Thursday, September 11, 2008

Are We a Nation of 5 Year Olds?

We have a problem with Joanna. She gets distracted very easily. She will be on her way to the bathroom, notice something shiny in the corner and completely lose track of what she was doing. This happens on a regular basis, at home and in school. Our country is currently doing the same thing. Everyone is being distracted from the economy, energy and health care by pigs wearing lipstick.

Now I agree that Barack Obama was probably referring to Sarah Palin with his comment about putting lipstick on a pig, but it seems a huge stretch to imagine that means that he is sexist and was calling Sarah Palin a pig. First of all, he lives in a house with three women. If it is anything like my house, the sexism would have been beaten right out of him. Second, he doesn't strike me as the type to use that kind of language. He seems kind of reserved. Since John McCain used the same expression to refer to a plan by Hillary Clinton, it seems kind of nervy to then say it is a sexist expression.

Everyone needs to move past the lipstick and pig comments (and any other distractions the politicians or pundits try to throw in front of us). It might even make sense to stop listening to the candidates completely. All they seem to do is say negative things about each other and don't get specific about what they want to do. Try visiting Barack Obama's Web site and John McCain's Web site. These links go right to each candidate's issues page. You can find the issues that are important to you and find out how each candidate plans to address your concerns. You might be surprised by what you find. Don't vote for Barack Obama because he is African American or good looking. And don't vote for John McCain because he has a female vice president (who is also good looking). Vote for the candidate who appears to have the best answers to the things that are important to you. Remember, you are not choosing a best friend, you are picking the person who will be responsible for what happens in your country for the next four years.

5 comments:

Kim said...

Amen to all that! And yes, many people would be surprised by what they find on the candidates' issues pages. Drives me crazy that my mom keeps saying about Obama's ideas..."well, how is he going to do these things?" Well, mom...go to his website and read the details!

Anne said...

So much of politics is about the cult of personality. I don't want a president I can hang out with, I want a president who would bore me to tears because he is smarter than me:)

samsmom said...

I agree with you completely here. People don't realize that they aren't voting for Palin, they are voting for McCain (she's just the VP). Gack.....I hate politics! :)

Carole said...

Excellent post!! Bravo! Clap, clap! Yes, yes!

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Thanks for the candidates web site pages. I certainly will go there to read about the issues. By the way, love your blog and stumbled it.