Complaint by Numbers

Open Letter to PUMA | September 26, 2008

Recently (as in, moments ago), I read a blog post from a woman who, after Hillary lost the nomination, defected to McCain’s side, seemingly without any rational reasoning other than that he wasn’t Obama. While she claims this wasn’t based on race, or “the issues” (yes, she really decided to put platforms aside and vote solely on the fact that McCain wasn’t Obama), I can’t help but feel that she is an insult to women. I’m going to have to say that women like her give the rest of us the tag of being “overly emotional” and “irrational.” Frankly, if I had to make that judgment about women as a whole from reading this woman’s posts, it wouldn’t be too hard to get me to utter those words.

Now really, it’s not worth linking to this woman’s blog, as I don’t want to associate myself with her in any way, but I do feel a response to this type of voter is necessary.

So, to all of those women who decided to turn your backs on the Democratic party, because of the fact that you just don’t really like Obama all that much, I have some thoughts.I really urge you to look closer at the issues, instead of claiming that you simply can’t support the candidate. Unfortunately, by voting for McCain, you are turning your back on feminism, liberty, and a government for the people (I’ve seen many women say they are still feminists, despite a rabid interest in the GOP).

While you accuse Obama of have a “cult following,” you praise McCain for being the “Maverick,” despite his having passed far fewer pieces of major legislation than Obama (in 6 x the years of being in office), and despite his voting with Bush 90% of the time. It would seem that McCain’s supporters are more of a cult than those of Obama, blindly supporting Sarah Palin, whose minimal experience is only overshadowed by her inability to learn anything about politics.

How can you say that McCain is putting his country first when he wants to give larger tax cuts to those people making more than 12 times the national average household income? How can you support a candidate that wants to take away your rights as a woman?

I was a Hillary supporter in the very beginning, but instead of becoming bitter, I chose to put feelings aside and actually open my eyes to what was going on around me. And, as much as I’d rather not say this, I’m willing to bet race does play a role in your choices.

To conclude, if you’re not voting on the issues, you probably shouldn’t vote at all.


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