When ‘intelligent’ means ‘you must think like me’…
I read a political post on another blog the other day from a supposed free thinker who believes Bush has actually done a good job and McCain is the right choice this fall. Silly me – I took his Intelligent comments welcome ending to mean that he actually welcomed intelligent comments. Seemingly not – the one comment posted was written the day after my attempted comment – and it happens to be someone who doesn’t clearly disagree with the author.
Fie on me for not noticing that 1) the author credits Curious George with keeping the US safe, 2) he’s got a pet peeve against people who vote based on a single issue – which he will do himself (recognizing his hypocrisy doesn’t mean anything he’s right about the problem and wrong for not looking at the big picture) and 3) bugs about Obama’s lack of international affair knowledge (somehow Curious George kept the country ‘safe’ despite lacking any worthwhile knowledge whatsover).
Good thing I’m in the habit of making copies of any lengthy blog comments. I can’t let some decent politcal musings go to waste, so here’s my seemingly unintelligent response. If I would change anything it’s the growing feeling that McCain will toe the party line throughout a potential presidency – my gut tells me his moderation will disappear if he’s in power. (I have a thing about going with the gut…) You can read Einstein’s post at http://www.hisfault.com/2008/03/25/the-expat-life-and-views-on-us-politics/
El Response Stupido:
At one point, I went through the I want to leave the US because it’s sucking phase, but that’s passed. I think that attitude does Costa Rica wrong as there are plenty of good reasons to move instead of a mediocre reason to get out.
I do thing that ‘the simple life’ (say, a life involving a lot less stuff) is a valid attractor – so long as one is aware that there is plenty that won’t be that simple (ICE, etc.). You definitely have to be prepared to go with the flow and consider the realities.
Politically, McCain is an odd bird as he’s obviously been a neocon gadfly, but lately he seems to be toeing the party line. I personally don’t think Bush is responsible for keeping the country safe for the past seven years – anyone leading the country after 9/11 would have reamed everyone involved (ie security, intelligence, etc) to make sure it didn’t happen again. Anyone could, which is certainly not limited to a man who invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 (something I sincerely believe has made the world less safe). Bin Laden is alive and that is an absolute injustice. I was in full support of our operations in Afghanistan but absolutely opposed to invading Iraq.
I’ve voted Democratic 4 times and this will be #5. However, if Ron Paul actually got the nomination, I would have given serious consideration to voting for him. I never thought I would vote Republican, but Paul made a lot of sensible points. I’m definitely feeling the libertarian viewpoint more and more.
For this election, I’ve decided on Obama. I don’t think the preacher issue is that big of a deal as I don’t believe that he’s hate-mongering every minute of every sermon. I frankly doubt he’d be able to keep his flock if he was like that 24/7. Obama’s speech on race showed me that he believes in facing an issue rather an avoiding. He had the guts to be publicly against invading Iraq at a time when everyone else folded in the face of jingoistic fervor. That – along with not dropping the preacher like a hot potato over one incident – tells me that he is not afraid to stand by his beliefs.
His lack of foreign policy experience doesn’t bother me because he’s intelligent. Bush is not (cunning yes, intelligent no). Obama has the acumen to learn and understand. Why would McCain, for being so experienced, not know who’s on what side in Iraq (with Lieberman there to point it out)? McCain’s not a terrible man, by any means, but I think the way he’s been toeing the party line since Huckabee dropped out gives me cause for concern.