I’m sorry, but sometimes this country just terrifies me. In a recent post, I made the case that even the Republican faithful should vote for Obama – that they should realize that, considering the multiple crises we face, their “values” issues pale next to considerations of competence and honesty. That post got the following comment: “Sorry but Obama supports killing baby’s and so does Biden. This is NO ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION that these people are unacceptable in God’s eyes to be president of this country. CASE CLOSED!!!”
Here is the future these people envision, in, say, about two years: McCain has named two Supreme Court justices, Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and once again thousands of women are dying or being mutilated in back-alley abortions. After battling skin cancer for six months, McCain has died. When Sarah Palin was notified, she was off snowmobiling in Alaska, even though she was eight months pregnant. Her doctor advised her not to fly to Washington, but she just winked and said, “Oh, darn it, it’ll be OK.” Sure enough, she went into labor over Canada, but she wouldn’t let the pilot land – “I don’t want my baby to be a furrener!” She lost the baby, but she was her perky self again in time for the swearing-in, chirping about having put “country first.” And like the spunky hockey mom that she is, she got right to work, installing the Wasilla police chief as Secretary of State and a Wasilla bank teller as Treasury Secretary. The stock market plunged from its already low levels, and now stood 90 percent below its 2007 peak, half the nation’s companies were out of business, and unemployment hit 60 percent. A smiling President Palin appeared on television – she had announced that she would be holding no press conferences, ever – and said perkily, “I’m not going to worry about these ‘facts’ that the mainstream media is reporting. I’m just going to talk to the American people and tell you what I think the facts are.” The stock market immediately lost half its remaining value, and the World Bank, noting that the U.S. now had to be considered a Third World nation, arranged an emergency loan so that people on Social Security would still get a few dollars each month.
Meanwhile, Palin had declared war on two countries, though she couldn’t remember which ones offhand, because some of their citizens had asked why Bristol still hadn’t married her boyfriend. It didn’t really matter, though, because most members of the armed forces had walked off the job in despair.
It was all worth it, though, because abortion had been banned.