2006 Midterm Elections -Virginia

Excerpted from Letters to the editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch.

A position I can understand: The writer of this letter is, contrary to many Virginia Republicans, actually paying attention to the state and federal impact of George Allen’s rerun for the US senate.

“In all liklihood I will vote for Senator George Allen. Yet, I do not like the way Allen backtracks on many things he has said in the past. I have come to the conclusion that he says what he thinks he needs to say to obtain votes from the particular group he is addressing. He is more politician than statesman.

On the other hand, although I like many of Jim Webb’s policies and would like to see them addressed, I could never vote for him. A vote for Webb would be a vote to put the Howard Dean/Nancy Pelosi ultra-liberal wing of the democratic Party in power. I can think of nothing that would be more detrimental to this country.”

 The problem with his argument is that in his final statement he makes a sweeping generalization with no supporting remarks on why ultra-liberal government could possibly be worse than what we have now? I am a very middle of the road citizen with a checkered voting record dating back to the sixties (Yes, I am an old fart who heartily supports capital punishment, oposes welfare and supports gay marriage..if we have to have contractual marriage at all). In other words I certainly oppose an ultra liberal government but that is better than what we have now.  We are ruled by a smirking and corrupt little puppet who thinks he is a monarch. He is protected by a passel of powers-behind-the-throne authoritarins who have blundered into a colossal mess in Iraq and the Middle East taking all of us with them. They have hijacked the press by cutting from the front row of the white house press corp those journalists who challenge their policies (begin with Helen Thomas), planted uncertified “reporters” in their place to direct the news conferences with easy, administration friendly questions. They have avoided frontal confrontation by making sure no queers can  get married ( I feel safer just knowing that … said in jest). The abortion issue is another successful deflection from issues that directly impact the safety and constitutional sanctity of this nation. And it is going to be their undoing far more than Iraq, however, because once criminalized and women find themselves needing to seek back alley or self induced abortions, once   women begin dying (wives, mothers, daughters, sisters) and once the majority of citizens come to realize how they have been had by flat-backing patriarchal, male dominance and that no one stands in that voting booth with them…… this issue will reverse itself back to legal and safe pregnancy termination…. with the social dominators taking a hit. As a footnote to the abortion debate..criminalization will not stop it and further, will not slow it down. 

I launched into a screed didn’t I. Oh well I am around it all the time.


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