I haven’t written anything about politics in this blog, mostly because we’re busy with other stuff 🙂 . I will say that both Mike and I voted for McCain. I’m pretty sure Mike would never vote for a pro-choice candidate, and me, well, I’m conflicted..
I am also pro-life: we have a difficult time not-getting, but staying pregnant, and its so hard for me to accept that other people could just throw a life away when I know so many people who desparately want a child. I do believe that it isn’t something that should be totally up to each individual woman, because I believe that life begins at conception, and the baby doesn’t have a voice. However, I can think of exceptions – cases of insest, of rape, where my feelings get a lot murkier.
Aah, jeez, I don’t even want to really get into this stuff. One main reason I voted for McCain is because I think we need a moderate in the White House – someone not too liberal, not too conservative, and I think he came closest to that mark. Sometimes I think that the American people can get caught up in despising the current president so much (no matter who that might be) that they swing far in the other direction. Me, I think in the middle is mostly the best place to be, politics-wise. The other big reason is that McCain is pro-strong military, and since we need Mike to be able to stay in the military until half-past forever for Emmett’s health coverage, a strong military means it would be more likely he could keep his job.
What I did want to say is that several people at O’s school came up to me today and asked what I thought about Obama becoming president. I replied that I thought any outcome would have been good, as long as Bush is outta there (the man IS a doofus, IMO). But these British citizens seemed very excited about Obama. And it would make me happy if Obama can somehow, without sacrificing our nation’s integrity, repair some of our relationships with our closest allies. It would be really great if our kids could go trick-or-treating in their own American base-housing neighborhood without hearing “why don’t you just go back to America – where you belong?”
Anyway, speaking of going home, we narrowly dodged a bullet today. For very complicated reasons, Tricare’s (military insurance company) medical board decided to review Emmett’s case today to determine whether they should send us back to America immediately, with or without Mike, or whether we could stay.
Shortly before 5pm we got the call – we get to stay! Which – yay! Because moving across the ocean right now is out of the question. They also told us, however, that they would not approve an extension of our stay here. Which limits our options, but actually solves some problems for us.
So, HOPEFULLY, sometime next summer, I’ll be house-hunting near Beth!
Oh, but one last thing – did y’all hear that Michael Crichton died today? He has long been one of my favorite authors – one of the few that I can say that I’ve read everything he’s ever written. Books like Jurrasic Park, Congo, Prey, Airframe, State of Fear, Timeline, etc (although I must say that Congo was one of the WORST movies I’ve ever seen. Ever.). AND he was one of the creators of ER – a TV show I watched religiously up until we moved here, where new ER episodes can be hard to find. Too sad – his death, I mean, not the not being able to find new ER episodes…although that is pretty sad too, but nothing compared to the loss felt by his family, friends, and the reading world.