Well, I have to chime in here. I was just watching a brief, channel-surfed moment of CNN and find some raging right talking head screaming about how the MSM may want to paint all the right with the same brush but none of them (the MSM) are going to respond so the people who are on his website screaming (in comments I presume because he showed a computer screen with giant type) for Sarah Palin’s head – literally.
Honestly, I don’t know of too many websites that allow a comment like that go through much less blow it up in type size and advertise it on TV. Basically, most people will either just delete a maniac’s comment or, if they find it credible, turn it over to law enforcement.
As a “left leaning blogger” I want to stand up and say: “No threat of violence against another human being is justified.” I do not care if you don’t like someone else’s politics…I certainly do not like Sarah Palin’s politics. I continue to think that she is unqualified for most jobs, but especially World Leader… whether that world leadership is as President of the US or just a talk show host. She has a right to her opinion just as I have a right to mine. She even has a right to be irresponsible in her choice of graphics on her website – I do not believe that the use of cross-hairs is a credible threat, I simply believe it is irresponsible of the un-coronated queen of the National Rifle Association to to put cross-hairs on a map of “targeted” seats. For anyone to blithely suggest that those cross-hairs were symbolic of a surveyor’s sight is disingenuous at best. We all know what the symbol meant and it was not that Palin, et. al. were surveying those seats. They were targeting the seats – the irresponsible part – because obviously they do not know how to evaluate responsibility – was that a maniac could look at that and think “kill”. I do not for one minute believe that Sarah Palin et. al. were advocating murder. Nor do I believe that the Maniac of Tuscon saw the cross-hairs and took it as a message – since his politics were decidedly leftist, he came to that conclusion without Sarah Palin or any other right-leaning talking head’s urgings.
What I want today almost three years after starting this blog is the same thing I wanted then: civility in politics, responsibility of action by our politicians, and for those politicians of both sides – or now – all sides of the aisle to remember who they work for… WE the People!
I can see why he would. There are a lot of women in particular who, according to the talking heads, wanted a woman candidate…
So what did he do? He picked Sarah Palin. Makes sense, to someone, I am sure. Not me. Certainly not me…
Hillary Clinton is a woman.
He picked a woman.
Hillary Clinton is pro-choice.
He picked a woman.
Hillary Clinton is pro-conservation.
He picked a woman.
Wow. That’s telling ’em. He picked a woman. A 44 year old woman. So, is SHE ready to lead? Remember, she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Personally, I’d rather the person a heartbeat away from the presidency be Joe Biden.
If John McCain and the Republican Party thinks that the reason American women were voting for Hillary Clinton was solely gender based, they are more out of touch than I thought. Women, like African Americans, Irish-Americans, and all the other hyphenated Americans are able to make decisions that are not gender or racially or culturally based. They are intelligent, capable of making an informed decision and vote FOR people based on their ability to serve.
I am sure there are women who think Sarah Palin is “right”. I just cannot imagine that any of Hillary Clinton’s constituency will find her a reasonable substitute for Hillary Clinton thereby attracting them in droves or even in ones. Sarah Palin is straight from the Republican Base. Hillary Clinton’s constituency is straight from the Democratic Base. They aren’t going anywhere.
I am a life-long Democrat.My Mama was a Democrat; my Daddy was a Democrat; my Grandmama and Granddaddy were Democrats.Hell, I was even a Texas Democrat – although now I am that even rarer bird – a Kansas Democrat. I have NEVER voted for a Republican candidate for President and I am not about to start now.
I need a candidate.Right away.The Republicans have chosen theirs and we Dems are still in the midst of squabbling.This is not good.The Talking Heads are saying that Obama and Clinton are going to just keep at each other until one of them comes out with enough delegates… no… don’t do it guys!Really.We, Your Party, your Constituency, cannot take it.More damage to the Democratic Party will be done in the next few weeks than the Republicans can do between now and November.I realize that I am just an aging Boomer from the Midwest but here’s my suggestion:
Stop sniping at each other.Stop saying that one of you is qualified and one of you isn’t.Stop saying that one of you represents the “same old thing” and one of you represents change.The truth is BOTH of you are qualified and BOTH of you represent change.The guy that DOESN’T represent Change is John McCain and his Merry Band of Republican Brothers who want the war to continue, want to sharply curtail our rights and will continue the conservative “Values” that we have been subjected to for the past 8 years.
Please start campaigning against the REAL opposition.Frankly I’d be happy with either of you.It so happened, on the day of our caucus here in Kansas, I stood for Obama.I could have just as easily gone for Clinton.As I stood, crammed together like sardines in our neighborhood National Guard Armory, I saw a heck of a lot of middle aged and senior white women, along side the younger women and black women of all ages standing for Obama.We outnumbered the middle aged and young white women standing for Clinton by about three to one.Now, I don’t know if they made their decisions out in the sleet waiting to get in or if they had decided earlier.I do know that in talking to the people around me, what we of all ages and colors wanted was change.
Ms Clinton, Mr Obama, if/when either one of you get elected, a radical change in American leadership will occur – not only because of your gender or color, but because you stand for a different set of values than our loyal opposition.Please make sure one of you gets elected because both of you campaign against Mr. McCain.Start Now.Right Now.