I’m torn. I’m torn about whether to even write this post, but I’m writing it anyway.
See, in general, I don’t care who you, as an individual, vote for. Obviously, I would hope that you would vote for the person I think would make the best president, but I’m not sitting here sweating about whether you’re voting for McCain or McKinney or Obama. I expect you have your reasons and, while I might try to convince you otherwise, in the end, not my business.
But I was thinking, what if I found out that Gloria Steinem voted for McCain because she thought the inclusion of Palin on the ticket made voting for McCain the feminist choice? Wouldn’t that decision undermine her credibility as a feminist for me?
And the answer is–yes, yes it would.
So, when I read that Yuri Cunza is considering voting for McCain, I can only hope this is some terrible joke, some attempt at dry humor gone bad.
But I’m afraid that it’s not.
And I’m really bothered. At two levels.
One, if Michael Cass was astute enough to realize that it’s interesting that Cunza is leaning towards McCain, where were the follow-up questions?
But, two, and more importantly, what the fuck? If Cunza were just a private citizen, he could vote for who he wanted and I wouldn’t care. Shoot, people in my own family, who are soon going to need Medicare, and whose fortunes are tied to the plummeting housing market, are going to vote straight Republican this year, again, like every year, even though this is where it’s gotten them and I still love them and I’m still going to call them on Christmas, and I’m not even Christian, so there you go.
But if there’s a Hispanic issue and a camera, Cunza is there, speaking for the Hispanic residents of Tennessee, advocating for them. And I respect the hell out of John Lamb, but “McCain can talk the talk sometimes in regard to immigrants” just doesn’t cut it for me.
Talk the talk?!
Then why can’t he be bothered to answer The Sanctuary’s questions about immigration? Where was he when Immigration and Naturalization Services was changed into Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Has he spoken at all about the unfair enforcement of 287(g)? Has he gone to South Carolina to check on the 300 people detained there? Has he spent time in Postville with the people still suffering from the blunt end of a police state?
Okay, and forget the illegal immigrants.
How is John McCain’s healthcare reform going to help people without insurance? Or people who are insured but are making $18,000 a year groundskeeping? Because, let me tell you, you think living on $18,000 a year is tough, try living on $18,000 a year but getting taxed like you’re living on $30,000.
McCain wants to cut Medicare. How is this in the best interest of the elderly Hispanic people Cunza claims to speak for?
As a businessman, it makes sense that Cunza might vote Republican.
But as a, dare I say it, community activist?
Why would you vote for someone who thinks the thing you’re most visible as is, at best, a joke and, at worst, puts you in league with terrorists?