Friday, January 04, 2008

Iowa, Huckabee and Obama....

I usually leave the political blogging to Hubby -- who does it well. It isn't as if I don't have political thoughts and opinions, rather, he's just better at writing about them than I am...

First, on Huckabee -- the man scares me, or angers me -- I'm not sure which. If he really thinks he's not being anti-Mormon, then he scares me because he's stupid. If he realizes his statements are offensive to Mormons and doesn't care, then he angers me. Either way, I'd almost rather vote for ANY Democrat than Huckabee --- as the thing I tolerate even less than homophobia is religious bigotry. Really folks, who we worship and who we f-ck are our own business -- and making any kind of decision based on another person's religion IS bigotry, plain and simple.

Next, Obama --- I'm happy to see him do well. In many ways, I hope he continues to do well -- as he seems to be open to taking advise from smart people, he's articulate and I don't think the rest of the world will hate him -- which is a good thing. It isn't as if I don't want Hillary to win, as I'd love to see the first female president -- it is just that I'm not really a fan of Hillary herself -- it is more interpersonal than political, she's just not my style.

Finally, on Iowa --- Folks, I've spent LOTS of time in Iowa -- lots of it... and, it isn't all farms. There is plenty of small town industry, at least one city that qualifies as such --- and a few more that almost count. In fact, the main complaint (if you read the billboards) is that corporate farmers are buying up all the land and shutting out family farmers. In fact, I know lots of people in Iowa and NONE of them are currently farming -- and only one of them lives on a farm!

What I do find problematic about Iowa is the way the Democrats do their caucuses... You have to stay for the whole length of the caucus. If you have some other commitment, you can't participate. In reality, having a caucus doesn't allow for absentee ballots etc... So, the process itself doesn't necessarily capture what Iowans think.

What is also pretty sad is that those that can't get back to their home to caucus and/or have to work etc have to listen to the political ads for months without the ability to do anything about it.... likewise for Omaha --- which is in the "Omaha /Council Bluffs (IA)" radio market.... sigh.

2 comments:

urbanartiste said...

I am sorry to critical, but not my style is so sexist even if you are of the same gender.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Umm... I'm not talking about her looks. She's simply not someone I'd like to have as a leader -- it is more of a personality thing than anything else...

I suppose if you think a phrase can only be used one way, and "not my style" must be "sexist" -- then, whatever... but, it really isn't. Words are flexible and, since you don't know me, I find it difficult to give your claim that I'm sexist much credibility... sorry.