Friday, August 29, 2008

Election Musings

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!


  1. I thought McCain's choice of Palin was a total slap in the face to women! Do we seem THAT stupid!!??!! What an attempt to get the "Hillary" vote! It made me sad...I was not going to vote for him anyway..but so, so sad! I'm sure her stint as Mayor of a town of 5000 and then a year and half as AK Gov has given her loads of experience to possibly lead the United States of America!! Just ANOTHER example of how the Republican Party is COMPLETELY out of touch!!

  2. one more comment...SO I thought her speech was good...but please can we get to issues. I appreciate what you have done and yes, that is incredible that McCain is a war hero.. What are your policies!!??? None of what they have presented tell me that they are right for the job of can't stand on character alone!!

  3. She did give a heck of a speech. Did you notice, though, how she didn't say Barack Obama's name even once? I like her scrapiness (is that a word?), but I seriously have a problem with the pro-life-ness of the Republican ticket. I still don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe I even know less after tonight. UGH!

  4. I love her scrappyness as well! I just wish it weren't packaged in someone that believes the Iraq war is a "task of God" and is against sex education and then the GOP wants the kids off limits but man were they playing them up with the cameras and what the hell!? You get a girl pregnant and then you get to be on stage at the RNC!? I thought she had some really good comments even though quite sarcastic. I definitely won't vote for McCain...but it is a relief that the candidates finally resemble true America...old young black white male female young familes....


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