Now that I’ve decided to support the McCain/Palin ticket, I’ve decided to make it official by slapping a “McCain 08” bumper sticker on my vehicle. Plus, I spent two hours volunteering at my local McCain HQ. I stuffed plastic bags with literature that will be distributed by a team going door-to-door. My task felt a bit pointless. I know where most of those brochures are gonna end up; I just hope they choose the recycling bin over the trash can.
One of the other main jobs at the center is to “telemarket” for McCain. I’m dead serious! I can call people up, ask them who they’re voting for, and then feed them a line. No wonder McCain is lagging behind in Pennsylvania with this “strategy.” But it’s people wiser than me who call the shots, so I’ll just do what I can to “get out the vote.” I think the guy who runs the center almost swallowed his tongue when I told him that I didn’t care who people voted for as long as they vote intelligently, even if that means voting for Obama. I want to see democracy in action, and yes, I think McCain is the best leader for our country. However, if the population of this great nation would rather see Obama as President, then the republic has spoken.
After leaving the Republican Party in April and deciding to become an Independent (“I Went Indie“), I have felt the freedom in this election to ignore party lines and look at the candidates with fresh eyes. I believe in this blog you have been able to see that process from when I was unsure who I liked (“Super Tuesday: All the Hype Money Can Buy,” “The ‘Christian’ Way to Vote“, “Faith Beyond Politics“), to when I decided that I didn’t like Obama (“Obama Drama Makes Me Go Bye Bye“), and until recently when I embraced McCain as my candidate. I appreciate all of you taking the time to consider these matters for yourselves and thank you for continuing to follow my journey through the wild world of politics (and life).
This afternoon I decided to show my support for McCain/Palin on Facebook by officially becoming a supporter of the campaign. This evening I received this message on my “friend wall” from a guy I knew in high school:
“im sure you have a very good personal reason for supporting mccain/palin, but i can no longer be friends with you. Im sorry but mccain is a dishonorable man who will only further the failed policies of the bush administration and sarah palin is a fraud, supporting the bridge to nowhere before being against it, requesting 27million in earmarks for a town of 9,000 that she was mayor of and now claiming to be against earmarks, alaska also was the state with the most requested earmarks per capita of any state, she fired a state trooper for breaking up with her sister, claims the war in iraq is a ‘mission from god’, cut funding for special needs education and opposes abortion even in cases of rape. Best of luck in the future.”
Besides the italics, the message is exactly as it was left on my public Facebook wall; therefore, I figure it’s fair game for my blog, right? Since this guy “defriended” me, I couldn’t write on his wall, so I wrote on my wall. This is what I said:
“So instead of finding out my “good personal reason” you’re not going be my friend? Don’t you think it would better for Obama if you intelligently explained your point of view instead of leaving a final post and taking off? It’s garbage like this that shows why Democrats and Republicans can’t play nicely. Of course, I’m an Independent.”
I could just say this guy is a jerk and leave it there. Unfortunately, there are jerks working on McCain’s side, too. What makes me sad about the whole thing isn’t that our superficial Facebook friendship has come to an end (I haven’t even seen the kid since graduation), but that it shows the ignorance and arrogance of “our little parties.” We get so into “our group” and “our candidate” and “our this” and “our that,” we can’t tolerate those who think differently or even pause to ask the questions, “Why? Why do you support McCain anyway? What is it about Sarah Palin that you like?” Don’t assume you know the answer!
In the next few weeks, I’ll tell you exactly why I chose McCain and why I like Palin. I’ll even tell you where I don’t agree with them. I’m not a machine who votes the party line, then again, neither are McCain and Palin. Perhaps that’s what really likes me–I find the idea of a Maverick and a Barracuda taking over Washington a true idea of change.