Monday, October 13, 2008

Politics: colour me purplish
Can anyone explain to me why Christians in this country seem to think government and the State especially that of the United States of America somehow has escaped the fate of all other principalities powers and authorities and is not subject to the fall but somehow is already fully subjected to Christ and therefore I should be a good American and trust one or both of the two versions of how this principality and power should act in the world. I have this vision of this very appealing but kind of creepy guy offering this other kind of nondescript guy all the nations of the world flashing through my head.... why might that be?

This blog’s sidebar tells new readers where I stand and what I’ll do next month. I’m a multi-issue non-voter by choice, the opposite of a one-issue voter.

That said I really hold no ill will towards those displaying McCain or Obama signs. None at all. Because both usually have the best intentions. I think most of the former are really Sarah Palin fans. No-one really cares about McCain or Biden; O and Palin are the camera-friendly stars here. The real Palin is incompetent (more) and kind of a bitch (more), no matter her views, but of course people like an attractive woman with an Alaskan-sized lust for life and an image of frontier self-reliance (the freezer full of moose meat she shot and cleaned herself) and everywomanness (‘hockey mom’). I don’t think she should be vice president or possibly president. That doesn’t mean I hate much of what she putatively stands for (on life issues she’s spot-on but I won’t get played). Obama’s fans think he’s a peace candidate and a living sign of ‘moving beyond race’, his Mr Spockian demeanour showing he’d logically solve the world’s problems. All wrong, of course — establishment through and through, he’s an interventionist on principle in the old leftist tradition, for war in AfPak and for Israel’s sake (the capital of the US is not Tel Aviv), and for some biographical reasons he happens to be obsessed with race — and saying so doesn’t make one a racist.

Now imagine a candidate who really is the best of what both sides imagine the mainstream candidates to be: from a big frontier-myth state, with heartland values and a radical for peace and personal freedom. Oh, yeah, and right about the economy and not beholden to the bankers.

Oh, wait, you didn’t have to. There was one. (Granted, without Palin’s sex appeal or the race card.)

Sorry, America, but you blew it.

I think Obama will win (the other side deserves to lose, and the nastiness of their campaign shows how empty they really are — nothing but images to manipulate), and like the venerable Andrew Bacevich and Douglas Kmiec I may even honk for him a couple of times as I did for Kerry after voting for Badnarik (a real libertarian). But he won’t get my vote and things won’t get better.

How many of you agree with Daniel Larison that Palin (‘Dan Quayle in a dress’) will disappear after November? A year from now all anybody will remember is the likewise lovely Tina Fey’s impersonation of her, immortalised on YouTube, and possibly the Couric interview.

Likewise I’m not angry at those voting for Barr, Baldwin, Nader (who unlike Obama is an Arab) or McKinney. How could I be? All are better than the big two as all hold to these four principles; I just can’t sign off on their respective baggage. Even a token protest vote would have to be for someone not against somebody else.

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