John McCain isn't making it any easier on me with his V.P. choice. I'm very intrigued by Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska. I'm going to have to get the scoop from my Alaska cousins. I know that she's been very aggressive in pursuing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That's really all I've seen in my quickest search on the internet. Hm. The idea of a woman on the ticket is very enticing, however. Some of you have heard this story, but 8th grade was the peak of my Feminist stage (I have many Feminist traits now, but the term kind of turns me off... I would have tattooed it on my forehead in 8th grade, though). The topic for speech competition that year was "Symbols of Freedom." My class was filled with speeches on the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle... you get the picture. My speech was on Geraldine Ferraro. I still remember the opening lines (yes, I admit again... I'm a nerd)...
"'America is the land where dreams can come true for all of us.' This definitely proves true for the woman who said it. She has, throughout her life, made all her dreams come true."
What can I say? She made a huge impression on me. It would be pretty amazing to have another woman make that impression on thousands of young women in our country today. As I write this, I realize that I was supporting Hillary Clinton more than I thought. Bill Richardson was my first choice... he's who I caucused for... but there is such a part of me that wants a woman to reach the top. I really loved HRC's speech this week at the convention. Obama was inspiring too. I just haven't decided anything yet. I thought John McCain's ad last night was all class. I see glimmers in him of what I saw four years ago when he spoke at the Republican National Convention. I wonder if I'll feel the same way this year. I think their convention will do a lot to help me decide.
I've been having great discussions today with my GOAL kids about the election. It's so interesting. Many of them are just regurgitating their parents' thoughts. That's how things start. But, some are really starting to form opinions of their own. Honestly, I just want them to be involved and to care about what's happening in their country. I have no patience for apathy. Or maybe, I just have no patience. That's probably it too. ;)
Have a nice long weekend, everyone!