The election is just around the corner–it’s so soon, and it’s horribly depressing to see that some people still haven’t made up their minds about who they’ll vote for, or worse yet, that people are planning to vote for a POW and a small town beauty queen because the veep choice is someone with whom they’d not only like to have a beer, but a one-night stand as well. Yes, people, that’s what we need: someone who is a heartbeat away from the presidency who you’d like to screw. Fuckability is not a presidential qualification, and neither is being a former prisoner of war.
All of that aside, there are some factors that many people aren’t considering regarding this election, but in particular there is one huge factor: SCOTUS. Three of the four more liberal judges on the Supreme Court are aging. One is in his eighties, two are in their seventies. It is very likely that the next president of the United States will be appointing more than one Supreme Court justice. This could change the fabric of our nation for decades to come, and in some really scary ways. If, for example, John McSame and Caribou Barbie* are elected, they are determined to appoint justices who will overturn Roe vs. Wade. Add to this decisions about executive privilege and even basic civil liberties, and you can see just how bad this could get. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If, in the next election, the Republican ticket gets through, one of the most important components of our system of checks and balances would be shot to hell. The United States would be a very different country indeed.
Of course, there are other serious considerations when it comes to the Republican nominees, one of which is wars: John McSame is determined to bomb Iran. He has said multiple times, “There will be more wars.” He seems to be driven by this desire to be a wartime president, to bomb the hell out of any number of nations who aren’t benefitting his corporate backers. War means more strain on our economy, more danger to our own safety, more destruction of America’s status in the rest of the world. Another concern, especially for anyone who is even remotely middle class is that these people are interested in making the rich richer. They plan to keep tax cuts for the rich while letting the rest of us pick up the slack. Again, these are just two drops in the proverbial bucket of problems with these candidates. This is not just an election about issues or character; this election is a contest between two very divergent worldviews: one for whom America and her citizens are the central priority and another–ruled by corporate greed–for whom the almighty dollar is God.
This is the most important election of my lifetime, of our children’s lifetimes, of generations to come. It isn’t just about personality or likability or the issues; it’s about the future of our nation. As a community of bloggers who want children or who have children and who want to keep them protected, it is up to us to help create a world where they are safe to be children of gay and lesbian parents and of single-parents-by- choice. So if you’re still trying to decide, and the speeches and debates and ads aren’t helping you make up your mind, think of our children. They will thank you one day.
*I can’t take credit for this: It’s a name given to her by Stephanie Miller. If you haven’t listened to her radio show, you must.