I rarely if EVER talk politics with friends because, quite frankly, I like having a lot of friends and plan on keeping it that way. Political banter often escalates into arguments and I hate arguing with my friends. I prefer to agree to disagree and leave the volitile chatter at the door. Still with the election looming it is often a very hard topic to avoid.
SO HERE IS MY TWO CENTS ON THIS:
My candidate did not survive the primary race and I now find myself "stuck" on the fence. Some of you may think that this is a cop out or an easy answer to avoid discussing the candidates. Let me set the record straight -- sitting on the policital fence, not knowing which way to lean, has left me smack in the middle -- constantly getting "poked" as I ponder a direction.
Don't get me wrong. I love politics and have voted in every election since I was 18. I had been a devoted Democratic for many years and have never felt "unsure" so close to an election before. But this election is different . . . in so many ways.
First of all I must say that the media has been the BIGGEST disappointment to me. Having a journalism degree, the one thing I remember my professors teaching me was that I needed to keep my personal views OUT of my stories. Journalists are supposed to be unbiased. While all the networks have been somewhat biased in their coverage, my favorite networks, NBC and their subsidiaries, have been the worst. I don't watch them anymore. I find myself tuning in to CNN and . . . dare I say this . . . FOX News at times. Believe it or not they provide more balanced coverage than their liberal competitors.
Second, I HATE all of this RED vs BLUE crap. What's wrong with the rest of the colors. I don't look at this election as red vs blue. I see our country as a place of many colors. The fence I straddle looks more like a rainbow!
I like things about both candidates and dislike things about them too. Many of you like to send me political e-mails and I enjoy reading them. A word to the wise though: you will not sway me off the fence with negatives about the candidates. I don't think McCain is JUST LIKE George Bush anymore than I think Obama is a jew-hater who wants to teach kindergarteners about sex. Keep the arguments positive and you'll have my attention, and your candidate perhaps will get my vote.
I really believe that both men are qualified and, like Jon Stewart said at the emmy awards, "I'm looking forward to the next administration. That's it. I'm just looking forward to the next administration."
And that is my two cents on politics! I'm heading to Newport,Rhode Island for the weekend and hope to be scrapping as soon as I return.
Thanks as always, for visiting my page!