I usually steer clear of mixing politics with gaming, the same way I avoid beer with liquor and bitching about in-laws to my wife. They are all recipes for a headache. However, I figured the gaming community, especially American gamers who are eligible to vote (because you are going to vote, right?) should see what our candidates are saying about us.
I am of the mind that the current bi-partisan crap is broken and needs fixin’ and most politicians could use a good ass kickin’, and that no matter who you pick, he/she will end up being a corrupt asshole. But I would rather pick the less corrupt asshole…
So anyways, the candidates have tried to embrace technology by utilizing the web and McCain has a blog. Now, understand, the following comments were not made by McCain but by his blogger: Michael Goldfarb. But, McCain chose this asshat to blog for him… so you can come to your own opinion about either of them. Here is what Goldfarb the Asshat has to say about D&D players:
It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”
I play D&D and I am a bonified veteran of the Gulf War, even have been declared disabled by the VA BEFORE I received my Honorable Discharge, and I can guarandamntee this Goldfarb character that I would never presume to disparage a vet’s, let alone a former POW’s, memory of war. I think I can say the same of the majority of gamers I have met. Sure, there will be your occasional dickhead gamer, but these people are not exclusive to the D&D crowd. I had not made my decision on candidates either, but this will definitely garner McCain negative favor in my eyes, unless he fires this douchebag that made these comments. If you click through the links, you’ll eventually find an apology, but Goldfarb can stuff it.
Thanks to my friend Gerf for the heads up on this.
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