not that I was going to vote for Senator McCain anyway, but as my brother D noted last night, we had to watch the debate because we cannot be the people who refuse to listen to the other side of the argument, but was anyone else appalled by the Senator’s use of air quotes? I completely lost my mind when he USED AIR QUOTES around the term ‘mother’s health’ when he and Senator Obama were discussing late-term abortions. Senator Obama was attempting to help the public understand why he voted against a bill banning late-term abortions – he voted against it because he wants a stipulation in the bill allowing them in case the mother’s life needs to be saved. Did you SEE McCain’s sneer at this? And then his RESPONSE? When he said “On this issue of “the mother’s life…” as though the mother’s life is just some old, tired, unimportant issue? As though womens health just doesn’t matter? Now, I don’t support late-term abortions either UNLESS the mother’s life is in grave danger, but this is another example of how the extreme right wing has commodified children…placing greater value on the unborn than on the heroic duty of carrying them in the first place. I cannot imagine carrying a child for six or seven months and then by some random act having my life in PERILOUS danger and have to make, or have S. make, a decision on what to do, only to have a law not allow us that right. Of course, this disdain for womens bodies and the right to make their own decision actually ties in quite nicely with McCain’s health care plan, where not only will I my benefits be taxed, which are really one of the biggest pluses to working for a healthcare nonprofit, but only the extremely young and healthy will be able to obtain coverage. I find it ironic that a Senator, whose age has been an issue in this campaign, values most highly youth and health and sweeps under the carpet the needs of the more mature citizens in this country. It’s a fabulous way to bankrupt the baby boomers in upcoming years, given the tsunami of illnesses that is predicted they will bring into the system.
Someone really should have talked to McCain about this whole air quote business. Surely it was meant to demonstrate how unimportant the issues Obama brought up were, but it came across as incredibly dismissive and arrogant.
God. I hope I can make it until November 4th.