I’ve noticed that many of the Obamans who interact with me tend to conflate beliefs with action. Perhaps this is why they support Obama, as he suffers from the same confusion:
Kroft: Senator McCain made some of the same noises this week, blaming Wall Street greed, promising reform and oversight, and new regulations to protect investors. What’s the difference between the two of you?
Obama: Well, the difference is, I think, that I’ve got a track record of actually believing in this stuff. (emphasis added)
This is Obama in a nutshell: He actually claims that beliefs and action are equivalent. The words “track record” are ridiculous in the given context. There is no “record” that we can “track” where Obama has stood up and promoted regulation of this type. It’s enough for him – and presumably, for his followers – that he claims to believe what they believe.
The really great thing about requiring correct opinions or beliefs, but no actions to support them, is that your politician of choice can do whatever he/she wants, as long as he/she claims it was done for “the right reasons.” Thus, Obama backtracks and flip-flops on issue after issue, including warrantless wiretapping, the war in Iraq, and a woman’s right to control her own body…yet he shops at Whole Foods and drinks PBR, so he must be okay. Right?
Personally, I think that what a politician does is more important than what he or she believes. Sarah Palin, for example, is a member of Feminists for Life. She only believes abortion is a morally acceptable option if the mother’s life is threatened. However, as Governor of Alaska for the past two years, she has made no moves to restrict any Alaskan’s access to birth control, sex education or abortion, and has said that even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, she would not do so. Thus, her terrifying personal “beliefs” do not scare me, since she has no record of turning them into political actions.
As for McCain, he is more of a wild card. He would no doubt attempt to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, as he has stated. Yet he also has a record of supporting qualified nominees with whom he has disagreed. So perhaps if he encounters resistance, he will be open to less conservative appointees – indeed, he would scarcely have a choice in the matter, given the way our government works.
If the Democrats want me to vote for them ever again, they need to act, not just believe. They need to use their larger Senate majority to stand up to any anti-choice justices McCain will nominate. They need to get rid of federally-funded abstinence-only sex education, which leads to more unwanted pregnancies and STD’s, largely among minority women. They need to finally get the ERA passed into law. And, they need to promote more women for elected office, on local, state and federal levels, in order to more quickly implement the 30% Solution which will make all of these things possible.
Should the Democratic Party take these actions in the future, they will get my vote. Otherwise, they won’t. I have seen the poisonous hatred of women that infects the “liberal” Democratic mindset, and I refuse to sanction it with my franchise.
Now that’s change I can believe in.