I’ve tried not to bring any politics into this blog, aside from highly recommending my cyber-friend Steve Benen at The Carpetbagger Report. Some people are social conservatives, and I will respect that. That fact that they are willing to vote against their own self-interest because of that baffles me. Gay marriage or abortion will not affect them in the least, unless they choose to have one. A record deficit, recession, an illegal war, our loss of standing in the world, all of them will affect them directly or indirectly, but none of the latter issues mean anywhere near as much. I married Jeffrey more than four years ago. We’ve been together almost 17 years. The world hasn’t ended; the sky hasn’t fallen; and civilization did not collapse. Get over it already!
Today I ran across one more disturbing video about McCain, and I can’t remain silent anymore.
I’m only going to mention two items here. First is candidate McCain’s list of flip-flops. These are not just random issues he has changed his opinion on after getting more information. Some of these are things he has stood by for years and suddenly changed depending on the audience he’s talking to. In some cases, he has changed his stance several time a week, or several times an hour. I think one of the most telling of these is his position on veterans. He was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, for gawds’ sake. He talks a lot about increasing veterans’ benefits, and the college benefit for new recruits, but he votes against them every time.
The next is his war stance. There is a new group of Republican senators and representatives who have decided to endorse Obama, because (paraphrasing here) the thought of McCain in the White House scares them to death. Someone put together a video about this, and “chilling” seems like a serious understatement. A word about the site this is on. Andrew Sullivan is a gay man. He is also a conservative. It sound’s like an oxymoron, I know, but after we got into Bush’s first term a bit, he seems to have come around. THIS CLIP linked from his site should be enough to frighten anyone even considering McCain.
Think before you vote.
I’ll have another update of the new house in a bit.