Elinor Lipman had an Op-Ed piece in the Boston Globe today about the “anti-Hillary = anti-woman” argument. She says many things that I have been thrashing through these past few months– though Lipman’s piece doesn’t reflect all the reasons that I think Obama is the better human to lead the country.
Now if someone would just write an Op-Ed piece about how the decision to vote for one candidate does not make the discarded choices “bad,” I’d be much obliged. I’m just so discouraged about the black and white poles between which society insists all political discourse must pinball. If you like one, you must hate the other. If you adopt one libertarian view, you must adopt them all. This all or nothing range against whire compromises are judged to be unprincipled, and declarations of willingness to change one’s mind are labeled wafflers is an ill of democracy in its lowest common denominator form. The insistence on simplicity over complexity is anti-intellectual and short-sighted– and representative of the current administration and the people who put him into office. (And yes, Supreme Court, I am talking about you, too.) One can only hope that all those in favor of thinking a little harder about things, about willing to be challenged, get out the vote in November.