Morning Edition has a story this morning on Joplin, Missouri, which is apparently the reddest area of the state. The last person interviewed talks about why he’s voting for McCain: because McCain is totally anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. The guy even said that it doesn’t matter if the country goes broke, because if we elect the “moral” candidate, if those “morals” are still in place than the Christian god will be on our side. (I presume he’s talking about the Christian god, at least.) Furthermore, even if your country goes bankrupt, you’ll at least still have your “morals” to cling to.
It’s nice to see that there are some people in this world who don’t give a shit about the economy, just as long as gay people and women don’t have the full rights they’re entitled to. It’s nice to see that people believe in a god who will support us if we oppress people. It’s nice to know that people would rather impose their narrow views on others instead of considering which candidate knows what’s best for the country as a whole. It’s great that this guy in Joplin has never had a girlfriend who wanted an abortion, or who had a child who was gay, because horror of horrors, then he might be forced to reconsider his positions. It’s great that he can live in his bubble without giving a single thought to why a woman might choose an abortion, or why refusing to let gay people marry is tantamount to the racist policies we had in place 50 years ago. It’s great that he makes his voting decisions based on what is going to be most harmful for other people. I’m so happy to live in this world.
Crossposted at This is What a Feminist Blogs Like