I'm a big blog reader and not just art blogs. I'm a political addict... I keep up with lots of op-ed blogs and usually know what's going to be on the evening news before noon. I married a career Air Force Officer who served during the Viet Nam era but was never 'in country,' only over it (B-52's.) I have two sons, one served in the Navy, the other in the Marines. They were on the edge of wartime, but not in it, thank God! Even with all this military background running through our family, I cannot, for the life of me, read any of the blogs our solders are writing from Iraq. The wife and mother in me just isn't strong enough to live this war on such personal terms. This NYTimes article reminds me why. I couldn't finish the first page, much less six... I voted for Bush... twice. I carry the burden of guilt and regret.
Unable to read tea leaves I do my best to be better educated this time around. I know you can't get out of quicksand by yourself... this country made the quagmire but it's going to take a global effort to pull out of it. My gut tells me that Obama, if he isn't flayed raw and stripped bare for every evidence of human error, has the ability to bring that global effort together.
John McCain should have been elected eight years ago but I wasn't paying enough attention when lies defeated his prospects. It's too late for him now. My healthy, athletic, sharp of mind husband is about the same age as McCain... I wouldn't vote for him for community leader, much less President of the USA. He served well, but it's over.
Senator Clinton is to be admired... for shear tenacity if nothing else. She's undoubtedly as smart as they come. She should continue her role in government, in any suitable position that requires her kind of fortitude. She's a pro and she can get a job done. But she doesn't have that special quality that brings the kind of universal respect so necessary at this point in time. Obama's got it.
I could go on... in fact just deleted a bunch of 'going on'... but a couple of 'next generation' g-kids are in-house and they need my attention... and they'll also get a dose of how important it is to pay attention to what's happening to THEIR country! I wish I had...