Men: The new “swing voters”?

….single momsas the "new swing voter" in the upcoming November Presidential elections. Thenew swing voter?!?!?! …, so what else is new?Haven't women of one description or another and their perceived "issues" been the demographic politicians of all stripes haveattempted to satisfy and to avoid disappointing more than any other for nearly 40 years? What then of men … and their issues?

In their single-mindedattempt to appear sensitive to “women’s issues”, the political parties seem to have made the presumption that men simply have none. In their frenzy to appeal to the all-important “female vote”,politicians aresendingan unmistakable message to men that their votes can be either taken for granted, or that they simply don’t count. In their commitment to “political correctness”, thelegislative, executive, and judicial branches of government at every level, as well as our press/media, appear to hold the myopic viewthat men and their issues simply aren’t. As former Congresswoman and feminist icon, Patricia Schroeder, once stated during the now infamous “Tailhook” scandal, “They just don’t get it”.

Here are a couple ofexamples.In a recent piecepublished inMen's News Daily,author Marc Rudovdescribes Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's unyielding support of the broad spectrum of "women's issues" – everything from "pay equity" to "reproductive rights" – and his running mate Senator Joe Biden's sponsorship of arguably the mostunconstitutional piece oflegislation to have ever been passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by any sitting President, the Violence AgainstWomen Act, affectionately known as VAWA.The essence of Mr. Rudov's article is capturedsuccinctly and brilliantly in the title, itself,"Will you elect GynObama and VAWA Joe?".

The only mention GynObama has made with respect to men during his entire campaign was on Fathers' Day this past June …, when he denegrated them by admonishing them to quit shirking their responsibilities to their families and become better fathers.Any non-custodial parent, father, or male, generally, who votes for either of these two clowns will get exactly what he/she deserves.

On the other hand, however, the Republicans don't seem to have offeredparticularly encouraging alternatives inJohn McCain and Sarah Palin. At a "town hall meeting" in Cedar Falls, Iowa, during the primaries,John McCain made it abundantly clear where he stands on the issue of family and matrimonial law reform.When askedby Shared Parenting advocate Tony Taylorif he (McCain)"would be bold enough to address the issue of equal access to children for fathers that have gone through divorce", McCain testily replied:

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, I am not going to overturn divorce court decisions. That's why we have courts and that's why people go to court and get a divorce. If I as President of the United States said this decision has to be overturned without the proper appeals process then I would be disturbing our entire system of govenment …, but forme to stand here before all these people and say that I'm going declare divorces invalid because someone feels that they weren't treated fairly in court, we are getting into a, uh, uh, tar baby of enormous proportions." (emphasis added)

At the same time, and not insignificantly, I think, McCain seems to have no particular problem "disturbing our entire system of government"in the formofthe First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, where itstates "Congress shall make no laws …abridging the freedom of speech."Think McCain/Feingold.

As for Sarah Palin, I personally like her; I like her a lot! Indeed, it strikes me as rather disappointing that it was not she who the Republicans had chosen to run at the top of their ticket in Nov., instead ofMcCain, withjust about anyone elserunning along side her …, except for just one "little" wrinkle.

When Sarah Palin's sister filed for divorce, she filed simultaneously for a restraining order against her "bad boy" husband for alleged domestic violence, with Governor SarahPalin's fullsupport. As this man's life began to spiral out of control, taking full advantage of "the system" and the power of theoffice of Governor of the State of Alaska,Sarah Palin and her husband both played or attempted to playan active role in manipulating and/or influencingthe case against her brother-in-law. Although she now deniesit, of course(what else would she do?), she does appear to have had more involvement inhis case than she is willing to admit.

No one should deceive him or her self into believing that Sarah Palin's selection as John McCain's running mate had anything remotely to do with representing the interests of men and/or of reforming family and/or matrimonial law. When it comes down to a choice between the"Patriarchy" orthe "Sisterhood", no one should deceive him or her self about whereRepublican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin's loyaltieslie …, and, likewise, no one should deceive him or her self with regard to where Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain's loyalties will lie (Wouldn't want to be flying as his wingman on this sorte …, "You're on your own, pal.").

…, so, given that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans offer much in the way of a political home for non-custodial parents (fathers),where does this leave us with respect to the upcoming Presidential elections in Nov? I cannot answer for others.Nordo Iknow just yetexactly who I will vote for.I do know, however,exactly who I will not be voting for … and why!

Could it be that men are fast becoming the real "new swing voters" …, a huge voting block withenormous untapped potentialfor any candidate with the courage to becomethe realmaverick.Politicians and their parties ignore them at their political peril.

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