At the prompting of Diva Jood who was tagged by Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein for a political meme started up by Jewish Princess, Katie Schwartz., I tackle questions I wish every U.S. voter would address:
1) What is your name (nickname, whatever you're comfortable sharing), your age (range), gender, occupation, income bracket (range), how you identify (gay/straight/whatever)? Married/Single/Divorced? Kids (how many)?
Blogger name: Border Explorer
Age: 58; Female; retired, now a volunteer/activist;
currently living on husband’s social security, he was a teacher all his life—go figure;
straight/married; childless by choice; 2 stepsons, 4 grandchildren.
2) What are the most important issues to you in this presidential election and why?
--international trade issues
--comprehensive immigration reform [To be discussed when the lipstick/pig issue is settled. Correct?]
--eroding Constitutional rights
--environmental issues, energy issues
--universal health care and equality in education opportunity
3) Why do you think voters should vote for Obama/Biden, what differentiates this ticket from McCain/Palin?
The difference is day/night. I don’t remember a presidential choice quite as stark as this one. In years past, I’ve thought the two parties were TweedleDum and TweedleDee—indistinguishable; I’ve voted for third party candidates. Wrong! Not this time. It is critical that Democrats win this election. See #6 below for details.
Obama/Biden represents intelligence, education, and experience. If Obama’s legislative experience is limited, his public service career far outweighs Palin’s. Given McCain’s advanced age and his health concerns, we must seriously entertain the likelihood of a President Palin should the Republican ticket win.
The McCain/Palin ticket represents unbridled ambition and a continuation of policies that have brought our country to the brink of failure.
Media coverage of--and public response to--the campaign, highlight racism (and the ever-present element of white privilege) in this nation. I'm not playing a race card here. I'm calling it as I see it.
4) If McCain/Palin wins this election, where do you see our country going in the next four years?
Our country will get further mired in foreign conflicts and troubled international relationships if the Republicans win. I have feared our ability to survive through this current Bush term. We will never outlast another term of Republican control of the executive branch.
5) Economically, where do you think this country is today and how do you think Obama/Biden can make a positive impact?
Our economy is bottoming out. Irresponsible spending has bankrupted us. The economy is a house of cards ready to tumble at any time. No magic can prop up the assumptions that have brought us here. We need a responsible approach. Deficit spending is intolerable. The defense budget, which represents the majority of our annual budget, incredibly does not include spending for the current wars! How can this be?
The wealthy must contribute their share to support the poor. It may be too late to recover; we'll see. But we simply can’t continue in the patterns that have brought us to where we are today. McCain/Palin will continue the destructive patterns. Obama/Biden are our only hope at real change.
6) In the past 8-years, how do you think this country has changed under the Bush regime? Have you been affected by these changes? If so, in what ways?
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I reprint from The Quaker Agitator’s passionate, truthful political meme:
You mean, besides stealing one election outright and probably a second, thereby coming to power illegally? Besides starting two foreign wars which have killed thousands of American troops and untold numbers of Iraqi and Aghan civilians, and which have maimed untold tens of thousands more? Besides draining hundreds of billions of dollars out of our economy to fund those wars and enrich war profiteers and mercenaries? Besides destroying whatever reputation and good-standing our country had in the community of nations? Besides making torture not only legal but policy? Besides legalizing kidnapping aka “extraordinary renditions”? Besides gutting the Constitution and pissing on the Bill of Rights? Besides packing the Supreme Court with conservative activists who have no respect for the Constitution they were sworn in to protect and defend? Besides encouraging the actions of the Religious Right and Dominionist “Christians” to once again attempt to take over school boards and other local and state governments so they can further erode the wall of separation between church and state? Besides giving my chosen faith - Christianity - such a serious black eye that many folks now view self-described Christians- all of us - with nothing but suspicion and contempt? Besides neglecting the nation’s infrastructure to the point where it has cost us American lives? Besides mismanaging federal disaster relief - even now, after Katrina’s lessons - to the point of what can only be called criminal negligence? Besides destroying the credibility of federal agencies by ignoring sound science and replacing that with corporate interests and/or fundamentalist dogma? Besides helping to destroy the nation’s public education system by placing so much emphasis on bogus standardized test scores that REAL EDUCATION has been left for dead by the side of the road?
7) I have read that Palin is considered the new voice of feminism, which is offensive in my opinion. Of equal concern are her views on abortion and the removal of books from libraries. I'd like to know what you think about all of that and how you feel about McCain choosing Palin as a running mate. And what kind of message you think that sends to women?
The choice of Palin was patent pandering to the Republican Party’s right wing. McCain gained much-needed excitement: a media and public opinion frenzy.
Palin is no feminist. She is patriarchy in a skirt.
I'd love to hear what Maria, Mnmom, Missy, Ruth, and Maggie would say on these questions. Play or pass, as desired.