"I just feel safer with him," I keep hearing. "Safer with John McCain." (I'm hearing this from other people, sometimes people I love; not the voices in my head).
You feel safer? As in, Pepaw McCain is going to make everything ok and take care of you and protect little girl from bad people out there? Does baby want a cookie?
I'm sincerely making a heartfelt effort to understand that point of view.
Maybe you're right. Perhaps there IS something reassuring (in a paternal, grandfatherly sort of way) about a politician who has been known to call his wife a "c*nt." In public, mind you!
I can't buy into the "safer with McCain" bullshit concept.
In fact, I feel decidedly unsafe with McCain.
The stories circulating about McCain's temper, nastiness, and volatility are legion. Even some in his own party voice concerns about his fury. "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), told the Boston Globe. "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
I feel uneasy about a candidate who would seem to criticize Obama for "the ambition to be President."
"Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president," said McCain. He was delivering an August 18 speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention.
Am I overly suspicious? I saw clips of this comment, and read part of the speech. That line seemed oddly deliberate, which is strange when you examine the content. Anyone running for office (McCain, for example) has loads of ambition and mettle; that's patently obvious. "Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president."
Is this some kind of under-the-radar code? Like, "This arrogant black man is running for President—and has the gall to think he can win! RED ALERT! Calling all NON-BLACK FOLKS! Quick! Stop him--he's dangerous!"
McCain's comment led into his point that Obama lacks adequate experience to be President. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. When and how does a legitimate criticism veer into a subtle appeal to people's base instincts? Historically, that murkiness is what the GOP trades on in their low-road ad and whisper campaigns.
I'm unable to get comfort from "leaders" who act like obstinate three year olds. Drunk, obtuse cowboys. Hated and feared playground bullies. Mentally ill demons. Or apathetic, spineless, selfish dolts (i.e., the bulk of all elected Democrats, excluding Kucinich.)
Like Michelle Obama, I'm well aware that Barack is not a perfect man.
But the prospect of a thoughtful, deliberate, reasonable diplomat as President makes me feel "safer" than I have in a long time. Someone who acknowledges his strengths and weaknesses, and is man enough to surround himself with other smart, ethical people and varied points of view. I haven't felt too "safe" since the Clinton days. Yeah, I said it. I used to like him.
Do you ever get the feeling Obama is criticized by his foes for being, well, … intelligent? (Note to self: electing dumb but 'experienced', privileged President has been catastrophic! Do not repeat!)
Obama doesn't appear to be the kind of man who believes in exercising his God-given right to intimidate and bully dissenters worldwide, smugly install puppet tyrants, destroy the environment, or cloak invasions with lies. I don't envision him communicating like a bratty toddler, refusing to "talk" to certain governments.
We know the pain resulting from allowing inept or evil people to serve as our leaders. The consequences are deadly, leading to destruction of our environment, our international standing, and to people in general. Worldwide. Not just all-important "Americans." Think: Iraq Invasion and Occupation, for instance.
Barack Obama. "I just feel safer with him." Check out this video. I'm hoping you'll feel safer with him, too.