I personally was going to vote Obama, until he chose Biden, who I don't like, but even then I was thinking about voting Obama, until McCain chose Palin. I'm not much into McCain, but I think Palin is great, so that changed things as far as I was concerned, because I know Palin won't settle for politics as usual.
But then, I was watching CNN, which I don't normally do (not good for the blood pressure), but thought it might be fun to watch some of the coverage of today's events, and it was so vicious (I hope I spelled that right). There were all these analysts trying to state what the people were thinking, and how everyone felt about the event, and what everyone's thoughts and feelings were, and not once did they say anything that I felt about the events, or the information being shared. Then they went on to say "this party is so out of touch, how can they, blah blah blah" and "that other party is just as out of touch, they say blah blah blah" and I just thought I'm a member of one of those parties and that's not how I feel at all. None of those views represents me or how I feel about any of this. And I'm sure I'm not the only person that is true for, but as I watch the news, and read stories, I think that's the image we're supposed to get, we're supposed to think everyone else thinks that way. "They're a blah blah, so they must think that blah blah", or even "so and so says they think blah blah, so that must be true".
I think the worst part of this supposedly historic election (aside from the usual Republican/Democrat battle royal) is that it is forcing a lot of people to choose things that they weren't prepared to choose. It's all well and good to say that its time for a black man to be president, but there are still people that it alienates (beyond the usual political hatred across lines); just as its all well and good to say a woman should be Pres or VP, but there are still people who don't want that. But this election, now with Palin chosen as the VP nom seals the 2 things in American politics that a lot of people aren't ready to vote on, but now have no choice. I think across party lines there are a lot of people who have been hoping this day would come, but now that its here, it's different. Personally I don't care - man/woman, color/no color - it doesn't matter. It shouldn't matter, but I think it does to some people, maybe a lot of people.
I think it takes an ugly event (choosing a president shouldn't be ugly, but it is, especially with the blood hungry media looking for scandal everywhere), anyway, it takes a tough event, and makes it that much harder because it squeezes people, and forces them to choose 2 things they never wanted to choose, no matter what they said. I think that is what has discouraged me more than anything about this years politics - this should be exciting and fun, but its so ugly, and hypocritical, and loud. I wish our nation wasn't so tied up in political names and categories - it alienates people. I wish we could just say that we were all going to vote for the person that best represented the direction we wanted our country to go, but I don't think we do. I think we end up out of necessity choosing the person we think will cause the least harm, and that's no way to run a country. We wouldn't buy a house that way, or a car. "Hmm, I think I'll get this model, it won't be the worst car I could drive". Or maybe we do do things that way, I don't know.
I guess I just don't want people, especially families and friends to feel offended, or picked on, or not heard, or feel like their party or position is somehow unacceptable or "wrong". So, I guess what I'm really saying is - I love to talk about politics, and issues, and positions, but I don't do it to be mean, or make people mad, or to try and convince or bully people, or to get in someone's face and make them defensive, or to somehow say "I believe only what I believe, and nothing else so LALALALA". I just find it fascinating, but if it comes across badly, I don't mean it that way, that's not my point at all, I just like discussion. So - can't we all just get along? :) I Love you all!