I can't seem to win the battle here at my house, so I'm going to get back to the political fight.
First of all, I have to say, it's amazing how the election brings out the truth in people. I don't care who you are, you have an opinion. I find that people who claim to be fair and not vote down party lines turn out to be the most partisan people I know. I guess they're scared to be labeled one thing or another and I can understand that, but geez, don't pretend that you're examining other points of view when you know how you feel deep down. That's just annoying and usually pretty transparent.
The other thing I find bothersome lately (and I sort of mentioned this yesterday) is the way people stereotype others. Let's face it, we all do it, and again, I find the people who claim to rise up against it to be the worst ones. I'm talking about the gentleman on Fox last night who referred to Palin fans "trailer park people." I'm talking about a recent conversation I had with someone who jumped on something I said (which they completely misunderstood) and accused me of being intolerant because...wait for it...I'm from the South. I said I'm sick of the word "elite" but I'm finding elitism to be just as bad as the sexism and racism in the campaign. I'm sick of the media taking one little clip of some dingbat at a McCain/Palin Rally and using it to "raise questions" about just who's voting for these two.
And I'm sick of being told if I don't see it equally on both sides then I am truly the one at fault. Because guess what, I don't necessarily always see it equally on both sides. Let's take the racism thing. Right now, according to a lot of his supporters, anyone who doesn't vote for Obama must not like black people. I think I've mentioned this, but after the debate on Tuesday, on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked a guest if he would say Obama has already won the election. The guest's response was no, he wasn't going to say that because he couldn't be sure how much racism still exists in this country. In other words, if Obama doesn't win, it's not because people don't like his politics, it's because he's black. I'm hearing that sentiment echoed through the media and I've yet to see a single person get on TV and say they aren't voting for a black guy. I'm sure someone will see this, and accuse me of something - being a racist for sure, not because of what I actually said but because I even brought it up and so many people are falling prey to their preconceived notions. Sorry, if you don't like what I have to say, but I'm not going to roll over and be accused of being something when I know in my heart I'm the furthest thing from it. I don't tolerate racism from anyone, I just happen see it rearing its ugly head on one side of the election more than the other these days.
Anyway, that said, I'm going to start with my "dumbass of the day." Today, I choose another Georgia politician, Cogressman John Lewis. I'll let you read the article and decide for yourself, I can't stay on this topic too long, it's giving me heartburn: McCain Calls Lewis' Charge 'Shocking'
Update: When you're siding with Fidel Castro, maybe it's time to re-examine your position: My Way News - Castro: Racism in US keeps many away from Obama