I try not to talk too much about politics.
It inevitably pisses somebody off when I say "I'm not a Democrat." And then it pisses off somebody else when I say, "And I'm not a goddamn Republican, either." And then I get snarls when I kick the Libertarians and say, "Get back in your fucking hole and shut up."
You should see me with religion.
I don't expect everyone to agree with me on the President, gay marriage, the war in Iraq, abortion, the economy, education, gun control, the environment or whether Skittles are, in fact, the acidic droppings of Our Lord The Great And Terrible C'thulhu His Very Self, Hallowed Be His Unpronounceable Name.
But I would hope that, whatever your leanings, whatever your political bent, you'll take the time to actually vote tomorrow. This is an historic election in more ways than one.
Now, that said, here's where I stand on a couple of things I think are important.
I'm an independent. I don't care much for the Democratic Party. I absolutely loathe the Republicans. That said, I've voted for candidates from both parties in the past and I know I'll do it again.
I refuse to be beholden to a pack of rabid wolverines who are more than willing to take propaganda to such absurd lengths that they blatantly and willfully lie to the American public simply for the sake of maintaining power rather than for any positive benefit to the nation as a whole. And that goes for all parties.
But I am beholden to the United States Constitution. Not because of any kind of oath, but because I believe in it. And I will happily and with great enthusiasm kick the fuckers out of office who have repeatedly wiped their privileged, overstuffed asses with the shreds of that great document as if it was their own private stash of silk Charmin.
And that's why I'm voting for Barack Obama. This is a man who has, despite an environment of hatred and fear, instilled hope in so many people. This is a man who focuses on the positive, not the negative. His message predominantly focuses on what we can do together, as one America. How we can be a great nation if we work in tandem. His message of community resonates with me. I like that he has backed the new GI Bill. I like his idea of encouraging people to come together to contribute to the common good. I'm not crazy about his backing of the FISA bill, but I'm not about to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
And, in fact, because of his sideshow antics, his pandering to a group of psycho nutjobs who he has, through his own inaction, whipped into a frenzy of racism and bigotry, and his blatant disregard for the intelligence of Hillary Clinton supporters who he thought he could grab by picking a retarded, overly ambitious beauty pageant queen with a severe eye tic as his running mate, I am actively voting against John McCain.
It's sad, really, that at one point 8 years ago, I thought he might be the moderate voice of reason that the Republican Party needed to get away from the insanity of the far right, which is not, much as they think they are, the Republican base.
Oh, side rant. Can we please get away from all the McCarthyistic bullshit being thrown around? Is "Socialist" even a relevant concept anymore? After the current GOP administration just rammed through a 700 billion dollar bail out? After they nationalized the largest insurance company in the United States? Who's a socialist again?
Anyway. I'm also voting No on Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage if it passes.
Ya know, let's call it what it really is: The "We Hate The Faggots Because They Scare Us And Force Us To Look At Our Own Short-Sighted Views On The World So We Better Put Them In Their Place So We Don't Have To Think About It" Bill.
So what if someone's gay and wants to get married? The hell does that have to do with me, my marriage, the state, or your pissy, short-sghted view on the world? How will stripping people of their rights do anything but shatter people's lives?
If you vote yes on this bill you better have the balls and the strength of your convictions to go up to a couple and say right to their faces that they're less than you. That they're not worthy of the basic human right to love who they want, to be with who they want, to live their lives the way they want. You better, with a straight face, be able to take their lives away from them because that's what you'll be doing.
If you can't do that then you're a coward. And if you can do that then you're a bigoted asshole and the world has far too many of you already. Go bury yourself in a hole and let the grown ups run the world, would you?
Seriously, the fuck do you people have against gay marriage? Worry about your own marriages, your own lives. What are you so afraid of? What, that a gay man will come at you and make you long for the cock? That a gay woman will unlock your secret need to bury your face between her thighs? No one's going to "Turn You Gay".
Are you high or just stupid? And, really, what makes you think you're so hot?
So come Tuesday, whether you agree with me or not, I hope you go out and vote. Because even if we don't see things the same way, a democracy can only survive if we all participate in it. The process is, in some ways, more important than the result.
Okay, maybe not this time, but it's still pretty goddamn important.