Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

I don’t preach politics to anyone and respect other people’s opinions even if I disagree with them. I’ve been a news junkie since 1991 and voted Republican in every election sinceĀ I graduated. No one has bought the line and supported the GOP agenda more than me, and it has gotten us in the ditch. We’ve been hearing about trickle down economics since Reagan and for 28 years it’s not trickling down. The gap between the top 2% and the rest of us is growing every year.

For the record I gave money to McCain in 2000 and voted for him over Bush in the primary, but this is not the same McCain he once was. He’s not supporting the same policies he did then. He’s pandering to the far right to get their vote. Sarah Palin may be a nice person but has no qualifications to be a 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency.

I don’t like abortion. I don’t know anyone who does, but I’ve seen too much in the church, in the school system, and in life. It’s none of my business what someone else does with their body. There are some circumstances where it must at least be an option. Banning all abortion is not a fix to the problem. The problem is a lack of education, no parental involvement, and a disregard for the sacredness of sexuality. Obama has talked about addressing those problems and working to reduce the number of abortions overall, including banning partial birth abortion. A ban on all abortion only drives it underground and puts more women at risk. Abortion should be safe but rare, in my opinion.

I’m supporting Obama for the same reason I supported Bobby Jindal who was also young and different. They’re both very smart. They have a natural gift for leadership and the ability to inspire people. I believe both of them can bring people together and bring common sense to solving problems. They have some very different views on policies, but I believe Jindal was the right man for this time in our state government. I believe Obama is the right man for this time as well.

If for one minute, I had seen, read, or heard anything from Obama, his campaign, or his staff that raised one red flag about taking away our freedom, our guns, or our money, I promise you I would not be supporting him. Aside from taking assault rifles and automatic weapons out of the hands of criminals I have not heard even a hint of any policy or vote that he’s cast that would take anyone’s guns away.

This has been the worst financial year of my life. Things are not good. The bottom line is that McCain wants to give tax breaks to the wealthy. If you make less than $250,000, you’d get about $340 a year in tax cuts from McCain. You would get over $1,200 a year from Obama’s plan. Obama is not socialist. He’s only asking that the top 2.5% of tax payers fall back to the tax rates they were paying during the Clinton years. Exxon Mobil posted the highest quarterly profit in world history. McCain should explain to 97.5% of Americans why they need another tax break.

That’s my answer in a nutshell. I respect anyone who votes for McCain for any reason, but I have no respect for anyone who slanders Obama’s Christian faith by calling him a Muslim or questions his patriotism by saying he is a terrorist or a socialist. Those kinds of attacks are insulting to the entire country and make those who say them seem very desperate and very ignorant.

No hard feelings if McCain wins. Anyone would be better than Bush šŸ™‚

John Kerry photo opI’ve got to give two big thumbs up for Hillary on this one, and that’s a hard thing to do for this lifelong Republican voting for Obama.

After a weekend spent making direct appeals to gun owners and church goers, Hillary Clinton said Sunday a query about the last time she fired a gun or attended church services “is not a relevant question in this debateā€ over Barack Obamaā€™s recent comments on small town Americans. (CNNpolitics.com)

I could care less about how often our political leaders go to church or where they go, as long as it’s not the FLDSĀ compound in Texas. All these made-for-TV photo ops at the gun range are just as ridiculous. What matters is what you say you believe and do your actions bear that out. It’s been a long hard fought campaign, and as much as I hate to confess it, my admiration and respect for Hillary has gone up significantly, although I am still pulling for Obama.Ā 

My fear of another Bush-like Republican in the White House has gone up as well. If you remember, W. did not run as a hard right wing conservative. He ran as “a uniter not a divider” on the promise of “a new day in Washington,” where Democrats and Republicans could work together. He had such a track record in Texas. All of that sounds very McCain-ish to me, and aside from the “Bush tax cuts” and the Cheney/Rumsfeld warmongering, he’s been a very moderate Republican president. I’ve had more than enough of the hawks in the hen house. The days of saber-rattling must come to an end. It’s the 21st century by the way. At least Hillary has had the courage to realize it, at least for today.

I think many people are very excited aboutĀ Obama’s candidacy, as much as for what it is as for what it is not. I don’t think Obama has painted himself as a Messianic figure, but I do think that people have invested their hopes of what could be into his campaign. I don’t doubt that some people are overly passionate, but that’s the case in every campaign. Because millions support you, doesn’t follow that you support every one of those millions’ personal behavior and ideology. I think the whole Messiah, cult-following rhetoric is more political spin in an attempt to divert undecided voters and discredit the legitimacy of his candidacy.

Being relatively new on the national political scene, Obama is a sort of political enigma that is difficult for people to label and pigeonhole in attack ads. About the best argument they can make is that he is all talk and no substance, and that is supporters are brain dead. That’s really a weak argument when you think about it. I know too many intelligent educated people supporting his candidacy.

Part of the disillusion that I share with so many Republicans is that we were supposed to be the party of ideas, reason, and common sense. The Democrats were supposed to be the party driven by emotion and opinion polls. The Bush presidency has been short on ideas and reason, and it’s a card from the old playbook to label all liberals as brain dead followers driven by feelings.

I like Barack Obama’s personality and character. We haven’t had a president behaving presidential since Bush 41 and Reagan.Ā Bush 43 can’t even speak in public and his policies have not only been unpopular but have also proven to be failures. Clinton disgraced the office of the president, perhaps for a generation. People are starving for leadership, and if they see even the possibility of it, they will flock to it in droves. I grew up as a small child with Reagan as president. He defined in my mind what presidents are supposed to be and do. We went to school hearing about people like John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, and it seems like Ronald Reagan may be the last of the giants that we may see again. Has the American presidency been bought and paid for by special interests, turned by the best political spin machine, craving the best 3 second sound-byte of the day? We hope not.

I’ll be blogging more about Obama’s ideas in posts to come. I keep coming back to this but John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change” embodies the sentiments of my generation with regards to assuming the mantle of leadership in this country. This may well prove to be the election that engages those in the process who’ve been sitting on the sidelines complaining. I for one would love to see an election where more than 30% of the electorate gets out and votes, no matter who they support. Let everyone make their case and may the best candidate win.