Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Those Hillary Clinton Democrats ......

Listening to "Sasha" - a Democratic Convention delegate on NPR - a Hillary Clinton supporter - say that she doesn't know who she'll vote for in November is bothersome to me. Sasha talked of the flawed selection process and sexism during the primaries, etc.

I didn't hear Sasha, nor do I hear others speaking similarly talking about the election issues which divide Obama and McCain. I don't hear her saying that Obama's position on abortion's contrast with McCain's position is "better" or "worse". I hear nothing of McCain's calls for making the Bush tax cuts permanent vs. Obama's calls for tax cuts targeted at those whose incomes are below $150-200,000 per year. I hear nothing of the differences in the "incentives" that McCain references as critical to health care reform vs. Obama's position.

I hear nothing also of the contrasts in lifestyles and priorities between the two candidates. While one may choose to ignore McCain's gaffe on how many houses his wife and he own, many of his other statements and actions speak of a distinct difference in priorities between the candidates. McCain talks repeatedly of being a POW and patriotism while generally opposing improving benefits for veterans. Obama talks of diversity and change in ways which on the surface seem much more appealing to one who believes in what Hillary Clinton champions.

I would like to think that racism is not the key issue here. I would like to think that supposedly intelligent people recognize that Justice John Paul Stevens, born April 20, 1920 - at age 88, is unlikely to continue on the Supreme Court much longer. The loss of "liberal" Stevens for a "conservative" will tip the Supreme Court - as: Alito, Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas + a new "conservative" - will result in five of the nine justices being firmly "conservative", with Kennedy "in the middle" and "liberal minority" justices being left with: Breyer, Ginsburg and Souter.

"Protecting Marriage

As president, John McCain would nominate judges who understand that the role of the Court is not to subvert the rights of the people by legislating from the bench. Critical to Constitutional balance is ensuring that, where state and local governments do act to preserve the traditional family, the Courts must not overstep their authority and thwart the Constitutional right of the people to decide this question.

The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation."

Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Overturning Roe v. Wade

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.


Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007

Sen. Obama received the following scores on NARAL Pro-Choice America's Congressional Record on Choice.
  • 2007: 100 percent
  • 2006: 100 percent
  • 2005: 100 percent
In 2005 in speaking as to why he was voting against the confirmation of Chief Justice Roberts to the Supreme Court Obama stated: "The problem I had is that when I examined Judge Roberts' record and history of public service, it is my personal estimation that he has far more often used his formidable skills on behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak. In his work in the White House and the Solicitor General's Office, he seemed to have consistently sided with those who were dismissive of efforts to eradicate the remnants of racial discrimination in our political process. In these same positions, he seemed dismissive of the concerns that it is harder to make it in this world and in this economy when you are a woman rather than a man."

The differences between Obama and McCain appear to me to be dramatic in areas relating to: "women's issues" and "liberal vs. conservative" positions.

Obviously the Sasha's of this day are swayed by emotion (and hopefully not by racism). I can only hope that most of them will wake up and see how supporting McCain by voting for him or Not voting is asking for four more year of right-wing leadership which will hurt most of us A Lot.

I hope that the media is making much more of such individuals than really is there.


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