My aunt forwarded one of those inane "funny" emails deriding the Democratic party today. I don't read political blogs so I avoid writing them. It is muttering against the dark and I find my energy better placed in dozens of other tasks. I'm not a member of either party but I couldn't help but rant a bit. This was one of many asinine items in the email.
I am 42 years old,
I love the outdoors,
I am a Republican reformer,
I have taken on the Republican Party establishment,
I have five children,
I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office.
Did you guess?
I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900
My response to her and some of my "republican" family members:
If you're going to send this over-generalized, half-truth nuttery, don't expect us all to laugh. I don't have the time to sit down and pick apart all of the silly fallacies in this email and I doubt you would care to read even if I did but I can't let one item slide. Drawing a parallel between Gov Palin and T. Roosevelt is insanity. The debate about Palin's experience and ability to lead her way out of a box is a non-starter. I won't even go there. Teddy was a progressive reformer who, after McKinley was assassinated, protected the environment, pushed for universal healthcare and dissolved corrupt monopolies. Mostly though, you must concede that the Republican parties of 1900 and today have almost nothing in common. Back then, the party was actually fiscally conservative, reduced federal and executive power in favor of state power and observed a hard line between church and state. The neo-Republican party in office right now cares for none of those ideals and is unable to see the hypocrisy that they are socially conservative but governmental liberals. The opposite of what they were back then. I'd like to think McCain might hold some of those old ideals but I know Palin does not and as long as the party plans on pissing away my tax dollars on a futile war, expanding executive power and reducing civil liberties, they are far more harmful than any socialist agenda. Palin's extemporaneous interviews make her appear even less aware and intelligent than our current commander in chief. The thought that she could be president scares the bejeebus out of me to the point I might actually vote within the two parties for a lesser-of-two-evils Democrat or move to Europe.