Author: Mary Ann in Ohio-A Swing State
Since I have been hearing this a lot--threat/blackmail about Roe v Wade, and since for once I have heard it without the more usual ad hominem (feminem?) arguments, I will try to respond.
(And by the way, what has distressed me the most in this contentious period--since most of my friends were/are Obama supporters, is my friends' inability to argue without using ad hominem arguments. One "friend," whom I can barely tolerate now, accused me of being paranoid when I complained about the sexism in the campaign. Another said I read too much about the primary--mostly rumor of course on the internet, and it was making me "irrational," she being a typical low information voter, who in my opinion decided early to vote for the cute Black guy as a way to "erase" her years of white privilege. And where is one supposed to get information if the MSM is in the tank for Obama.) But I digress.
First of all, I am not worried about Roe v Wade. If elected, McCain would have a Democratic Congress and would have to pay some attention to Congress in terms of appointment of judges. Furthermore, I'm not even convinced he is that opposed to Roe v Wade. In the past he has taken some less conservative positions and if elected (one term presumably), then he could do what he wanted. He can't be all bad since Kerry wanted him as his VP.
And in some ways I am less concerned about the effect of the Supreme Court on Roe v Wade than I am on some other issues. (Odd for this long-time unapologetic feminist to say.) Other decisions might have more far-reaching effects--decisions which consistently favor business over the little guy--a preview of which we have had in the past two years. So for a liberal, this is as scary a scenario as undoing Roe v Wade.
In my meanest moods, I don't give a shit about Roe v Wade. All those Obama girls should but they have supported the rock star rather than the candidate who was truly for women's issues. And if they can't get abortions because too many of said no we won't vote for BO, then they have backed the wrong horse and have to pay for their ignorance. I guess I can say this easily because I don't need an abortion and I have no daughter or granddaughter who might want one.
Still, as I understand it, even if Roe v Wade were overturned states might still have the option of allowing abortion. Since blacks and Hispanics don’t get abortions as often, that might only mean that poor white girls would have to have these babies or put them up for adoption. Not all bad since I know a lot of people who have gone to Vietnam and China to adopt babies. Young women with means always were able to get safe abortions--I knew two who actually got them hospitals, where the operation was listed as a D and C (Probably this paragraph is a weak argument--I just can't get too upset about this.)
But there is for me a much much bigger issue. I believe the Democratic party is corrupt and that the fix was in much earlier than most of us were aware of. They front-loaded the primaries (Dean admits to wanting to have minority states voting early--SC.); they allowed 3 states to vote early without penalty; they discounted FLA and MI votes (and didn't let them vote early because they knew Hillary would win and that would have given her momentum); they allowed undemocratic caucuses and never bothered to investigate the numerous instances of fraud (not to mention the unfairness in general of caucuses for people who have to work, care for children or others, or who are disabled since many caucus sites weren't handicapped accessible); they seemingly weren't bothered by the enormous discrepancies between caucus results and unbinding primary results (note Nebraska, for example, where BO barely won in the primary and won overwhelmingly in the caucus); they aren't concerned about the fact that a win of a mere 12000 votes in a caucus state landed BO with 12 delegates whereas a win of several hundred thousand for Hillary in a primary state only gave her 12 delegates; the DNC and Dean never once commented on the incredible misogyny in the campaign; and the crowning blow--the rules committee and Donna Brazille, that fraud and incompetent, who lost Gore the election, who dared to quote her mother about cheating, cheated, giving votes to BO he never won--based on exit polls for God's sake. Had FLA and MI been counted, Hillary would have led in the pledged delegates. Had BO agreed to have a revote in those states she would probably have had the lead as well.
So this is a fraudulent election in which we have apparently ended up with the weaker, unvetted candidate. (I say "apparently" since there's a miniscule chance that something dreadful will come out before the convention which might turn the supers toward Hillary--although it's much more likely there will be an October surprise.) I cannot reward the party for corruption, for "selecting" this candidate rather than letting the best candidate be elected. My husband, a Hillary supporter, but with nothing close to my passion, said after the rules committee debacle that he would never vote Democratic again until they cleaned up their act. (He probably won't vote for McCain, however.)
So why don't I sit it out. I don’t want the party to win. If I don't vote, I deprive BO of one vote. If I vote for McCain, I deprive him of 2 votes. I want to punish the DNC for unethical behavior first. (And I have been a Democrat for more than 40 years because I always thought it was more ethical to be a Democrat than a self-serving Repug.) But in addition, I truly believe that BO would be a terrible choice. Initially, it was just that he was inexperienced (so I would have championed a Hillary-Obama ticket--with her at the top of course--as a way of giving him much needed experience). Now I don't want him any where close to power. I don't think he has the character, the judgment, the maturity to be president. I could go on about this but won't. So for this reason as well I will vote for McCain, knowing that I disagree with many of his policies, but believing as well that he would be a better leader for my country. Today my country is more important than the party. And parenthetically, I think McCain would do a better job getting us out of Iraq than BO.
And I suppose I should add, that McCain's VP choice might alter my thinking. I'd have to stay out of the voting booth if Huckaby (or as Dolly call calls him--Flat-earth-aby) were the VP. And I would not vote for BO if Hillary were his VP (which won't happen). I don't want the terrific candidate subservient to the thin resume.
On the basis of rather inchoate thoughts (now somewhat more articulated) I signed up with Citizens for McCain. I also gave his campaign $10.44--the 44 being symbolic for Hillary. The campaign called me and asked if I would be the spokesperson for this group in northwest Ohio . I asked them to call again in a month. It's one thing to be anathema on the internet. But I'm not sure I could stand to have so many of my friends hating me for outright public support of McCain. So maybe he'll only get my vote (and no more money).
And finally, I have to say that this has been one of the most trying times of my life (surpassed lately only by my cancer). Every insult to Hillary seemed like an insult to me. I thought our society had progressed only to learn that media commentators could say any adolescent, sexist thing they wanted to say--crossing his legs indeed! Or that all the men I know would never say anything so unprofessional and demeaning as "sweetie" and yet a presidential candidate got by with being a "charming" sexist. Every time I saw that raised head of BO looking "down" on Hillary and heard the "you're likeable enough" or saw him give her the finger and make the rap star motions, I was physically ill. My response is only equaled to way I feel every time I see that cocky macho walk of Dubya. I honestly think that BO would be worse than Bush, who at least had executive experience. And Laura seems like a decent person while Michelle (Jackie O in training to the contrary not withstanding) would make Hillary's first ladyship a lesson in politesse.