On Romney and Obama – and Killing Dogs…
Someone asked me the other day when I can’t stand Romney. Being in animal rescue, I used my best analogy when talking to this person.
Voting for Obama would be like supporting a kill shelter, which is usually a county shelters that don’t do much to adopt out animals. Instead, they kill them every four to seven days to make room for the next one they need to kill. They also don’t often treat the sick and the injured, so the animal will sit there in pain for the entire time it waits to die.
Voting for Romney would be like supporting an animal hoarder. Although the animal wouldn’t be killed at a shelter, that animal would be stuck at a person’s house with dozens of other animals. It would be sick and get no attention. It would not get the shot at being adopted by a normal person and having a normal life. It would be trapped.
So while I don’t want an animal killed at a shelter, I also don’t support hoarding. So what do I do? I help rescue groups in my area take in dogs from shelters, hoarders and irresponsible people. These animals go to a foster home where they are cared for, brought back to health and get training so they can get adopted out.
So in this scenario, the rescue groups would represent candidates like Newt, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann and the like. Working with rescue groups for the past 20 years, I can tell you that they are not perfect. Some are dysfunctional at an organizational level, some of them say things in public about other rescue groups that they shouldn’t say, some of them spend money badly and there are many other problems that exist. However, in the grand scheme of things, they are far better than the kill shelter and the animal hoarder. So I chose which rescue is the best and can save the most animals. Then I do what I can to support them.
And who are Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other Conservatives that I actually admire in this scenario? They are the cowards who won’t get in the game. They choose not to be a volunteer or member of any of the rescue groups (endorse a candidate) and they won’t start their own rescue group (run for office). They sit on the sidelines whining about the animals being killed but they do nothing to stop it other than to say how bad it is. I am starting to have a lot of contempt for these people.
And how has Redstate, Townhall, Weekly Standard, and other websites contributed to no progress being made? Because the writers and their followers spent the entire time complaining about what the other rescue groups were doing wrong instead of concentrating on how to get the animals away from the kill shelter.
Ultimately, as many of us will do, I will vote for the hoarder over the kill shelter. But I will not donate any money or spend any time for Romney’s cause. I don’t believe in hoarding.
We had a HUGE opportunity here and it was lost. We could have saved so many.