Monday, February 11, 2008
You, (and everyone else), have missed the biggest story of this election cycle.
This season has brought out the worst in our countrymen. Voters in both parties have been willing to stand and support, (or oppose), candidates because of the candidates' Race, Religion, Age, and Gender.
The Democrats have an excuse.
In as much as the two leading Candidates are very close on the issues, choosing one over the other because you want someone who looks like you, is not so terribly bad. That said, Bill Richardson, (maybe the best of all the candidates), and John Edwards, were knocked out because neither of them had a block of voters who supported them because they were men.
(Richardson was Hispanic, I bet some folks voted against him for his National Origin.)
The Republicans have no excuse. Mitt Romney had the most impressive resume of anyone running.
Sadly, he lost not because of his beliefs, nor his experience. While almost all Mormons voted for him because he was a Mormon, many of the Christians voted against him purely out of their bigotry against Mormons.
McCain won not because he was well liked in the Republican party, but because he was neither a Mormon, nor a solid Christian. (Yes, non-believers quickly took the opportunity to vote against believers.)
Huckabee is winning states even though he has said some crazy things about Gay Marriage. This guy is a great speaker; however, he is not fit to win the Republican nomination.
The Republicans are about to nominate a guy they hate--because their religious bigotry did not allow them to vote for the guy who came most closely to supporting their views.
McCain has no chance to win in November. (That is, unless we can win the War, and get most of our troops back before November.)
If the economy goes as I expect it will, and if we are in deep economic trouble in October, (as I believe we will be), Romney's experience and superior, (to all the other candidates), business knowledge might have carried him over the top.
This is a time when we need a president who understands trade, and the economy.
Romney is the only candidate from either party who understands how the economy works.
Should he have been nominated? I do to know. Could he have won in November? Even if the economy was the major issue, it is very doubtful he could have won against either Democrat.
However, the fact that he lost because of religious bigotry, is disturbing--VERY DISTURBING!
PS I inwardly cringe to think what the news media and opposing pundits would've made of the "Mormon issue" HAD Mitt received the nomination. Mitt may have made a great leader to help us pull through tough economic times but I think the religious bigotry issue would've played out as well in the general election and kept him from winning anyway. Maybe I should just move to Utah to get away from this heavy rebuked feeling I feel about my own religion. Then I could fall in line with the stereotype: you know after all, that's where all those Mormons live...
(sorry folks, thanks for the ranting space)
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