The Obama campaign must be really hard up for money. For the past week they've been calling my cell phone twice a day soliciting funds. Each time around noon I tell them the same thing, that I haven't decided which candidate I want to be nominated nor will I be making any contributions. I remind them that they're calling a cell phone and ask them to not call again.
Of course they call again in a few hours, around 5 pm. I tell them I've already spoken with them about this and my answer hasn't changed. They apologize and hang up. Next day they call again. Wash, rinse, repeat.
I watched a good bit of the Republican debate last night and nothing was surprising other than the fact that I still feel it's way to early to hold one. It was amusing to watch the candidates try and walk a tightrope when it came to Iraq. All seemed to try and critique the current war strategy without coming out and blaming the President's incompetence in the fight. They were careful in their choice of words, which you would expect from a politician.
Then came the issue of abortion. Even though the Supreme Court made their decision clear over 30 years ago the issue still seems number one on many voters lists of what will make a good President. Everyone votes for different reasons and I can respect them, well not all of them, but honestly abortion is really low on my priority scale when choosing the person who'll run our foreign policy. Being adopted I think has skewed my view on the matter and I still haven't taken a stand one way or the other.
That being said I found the candidates to be rather cowardly in the debates about the issue. Sure they're trying to appeal to a large demographic, but first they make the claim about how if Roe v Wade was overturned it would be a great day for America, then suddenly make exceptions and backpedal. It was cringe inducing to see 10 men, who've probably never had to deal with the issue personally, sit there and claim abortion is murder and they hate it, yet most seemed content to live with it.
I don't get that at all. If you do feel abortion is in fact infanticide how can you make any sort of amends for it other than saving someone's life? I know it seems trendy to state 'I don't like abortion, but I believe it's a woman's choice', but saying you don't care for the practice is one thing. Believing it to be outright murder is another and how you can in any way condone killing children, if that's what you claim abortion to be, beguiles me.
This is the real problem with social issues such as this one. No one can take a stand one way or the other. Pro-life groups try to paint their opposition as baby killing, wife swapping atheists and pro-choice organizations portray the others as female hating, simple minded fascists. No one wants to be in either category so the make the exceptions of personally hating the procedure, but condoning the law no matter how flimsy the right to privacy ruling may be.
I'm not here to try and change your mind about abortion, cause really I haven't made up mine, but I do want you to think about why you would vote for a Presidential candidate. If you feel abortion is the most important issue with an office that can launch nuclear missiles then tell me how does your Governor feel about the issue?
"Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State." - Edward Abbey