Friday, January 18, 2008

Road Trip Day II

At the ungodly hour of 7:40 a.m. (PST), former Governor Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd of nearly 300 at Adobe Middle School in Elko, Nevada. Nearly 300 registered Nevada Republicans crowded in to cheer for a guy who included in his speech the comment that no babies should be had before marriage, John Edwards' belief in the two Americas is a disillusion, Medicare is a socialist program, the Democrats proposal of universal healthcare is "Hillarycare" and the only change that will come with either Hillary or Obama is the change left in our pockets after they raise our taxes.

Give me a break.

He's a good speaker, Mr. Romney. He's a youthful, charismatic guy. He's everything you want a presidential candidate to be on the surface, but below that initial reaction he is why so many of us are Democrats. The GOP of today either doesn't get it or they have been so brainwashed over the past seven years of trying to sell a bad tax policy and an even worse foreign policy strategy that they can't see the forest for the trees.

The constant conversation about illegal immigration and the underlying message of bringing good Christian values to every aspect of American lives and American government is not hitting home with many of us. As much as we need to know our borders are safe we need to know on a greater level that our homes are a haven where our values are in fact our own and not a mandated living arrangement that a Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, et al. commander-in-chief forces upon us. We need to know that the people who are here (families, friends, and neighbors) are welcome regardless of their faith, value systems, sexual orientation, or race.

This morning, more than last night, I really felt like I was in Republican country. However, it was a welcome sight to see Obama supporters on each corner of the main intersection in downtown Elko waving signs and braving the cold. In fact, on our way out of the coffee shop the Obama supporters had been replaced by loud Clinton supporters. There are true Democrats out there, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find them.

1 comment :

Julie Fanselow said...

Great write-up, Tara.The only thing I really have to add is what I said on our way out: People who do not believe that government can do good things ought not be allowed to run it!

We asked the Obama supporters on the corner if they are from Elko. One was from Montana, but the other was indeed from Elko - and not only that, he was a registered Republican who is crossing over to work and vote for Obama. I do believe Obama has great crossover apppeal. We saw it in Iowa, and we may well see it here tomorrow.