The latest is the hatred sent his way by folks in New York City. Now, I would have thought that a city that, in many ways, is still recovering, both financially and emotionally, from 9/11 would welcome the massive infusion of people, bringing massive amounts of money to spend, and the show of support from a major political party. Not so. It appears to me that NYC doesn't want all that from folks that it disagrees with politically.
I'm unashamedly a conservative Republican. On 9/12/2001, I bought an expensive camera in NYC, rather than waiting till I got home and mail-ordering, because I felt that the city could use the tax revenue...just my small contribution. I'm regretting that decision now. If the city doesn't want Republicans' money, why should I help?
There's a lot of complaining about security measures that are no worse than the measures Boston had to put up with just a month ago, and a lot of generalized hatred. "We don't want them here!" Would you want them there if the same mass of people came, not associated with a convention? Is it just that you object to their policies? Do they not have a right to congregate and advocate their viewpoints? Those same security measures would be needed wherever the convention was to be held. In case folks have forgotten, there's a bunch of people out there who would love nothing better than to turn a few thousand more deaths - especially of those associated with the party currently holding the White House - into their special political statement.
Folks I know, like, and respect have joined in this orgy of hate. I'm really saddened to see it. It really doesn't make any sense to me. My opinion of them hasn't changed, but I'm not going to get into the discussion with them any more because all I do is get depressed.
I'm terrified of a Kerry Presidency because I believe he would lead this country in exactly the wrong direction where it counts most: defense and the economy. He'd institute measures to stop sending jobs offshore without a single thought for the industries he'd destroy. He'd abdicate critical decisions on our foreign policy to our putative allies, never caring that their interests are often at odds with our own. He'd jack up taxes on the average American in order to buy votes by giving the money away to those who would not work for it. He'd drive as many more nails in the coffin of the Second Amendment as he thought he could get away with, not only by overt legislative action, but by insidious and illegal regulations of the kind the Clinton Administration committed, and by supporting anti-gun senators like Charles Schumer and Diane Feinstein in their quest to make sure the federal bench is packed with those who do not recognize that it means what it says.
Even so, we survived eight years of Bill Clinton. We will probably survive four years (or, merciful $DEITY, even eight) of John Kerry. We won't be better off at the end of it, but we'll survive it. I simply would rather not have to do so.