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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Spoilin' to spoil

My good friend Bill and I were talking this morning about being political spoilers.

Of the current POTUS election, I know little that I can hang my hat on, beyond this:

1. I don't want any of the viable candates from either party elected.
2. I don't have much choice in the matter-- one of them will be elected.
3. The Republican party choice is basically decided.
4. The Democratic party choice is completely up in the air.
5. I have personal distaste for Hillary Clinton that goes deeper than my distaste for Barack Obama.
6. I'm unimpressed with McCain's credentials as a conservative.

Really, it's probably all the same to me-- call them vanilla or chocolate or strawberry-- I don't want a taste. But I know that I don't want a turd sandwich, and that means that I don't want Hillary Clinton to be an end candidate.

I think that Obama needs to be the Democratic candidate.

I think that I need to vote in the Democratic primary.

On March 4th, 2008, I am going to hold my nose, march right into my local poll, and vote for Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President Of The United States.

This means that I need to register as a Democrat.

So be it.

There ain't much difference, these days, anyway. (Sigh.)

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At Monday, February 11, 2008 1:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I feel your pain." I will hold my nose on election day and vote for Mc. Personnally, I detest the former POW. He seems to have forgotten what an enemy is capable of. He has certainly teamed up with some of the most liberal people to author some of the most assine bills.

That being said, if my one vote keeps Obama or Billary out of office I will be just a bit happier.

I will also be writting a lot of letters. Hope y'all will all join me in the writting.

At Monday, February 11, 2008 1:20:00 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...

I understand. Years ago, I was wondering "who among them could do me the least harm?", so I went and punched the dot for Dukakis.

It worked out well for me back then.

I think the harm is spread around pretty equidistant among the expected anointed this go-round. I figure McCain can beat Hillary, may be a tighter race with Obama. I was considering voting for Huckabee to poke the RNC in the eye, but then again, in the immortal words of Jim Hightower, "If God had meant us to vote, He would have given us candidates".


At Monday, February 11, 2008 2:38:00 PM, Blogger BCFD36 said...

So, you don't like anyone who's running right now. Neither do I. However, where do you stand on the following issues, and WHY do you believe what you believe? It should take at LEAST a paragraph for each one I would think. The a, b, c listings are possible areas of discussion.
1. Stem cell research
a. Embryos to be flushed
2. Evolution vs. Creationism as scientific study
a. Scientific method
b. Repeatable tests vs Faith vs “This is what the Bible says”
3. Gay Marriage vs Civil Unions vs Damages Family Values
4. Family Values
5. War on Drugs
a. Are we winning or losing?
b. Is it worth the money and time?
6. War in Iraq
a. Should we be there now?
b. Should we have gone in the first place?
7. War in Afghanistan
a. Should we be there now?
b. Should we have gone in the first place?
8. Immigration and Illegal Immigrants
a. Who picks the crops?
b. Who cleans the buildings?
c. Who does all the stuff illegals seem able and willing to do if they are all shipped out?
9. States Rights vs Federal Rights
10. Government interference in scientific studies

At Monday, February 11, 2008 3:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel your pain, brother!

The nickel's worth of difference between the Republicrats and the Democans is slowly dwindling to a penny. Two sides of the same coin.

I dread this election.

At Monday, February 11, 2008 4:45:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

BCFD36, I'll play your game:

1. Research all you want. If it's legal to use dead folks' remains for science, why shouldn't it be legal to use embryo remains? If you're "Pro-Choice," then you definitely shouldn't be squeamish about such research. And if you're "Pro-Life," then why should you be against the ONE. SINGLE. Good thing that can come from killing a fetus? What of fetuses that were obtained by abortions of medical necessity? Are those bad, too? Even Orin Hatch, a noted anti-abortion legislator, is okay with stem cell research.

2-4: Utter red herrings. Not pertinent to how the government should be run.

5. I'm against it. But the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are both in a race to prove that they're the most staunch supporters of bigger government sanctions against all things druggie. At around $40k a year to house a felon, I question the logic of this.

6. Teach them to speak English, love the American dollar, and consider ways of dealing with conflict that doesn't involve the acronym "IED," and get the hell out. History shows that you can be well-rewarded by a country that develops close ties to you.

7. Yes, we should have gone to Afghanistan. Yes, we should probably still be there. Yes, we need to begin looking at getting out. It's time to set up some trust funds to reward the guy who brings Osama's head on a pike.

8. So long as there is money to do it, someone will. That's what free enterprise is. I have lots and lots of colleagues that are frustrated that they aren't receiving federal coopertation when we try to deport undocumented aliens. If they'll be taxed and documented, they're welcome to come pick food. Otherwise, the price will go up to the extent that non-illegal immigrant labor will be interested in the work. Created a grey market by design is specious.
9. The Forgotten 10th Amendment needs to be reinstated. It's part of the Bill Of Rights, and probably the least-respected one. I'm not just talking about Raich v. Ashcroft, here-- how about GA's attempt to regulate their housing market lending practices (something I don't necessarily agree with, but do agree that they have the right to do), and the Fed interfering? Bollux. None of the fed's bidness.
10. Well, that's not science, is it?

At Monday, February 11, 2008 6:46:00 PM, Blogger Don said...

"5. I have personal distaste for Hillary Clinton that goes deeper than my distaste for Barack Obama."

Give him time.

At Monday, February 11, 2008 9:15:00 PM, Blogger 10% said...

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the election as well. I plan on voting a similar way in March, with the hopes that I can at least mitigate any damage that might be done in the real elections.

At Monday, February 11, 2008 9:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if it's Obama with Hillary as Vice, I sure hope he expands the Secret Service and thoroughly cleans house of any Clintonista's in it- if he doesn't I figure she'll just Vince Foster him.

At Monday, February 11, 2008 10:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I got my Texas DL I indicated on the form that I also wished to register to vote. But the question of party affiliation or even the registration process itself did not come up whilst I was at the county annex building.

A couple weeks later my voter registration certificate (it's too big to be called a card, but heck, everything is bigger in Texas) arrived along with my driver's license. I still don't see any provision on the card for indicating party affiliation. I sort of figured that in this county you're basically assumed to be a Republican until proven guilty.

At Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:33:00 AM, Blogger 10% said...

In Texas, party affiliation is chosen when you vote in the primary.

At Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:39:00 AM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

Even with the new "Obama's Houston HQ has a Cuban flag with douCHE Guevara's picture on it?" debacle?

At Tuesday, February 12, 2008 2:53:00 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

I dunno. I have a deep distaste for both Obama and Clinton. I can't go along with McCain's financial plans (give all the goodies to big business, trickle-down, my ass) but then that's nothing new and that's why I've never voted Republican.

Until this year.

I completely disagree with most of McCain's politics. I actually do halfway agree with Obama's and Clinton's platforms (Minus socialized medicine and a few other little odds and ends). So why did I vote for McCain?
Because he's the only one that doesn't spring-load my Armageddon sensors AND he's the only one I think is capable of being the leader of the free world, whether I agree with him or not.

Clinton won't be able to manage the patriarchal Middle East (she's no Margaret Thatcher) and her husband won't shut up and stay out of it. There may well be a time for a woman president, but this is not that time and she is most definitely not that woman.

I nearly lost my dinner when listening to Obama's speech the night of Super Tuesday - I literally could not stomach it. He talks too much without saying enough. He may appeal to a lot of the population because he "talks on their level," but then again - if we want to keep our place as the only superpower in the world and not come to a dramatic fall, we need someone who doesn't drop to the level of the lowest common denominator. Frankly I think this country could do without people jumping on the race card and having Al Sharpton running his mouth everytime someone has something negative to say about the President. They've already started.

That's why.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 4:36:00 AM, Blogger Pagan Blacksmith said...

This election is the defining example of a comment by Lazarus Long (a fictional character of SciFi lore created by Robert Anson Heinlein). As I recall it went something like:

"Whenever there is an election, VOTE! In this day and age there will very rarely be a candidate an intelligent ape would agree to support, but there will ALWAYS be some evil son of a bitch to vote AGAINST."

Definitely a statement of value this presidential election year.


At Tuesday, December 01, 2009 3:25:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...



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