Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Steal this Meme... Politics

FranIAm, a blogger I've recently discovered, offers up this meme. Please be sure to read hers, too! And feel free to steal it and let me know if you decide to do it so I can link you here. It includes seven political questions for Obama supporters.

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)?

Chani, 56 yo, female. The rest of it is irrelevant. Hopefully my ideas will have some merit, regardless of my position on the social grid.

2) What are the most important issues to you in this presidential election and why?

Foreign policy, education, health care and economic equality. They are most important because I believe any country is only as civilized as the way it treats all its citizens. I also consider it very important to know how that country will behave in relation to the rest of the world.

3) Why do you think voters should vote for Obama/Biden, what differentiates this ticket from McCain/Palin?

Basically the truth of the matter is that there's only a hair's difference in packaging between the two of them. They are all wealthy people who will protect their own class interests. At the same time, I do think of Obama as being a Kennedy-like Democrat who does consider economic equality to be important. His voting record substantiates that. He can inspire with his words and ideas. He is someone who can impact the culture by changing thinking. He will be a softening influence who may begin to smooth some of the rough edges of US culture.

Ultimately, I think the senatorial and congressional elections are probably more important than the presidential election.

4) If McCain/Palin wins this election, where do you see our country going in the next four years?

I don't think it will be a "disaster". I'm not usually given to that kind of hyperbole - but definitely don't think there will be any positive change. If McCain's actions over the past several years are any indication, he will engage in a very dangerous foreign policy. Anyone who can joke about bombing other countries is not someone who is in touch with reality.

Sarah Palin is particularly scary. She, in my opinion, completely lacks compassion for all living beings. She's as hard as stone, seems mean-spirited and I have the feeling she would be the object of many, many scandals. She would be an embarrassment on the world "stage".

I shudder to think of any Supreme Court justices they might appoint.

5) Economically, where do you think this country is today and how do you think Obama/Biden can make a positive impact?

I think this country has become economically predatory. There seems to be little concern for the well-being of people in other countries or the more vulnerable in this country. The elite here have more money in their banquet budgets than most people earn in a lifetime.

Capitalism, by its very nature, is predatory. It's okay for non-essential items because it does encourage creativity but when the right to education, health care, jobs and housing are a competitive sport, something is wrong. Seriously wrong.

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?

I haven't been that affected but that doesn't matter. If any of us are affected, all of us are affected. I've seen people all over the world who have been impacted - whether it's by corporate irresponsibility, the export of market culture to other parts of the world or irresponsible military action, it all comes down to the same thing: The US has become a bully nation. There are many countries in the world that are terrified of this one... with just cause.

The cultural changes during the Bush Administration are really an extension of the Reagan years. Greed is good. Prejudice is acceptable. Social Darwinism. That all started in the 80s.

At least Reagan had a personality. He was a kind of affable "guy next door", if not terribly bright. I can't say the same for the Borg-like Bush administration and certainly can't say that for GWB, whom I consider to be a complete buffoon.

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?

If Palin is the new voice of feminism, Gloria Steinem must be wretching and Betty Freidan must be flipping in her grave! There is nothing "feminine" about Sarah Palin. She has used the label of feminism to justify her own raw ambition and as an excuse to adopt all the worst attributes of masculinity. Feminism is all about honoring the feminine, the nurturer, the hearth tender. It's about women, not about women behaving like men.

Honestly, I don't think McCain realizes what he's gotten himself into with her. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. If he had been, he would have realized that she is far too aggressive, far too bombastic, far too unappealing to really do his campaign any good. If I'd been his campaign manager, I would have talked him out of it. It was a short-sighted and rather idiotic move. While the novelty of it may last for a while, the newness will wear off and people will see it for the transparent move it is.

If McCain/Palin uphold the Patriot Act, they don't need to do anything else regarding the other issues. Since 9/11, this has become a national security state with the domestic intelligence agencies (such as the FBI and NSA) having the power to violate the Constitution at will. In the name of national security, the CIA and other intelligence services continue to violate the sovereignty of other nations.



Anonymous said...

Shalom, I came to you via FrannyGirl. You made such excellent points here. I absolutely love what you wrote about Palin declaring herself a feminist and how wretched that notion is.

This quote is so brilliant: "I believe any country is only as civilized as the way it treats all its citizens."

I will be linking to your post, to be sure and blogging it. It's awesome.

Anonymous said...

I agree a 100% with all you said. The only difference, I do think McCain/Palin could be the tipping point in destroying democracy in this country. How often can a people be sidestepped before they give up? I'm increasing worried that the megacorps have so much control now that we will never get our country back again.

Billie Greenwood said...

Chani, you took this political meme into some unexpected and thought-provoking places. Definitely not cookie-cutter, it is fine political writing.

I'm sorry if you are disappointed in the comment section and hope you will relent and leave this posted. I'd like to continue to refer to it. Thanks for writing and sharing it.

DivaJood said...

Chani, this is a thought provoking post. And I am glad you did it.

"At least Ronald Reagan had a personality" - HAH!

Still, we cannot afford four years of a McCain/Palin administration. Both of them are divisive. They lie when the truth would be easier. They pander to fear.

Please leave your post up.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Chani, I like your answers so much that I'm having trouble thinking of anything original to say here. Birds of a feather comes to mind...

The absurd notion that Palin represents anything remotely feminist is like something out of Kafka or Lewis Carroll.

I differ on whether McCain realizes what he has gotten himself into because I've noticed him drooling onto his tie as he says "I can't wait to show this woman to Washington." She is his new trophy (running) mate.

I have supported Obama from the beginning, partly because of him and partly because I dislike Hillary Clinton. But I have to say, Sarah Palin makes Hillary look pretty good. I can't imagine how painful it must be for her to see this lightweight, inexperienced self-righteous strident bully closer to the Presidency than she is despite her many years of trying. It's certainly not relevant here, just a mildly interesting thought.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I really appreciated your thoughts here, especially the point about the importance of how we treat other countries and also our country being economically predatory.

And my assessment of Palin matches yours.

Unknown said...

I shall have to do this MEME in the near future.

we_be_toys said...

Chani, you've missed your calling - that was some beautiful political writing, even couched in a meme it shone.
You know we see eye to eye about current politics and politicians - 'nuff said.
Besides, you said it all already!

Jen said...

I've been behind on my reading all week, and now I'm finding treasures!

This is beautifully written and you've made several very powerful statements.

This is giving me a lot of food for thought and I think I need to come back to it.

Woman in a Window said...

Well said. I wish more people could/would read it. Some very powerful things in here. And that McCain is remotely close to Obama in the polls, I can't get my head around that.

And as to what will happen if McCain does get in...well, for the international community, Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia...not too positive, I'd think. For Canada it's so great. Our resources are being taken out from under us, the Republican government in cahoots with the Canadian Conservatives. With the deveopment of the Tar Sands in Alberta and all of the environmental and economical implications...I shudder to think. Plus the Alaskan pipeline? With Palin in there wouldn't be a question. It'd be our country they'd be digging through though and I'm afraid most of Canada is sleeping.

Oh, so much to write. So much to say. Always provocative. Don't apologize, ever.

Defiantmuse said...

"I believe any country is only as civilized as the way it treats all its citizens"

WORD, dude!

couldn't agree more.