...won the debate.
I was going to do a whole long blog on this past Tuesday's Presidential Debate. I even took notes and every thing. But you know what? I'm not gonna do that. I don't think it matters any way. Those who are going to vote for McCain have already made their decision and likewise for those who will vote for Obama. I think what I want to do is just make a few general observations.
As many of you know, I am an unapologetic Democrat. I voted for Hillary in the GA primary. I will vote for Obama in the general. However, as prior blogs prove, I did hope for John McCain to win the Republican Primary. He did. And boy am I sorry now. He's totally changed. He's turned into a doddering old fool who lets any and every one associated with his campaign pull him first one way then another. He doesn't act like he knows his own mind any more.
So... I'm voting for hope. I'm choosing the fella who makes me feel like I can still have a good life. I'm choosing the fella who makes me feel like our best days are ahead and not behind. I'm choosing the guy who is uplifting and gives me a sense of purpose, a goal. I'm choosing to vote for Obama.
I am voting against fear. I'm choosing to vote against the fella who decries dirty politics when the tactic is used against him, but uses it against his own opponent. I'm choosing to vote against the guy who doesn't have a purpose for me, doesn't have a goal for me, doesn't want to talk to me unless it's to bash my party of choice. John McCain is every bit as divisive as George W. Bush. He's every bit a divider and not a uniter as the current head of his party is. Why would anyone want any more of that?
I was thinking about this the other day: when I was growing up, they taught us that yes, we lived in the greatest country in the world, but we had a responsibility to make it even better. That we had a purpose, and part of that purpose was to work toward "a more perfect union". They taught us that while we were not perfect, we could work to be "more perfect", in fact, it was considered Patriotic to do so. It was the American Way. And it went hand in hand with the American Dream. Now days... if you even hint that America may not be perfect you are shouted down, called a traitor, un-American, un-Patriotic. We are supposed to think that we live in a perfect country, that nothing else need be done to make it better. How foolish is that? I'd rather live in a land where there is always room for improvement. I don't want to live in a land where there is nothing left to strive for, work for, look forward to. If you aren't improving, aren't learning, aren't building for the future, then you are standing still. And when you stand still.... you get passed by. I don't believe that America should stand still. I don't want the rest of the world to pass us by. I want to live in a country where if you work hard and play by the rules (fair rules, applicable to all) you can get ahead and leave your child with more than your parents left you. I want to live in a country where everyone can dream of achieving their concept of success, whatever it may be... a college degree, a business, a nice house, etc. And I believe that by voting for Barack Obama I can live in that country again. I don't know where we've been these last nearly 8 years, but it hasn't been America. Not my America. And I want my America back. I believe Obama can lead us there.