I made up my mind.
Sarah Palin scares the crap out of me.
She's the type of Caucasian woman that will piss a lot of forward-thinking women off... but brown women in particular go to war with women like her.
Self-righteous, condescending and holier-than-thou, she uses "True Blue to America" and the right to bear arms and the "protection of life" and patriotism against you, letting you know with her pressed lips and tightly-clenched jaw that you just don't rate in her world if you don't see it her way. The passably pretty but enormously bitchy head cheerleader who tells you your butt's too big to be on the squad. No, it's not cuz you're black... it's cuz you'll stand out too much. Or you're too heavy and can't be picked up.
The type of woman who gets on the PTA, and yeah, she gets stuff done but tromps on all the other moms who don't agree with her in the process.
Politicks is politicks and they're all smarmy, as far as I'm concerned... but I watched the DNC and came away with it with hope, with pride that my country has a decent shot at overcoming deep-seated racism, that we just might have a shot at making America as it should be... if we all pitch in and help. And EVERYBODY had a place in it. I watched a family who obviously loved each other... a man who loved a woman who stuck by him (the picture of Obama and Michelle that I posted on my blog... I liked that one because his hands are entertwined behind her back) and a woman who loved her husband. And two candidates who seemed to have a genuine respect for each other.
But on the real... the RNC filled me with fear. The occasional brown face in the crowd... the perfectly coiffed and pearled and suited everyone-else... Love Tim McGraw and country music, but I half-expected to see the Confederate Flag waving.
And Giuliani... still trotting out his ONE acceptable accomplishment which was doing his job during 9/11. I never liked Giuliani, never ever voted for him, and he only redeemed himself to me during those awful days following the WTC disaster because he kept everyone informed about what was going on. He was calm, he was reassuring... but that was the one good thing he ever did the whole time we were stuck with him. I watched his speech in horror... mean-spirited, sneering. In fact, as far as I could see, nobody tonight offered up a plan... just ripped apart the Democrats with skewed facts and fear mongering.
Palin... yeah she had her family with her... but I didn't see "warm and fuzzy"... not to her kids (one of the little daughters following her around and she never even saw; the family held the baby, not her...) and not to her running mate. And it's just so convenient for her patriotism to have a son going off to war, and to have a "Special Needs" kid. The one she barely held or kissed. The one there'll be nannies and specialists caring for if she's VP cuz she'll be too busy to really deal with her own children.
I'm sure the right-wingers bought into it hook line and sinker... I can see the spin spinning but from where I sit?
...if McCain/Palin get into the White House brown folk are fucked. It's going to be more of the same... SuperSized Alaska-style. Cuz yeah McCain is scary on his own. But he's also old. And not looking the picture of vim and vigor. To have Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency is not something I'm at all comfortable with.
I'd take Hillary over her ANY DAY. And y'all know how I feel about her...
but what the hell do I know... I live on the DarkSide....