Thursday, September 20, 2012
You Want Me To Ride Where???
I am fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and in favor of small government.
In 2008, I would have probably voted for John McCain if he had chosen a vice president I could have lived with. Unfortunately, he chose Sarah Palin, so my only choice was Obama.
Although I'm not a huge Obama fan, I do respect him. He's acted with grace and good judgment in every situation. I do not blame him for some early hedging on some of the more liberal issues. He's done the right thing when the time was right.
I was somewhat surprised when my party chose Mitt Romney for the Republican candidate. Romney seems to be a smart guy and a good businessman, but I really knew very little about him other than that. I also knew that Romney was Mormon but that didn't give me pause. (Frankly, I see no reason that a Muslim could not be president if he was qualified.)
As far as the social issues are concerned, there is a lot of "posturing" on both sides and much of it is meaningless. I don't believe that is a selling point in most cases. I think we have to look at the candidate and judge for ourselves what kind of a leader that person would make.
But now we come to my Achilles heel. When it was reported that Mitt Romney and his family had stuck their Irish Setter, Seamus, on top of their car in his crate for a 12 hour trip I was aghast. Further, when the Romneys never acknowledged that this was a stupid and cruel thing to do, I was outraged. Mrs. Romney went so far as to say in an interview "He loved it!" (meaning the dog). Mitt Romney said that he wouldn't do it again seeing as how such a big issue has been made out of it.
I certainly wasn't born knowing "the right thing" to do in all instances of animal care. I gave my German Shepherd an Aspirin when he was injured in a fight and we were about an hour away from a vet's office. It could have killed him. I just didn't know any better. I admit my mistakes freely and don't cover them up or deny them.
Romney also bullied a gay kid in high school, but calls it "high jinx" that he really can't remember anything about. I threatened to beat a girl's ass when she made out with my boyfriend in high school and I remember it clearly. It was wrong of me.
A person needs to show integrity and admit when they are wrong. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case with Mr. Romney.
For the third time in my life, I will vote for the Democratic candidate.