When I first started blogging regularly, I tried not to be a political fanatic. We all have our opinions and perceptions of the candidates and issues which I try to respect. With the upcoming presidential race, I became apathetic due to the mess that our country is in, the war that we should not have started and the outright takeover of the Justice department of the religious right. (Vote Machine: How Republicans Hacked the Justice Department, By Scott Horton for Harper's Magazine) Surreptitiously having a degree from an Ivy League college was seen as wrong when compared to a degree from a fourth tier college with religious ties. Where was the checks and balances? Isn't there suppose to be a separation of church and state?
Back to choices though...I chose to become apathetic and after this past week's RNC nominations, I am choosing to learn more about the candidates. My opinion of the American dream is to work hard, go to a good college and raise a family. Even when we needed my full-time income, our choice was for me to work part-time to raise my family. We don't go to church, I believe in a woman's choice for abortion and even though I would like to think that my sons won't have sex until they are married, we have lots of conversations about birth control to ensure that they know what safe sex is. According to some people, I guess I am not American. But these are the choices that I have made and so far, knock on wood, no teenage pregnancies here and my sons are planning to attend college.
Senator McCain has chosen Sarah Palin as a running mate and it's my opinion that if she was a man, she wouldn't have even made the list, let alone the short list. She has chosen a political career over being home with her family. Beyond the whole teenage daughter pregnancy, I worry more about her youngest son and the medical issues that he may have. The first five years in any child's life is important to their development, even more so when there are disabilities involved. Ms. Palin has chosen to be a vice-presidential candidate. It's a tough call to say which one on the Republican ticket has made the worst choice. All I know is, that if elected, the republicans will try to limit our choices!