I am tired of this presidential campaign. In fact, I’ve been tired of this campaign since about January. First it was the relentless campaigning by candidates for both parties, then it was the Democratic primaries shenanigans, and now – as it comes down to the wire – it’s people on both sides of the party line making outlandish comments about the other party’s candidate. You know what? It’s beyond outlandish. A lot of the comments that are being made are egregious and blatantly false. And it’s pissing me off.
Let’s look at two or three prime examples, shall we? 1) Some Democrats say that they won’t vote for John McCain because they want peace in the next four years. 2) Some Republicans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, terrorist-loving, liberal who’s going to tax the hell out of the middle class as soon as he gets into office. 3) Democrats say that Sarah Palin is so incredibly unqualified that were she to be elected VP and potentially ascend into the presidency, they would leave the country.
So … first things first.
1) I hate to break it to you, Democrats … Barack Obama’s views on the big picture for the war in Iraq, and potential war with Iran aren’t that much different than John McCain’s. In fact, (as far as I can tell by my news-watching and Google research) the only peace issue where Obama seems to truly deviate from McCain is concerning nuclear weapons. While both candidates claim to want to stop nuclear weapon development, McCain is an advocate of the U.S. maintaining a nuclear presence until no one else is a nuclear threat (because that’s realistic while the U.S. is STILL ARMED), while Obama is in favor of abolishing nuclear weapons across the board – INCLUDING the United States. Some good resources to look into these issues are here and here and here.
2) Republicans … get a grip. Let’s address the Muslim issue first, shall we? The faith of a parent is not inherently the faith of the child. Yes, Obama’s father was Muslim. Yes, Obama’s middle name is Hussein. SO WHAT? Barack Obama is not a Muslim – made clear by his long time association with the United Church of Christ. Newsflash: THEY’RE CHRISTIANS. Let me digress here for a moment, though … it wouldn’t matter if Barack Obama was a Muslim. This is a nation that prides itself on freedom of speech and religion, and touts equality for all its citizens (whether or not these things are actually true is another soap box). And I hate to break it to you, but THE U.S. IS NOT AN INHERENTLY CHRISTIAN NATION. We all should have learned this in our most basic political science courses, but just in case you didn’t know: most of the founding fathers were deists or Unitarians (i.e. not “Christian”). If a Muslim wants to run for President of the United States, then GO FOR IT.
It also seems that not only are Republicans calling Obama a Muslim, they’re automatically associating that religion with terrorism. I’ll let Suzanne fill you in on the glaring falsity of that statement, but I’ll give you the short version: Not all terrorists are Muslim. The majority of Muslims aren’t terrorists. STOP making statements that imply as much.
As far as the tax issue goes, Obama’s proposed tax plan would only increase taxes on those who earn over $250,000 per year. The last time I checked, those people weren’t in the “middle class.” And you know what? If you’re making that much money in the first place, higher taxes aren’t going to do that much damage to your lifestyle. The majority of Americans live on far less than that, so stop your whining and get on with your life. If you want more information about the tax issue, go here.
3). Well, that one’s true. I definitely would leave the country if Sarah Palin were president. Maybe I’d go to Russia so she could see me giving her the finger from her house.
What it boils down to is this … I’d like to see citizens of the United States stop practicing irresponsible citizenry by trashing the other side’s candidate with blatant lies. If you’re going to debate, debate on the actual issues. Don’t start spouting some sensational propaganda you think is going to turn people against the other side’s candidate. It just makes you look foolish – to me and to the rest of the world.
If you want more information on where the candidates stand on a multitude of issues, go here. And don’t forget to vote! Unless you’re voting for McCain … kidding! Sort of.