We have a vegan blog. We talk about food most of the time, mostly because Kelly and I love food and want to nom delicious vegan yummies all the time.
So why am I talking about politics? Mostly, because I’m angry. Very angry. Angry that there are people ignorant enough in the glorious United States of America to think that the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, is a good idea.
What does this have to do with veganism? A lot, actually. If you’re vegan, or interested in being vegan, you probably already know, from reading our blog, or other blogs, or listening to various podcasts, etc etc, you know that the point of veganism is to do no harm to animals, nonhuman AND human. Seriously, that's pretty much what it comes down to in the simplest terms. Don't fuck with other creatures, because it's stupid and cruel and pointless and unethical.
Voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin is about THE MOST ANTI-vegan decision someone could make. McCain is bad enough, but Palin sends shivers down my fucking spine. This person endorses aerial hunting of wolves and bears (i.e., shooting animals from a helicopter...super fun), hunts and fishes salmon, moose, and caribou, and her favorite meal is a moose stew. She frequently poses for photos with her dead bear in the shot. She supports drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, which has been the apple of oil companies' eyes for years now, and you can bet George W. Bush's oil buddies (as well as her oilman husband) will throw tons of money at her to let them in - who cares about animals as long as the top 1% of America is making money, right? She also opposes the status of many species as being endangered, including the polar bear and the beluga whale (someone obviously hasn't watched An Inconvenient Truth, like, EVER).
Well. She certainly sounds like a lovely person.
On the human end of the nonveganness, Palin shops at and supports Wal-Mart, one of the most notorious exploiters of workers, communities, the environment, and taxpayers' dollars. While she was serving as mayor of Wasilla, AK, the town police chief publicy stated that he did not support a bill preventing law enforcement agencies from charging rape victims for rape kits, ie, the exam done after a victim is raped. Palin is rabidly pro-life (odd, considering how many animals she happily murders) and would pass laws to make abortion illegal, even in the case of rape or incest. She supports the war, she's incredibly racist, she is anti-gay, she'd send women's rights back to the fucking dark ages, and she's one of the worst possible people to be considered to run this country. And if you think she'd have no pull as VP (that's if she ever figures out what a VP does all day - I can't make this shit up, folks), look at the evilness that is Dick Cheney, and think again. And McCain (that fucking traitor) will let her do whatever she wants, because people, somehow, for some reason, think she's their conservative Christian princess who is going to rapture us all up to Jesus.
Look at the state our country's in. Are you happy? Are you financially secure? How's the housing market in your area? How's the price of rice and beer and wheat and veggies? What's your gas bill like? How bike-friendly are your streets? How much has your or your kids' college tuition risen? How safe is your food? What do your foreign friends think about our country? How do YOU feel about it? The Republican party and their president got us into this mess - they aren't going to fix shit.
If you are an American vegan, or are leaning towards veganism, or hell, if you're ANYBODY, and you vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin, don't bother coming back to our blog, because honestly, I have nothing to say to you (nothing that won't make you cry, anyway). Being vegan means thinking about your choices - the Republican party does everything in their power to keep people from thinking at all.