Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz is an unabashed supporter of both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. He recently penned an open letter to Rush Limbaugh, and another this morning to answer the question of Rush and his listeners, “How can you support Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin at the same time?” And right on time, both he and HRC started taking flak in the comment section, almost immediately.
There were two points made in the comments that I would like to address, from a Blue-Collar Redneck center-right perspective. The first one is that most of Rush’s listeners would see this piece as “an appeal to emotion”, because it isn’t a side-by-side policy comparison. And the second is that the difference between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is shades of grey.
The point that they seem to be missing is that not all of us see the world starkly defined as either black or white. We see shades of gray in every issue, and see the merits of the arguments of both sides, without completely agreeing with either of them.
We understand that there are a lot of vehicle choices between a Hummer and a Volt. We see the merit in reducing our dependence not just on foreign oil, but on oil period. But we also see the Cap and Tax legislation for the detrimental effect it will have on the poor and the middle class, both financially and physically.
We understand the religious connotations of the word “marraige” to many people in this country, and respect their objections. But many of us agree with the concept of civil unions, and could care less if Adam marries Eve, or if he marries Steve. What we don’t understand is how conservatives can defend “the sanctity of marraige” on the one hand, while roundly condemning Hillary Clinton for not ending hers on the other.
We don’t necessarily agree with government subsidized, unfettered abortion, but most of us don’t think a woman should go to jail for having one. And we understand that the only way that pro-lifers are going to prevail is BY appealing to emotion, because there were abortions before Roe v. Wade, and there would still be abortions if it is overturned. That is a battle that must be won in the field of hearts and minds, not in the legislative arena.
We understand that Obamacare is a fiscal disaster waiting to happen, even though we don’t disagree with some of the provisions in it. We feel like we are being regulated to death by an out of control government, but we don’t trust the “free market” to always force corporations and industries to “do the right thing”.
We don’t appreciate being called racists because we disagree with or don’t support Obama, but we didn’t particularly care for being called unpatriotic or unAmerican every time we disagreed with George W. Bush and the GOP either. And conservatives would be making a huge mistake if they assume that we are going to make a lifetime commitment to the Republicans, for better or worse, just because we have divorced ourselves from the Democrats.
In most elections, we agree with the policy positions of one candidate more than the other, but don’t agree completely with either. So we make our voting decisions using both reason and emotion. We judge our candidates not just by the color of their position papers, but by what we perceive as the content of their charachters.
Unlike Kevin, I was not an early Hillary Clinton supporter. I was a John Edwards supporter in the beginning (I know, I know), but as the field narrowed and I started paying more attention to the debates, she grew on me. I came to admire her toughness and her grit, and I never once felt that she looked down on people like me.
For that reason, it was very easy for me to transfer my support to Sarah Palin, when she came on the scene. I admire the same qualities in her that I admire in Hillary Clinton. I like the fact that she is full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes. She says exactly what she thinks, and she doesn’t back down from a fight. If she runs in 2012, I will support and defend her to my last breath, regardless of whoever else is on the ticket. If she wins, I will argue whatever policy differences I might have with her. But in the meantime, I will stand with Sarah in her fight against Obama and the rest of the far left, and against the GOP establishment.