I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC Tuesday morning as I do everyday, and a very interesting discussion took place between Joe Scarborough, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Harold Ford, Jr., and my man crush, author and editor of Newsweek magazine, Jon Meacham.
Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough’s co-host, was at the table as well being her usual pretentious, oblivious, ass-hat self, and offering nothing of substance.
The conversation centered on former Rep. Harold Ford’s (D-TN) aborted run for the U.S. Senate seat in New York.
Now, when he was a citizen of Tennessee, Ford ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee and he was defeated because he was deemed to be a Liberal.
After he moved to New York, he was going to run in the Democrat primary against Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), but he dropped out, mainly because New York Democrats find him to be too much of a Conservative.
The conversation brought up a good issue. Do we as voters, focus on a couple of key issues with which we define a candidate…issues that really in the big scheme of things, affect a minority of people?
Scarborough brought up a couple of these issues. Namely, abortion and gay marriage.
He went on to say that actual leadership ability is far down on the list of what voters look at when choosing.
During this back and forth between the panel (minus input from Mika who is a disaster when it comes to critical thinking except for her demand that we tax pop and fast food), I agreed that yes…
Many Americans DO base their vote on these issues, politicians exploit those issues, and in turn we end up with elected officials who are sub-par and nothing gets done.
And…it’s a fucking shame.
So let me put this question to you folks today…
If you are a person who has a Liberal bent on things political, how would you answer the following…
If there is a candidate for President who has a staunch history of being pro-life, and anti gay marriage, yet was guaranteed by God himself that if elected, would reduce unemployment to zero, balance the budget, and eliminate our nation’s debt would you vote for him or her?
I’m thinking that bonehead ideologues such as Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, and many others would say, “NO.” Would you?
If you are a person who has a Conservative bent on things political, how would you answer the following…
If there is a candidate for President who has a staunch history of being pro-choice, and pro gay marriage, yet was guaranteed by God himself that if elected, would reduce unemployment to zero, balance the budget, and eliminate our nation’s debt would you vote for him or her?
I’m thinking that moronic ideologues such as Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and many others would say, “NO.”
Does that really make sense to you, ‘cause it sure as Hell doesn’t to me…
I am damn well sure that all over this country there are gay men and women who don’t give a rat’s ass whether they can marry or not, because they are too busy struggling to find a job.
And, there are church going women throughout this land who are thinking about how they are going to buy groceries and not about their right to have an abortion that they, in the future, may or may not need.
Abortion, gay marriage, and other issues all have their place at the table of debate, but…
Shouldn’t we focus on the issues that affect every American before we tackle those?
Or, should we stand idly by and allow others who haven’t a care in the world other than for their ratings or reelection bid to determine the course of this country?
To paraphrase Mr. Spock…To you, do the immediate needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one?
Let me know your answer.