If I could stab John McCain repeatedly, I would. It's not like I would stab him in the face with a knife a hundred times; I'd be happy stabbing his upper arm with a fork, say, three to nine times. It's not an unusual wish, believe me; I can't be the only one. Imagine being married to that guy. Cindy McCain must be a cutter.
It seems like we've been doing this whole election thing for 261984735 years, and there's still two more months of desperate attack campaigning from McCain, and at least another month's worth of ballot-tampering in Florida after that; it seems never ending. I was mildly interested in the beginning, but then like any attention-deficient American, I lost that interest to whatever was more interesting than politics at the time, like MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Now that the vice presidential hopefuls have been announced, though, I'M BACK IN and ready to rumble.
I never thought I would see this day: a black guy is the democratic nominee for president, and John Fucking McCain picks a Bible-humping chick for his running mate? No, I really didn't think that this day would ever come. I hoped it would, but only thought it might happen after every white guy dropped dead from a Paris Hilton-spread STD, leaving us no other choice. And yes, I'm aware that Barack Obama is half-caucasian, but whatever--it's a historical moment, whether his Halfrican side knows it or not. The only thing his skin color signifies, to me, is the concept of Other. An Other is someone who knows what it's like to be a minority, politically-speaking; a lesbian, a single parent, a junkie, a Jamaican, a blind man, a woman, whatever. This nation is made up of Others, and yet that isn't reflected as much in our delegates; but it's certainly present now in our presidential candidates (excluding John McCain). Hopefully this will open more doors for qualified people of any background. Hopefully.
When this nation began, there was nothing but old, white, wig-wearing pricks in Washington D.C., as far as the eye could see; it's no different now, even though our country is incredibly diverse. But 'diversity' isn't represented much on the House and Senate floors. If you Seattleites recall, our previous governor Gary Locke was the first Asian-American governor in American history, and that was just five years ago; this country doesn't leap towards change or progression so much as it meanders. I am definitely an Other; I'm a brown, female, single (part-time) parent--I'm like THREE Others. Which old white guy in the House is looking after my best interests? How can that guy know what it's like to be anything other than an old white guy, especially if he doesn't give a shit? Do you know how much I want our country to be run by an exclusive club of Good Ol' Boys? About as much as I want to sleep with Cindy Cutting McCain.
What I'm worried about is how toxic the Republican ticket is now; if I thought it was bad before, it's doubly so now, even though his VP isn't so much a person as she is a smiling, three-headed monster. McCain's thinly-veiled choice of
McCAIN'S V.P. PICK CAUSES ELATION AMONG EVANGELICAL LEADERS
My response to that headline, in slow-motion, was this: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Sarah Pro-Life Palin stands for everything that is hateful and repugnant in this world; well, at least in my world. She is strongly opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage, and enjoys capital punishment like any red-blooded American, whereas I sing the praises of population control, gay rights (and the right to get divorced, just like everybody else) and support a less-is-more attitude when it comes to justice killings. Sarah--we're not acquainted, she just wants people to call her that, because she's "down to Earth" like a "real person"--wholly supports drilling the shit out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil (she remains 'unconvinced' that global warming is driven by pollution), wants to overturn Roe. v. Wade, and supports the teaching of creationism in the school system. She's a huntin', shootin', fishin' kind of gal, which is the only kind of gal they have in Alaska; she even holds a lifetime membership to the NRA, isn't that charming? This is not who I want representing me or my country--same goes for catheter-needing McCain; and what happens when he bites the dust in the first six months of office? SHE'LL take over. The only way I could loathe them more is if they tried to outlaw bacon.
I watched the Democratic National Convention speeches this morning, and was really inspired. Bill & Hillary Clinton, Barack & Michelle Obama, Ted Kennedy, and Joe Biden were the highlights for me; I enjoyed Barack's speech immensely, and was relieved that I still liked him after staying away for the summer. I don't care what people say--I think that Obama would be a good president, especially after the last eight years we've had with the uneducated dictator. John McCain is a vote for the same ol', same ol' (or just OLD--for fuck's sake, the guy is like 114).
I found out, while registering to vote in this county today, that you need to register 30 days BEFORE the election in order to be legit; if you aren't registered yet, PLEASE DO IT. My mom would really want you to; I don't know about your mom, but mine is pretty formidable, so I would just do what she says. Here is a link to get you started:
AMERICA, FUCK YEAH.