2010 Midterm election

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Employees at an Ohio McDonald’s discovered a handbill in their most recent paychecks urging them to vote Republican. Reminding them of the following:

“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.”

Well, that was subtle.

And not even the tiniest bit legal.

McDonald’s disavowed the insert and the franchise owner, Paul Siegfried, and Siegfried has issued an apology claiming he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

But offense was clearly not the intent, the handbill which urged his employees to vote Republican in the races for governor, Senate and the 16th Congressional District implies they can kiss higher wages good-bye if Democrats – and their tax happy ways – gain office.

Not legal and not fair.

A person’s vote is private and should be driven by his/her beliefs and knowledge of the issues and candidates. It should not be dictated by bosses, churches or be cast under duress.

Siegfried’s sinister attempt at coercion shows that he not only values larger profit margins for himself over his employees’ standards of living but that he doesn’t understand – as so many Americans don’t – that the economic situation is still dire and precarious.

Taxes aren’t going down and they shouldn’t.

Americans want a lot. They expect services and yet feign ignorance about how these services are funded.

Siegfried’s employees hired a lawyer. The state of Ohio is investigating. Midterms elections are Tuesday.

An interesting twist on the point, don’t you think?

The Pro-Life people argue for the body as though the soul is somehow affected. It isn’t. Our souls are eternal. They can’t be destroyed. And ephemeral existence isn’t the point of our being anyway.

As my husband is fond of pointing out, the idea of the sanctity of human life is a myth. If it weren’t a myth, then, for example, we wouldn’t be capitalists. The free market would be rightly called out for catering to the destruction of the many for the good of the very, very few. Where is life held sacred in homelessness, hunger and the inability to access health care for those without better than average means?

If life were sacred, share and share alike would be the norm because every life would have a minimum standard of maintenance that we’d all agree on and would strive to make sure was fairly distributed.

Life teaches us to be fearful and to cling to the trappings that separate us – ultimately – from the thing that we are. A soul.

So, if I am a soul, does it matter if I am born or not? Conception of a physical warehouse doesn’t make me more than who I am and who I am is not my body.

Think about it.

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It’s Midterms, people, and though I am not as frenzied as I was for the ’08 POTUS race, I have fears.

Not for me personally as I live in the Canadian Utopia, but for all of you, who should be planning your exit strategies if things go drastically to the right because 2012 is the year the Mayans decided to end their calendar with – just saying.

As I imagine the airways are polluted with negative ads and phones are bombarded with robo-calls, perhaps a good movie is in order. Fave political movies?

Let’s see. This is what Time Magazine thinks:

I’ve seen Bob Roberts, The Candidate, Citizen Kane And Primary Colors. The last is probably my favorite Travolta role ever and the saddest, most apt commentary on the enigma that is Bill Clinton ever.

But I loved Kevin Kline in Dave.

And Michael Douglas as The American President.

I like my politics with a bit of chick flick.

How about you?