For those not knowing, East Snobb, stereo typically, leans so far right that they'd need a 12 cases of V-8 per person to get center again. It's not that I'm against right leaning people, just the ones that get Snobb county on national TV talking about creationism into public schools. It's got to be tough on any Democrat to win much less get a respectable percentage of the vote. There was an immediate amount of pity for her. Did that stop me for taking it to her? Nope.
I have never had the opportunity to question a politician or a potential politician so I was not going to let this golden chance just slide by. I asked what her platforms where and the first thing out of her mouth was Health Care. Uh-Oh. I asked if she was in favor of a nationwide healthcare plan that insured every American. She replied with a strong; "Yes". DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER!!!
RRS: Name one national program that covers every American that the federal government runs as well as the United States Armed Forces.This portion finished up quickly as she realized that she didn't have an argument. (I'm quite sure that one of you reading this has already come up with something to shoot my point of view down, but for her it worked quite well.)
Ruth: *silence*, *thoughtful thinking* Well the government does many things well...
RRS: *Interrupting her* No. (I then apologized that she came by the wrong house) I said; name one large all encompassing program that that covers every American that the federal government runs as well as the United States Armed Forces.
Ruth: *More silence*
RRS: That's because you can't. Health care for every citizen that can't afford it is a very noble idea. But the US government is not the one to run it. That have yet to prove to me that they can do more than two things well at any one time. In addition, I don't want to and shouldn't be expected to give my money to support the destitute, poor or general lazy ass that doesn't want to work. If I did I would give to the homeless people I drive past every day.
Ruth: But shouldn't we help those less fortunate?
RRS: Yes, that is what charities are for.
The conversation moved onto education. She said that education is her top priority. I said I didn't care because I didn't have kids, sorry but there were bigger fish to get to. But, her flier did say that she was a teacher. I asked where she taught. She has subbed all over the area and in Gwinnett as well. She currently teaches at Davis Academy, a private school. Well this raised my eyebrow and she beat me to the punch and asked if I wanted to know her opinion on school vouchers. I said no, but I wished her good luck with that one.
According to her flier and her website she is a veteran of the Air Force, serving 12 years. I like that, I think our elected leaders should know something about the military. So the current war seemed like a good topic. I don't agree with the war, but I also believe that we're already over there, we should finish the job correctly and then bring our men and women home. She believed that they should come home as soon as possible, draw up a plan and withdraw immediately. I looked at her, realized debating this issue with her would be a lost cause. We moved along.
I asked about her opponent and what he stood for. She quickly rattled off the fact that Hill voted for SB3. A new law that limits Georgian's rights to sue. Well that got us going on the rights of it's citizens and how the government, state and federal are stripping away our right one by one. She said that she agreed and brought up abortion. She's pro-choice and so am I, so that was nothing. Morally against it but REALLY against the government telling it's citizens what they can or can't do with their bodies.
We went on and around in circles on a few more issues. Mainly it consisted of me trashing all politicians. How they just want to win to have power and not do what's right for their constituents.
We finished up with gay rights. She said that she is pro gay rights. Well damn it, there's another thing we agree on. I hate that she is for nationalized health care and a democrat. Democrats also generally like large government, I hate that too. She has no experience and if I can shut you down on an issue, you might have some serious home work to do.
With all that said, she's probably a better choice than Judson Hill. According to his website he's pro-life, pro-marriage (read:anti-gay), and he used to be the Senior Event Planner for Promise Keepers. If you need another reason not to vote for him, his website doesn't play well with Firefox. Ok Ruth, you got my vote, but I'm not really happy about it. You're just an alternative to the other guy.