2 September 2008 at 10:56:49 AM
Let's get this clear. Right now. People make judgments every day. You make a judgment about whether to take an umbrella with you on a cloudy day. You make a judgment about whether to make a right turn on red at a busy intersection. You make a judgment about whether to allow your teenage daughter to start dating at 15. And you make judgments about whether you will vote for a politician or not.
In this country, we have freedom of speech to speak about issues that concern us and we can do it in just about any fashion we like. As one of the Supreme Court justices has said, the answer to freedom of speech issues isn't to curtail speech but MORE speech.
If I choose to discuss whether I believe that Sarah Palin is the most appropriate person who could easily be the next president if old John McCain suddenly dies, I sure can. I'm going to use my own judgment, to decide whether a mother with a down-syndrome baby and a pregnant teenage girl, who also promotes abstinence only classes in school is the best female to take over the role of VP. You may not agree. You may think that NOT choosing Palin shows a lack of judgment. You're entitled. Just as I'm entitled to think that Hasty McCain rushing off to pander to women was a huge lack of judgment.
But if that's the new talking point for Republicans, you can't say it here. I'm deleting all the "Hey, How DARE YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE PALINS" comments. I didn't hear the Republicans holding back when they thought Clinton showed a lack of judgment about Lewinksy (he did!). I didn't hear the Republicans holding back from trashing John Kerry for his military service. I don't hear Republicans on this site discussing McCain, who cheated on and dumped his crippled wife and married his rich cheating partner. So there won't suddently be an outraged standard HERE all of a sudden because one of your own is a poor candidate and DESERVES TO BE HELD UP TO SCRUTINY.
P.S. I'm sure the *Sitting in Judgment* is an allusion to God or Jesus sitting on a throne and passing judgment on people. The day that a religion decides to stay out of politics and let people be judged only by the God they worship, at their death, give me a holler.
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