Warning: political commentary to follow. I know some of you may not agree with me, so feel free to stop reading now.
I will probably regret this, but I just feel as though I need to speak out about something. And after all, this is my blog, right? So here goes:
It is with increasing dismay that I am following the presidential election this year. I am frankly appalled at the bitterness and rancor that this contest has spawned. We are being asked to join in a culture and class war that will divide us for years to come, just when we need to be united to face our common enemies and solve our pressing problems.
It is the politics of fear and resentment, and it is appalling.
I will be honest with you here -- I did not vote for George Bush, and I do not intend to vote for John McCain. I think Senator McCain is an amazing war hero, and I honor his long record of public service. I just don't agree with his stands on certain issues, and he is not my choice to lead the country in the direction I think it ought to go.
As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, I'm sure she has been a very effective advocate for her state of Alaska, but I'm afraid I do not agree with some of her cultural views, and I think she is weak in foreign policy matters. And in a world that is getting smaller and more interconnected every day, foreign policy will play an extremely important role in the years to come.
Each of us has a very important choice to make this November, and I am hoping against all hope that this choice will be made not out of fear or resentment of the other candidate, but out of our hopes and aspirations and dreams for our country. We must not give way to those who would seek to divide us for political gain. Rather, we must remember the ties that bind us all.
And a little of the civility that our mothers taught us wouldn't hurt, either.