I haven't been electioneering much here recently, have I?
To echo Patrick, here are my hopes for the day:
1. I hope Obama wins. Despite his early coronation, I am not confident it will happen, for reasons including the suckitude of polling, voter turnout issues, fraud, and assorted mopery. I hope Obama wins although he is far from the ideal candidate. I believe he is less a threat to American liberty than McCain at this point — and certainly far less a threat than Palin. He is, no doubt, more of a threat to economic liberty than McCain (though the difference is far less than it used to be, thanks to the complete capitulation of the Republicans to statism and wastrel behavior). However, that's balanced out for me by the fact that I think he'll move the ball back towards individual civil liberty, both through policy and through judicial appointments. I would have been tempted to vote for 2000 John McCain.
2. I hope Palin loses. I hope she loses far more than I hope McCain loses or Obama wins. Palin is, to me, the most vile mainstream American political figure of my adult life. This is what I wrote elsewhere a month ago, and I stand by it: I see her as the embodiment of everything awful of modern American politics, just as I suspect my counterparts see Obama and saw Clinton. From her earliest political efforts, where she abruptly turned a small-town mayor race into a contest over who liked Jesus most (Jesus was not, by the way, on the ticket), to her faux-populism, her condescending small-town-America-knows-best pandering, her willingness to push the religious right's anti-intellectual agenda through policy and gleeful condemnations of "elitism", I find her to be contemptible. I remember listening to Clinton and, despite liking his ability to get some valuable things done, thinking "how can people in the most rich, powerful, and fortunate country in the world buy this man's bullshit?" I get the same vibe from her. I despise her as an emerging champion of the continuing trend of using — no, abusing — faith as a self-promotion scheme and a weapon of division, a crass country-club handshake to keep the right people in and the wrong people out. I see her as the newest vanguard in the steady three-decade march closer and closer towards still-distant theocracy, with the nearer and more realistic goal of an America unapologetically run according to the social preferences of one wing of one religion. There is a wing of American Christianity for whom the Good News is not that some people will be saved; for them the Good News, gleefully received, is that some people will not be. She is the embodiment of that wing to me.
3. I hope that California Proposition 8, seeking to ban same-sex marriage in the state, fails. It will be a close one, I think. I'm heartened by the throught that even if it passes, its proponents are on the wrong side of history — young people are far more likely to be tolerant of gays and supportive of gay marriage, and the days of the Prop 8 proponents is passing.
4. I hope that Elizabeth Dole gets her ass handed to her in North Carolina for engaging in nasty and deceptive atheist-bashing.
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