Friday, September 05, 2008

Do We Want Him/Her to Be US?

Do we really want the President to be just like us? For my part, I do not. Maybe I’m not a good example because, although incredibly smart and intuitive, some think me a bit zany. But do we want the President or the Vice President to be “just plain folk?” We seemed to like it when Jimmy and Rosalyn got out of their secure vehicle and marched down Constitution Avenue, (some of the crack Carter staff were holed up in a warm, comfortable townhouse on Capital Hill), but it was downhill after that. We liked Jimmy Carter, but we didn’t want an “us” running the country, we wanted someone who we could aspire to be—like the wealthy and not so ordinary Ronald Reagan. (This is in no way an endorsement of that Presidency, it is simply a fact.)

When Sarah Palin says she’s ‘just a soccer Mom with kids,’ I think that’s swell. And if ever I knew a kid who happened to live in Alaska and wanted to play soccer, I’d want her to be screaming “kill, kill” on the sidelines. I do not however, want her to be screaming “kill, kill” from the West Wing. We’ve had too much of that already. And by the way, as Governor, she chose for her child to carry a baby to term, but she line-item vetoed funds for other single young women, whose parents couldn’t support them, to care for the children they chose to keep.

In addition, and regardless of the size of her budget as Mayor, or 16 months of being a Governor, her experience is small town, small and unusual State, (they have a surplus of money from oils revenues) neither bears a resemblance to what it takes to govern the United States. You may say that Bill Clinton was the Governor of a small State and look how great he was (the same people who think she’s great, won’t give Bill the same credit.) But he was also a Rhodes Scholar who had traveled quite a bit and lived abroad and had been a Governor for more than a year. True, he didn’t sell the plane on e-Bay, which some might think is fiscally conservative, but as cute as that is, it shows that she never needed to have a plane at her disposal for any international or national emergency and she doesn’t care how inconvenient it is for “just plain folk” when a Governor and all their security need to travel anywhere. Or maybe there have been no threats on her life because she was that unimportant. (And I mean that in the nicest possible way).

John McCain is not just like us -- an ordinary person, so you might think I have no issues about his candidacy. Of course, you would be wrong. I would have no problems with John McCain if the list he presented as all the things he would do, did include some of the things he has already supported. Like increased health care benefits for veterans, money for improving the equipment we give to the troops serving in harms way, or alternative fuel research—all of which he has consistently voted against. Or I might not stick my fingers in my ears and run screaming from the room when he says the do-nothing Democrats are to blame for all the problems that exist in the entire universe. I do agree that the Democrats in the Congress have been a disappointment but they have only had the leadership for less than two years. Let’s look at the one thing that has cost the nation the most money and sent us spiraling into financial disaster and deficit—the war. Like good soldiers, they trusted the President’s information was real when they OK’d funding for the war. When they found out the war was based on lies, they still supported funding because it was equated with ‘support of the troops’ – and what person, elected or not, doesn’t support the troops—it’s unpatriotic.

Speaking of not patriotic. Have you noticed that, as citizens, just plain folks, we are no longer allowed to protest, (anything). The Conventions were a perfect example of this loss of civil rights – this time the right to disagree. In Denver, there were police in riot gear just waiting for those veterans to walk close enough to the convention site – to use all the new equipment purchased by funds allocated to the conventions to prevent terrorist attacks. And in St. Paul, the police voided the permits that peaceful demonstrators had obtained to prevent them from demonstrating and then launched into ‘arrest’ mode. Oh there were lots of important arrests -- an ABC producer who didn’t move fast enough in Denver, and an NPR radio host and her producers who she was trying to help – we’re not sure they had committed a crime other than just being there.

The questions we need to ask ourselves are many among which might be; do we want more of the same—the lies, denials, misplaced blame, lack of concern for the environment, health, education, and welfare, of people who are not advantaged, as well as a loss of civil and human rights, determination to win an unwinnable war, and ongoing antagonism of any international friends we might have left. Or do we want to be a nation that thinks about the reality of the world as we know it, and use all the tools we have to make it better. And there’s nothing plain about that. We’re just saying... Iris

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Amerika.

And they came for me, but there was no one left.

I'm sure at 3 AM, McCain will pick up the phone to call the 'Pit Bull with Lipstick'. But better not wake the First Dude.

W thinking Obama is getting too wordy.

Anonymous said...

Waaah! If everyone in the country doesn't agree with me and vote for my guy the country will go into the toilet! Life goes on, Dem, Rep, Independant, our great country will survive. Enough with the doom and gloom (again).

Iris and David said...

Doom and Gloom is exactly what the most of the country is experiencing-- but it manifests itself as no health care, no job, no affordable housing, not being able to pay for gas, heat food, or child care... It's not about mine is good yours is bad. It's about what is better. Oh and by the way, the country is already in the toilet.

Anonymous said...

"...the country is already in the toilet".

Oh please, so much drama. I guess this is the same country that has provided YOU with so much opportunity and freedom. The same country that has the best health care in the world (yes, it does cost money to provide that). The country that has some of the best colleges in the world, the best economy (the rest of the world just follows us, and reacts). THIS is the country where anyone can make a life for themselves, build a business and become reliant and prosperous. THIS is the country that people risk their lives to come to. The sky is the limit. If you truly think it's "in the toilet" then you're delusional. Maybe you're confusing us with some hellhole like Cuba. I'll make an assumption here and guess you own a home here, and have probably made a profit over the years from investments in this country???? Stocks, real estate??? Yeah, I thought so.

Anonymous said...

HEY! anony-mouse .. it is lame to post as you do, hiding under some veil. be a human being, with an identity. put on some lipstick and get real! U R LAME!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Charlie Rangel has GOT to go. He's not of the people anymore, but thinks he's above the rules.

W whose grandfather was born in Harlem.

Bebe Bahnsen said...

So Mr. or Ms. Anonymous thinks Iris and David post "so much drama." He or she must have an enviable life and not worry about others in such terrible trouble right now. Many of us who want to see Obama elected have in fact had many privileges in this country; we want to see others have the same. If Mr. or Ms. A believes "THIS is the country where anyone can make a life for themselves" he or she has not been paying much attention to his or her neighbors recently.

Anonymous said...

Well, it is obvious that Mr. or Ms. A must be of the ME-publican persuasion because all they think of is THEMSELVES.. time to step away from their mirror and notice that the rest of this country is suffering. "opportunities, best colleges, prosperity" - not in my neighborhood, Mr. Rogers.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our world, and I am fairly confident when I say that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.


I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as memory gets less expensive, the possibility of copying our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could see in my lifetime.


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