The Question We Must Stop Asking
by Its All So Goofy, Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:21:28 PM EDT
I've seen it over and over again, on diary after diary. You ask about those who are a combination Hillary-Supporter/Obama-Hater about why they're voting for McCain. You want to know which of his POLICIES are so attractive, so much better than Obama's, and that will make America better than it is now.
Which McCain policies are you voting for?
Are you voting for that $21 middle class tax break vs. Obama's $300?
Are you voting for more severe restrictions on reproductive choice, including abortion and birth control?
Are you voting for less restrictions on clean air, clean water, and endangered species?
Are you voting for abandoning improving public schools to funnel tax dollars to support charter and private schools?
Are you voting for the privatization of Social Security?
Are you voting for public policy dictated by fringe religious extremists and corporate lobbyists?
Are you voting for a preemptive war in Iran?
Are you voting for preventing expanded veterans' benefits?
Are you voting for increased voting rights restrictions?
Are you voting for secret prisons with no access to lawyers or a fair trial?
Which of these most appeals to you that you'd vote for it?
I understand that these people are voting for McCain, but by now, we've heard all the excuses, so why does anyone keep asking?
When asked,they don't address a single one of these policy differences as something they actually agree with. Ironically, though, they insist theirs is a reasoned, well-thought out protest.
They'll tell you they want to change the party by leaving it. Change comes from within. I don't like the way my townhouse association operates. So the sensible thing is for me and some of my neighbors to move? That will teach them a lesson? That'll force them to change anything? When you quit that job in protest, did the company change? At all? Did some Great Revelation happen by your absence? Or did they just go on without you? Be honest, now.
They'll tell you they don't TRUST Obama. But they do trust a guy who cheated on his wife, was admonished by Congress for his lack of ethical judgment, finished near the bottom of his class (so had to use family clout), publicly called his 2nd wife a sexist and demeaning name, made a nasty joke about a teenage girl (and her mother), and has said in one of his books that he just wants to be President for its own sake. That's the guy they want to trust.
They tell you it's just 4 years. What can happen in 4 years? Bush was halfway through his first term when we invaded a sovereign nation, opened secret prisons, and began torturing people. He signed executive orders by the bushel-full, spied illegally on Americans who had done nothing wrong, and imposed gag orders on abortion and birth control. Undoing what Bush had been able to do in as little as 3 years will be like trying to turn the Titanic around on a dime. Even with a Democrat-controlled Congress, McCain would just continue this new practice of piling up executive orders. Count on it.
So what is the usual answer to the policy question? If you persist, they may eventually admit that it's not about policy. They just don't like That Other Guy. Period. doesn't even matter what he'd do or not do. All that counts is that he beat That Other Candidate, and because he won, he obviously had to have cheated. He's clearly a very bad guy.
So they're willing to live with subsidizing Big Oil, privatizing Social Security, restricting women's sovereignty over their own bodies, attacking Iran, and giving our veterans nothing. They're comfortable with making the lives of themselves, their friends, family, and neighbors worse in the HOPE that somehow That Other Candidate will become President one day. Of course, by then, there'd be so much more to fix. And so much that can't be fixed. And if That Other Candidate doesn't follow this path they've set down for her, what will they do then?
We keep asking, "Why, WHY do you support McCain?" as if a reasoned, direct answer was forthcoming. They keep insisting they're intelligent people. Reasonable people. People who made a thoughtful decision rather than a purely emotional one. They'll tell you that's okay, as if emotion and policy were one and the same. Doesn't sound so intelligent to me.
So stop asking. Because you're never going to get an answer that makes sense.