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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Politics post

For months now, I've been saying that if Hillary Clinton is not the Democratic party nominee for president, I would be voting for a Republican president for the first time in my life. This is based on what is basically my personal opinion about Barack Obama. The man basically pisses me off, but it's got nothing to do with his politics, his color, etc. It's been based on a comment he made in a debate that, to me, implied that Hillary was nothing at all without her husband.


The way I see it, no matter WHO becomes president in this election, the country will ultimately win, if only because Dubya will be gone. However, I've been rethinking my voting position.

Many years ago in California, we were faced with a gubernatorial election in which the two candidates seemed pretty alike except for the party they were affiliated with. I refer to the Wilson/Feinstein gubernatorial, and I can't even remember what year it was run in.

What I do remember was my then husband and I talking alot, trying to decide which one to vote for. Neither of us liked either candidate very much at all. Wilson was a jerk, and Feinstein, to me, has really always been a conservative masquerading as a liberal. So it was a coin flip for both Koji and I, who to vote for, who to vote for?

We settled on Feinstein, not because she was the better suited person for the job, but because of the appointments she would be making during her governancy, if elected. She would be more likely to appoint people that we would approve of for the various positions that would come up. So she got our votes.

There are a lot of important appointments that the president makes. Judges to the federal bench, particularly the Supreme Court. The cabinet. Ambassadors.

And the policy decisions that come down, very very important. And what the president will veto or sign into law.

I'm a realist. Senator Clinton cannot win the nomination without a major miracle at this point, I hate to say it, because I think very, very highly of her. I'll support her right up until the minute she gives her support to Senator Obama, because, dammit, I love the way the woman works and thinks. Once she hands her support to Obama, I will do as she will ask her supporters, and back him.

Even though I dislike Barack Obama as an individual, I think that he will do the job of president more in line with the way that I want to see the job done than McCain will. I think he will nominate open-minded judges to the federal bench. I think that he will be more likely to work hard to bring the troops home. I think that he will fight to keep abortion legal and safe. I think that he will be more concerned with the poor, the disabled, the young, the old, and design his policy accordingly.

Polls are saying that many Democrats will vote for McCain if their candidate of choice is not nominated. If this happens, we will throw the presidency to the Republicans for another term, and for what? Spite? Disappointment? Sour grapes? How stupid would that be?

The presidency should not be a POPULARITY contest, it should be a CAPABILITY contest.

Senator Obama, I'll see you in the booth in November, most likely. And you will have MY vote.

And that being said, if Senator McCain wins the presidency, he will have my support, because he can only be an improvement over the last eight years.. but I'm hoping the Democrats win the White House back.. and yes, the Senate and House, too.


"I really can't wait for this to be over."--Paul Krugman

Wow...there was exactly one Republican candidate I was willing to even consider voting for (Ron Paul), who really ought to have been running as a Democrat, frankly; what it means to be a Republican has been hi-jacked, and now Ron Paul isn't one of them, traditional Republican though he may be...and that's why he lost. And when he dropped out, my vote was spoken for no matter what. Hillary...Obama...frankly, I don't see a huge difference in either of them on anything that actually matters.

And, frankly, I don't think this country can survive four more years of "faith-based initiatives".

I never for a moment even thought about voting for any candidate for any reason other than their politics; this trend of petulant, "I didn't get the candidate I wanted!" spite-voting that seems to be sweeping the Democrats these days is going to result in yet another Republican president...and that scares me.

Yeah, the issue is that we Asses just don't like to be wrong. :: snorts ::

From day one, if I could vote, Obama would have my vote. You and I differ, I don't think Clinton capable, I think her a wanna-be moderate trying to make everyone happy. In a way, _I_ believe her to be very much the mirror image to McCain. Opposite, and yet not. They both are a pair of crowd-pleasers, from what I have gathered. But I won't go any further into that.

All I can say is that I'm -really- fucking glad that you are finally making some sense with the McCain thing. People are fucking IDIOTS for thinking that voting for McCain is better than Obama or Clinton (since both sides are saying that out of spite they'll vote for McCain if their democrat doesn't win).

While McCain may be an improvement, he is still a republican. I liked the idea of him in the beginning, but then he began to really swing right. Before he was fairly moderate. He's going towards the true conservatives now, because he knows that's what he needs for the vote. He's a politician, and a good one at that. He knows what he needs to do to have any chance of winning.

If/when he does get into office, these right-wing ideas will continue. The way he's doing things, there is no way for him to go back on his words.

Oh, and something Clinton and McCain share? Gas-tax. The dumbest idea in history. It only fucks with the economy. Doesn't help us average folk, either. The gas-tax is like... eighteen cents. Trust me, that isn't as significant as people would like to think. "Oh but it adds up..." Well how about this: "Oh. It doesn't solve the gas crisis. Period."

Obama on the other hand has a long-term goal to reduce American Oil Dependency. But again, I'm getting into my opinion here.

Point is, McCain gets into office, he will not be the president we need. We need to balance things out right now. Eight years under Cheney (since honestly, Bush is NOT running this country. It's that evil bastard behind the idiot) needs at least a few years of a good, decent liberal. Be it Clinton or Obama. Could I vote this year, I would vote for either happily.

I do have this to say about Clinton: Her campaign is a good one. She can claim experience without having anything that happened during Bill's presidency that was negative shine on her in a bad light. She planned poorly in the beginning by assuming she'd ahve the nomination by California, but at this point, she's ready to truly ride it out, and that is something I definitely like. That she can switch gears.

That she can do this is a good indicator that if she wins the presidency, she'll be able to handle changes in the wind.

One last thing: Clinton really does still have a chance, be it a slim one.

This is the greatest election year in the history of the USA. We have the chance for either a woman president, or a black president. I am proud to be an American... this year.

You amaze me with how well thought out your opinions are.

Of course, considering your calm, rational, reasonable mother, how could you be anything BUT smart and thoughtful? ;)

You there, are you on AIM? If not, get on it. Wanna taaalk to youuuu.