So. The truth?
- I used to be an ardent Republican and even voted for BeelzeBush in 2000, but later became disillusioned. I did not vote for him in 2004 (admittedly, marrying a Gandhi-worshiping pacifist within that time frame probably contributed.)
- I am now a soft Democrat, but do not truly like any of the parties with all my heart. Maybe, the Libertarians. Maybe.
- I like Joe Biden better than Sarah Palin. He is a loudmouth, but what you see is what you get. And he is knowledgeable.
- I was relieved that Palin's last pregnancy was not faked and was not horrified in the least that her daughter is pregnant instead. Sad, but not horrified.
- However. I am absolutely horrified at Palin's utter lack of experience. DUDE. 8 vice-presidents have had to step up to the plate and SERVE. I take our VP nomination seriously. You should take it seriously, also. I am tired of the silly question "but what does a VP really do?". Who CARES? They are 2nd in line. That is enough for me.
- I am fervently anti-abortion, but am equally fervent in my belief that a woman should have the right to choose. Anyone interfering with that choice scares the hell out of me.
- I believe that we have the right to bear arms. It is in our Bill of Rights. No, I do not own a firearm, but I grew up in a household full of them. In a responsible household that taught me the proper respect of them. Do not mess with my rights. If you question that particular right, you are placing an unquestionable faith in our government. Are you ready to do that? I am not.
- I am against the estate tax and in general, love tax cuts because I think the government is frittering away the money that we already give them.
- I am so very, very ashamed of our presence of Iraq.
- I am so very, very ashamed of our lack of presence in Darfur.
I like John McCain better than Barack Obama.
My dad came home from Vietnam in May 1969. I was born in April 1971. I will always have a special reserve held in my heart and soul for a Vietnam vet. Always.
I grew up with a haunted father. My dad began turning his life around when I was about 10 years old, but I will never forget the effect that Vietnam had on him. I will never forget the few times that he was willing to share his horrific experiences with me since he mostly kept those to himself. It is a small part of my story as much as it is a major part of his. My sisters and brother are so much younger than me, this is not even something that I have been able to share with them. I remember the agony, but I also remember the recovery. They do not.
So, yes. I have a profound affection for John McCain. I have been following his story since long before he had presidential aspirations (thanks Reader's Digest!) I would have proudly and enthusiastically voted for him in 2000, had he won the nomination then.
I am older. I certainly cannot claim wiser. But I am older and now? I cannot vote for McCain. I am a mother. My children are not 100% white. I am furious and ashamed about our presence in Iraq. I am frustrated about our dependence on oil.
I need hope that our country can turn to a new direction. Obama embodies that hope in ways that McCain cannot.
Therefore, I will be voting for Barack Obama.