I'm not terribly old, no matter what my ankles say every morning. I should have at least a little more life than I've passed already. But I've seen some shitty presidents in my time. In fact, my political personality seems to have been constructed in opposition to what I've seen.
When I was born, Richard Nixon was president. Enough said.
The next president was his accidental Veep, Gerald Ford. Good criminy--I've been alive for six years, and I'm still stuck with Republicans? This sucks.
Finally we get a decent human being in the White House in 1976, a Democrat named Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately, he's so tied down by conservative mismanagement he can't get anything done. Fortunately for conservatives, Ronald Reagan is making illegal deals with all kinds of people, like terrorists in Iran, to win the election in 1980.
In 1980 Reagan wins. I didn't even understand what was happening, but I somehow knew this was bad. Turns out Reagan spends eight years tripling the federal deficit while encouraging people to be greedy. Holy crap. Eight years of disaster.
In 1988 I get to vote for the first time. That means the guy I didn't vote for--George H.W. Bush--wins the election. Great. The Reagan years are extended without the Reagan personality, which means the presidency is both empty and bland.
My absentee ballot never showed up in 1992, but I was happy to see Bill Clinton elected president that year. Too bad the Republicans went into roadblock mode in 1994. And too bad Slick Willy couldn't keep his pants on. He was the best president of my lifetime so far and his tenure is sullied by silly shit.
And the conservatives were so outraged that in 2000 George W. Bush, the least qualified human being possible, took office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He didn't win, but he became the first Presidunce.
And in 2004 a bunch of halfwits and victims of hypnotism voted for Dubya, and he won again.
Good criminy I hope in 2008 we can do better. I hope we can elect someone with some sense, some semblance of ability. I hope we can get past the ridiculous lies.
Really there is only one choice. Obama.
McCain is an idiot. I'll write more about that soon. But for now, I have to say this: we need to reject the culture of greed promulgated by Reaganomics, we need to stop the deception perfected by the Nixon administration, we need to reject the lame-ass policies of the Ford and Bush administrations. In short, we need to reject the conservatism of the last forty years because it is ineffective, unrealistic, and divisive.
I don't think John McCain is a bad man. I just think he'd be a terrible choice for president.