I was stunned this week to see that the McCain camp has adopted the slogan “Country First” as the organizing principle for its campaign. In what way has McCain put “country first” by nominating a staggeringly unqualified V.P. candidate? Palin’s only credential for being on the Republican ticket appears to be that she is a hard-core evangelical Christian who McCain obviously hopes will energize the same single-issue Bible-thumpers who voted in large numbers for George W. That’s not putting the country first, that’s McCain putting his campaign first.
Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].