Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Apparently not.

At least, Alec Baldwin is upset at all the acrimony and bitterness:

“If John McBush and Bible Spice win, we have to find a way to come together as a country, because we can’t let it be the way it’s been the last 8 years where there’s been this acrimony and this bitterness. We have to find a way somehow to do that.”

Had he actually, you know, used McCain’s and Palin’s names instead of the ridiculous nicknames he thought up, I might be more inclined to think he was serious about wanting more peace ‘n luv in in the US.

And really, as so many people have pointed out, comparing Bush to McCain is laughable and really only serves to stir up that certain segment of the population infected with Bush Derangement Syndrome.

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102 Minutes, More

So, I’ve just finished writing my previous post on the History Channel documentary, 102 Minutes That Changed America. (You might want to read that one first, to get an idea of what brought about this post.)

Watching the documentary brings back all the fear and anxiety I felt back in 2001. It brings back all the resolve I felt back in 2002. And I can’t help but wonder, after that, who can question Afghanistan or Iraq? Who can question the worth of establishing firm democratic republic ideals in Afghanistan or Iraq? Is there anyone who can still question why we are there? 

I’ve railed against people who say that the events of 9/11 are our fault. We were clearly the victims on that day. But just because we were the victim doesn’t mean that we couldn’t have avoided it. Had we taken our heads out of our collective dot com asses and looked at what was happening in the Middle East with Muslim extremism/fascism, could 9/11 have been avoided? I don’t know. (Though at this point, I suppose the argument is, at best, academic. At worst, it is partisan hackery. Oy. So let’s skip that minefield altogether and move on to the present and the future.)

What I do know is that we can’t afford to take our attention away now. It’s clear, it’s been made very clear, what will happen if we let our guard down, if we don’t take control of the people who would harm us, if we don’t establish some sort of pro-American democratic republic somewhere in the Middle East.

Have we made mistakes? I’m sure we have. Somewhere. But I don’t think that the decision to go into Afghanistan or Iraq was one of them. Debate on that issue is mostly pointless rhetoric anyway (which is why I avoided it above), used by political hacks to avoid the real issue: we’re there now, so where do we go from here?

What we need now is decisive leadership that will give us security from the same extremism that harmed us on 9/11/2001. What we need now is leadership with a vision to establish that democratic republic or two in the Middle East. What we need now is leadership that will take us forward, not look back and whine about unchangeable past events.

What we need now is leadership with imagination, with honor, with plans, and with balls. Which is why I’m voting for Palin this November. So I guess that means I’ll vote for McCain, too, by default.

[And gawd, did I ever not mean to take this post into a McCain/Palin pitch. But I did. Dammit. I hate it when people turn 9/11 into a political tennis ball, praising one candidate or another, supporting one side or another. But there you have it. My praise of a 9/11 documentary turned into a political pitch. Oy. My inner muse, she is a capricious bitch who likes to take sharp turns without warning me.]

They Say

From Instapundit: They say that McCain has picked Sarah Palin. So, assuming it’s true, I don’t know what to think about this. Several thoughts come to mind.

1. Who?

2. Don’t the people in Alaska hate her?

3. McCain saw Obama’s crappy Veep pick and picked one crappier. He’s so competitive.

4. McCain might pick up some of Hillary’s bitter followers if you believe that female Democrats will vote for McCainjust because his Veep’s a female. And you might be right about that.

5. McCain might pick up some of Hillary’s bitter followers if Palin’s as much of a social liberal as she’s reported to be. If so, yay!

 I’ll see what I can find out about her…


LATER: According to Yahoo, she has a rep for “bucking Alaska’s powerful oil industry.” She “took on the oil industry, leading to a tax increase on oil company profits that now has the state’s treasury swelling.” Shit. Taxing the oil industry is not what we need.

ALSO: Yahoo is complaining about McCain’s timing: “It was either tactically clever, or foolish, but there’s no denying that it ate up some of the airtime rightfully due to Obama.” (Emphasis mine.) Rightfully due? Gawd, the media’s made up of whiny, snot nosed bitches.

OY: Palin has a reputation much like McCain in that she’s not afraid to take on members of her own party. Shit. I mean, I’m all for outing the bad guys. But that kind of a reputation has hurt McCain with Republicans in the past. McCain needs to find someone who appeals to Republicans. Because he doesn’t appeal to Republicans. McCain’s the guy they got stuck with when Fred napped and Huckabee sabotaged Romney. McCain doesn’t need a Veep who is a female, younger Maverick McCain.

Well, at least she doesn’t have cankles.


IT’S OFFICIAL: I just watched Sarah Palin speak. I like her. She’s a helluva better speaker than both McCain and Obama, which surprised me a bit. She’s also very appealing in both appearance and in personality. So that can’t hurt. All in all, McCain could’ve picked worse.

And it might make voting for McCain a little less painful this November. We’ll see.

CORRECTION VIA THE COMMENTS: As Jonolan comments below, she’s very popular in Alaska. I just heard on the radio that she has the highest approval rating of all the US governors. Nice. [Jonolan also has an informative post about Palin that makes me feel much better about her as Veep.]

What No One Wants To Say

Evangelicals hate Mormons.

There. I said it. It’s true.

It’s why Republican Evangelicals are pushing hard for a non-Romney VP.

It’s why Huckabee won damn near every Southern state in the Republican primaries.

It’s why none of the other elementary school kiddies in my small town Alabama home would have anything to do with me.

It’s why I was kicked out of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school.

It’s why I found anti-Mormon pamphlets in my locker and on my car in high school.

Yeah, a word about those anti-Mormon pamphlets I found back then… there was some flack from Mormons in the primaries about Huckabee questioning whether Mormons believed Jesus and Satan are brothers. His words (“Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers?”) were also the heading of several of those pamphlets I found littered about where ever I was known to hang out. That’s why Mormons (and I) were so angered by Huckabee’s “question.” It wasn’t a question. It was code speak for “my preacher said that those guys are cultists who don’t think that the devil is the bad guy.” He was reminding Evangelicals of what they heard at the pulpit about Mormons.

As for Huckabee’s “knowledge” about Mormons, well, he gave a major speech at a Baptist conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1998. The main thrust of the conference was aimed towards Mormonism. Pamphlets were passed out. They went door to door (in a parody of Mormon Missionary activity) to “save” Mormons from themselves.

So I don’t buy that Huckabee knows little about Mormons. Every Evangelical I went to public school with “knew” about Mormons and the “evil” they represent.

Oh, and here’s how I feel about Mormons, in case any clarification is needed. (The short: I heart Mormons so no Mormon bashing allowed on my blog!)

And yeah, I do take Huckabee’s antics personally. And I take support for Huckabee personally. That kind of bigotry caused me all kinds of hell as a child. And to think that it is still being perpetuated makes my blood boil.

Well, Now What?

I don’t care for the fact, sir, that you have a point. I guess my whole bonfire idea is about to go up in smoke, huh.

MORE: Eh, I can still hate McCain and vote for him. I guess. I don’t know what I’m going to do. And the fact that I am even considering voting for the bastard this November heats me up something fierce – this is exactly how he plans (and has planned this whole time) on gaining conservative votes this November. Sucker enough conservatives in the primary to win the nomination then give the rest no other choice in the general. Dammit.

So, yeah. I may vote for him. But I can still hate the man forever. And I can be angry for a while yet.

Still, it’s only February. Nine months or so until the election. Anything can happen. NY won the Super Bowl didn’t they? Maybe we’ll find some third party candidate in the next few months.

The Year of the Rat

It’s the year of the rat? Yeah, I can see that.

 McCain

McCain

I’m not bitter. Really.  I’m just very, very discouraged and somewhat resigned. And I’m having fun poking at McCain. You can pretty much count on me doing just that for the foreseeable future. I will say, though, now that I’m not so angry, that I will stillnot vote for McCain. That’s not anger talking, or McCain Derangement Syndrome or whatever you want to call it. That’s determination not to compromise on fiscal issues.

That burning place I envisioned earlier? Well, I’m more inclined to help it along. Would a thourough burning help fiscal conservatism find itself again? Maybe.  If not, at least the bonfire will be fun.