I was looking forward to voting for Ford, because his family is so corrupt that it moves beyond offensive clear into awe-inspiring.
But recent events have made me less enthusiastic.
First, I hate all the “I love Jesus” shit. Please, Harold, we live in a predominantly Christian country. Though some Christians are just sure that their culture is under assault from all sides, I’d point out that, as of at least yesterday, you could buy Christmas decorations at Target. Two months, one-sixth of the year, the whole culture is devoted to the birth of Jesus. Of course you love Jesus. That’s not a reason to vote for someone; that’s a reason to go to church with them.
Plus, I don’t give a shit if you sleep with every single women in Tennessee, but once you start yammering on about how much you love Jesus, then I do think you’re putting your own morality up for discussion. No where in the Bible does Jesus say, “If you love me, sweet talk your way into the pants of my sheep.” Just saying.
Second, you let stand the impression that you’re a lawyer, and yet, you continually vote for legislation that makes me think that you must have nodded and cheered when Bush announced that the Constitution is “just a goddamned piece of paper!” If a “lawyer” cannot understand the importance of the Constitution to a country based on said Constitution, it makes me question whether he’s fit to lead.
Third, I don’t want to reward this bullshit line of thinking that the answer to all the Democrats’ woes is to move farther right. And yet, if I vote for you and you win, I’m sure it will be seen as a victory for the “all we have to do is act like Republicans, but more clueless” school of Democratic strategy.
I am voting for you, though, and here’s why. Because I look at the Patriot Act and its ilk, and the neverending war in Iraq, and the scary encroachments on our civil rights, and I feel like we’re at a fork in the road. We can choose to go one way and continue the struggle to be the free and self-governing people our forefathers hoped we could be. Or we can become a people under constant surveillance, who see nothing wrong with a country that would send 2,800 of our own people to their deaths in Iraq but can’t send troops to New Orleans to save any of the 1,500 folks who died there; that accepts that, even though none of the reasons we went to war in Iraq have proven to be true, criticism of the war is somehow tantamount to treason; and that thinks that the best way to be ‘free’ is to wall us in and suspend habeas corpus.
I suspect you’re fine with that path. But I’m hoping beyond hope that the rest of the Democrats might at least attempt to block the way.
I have very little faith in that happening. We would rather be safe than free–that seems obvious to me. But I hope just the same. It’s probably foolish to hope. But I hope for gridlock. I think that electing Harold Ford Jr. helps to insure that gridlock will happen.
Thus, Ford has my vote.
I assume that he’ll be a shitty senator. But better one shitty senator than the continued unchecked abuse of the concept of “America” by this shitty administration.