Thursday, October 9, 2008

"That One"

...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.


Mr. Mike said...

I'm not going to say who I'm voting for, so I will say I'm glad one of the candidates inspires hope for you and your post is well written. So many elections during my lifetime have been a race to vote for "the best of the worst" that it's nice to see someone genuinely want to vote for a specific person.

Judy said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog and for becoming a follower. I agree with you completely on this post. McCain is too old to be president! He looked like one of those wind up dolls on the debate going in every direction. Have a good weekend.

snowy said...

Beautifully written. I share your hopes and dreams for our country. It's a very good feeling to be able to vote FOR a candidate instead of settling for voting against someone else.
Oh, and the short version of the debate (in my eyes, at least): Obama looked and acted presidential, and McCain looked and acted like a grumpy old man.

Jeannie said...

The thought of having Mr. McCain as our President makes me want to move to Canada. You lived in Canada, right? How's the weather up there??

After Mrs. Clinton dropped out, I considered myself undecided, but leaning slightly toward Mr. Obama. But that all changed after I watched the Vice Presidential debate. I was truly impressed by Mr. Biden. His candor coupled with his years in office convinced me to put my full backing behind Mr. Obama. I greatly respect Mr. Obama and believe that he has good ideas, but due to his lack of political experience, I had my reservations. But not now, thanks to Mr. Biden. They are a very strong team.

P.S. Glad to see you're following Judy's blog. :D

pamwax said...

As always you put my thought into words.

Jeannie said...

Hi friend! Hope you're doing well. BTW, I can't watch a debate or political discussion without asking hubby, "I wonder what SKW thinks about this." Last night's debate was no exception. Hope to hear your thoughts if you get the chance. But most of all, I hope that you are feeling better. I will talk to you soon.