I really haven't had a lot of time to blog lately. The busy time of year at work AND I just had to volunteer to be the PTA Fundraising chair this year. I cannot believe nobody warned me about this. Ya know how sometimes you don't feel like blogging about knitting in particular, but something happens in the world that motivates you to post something to your blog and that urge is completely overwhelming and maybe not that well thought out? Has it ever happened to you? It happened to me. And honestly I have been too busy to go back and try and make some sense of it all. Well, then along comes a commenter who gets all bent out of shape about your position on say, Sarah Palin and they go off on you in the comments. Well, I've been blogging for a while now and found it somewhat remarkable how civil almost ALL of my encounters have been with knitbloggers. But I guess no community is free from those who think it's okay to come take a shit in your backyard, just because there's no fence around it and after all you have a dog. Well, it IS my blog and I can say any thing I damn well please that does not cross legal bounderies AND considering how bad a mouth I have in person, I spare my blog visitors most of the time. But I don't really care if someone who doesn't like my politics says they won't return to my blog again. It's not like they have really engaged me before. Or linked to me. And as far as I know, this was her first visit.
It's true that i should probably have made my edits to my last post more obvious, but I haven't had time and since I have all but stopped blogging since the spring, I don't have a lot of regular visitors anymore in the first place. But it's true that the book list I published in the previous post was debunked by Snopes and has been passed all around the internets as a viral hoax, but forget the list – my original sentiment remains steadfast and potent. If John McCain and Sarah Palin prevail in the upcoming election, we stand to lose more than anyone can imagine. Have you read The Handmaid's Tale? Well, I can see it happening and all we have to do is be scared enough and gullible enough to pull the lever for the old white man and his idiot cheerleader and do it in the name of god, that's what they're counting on. Don't like my politics, feel free to use the back button. I don't have a problem with evangelicals. I have a problem with anyone who tries to tell me, on my blog, I don't have a right to my opinions, or my voice or my lifestyle or anything else that our constitution guarantees all of us. Even in a time of war. Even in a time of financial crisis.
I read an article the other day which gave me pause. I had not heard of "White Privalege" before, but my husband had, he is far more widely and better read than I. The premise to me is awful. I thought we had come farther, but apparently not and even though I consider myself to be color-blind, I had to admit when I understood it that I had and perhaps still do benefit from it unknowingly. I felt ashamed and yet, had no idea what to do about it. Tom says he thinks we won't be past it till the generations who remember the civil rights movement are gone. Young people do seem to be much more free of prejudice, I observed. Tom said racism is learned behavior and that since it's not part of our laws anymore or part of our curriculum, the most likely place that kids get racism now is from their families.
Where I am going with all of this is, well, in case you hadn't figured it out yet, I like Obama in the upcoming presidential election. I think he's the most intelligent candidate we have had in maybe my lifetime. I think he has tremendous integrity. I am concerned that White Privilege might cost him the election and it makes me feel angry and helpless. I am afraid that people can say "he seems sketchy to me" or "what do we really know about him" and get away with that being a sufficient reason to vote for McCain. At least be honest. If you want to know Obama, it's easy, read about him, listen to him, but don't act like we don't know this man who has been running for president for 2 damn years. If you're white, think about your reasons. Think about your background. Think about the tapes from your youth, your past. What really informs your decision? Reason? Or something else? Because we really are overdue for some reason coming from our next president.
Anyone else want to tear me up? Feel free – I only delete spam.