By Eric ~ September 7th, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized.
As some of you may know, I’m pretty outspoken politically. In the past, I’ve refused to vote for Mr. Gore, because I was afraid that his wife may have sufficient influence over Da Prez to make headway in censorship of the Internet.Being who I am, that was wholly unacceptable.
Well, that situation seems to be coming up again. I’m afraid I find it likely that one of the upcoming VP’s is likely to become the next President of the United States before the next election. Consider, if you will, that Mr. McCain would be the oldest inductee EVER for president. Now, he could well be in fantastic health, but those just aren’t good odds.
On the Democratic side of the aisle, you have a strapping young man by the name of Barack Obama. He’s articulate, elegant, and inspiring. Alas, he happens to be one of our darker skinned brothers. He’s not even president yet, and he has already had threats on his life. Valid or not, the comparisons between him and Lincoln, Kennedy, and MLK have been drawn. We all know how those came out.
So, what is it that scares me? Well, Biden seems to be pretty vanilla, as far as I can tell. However, there has been distressing information out there about Palin’s attempts to ban books, and terminate a librarian for refusal to do so. The same article also states that she continued to inject her own religious beliefs into her policy. Though I can respect one’s faith, I, personally, have to draw the line at drafting law consistent with religious beliefs, as the rest of the constituency don’t have those same beliefs.
I don’t like some of Obama’s ideas. At this point, I’m the furthest thing from a protectionist that you can find. I’m also not a fan of his plan for healthcare. I think that we need to go single payor/administered by a current non-profit, such as the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association. I think that the current plan to provide for those that don’t have their own will expand the cost of the program, and reclaim none of the administrative overhead that comes with the complexity of all of the group contract management.
But, I suppose, when you get right down to it…the fear of having individual’s rights whittled away trumps my dislike of protectionist policies and such. Can we tariff our way out of this global economy mess? I find it unlikely, because I expect that we still export a hefty amount of GDP (software comes to mind). We’ll feel the repercussions of those actions. But I can’t imagine putting someone in that office that holds some of the views of Ms. Sarah Palin.