First off, I want to say, sorry for the rant, I just feel this is an important issue. I am putting this on both my blogs because I believe so strongly in the importance of people voting. Second off, I want to note, I am just saying who I am voting for. I am not claiming it is right or wrong.
As stated above I am casting my vote for Barak Obama. I think it’s time for a change in the country’s direction and attitude. I’m tired of the, we’re right and you’re wrong attitude. I'm a big of fan of looking for common ground and goals with other people (and countries) and finding ways to use our similarities to bridge the gaps between us. I’m a much greater supporter of carrots than sticks. Yes, there may be times when the stick (a big stick) is needed but I am of the opinion at first many types of carrots have to be tried. From his statements I’ve reached the conclusion that Barak is much more likely to talk first and shoot second. Frankly, John McCain’s singing (even in jest) "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran..." brought chills down my spine. We already have two wars, one of them very unpopular, we certainly don’t need a third.
I also believe in these tough economic times we need the guy who was first in his class leading the country. I don’t want the average Joe, Jane or George at the helm. We’ve had eight years of that and look where it’s gotten us. Can you truly say we are better off now than you were eight years ago? Are we more secure? Has our standing at the last remaining world power (not counting China or Russia) improved over that time? Have we made the world a better place? I don’t think so, hence my vote.
Yes Barak isn’t perfect (I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him Barak, after all I have given his campaign money); none of us are perfect. We can’t really tell how anybody we only meet in sound bites will act in a crisis. All we can do is get sense on how we think they will react based on the traits and personality we see. When I look at John McCain of 2008 I see an angry frustrated man, who reminds me of the neighbor who use to yell at us kids for stepping on his grass while picking up our baseball. When I look at Barak Obama I see a man who still has a gleam in his eyes and genuine smile. The neighbor who would not only throw back the ball to us but also hang out with us for a while. I see a person who is highly intelligent, well spoken, level headed and seems to genuinely care about people and the country. It’s time for a change in the direction of the country and change is spelled Obama.
Next week I promise I will be back to my regular blogging. The story is coming alone nicely.