Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well, the hype is over. Biden was chosen as the VP candidate. Some are happy, most a relieved, but I'm in limbo.
I have to say my whole take on politics has become skeptical, and I have a sinking feeling about how corruption seeps into the best of candidates, because they have to play the game to be in it.
I kind of started out really hopeful, and inspired by Obama- until he did the turnaround on FISA, and then announced he'd like to send 10,000 troops into Afghanistan.
I felt betrayed & disappointed.
The champion of Civil Rights & teacher of the Constitution was FOR illegal wiretapping, after he said he opposed it???
The announcement of the surge in Afghanistan blew me away. A surge is a surge & war escalation by any other name is still one & the same.
I won't go off the deep end & vote for McInsane..... but I am not blinded by the hoopla of the announcement, the convention, or the democratic party itself.
I just can't buy into the excitement, because a part of me is thinking these Dems, who have been a majority since 2006, failed us. They failed to impeach THE most criminal executive branch in the history of this country.
They failed to use the power of the purse to stop funding the illeal occupation. They failed to refuse to allow the supreme court to tipping to the extreme right. They failed to do anything about torture and abuse. They failed the prisoners in Gitmo. I don't connsider these items to be small, differences of opinion.
I consider them to be gross Human Rights violations. Against Constitutional & International laws.
Serious and deadly violations, and in conflict of the true spirit, and very foundations of this country.
So I am watching.. waiting
I desperately WANT change, but I have serious doubts about if the system is too broken for the kind of change I hope to see.
That being said I made links to other blogs to check stuff out~
Dusty: Has a story about security for both conventions.
Each city has a $50 million dollar Homeland Security budget.
Denver has what has been dubbed a *Freedom Cage*... a fenced area where protestors can freely express themselves- out of site from the convention center.
Dada: He explores the realms of cognitive dissonance (Urban Survival): "That's where you're told one thing ('The sky is green') and your eyes or ears tell you something else.
Spado: He's in the neighborhood of hte repub convention & speaks of 1s2 Amendment rights "What kind of a democracy is this if we let citizens become unnecessarily intimidated about being tazered, pepper-sprayed, infiltrated, spied on or photographed by cameras installed on public streets?"
ChrisPosted a comprehensive list of where Biden stands on the issues. Here's a sampling:
•“Strongly” supports Roe v. Wade, but opposes public funding for abortion. (Hmm maybe not so strong??? )
• Opposes same-sex marriage but supports civil unions. Voted yes on the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied Federal benefits to same-sex couples and allowed states to ignore same-sex marriages sanctioned by another state. (flip or flop.... not sure?)
• Supports direct engagement with Iran “to exploit fissures within the government and between the government and the people." (Noooooooooooooooo!)
Maybe some of this is why I'm not jumping for joy about the Biden decision.
Where do YOU stand on these issues?