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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Election

This is the first time in a very long while that I can remember feeling inspired by a candidate. What bothers me is the reliance some have on so called political pundits who 'call' the debates. One said McCain 'won it by a mile'. Of course this guy is a diehard Republican who wouldn't have given Obama credit if he were the second coming. Do others realize this? Just because someone has been given a show does not mean they are prepared to be fair and judge the debates on their merits rather than represent a party line. Am I alone in seeing this?
When I look at John McCain, I see an old man who has no flexibility; a 'johnny one note' who doesn't address the issues and will not look Obama in the eye or grace him with common courtesy. McCain repeats his service to our country as a carrot and makes disparaging remarks about his opponent's vague and distant past affiliations. He plays on the fears of and panders to the public with this as he panders to us with his choice for a running mate in Palin. She does the same with her winking (if a man did this would we tolerate it?) and constant reminders of their both being 'mavericks' and her common-man affiliation. At no time have either of them expressed real solutions to any issues. These candidates and the Republican Party disrespect my abilities to see through their verbage. I have no doubt that McCain is a fine man, a good father, a patriot. His running mate is a lovely woman with a beautiful family. These combined qualities, however, do not make them presidential material.
Check out this link: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080928/COMMENTARY/809289997

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

You nailed it Kathy. I think and hope that the majority of Americans feel the same way.