And onto November…

June 4, 2008

Okay, I’m not going to turn this into a political blog. I don’t follow it quite enough.

I am happy that Obama has won the nomination, and to a degree am happy that Hillary lost it. And I thought that Obama gave another hell of a speech last night. But on this day, more than I hope that Obama is the next President of the United States (don’t get me wrong, John McCain still has 5 months to change my mind), I hope the following, as stated by Barack Obama last night in his speech, hold true for both the Democrats and the Republicans:

But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon

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Political Speeches

March 18, 2008

Okay, I’m not a very political person. I’m just not.  I have beliefs and theories, but most of that is tempered by the news media and my preferences/prejudices.  I generally am a moderate liberal, and I am a registered Democrat.  And I haven’t been paying that much attention to the election, because the Pennsylvania primary is in April, and usually the Democratic election is pretty much decided by then.

So, now the issue actually is Barack versus Hillary.  Neither one has really appealed to me.  I don’t care for Hillary as she seems to have become a presidential candidate based on the celebrity of her name more than anything else.  No one views her as a real force for change.  She is just simply very electable.  Obama has not really appealed to me.  He seems like a good talker, but I’m unsure what he brings to the table.

And the other two issues, that both of them agree with I have issues with. I may be liberal, but the idea of universal health care seems like something that we, as a nation, should not take on (tho I firmly agree that health care is a complete mess). And although I do not believe that we should have gone to war in the first place (I was against it from the beginning), I don’t think that any timetable for withdraw is effective.  We messed up the kitchen, we should stay and clean it up.

Well, I was just swayed.  Today in Philadelphia, Barack Obama gave one of the best speeches I’ve ever been alive to experience.  It is a speech that invites intelligent discussion on the subject of race in this country. One that accepts every side of the argument.  One that suggests that we as Americans talk about the real issues of this country, rather than talk about the distractions. And one that says that you don’t dismiss someone from your life simply due to a viewpoint that you disagree with.

(Link to the transcript of the speech from Philly.com)

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