My grandmother is now 76 years old. She came to this country in 1967, at age 35, with her two daughters, 6 and 14. Sometimes, for dinner, she had an onion…for all three of them. Life was hard. She couldn’t drive, she’d had only a third grade education, and she didn’t know the language. She worked menial labor her entire life so that her two daughters could go to college. And they did. Not one of them ever took so much as a penny from the government; my grandmother considered it dishonorable to be in “debt”.
Now, my grandmother doesn’t vote in every election. She has Alzheimer’s, and much of the time, she can no longer tell if she’s speaking Spanish or English. But this election, my grandmother is going to vote. And she’s going to vote for John McCain.
Why? Well, becasue John McCain is old. He doesn’t need power, he doesn’t need control, and he doesn’t need to get rich. Whatever he does, my grandmother says, he will do trying to do what’s best for the country. Even if you don’t agree, he will actually try.
Furthermore, Obama offends her. She had no boots, and hence, no bootstraps. She managed to pull herself up anyway, contrary to Obama’s now famous response to
“You’re on your own – pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”
“Well, what if they have no boots?”
My grandmother doesn’t understand why people want the government to help them. In fact, she fears the government. She remembers Fidel Castro, and worries about her family under Hugo Chavez. She is so petrified that Obama will be the next Fidel that she has decide to vote this year.
And she’s voting for the nice, old guy with nothing to lose for doing what he thinks is best for the people.