Jeffy here again (finally)-
I have not posted anything here in a very long time. I just haven't had much of interest to say lately. I've been very interested in the politicking in this never-ending Presidential campaign, but my views really don't seem all that interesting. What I've really been hoping to find is some well-reasoned summary of why a person might actually vote for the Republican ticket this year. I don't think that this blog is a place where I am likely to hear much feedback from intelligent McCain supporters.
I know that there is a large chunk of his support base who are there because of their religious beliefs. I think that they are wrong to believe that McCain is their kind of Christian, but the Republicans and the religious right have been in bed together for so long now that I think it is another act of faith.
It is also understandable that the few true fat cats in our society would have reason to fall in behind the Republican ticket.
What baffles me, though, is the huge number of so-called 'Joe Sixpacks' who are a big part of the nearly half of the electorate who will end up voting for McCain. I'd really love to know how it is that these folks can think that they would be better off with the Republicans running the show.
Luckily for me, there was a good example of each candidate's followers presented in our local Sunday paper. I wasn't very interested in the Obama supporter's opinions, but I was anxious to see what the McCain support had to say.
He started with the fairly predictable subject of taxes. He is convinced that the economy is better off if we keep taxes low so that those who make piles of money can decide who best to pass it along to. He states this as a proven 'fact', without citing any proof. I think that if you look at how the economy has fared over the last few decades it would be pretty hard to link low taxes with a strong economy. This just seems like a veiled attempt to justify wanting to not pay taxes.
His next topic was the war in Iraq. His basic thesis was that since McCain was "right on the surge" he would have the best strategy going forward. Again, I don't think that there is any way to know what sort of difference the 'surge' made or whether it was a good idea or not. I also think that it is quite interesting that this McCain supporter sees no connection between this hugely expensive folly in Iraq and the need for substantial taxes to pay for it. I am pretty sure that defense is a major part of our budget, and it just seems amazingly dim to think that we should be spending a lot on defense without taxing people to pay for it.
The third item on his list was abortion. He is anti-abortion, and thinks that McCain is too (even though McCain has not had much interest in the topic in the past). I think that this is largely a case of religion sneaking in, and it kind of drives me nuts that an issue that directly affect so few people ends up being a constant big deal in our politics.
In the end it was all a little unsatisfying. I still don't see how the average American who truly thinks independently can come to the conclusion that the Republican ticket is the best choice.
I'll keep watching for signs of rational thought, if anyone spots any please pass it along.