Listening to the media, the Presidential race has now boiled down to three people, and most people will have (by now) written off everyone else because of the slippery slope so many others have fallen down by not wanting to vote for anyone that their neighbors or co-workers will say "What the fuck's wrong with you, idiot?" for mentioning.
That said, I'm wondering if anyone is seeing the person they really want to win still in the race.
Additionally, I'm wondering who wins the compromised-personal-beliefs olympics for the rest of us.
- this choice seems like it's largely style over substance. He hasn't said much about what he's for, or what he will do, but what he has said is cause for alarm if you're not a socialist. Is he anti-war? That might be worth something.
- I fail to see any rationality that withstands scrutiny for voting another Clinton into office, to say nothing of the myriad nightmarish scenarios her rubber stamp could create. She's the Democrat version of George Bush, complete with penis.
- The choice of staunch anti-Democrats, moderates/liberals, old people, war vets, and those who think it's okay if we stay in Iraq another 100 years no matter the cost.
This is what we've boiled down to? Man, we suck...
Conservatism is alive at my office. The argument for McCain, despite his position on Iraq, is that he isn't walking around talking about communistic health care programs which will only bleed us dry faster than BushCo could dream. I must admit, I feel as if I'd gone soft, in light of the argument against withdrawal in Iraq.
* Our armed forces are volunteers. They're professionals. They do a very dangerous job, on purpose. Diving into their psyche or debating the morality of how they're employed is an exercise in mental masturbation. The facts remain - they're professionals, and in the service because they willingly chose to be.
* More of our military people have died in peace time outside any theaters of conflict, by sheer accident, than have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. More people died last year on our highways than died in Iraq. More people were shot & killed in America than died in "war torn, insurgent-dominated" Iraq. Death rates in times of conflict have never been lower than in Iraq & Afghanistan.
* The surge is working by every meaningful measure.
* History is replete with examples of countries (not just ours) pitching in to help another nation fight a battle they couldn't fight themselves. Think back to colonial America and France (they kind of helped us become independent), and work your way forward. We were lied to, we weren't lied to - doesn't matter anymore. We're up to our balls in $2 trillion (right?) spent in Iraq, and all things considered, leaving makes no sense.
Here's where I came down.
- If I knew Congress wasn't a bunch of spineless cunts, I'd vote McCain. The war aside, he's the best choice (other than Ron Paul); it'd be up to Congress to cut off funding.
- If we can't count on Congress, I'd vote for Obama, and I'd probably be pretty pissed about it come February 2009.
Our great experiment is nearing it's end.