Happy Mardi Gras! It's a low-key Fat Tuesday for hubby and me. I've got a dance class tonight, but I'm listening to XM Radio's live channel (they're broadcasting New Orleans jazz and Zydeco all day) and bought a king cake at the supermarket last night. It won't be as good as this, but it looks darn pretty on the counter anyway.
Super Tuesday Musings: In '06, I barbecued John McCain on immigration and had this to say about a potential McCain-Hillary matchup:
McCain versus Hillary. It's like having to choose between having hot coals shoved into your eye sockets and a hydrochloric acid enema.
The GOP is offering me hot coals in eye sockets as an alternative to a Marxist. Hillary Clinton cannot open her yap without threatening to confiscate people's money in the name of yet another bloated, inefficient, dunderheaded government sop. She honestly believes that the government can do the best job of taking care of your kids. I'm looking at her Web site now, and she's promising "nurse home visitation programs to help new parents develop parenting skills."
Ah, no, Hillary. I don't care if this is mandated or optional, it is not the federal gubmint's job to make sure I am diapering properly. And the spectre of something like universal pre-K makes me nervous. Hubby and I are anticipating starting our family within the next presidential administration. Hillary's nanny statism does not leave me with a cozy and warm feeling about how her policies might affect my children.
And then, we have McCain. Stronger on defense than Hillary ... sort of. He was a driving force in shamnesty and wants to give Gitmo prisoners the same status as regular prison inmates. Hard to raise kids properly when you have to worry about all that contamination from the dirty bomb some goblin smuggled across the border.
So, I'm left with a lovely choice: I refuse to actually cast a vote for Hillary, so if enough conservatives like me sit this one out in November, Hillary will be our next president, and God only knows what boneheaded policies she will be able to put into place with the aid of a Democratically-controlled Congress, not to mention who might wind up on the Supreme Court. If she tanks at Carter-esque levels, there might be enough backlash to prompt another GOP revolution and make things saner for decades to come, as Rush Limbaugh has speculated.
If John McCain wins against Hillary, we have averted a few disasters in exchange for different ones, plus we are sending a message to the GOP that, yes, they can keep sending up godawful candidates as long as the Dem offerings are just one or two notches worse. We tried sending a message in '06, and that didn't go over too well. I'm not sure that sending a message in '08 will work, either.
Bottom line is, you cannot trust either party to do what is right by principle. They are only interested in perpetuating their own power. Real people-power will come from what we did with shamnesty: screaming our heads off when necessary to beat them back into submission.
That does get awfully tiring, but on the other hand, who said that living in a free land would ever be easy or convenient? We had to shed blood for what we have today. Whether it's President McCain or President Clinton in '08, either way, I'm not shutting up.