They both just returned to the country today. War Hawk and She Hulk.
I don't blog on Thursdays so I'm doing that comic tonight. Others will note it tomorrow.
Now tonight's journal entry is on voting.
If you want to vote, vote. It is not a big deal to me. I'm not going to terrorize you if you don't and I think not voting can (and does) send a message.
Growing up as I did, during the Cold War, we would hear in school over and over that the Soviet Union had a 95% (or maybe higher) voting turnout at their elections and how we had to do better. I would always be the one to ask, "Didn't you tell us that they don't have freedoms in the Soviet Union?" The reply would be that, yes, they are forced to vote. So I would point out that in America we have the right to vote and we can exercise that or we can chose not to exercise it, that's part of our freedom.
That answer did not go over well with teachers but truth rarely does when someone's attempting to indoctrinate you.
So my point in writing about voting is that a friend called me today and he wanted to know what were the chances that I could vote Republican? He had a list of five candidates. I didn't know two and the other three would never give my vote.
I explained that a pro-choice Republican could interest me. I might possibly for him or her.
He kept on about how I say I won't vote for Barack.
I won't. I didn't in 2008. I voted for Ralph Nader and I'll vote independent or third party in 2012 gladly. But, in terms of a Republican, I'd have to know that Roe v. Wade was safe. It's not safe under a Democratic president. Barack proved that with health care, didn't he? But for me to feel comfortable voting for a Republican, they would have to be a pro-choice one.
Over all other issues, I was asked?
I don't think they listen on any other issues. I don't think they have any real difference on any other issues. Even with the issue of same-sex couples, the Republicans are having to open their arms. I think both parties are filled with War Hawks so I certainly wouldn't believe a thing either said about war. That really just leaves the issue of reproductive rights.
I'm not planning to vote Republican. But I was asked the question and I have a feeling that others are being asked the same questions so I thought I'd share that.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):