Okay, I'm going to get political for just a moment. So if you're not an American or don't want to read about politics, you can certainly ignore this.
For those still reading, I have one big, important question:
While I encourage everyone to cast a ballot in November, you won't be able to do so if you're not REGISTERED to vote. The deadline in many states is coming up either right now, or very quickly!
Please take a few minutes to register, if you haven't done so before now. You can even do this online, without even needing to go anywhere to do it! Check out RocktheVote.Org (or google for other options, as there are many).
Let's look at the educational background of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and see what they bring to the job:
Occidental College - Two years
Columbia University - B.A. political science (with a specialization in international relations)
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters (general study)
University of Idaho - 2 semesters (journalism)
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters (B.A. in journalism)
I'm don't feel I need to comment. Each of you is free to decide what impact, if any, education has here.
Many of you are college graduates, or are currently in college, so I'd assume you feel strongly about the importance of higher education -- but of course that's simply my assumption. (smile)
I will say that I'm amused by McCain's class standing, based on something Marilyn mistressmarilyn is always saying: "Someone had to graduate at the bottom of their class." Oh! She generally says it when people are complaining about a doctor or dentist, by the way... (heh)
I don't get political very often, I admit. I'm not out to try and change opinions, but I do think all Americans need to approach this coming vote with cool heads. I also think we need to be as well informed about the two tickets as is possible. There's a lot of really nasty crap floating around out there. I admit I don't care for hate politics. I lost all respect and admiration for former mayor Rudolph Giuliani after hearing him speak at the convention. He's so full of poison I was stunned. I worry that after the vote is counted it will be next to impossible for people to UNITE and move forward. There's work to be done in this country, and it will take everyone -- from both parties -- to tackle it.
Some days I feel like asking the politicians to 'play nice' -- the way you do with children!
For example, when I first saw the McCain-approved ad about sex and kindergarten children, I thought it was a YouTube hoax! When I later saw it on TV, I was stunned that anyone would twist the truth so much simply to try and get votes. Again, I stress that this ad is McCain-approved, which I personally wouldn't have believed possible...
Sure, I freely admit I'm not a McCain fan, yet I've never been all that down on the man. But tactics like these seem unnecessary to me. If you've got the issues down, then let your platform speak for you.
(As an aside, the speaker who impresses the hell out of me is Michelle Obama. I can't help thinking what an amazing First Lady she'd make...)
Tom has said all along that Obama can't get elected because this nation won't elect a black man to the Presidency. As much as I hate it, I have to admit that I see his point. People come up with tons of excuses for why they plan to vote for McCain, but when you're talking to individuals who will clearly be negatively impacted by a McCain presidency, it's obvious that racism is winning the day.
Still, we're living in exciting times. I feel lucky to have watched Martin Luther King, Jr. make an impact on this world -- and now I've watched as both a black man and a woman (Hillary) both ran for President. Whether Obama is elected or not, he's almost there -- closer than any other black man has ever been in the history of this nation.
The fact that he's black is a plus to me. But keep in mind that I also support Sam Adams, who is Portland's openly gay mayor. I'm always hearing people (especially older women) say they 'hate' Sam -- and then offer really weak reasons why they do.
I get it -- it's clear they hate him because he's gay. (Marilyn has a much more descriptive and colorful way of referring to that, by the way, as I'm sure you can imagine!)
On the other hand, I wouldn't vote for Obama simply because he's black. Just like I'm not rushing to vote for McCain/Palin simply because Palin is a woman.
Me? I'm a liberal (Democrat), yet not radically so. There are many issues I'm actually more conservative about. I guess I'm tend to be more moderate, and yes, I've seen extreme liberalism up close and personal, believe me! (smile)
I'll always support politics and candidates that are inclusive. I'm not an elitist, which I'm sure everyone knows about me.
And I'm never going to support someone who isn't supportive of minorities, including gays. It's easy to exclude people in this world, but I don't happen to like it.
That's far more politics than I intended for my blog. Who knows, I might get more politically-minded here in the future. (grin) But I somehow doubt it.
Still, I believe that every person who lives in a nation that offers that chance to vote should be taking the time to REGISTER and CAST A BALLOT. Being able to vote is an honor and a responsibility, and none of us should take that lightly.
Well, I'm climbing down off my soap box now. However you who are Americans decide to vote, I do hope you'll take time to be a part of the process. Every vote really does matter!
ETA: You might want to check out THIS ENTRY by copperwise, by the way... I found it really interesting!