethic and a belief in the American dream. But far too often the American dream has become, "Grab all you can and get what you get; let someone else pay for it." And yes, this goes for corporations, too.
My friend Jess and I have emailed back and forth alot on these topics, but I've come to the realization that we are coming from such different places that finding common ground is anything but impossible. And so, at that point, what do you do? Still try to find it? Or do you give up and call it a draw?
My friend (a lawyer - I don't stand a chance) pointed out that, though he is anti-abortion, there are lots of other issues in the race that make him vote for Obama rather than McCain. Planned Parenthood getting all sorts of government funds; he's making them more promises. Hmmm...if it's really all about a woman's choice, then why don't they endorse adoption just as heavily as they do abortions? MONEY. The abortion industry is a huge one. Make no mistake.
Anyway - it's hard for me to see how you can support someone who is ok with sticking a knife in the brainstem of a baby who has survived an abortion. I'm sorry, at the end of the day, that sticks in my conscience. And I can't support such a candidate - but then I am told that one-issue voting makes me naive and uninformed. Let me ask you this. If a grown man can endorse such a policy, not bothering to try to protect the smallest, most innocent of lives, what else can he do?
About the racism going on in this country - it will be interesting to see how things play out on Tuesday. There will be racists who don't vote for Obama simply because he's black, and there will be racists who don't vote for McCain simply because he's white. And I do think the country will be even more divided after this election.
That makes me sad...but then how do you fix it? Not sure. There's a reason politics incites passion. People's core beliefs about the world around them are challenged. They are told to pick one party or the other. I'm not all gung-ho for John McCain and the GOP, either, but they seem to think of America as less of a villain and more of a beacon, still. Why are people still coming in droves to our country? Why do other countries still expect us to protect them? There must still be some good in this country.
And dammit, I still believe in it.