war

oh, it’s nearly the end of may, all right.

as we ate dinner tonight, we noticed a bunch of the rolling thunder folks who have once again invaded our area, as it is memorial day weekend. i ranted a bit about rolling thunder last year and i don’t think i could do much more on that topic. except maybe froth at the mouth a bit.

but make no mistake about it. i am related to four living veterans. i immensely appreciate the sacrifices that men and women in the military have made and are making even at this very moment. and it pains me especially to think about all the people in iraq, risking their lives to chase george w. bush’s tail. not to mention the people who live there who have been paying a tremendous price as well.

and all the while, 9/11 terrorists continue to roam the earth. and plot.

we have a lot of people to remember out there. the fallen heroes. the innocent victims.

the presidential candidates.

see, i must confess: for the first time in my life, i have not been thrilled with any of the presidential candidates. sure, sure: both democrats are against the war. but as someone who believes firmly in never wasting my vote, i have been struggling. i’ve read plenty of impassioned posts by people i respect. i’ve been trying to reconcile my ideals and hopes for the country with those of the candidates. i’ve been pondering whether even to vote, something unthinkable to me up until now. but there is one thing that may move my big scaredy-cat butt over to the polls:

the idea of who mccain will pick for a running mate.

i like each one less than the next.

so, perhaps it isn’t completely for the right reason, but i will not dishonor the men and women who died so that i could continue to have the ability to cast a ballot. by november, i will vote.

and i will vote for someone who will bring some sort of finish to this endless war.

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6 Responses to “war”

  1. If anyone I know over the age of eighteen does NOT vote, they had better not tell me about it. My right to vote has come at the expense of so many others’ lives-men, women and children.

  2. Am totally with you on this one — great video. And oh yes, the Partridge family!! I so wanted to ride in that bus!

  3. Good god, y’all, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!–Now I’ll have that song in my head all day.

    So glad you decided that sitting out is not an option.

    I’m still mulling a reply to your thoughtful comment on my kool-aid-permeated blog (heh), so will respond there.

    And yes, McCain is too scary to envision anywhere near the White House.

  4. i am looking for someone who’s willing to build intraparty coalitions and get things done. it doesn’t seem like hillary is that person. i thought obama might have been that person at first, but the longer the campaign goes on, the more his inexperience becomes apparent – i almost think he should’ve waited until 2012 or 2016. what about mccain? i am taking him seriously as a candidate, regardless of who gets my vote. he’s actually being excoriated by some on the right for being too conciliatory and “liberal” about issues like immigration! that should give even diehard dems some comfort.

    besides, he plays the media better than any repub since reagan. ever see him do “mccain sings streisand” on snl? one of the best moments that moribund show’s had in years.

  5. Kathryn Says:

    Just saw “Recount” with Kevin Spacey… a reminder of just how important it is to vote! I’d been feeling the way you do, actually feeling like I can’t bring myself to vote, cause I totally dislike the choices. When oh, when will there be a candidate I can really feel good about voting for?

  6. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Maximally
    .

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