So, I am not at all pleased with any of the four leading candidates for President and/or Vice President this time around. As usual, I'm not pleased with all of the attack ads and mudslinging either. It gets annoying fast! By the same token, I am not pleased with all of the stereotyping that is embedded in all of the politicking. I'm tired of hearing the comment: "Barack might be the first black president ever." Now, I know that ethnic relations need some work in this country but what in the world does skin color have to do with being a good president? (By the way, the same is true of his religion, e.g. the Muslim accusations; what does his religion have to do with being a good politican?) By the same token, I think it is just as absurd when people make statements like: "How can Palin be both a good mom and a good VP?" This not only comes from men but in fact, I've only heard women say it. That boggles my mind. Why is this sexism even tolerated? Still, many people have tried to be politically correct and have avoided saying anything offensive in the ways of ethnicity or gender.
But there is still one slur that keeps recurring that is just as bad; it has to do with John McCain's age. Seriously, ageism has reared its ugly head everywhere. People are trying to discredit McCain because of his age . I wonder why people are so careful not to offend Obama (skin color) and Palin (gender) but could care less about McCain (ageism)? This is nothing but a small view of a much larger symptom in our society where we treat the elderly as 2nd class citizens. This just isn't right! When will political analysts, media journalists and campaign strategists stop playing dirty and simply run a candidate's campaign on its own good merit? I'm not sure! But I am sure that if that ever happens, whoever it is, they will get my vote! Enough is enough!!!