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First, let me go on the record to say that I still read my friends page daily. Though my job keeps me busy enough that I don't have much time to post entries or comments, I still read everything you all write.

Now, for what I'm here to write about: the presidential election. (I felt that a short statement from me on it was somewhat obligatory.) I feel like now is the right time, since both the GOP and Democratic tickets are finalized.

On the right/left political scale, I'm over there near Dennis Kucinich; I've made no claims to the contrary. I believe that radical reform is necessary on a fairly regular basis to weed out corruption and keep new ideas flowing. Government should not be static, just as American culture is not static. Government should serve the needs of the people, not dictate them.

(As a side note, it should be said that my level of trust of politicians, generally, is directly proportional to the amount of time they've held public office. I think corruption in most cases is inevitable, and politicians should be cut off from public service before they get to that point.)

I know both candidates' platforms, at least at a general level. I generally agree with Obama where I disagree with McCain. I'm not thrilled with either candidate's choice for a running mate - Biden has a pretty crappy voting record on technology, and Palin has (for only a short time) been governing one of the more corrupt states in the union (and far as I can tell, didn't do much to stop it). But Biden brings foreign policy expertise, and Palin brings the youthfulness that McCain's campaign is SORELY in need of.

I don't approve of the initial media attacks at Palin directed at her family. Yes, her support of abstinence-only education inflames the situation regarding her pregnant daughter, but the fact is that even if all kids knew about all the forms of birth control, some kids would still get knocked up. Yes, her husband had a DUI at one point. That makes him a stupid bastard, but it's irrelevant to her job performance. A fishing violation - that's just laughable. Now...if SHE had a DUI, then we could call into question her judgement. But her husband is not the one applying for the job, she is.

On the subject of Palin's family as well, I've heard a lot about her baby, and who would take care of it while she's helping run the country. What do they think her husband will be doing? I think it's incredibly sexist to think that the woman in the relationship must do the majority of parenting.

But I have digressed. I know the tickets. I know the platforms. I know the policies. If that was all that was on the table, I'd vote for Obama. But these last years, we've been in a fruitless war that has done nothing but shed innocent blood, American and Iraqi alike. I believe this is due primarily to two things: corruption in the upper echelons of government (think Halliburton) and a Commander-in-Chief who is totally out of touch with reality.

But the overall feeling I have is that George W. Bush is, in his heart, not a peaceful person. It is not in his personality to try to resolve problems in a way that does not exert his full power. He must feel inadequate in some way, to need to express power in this way, but that's another topic.

My point is, I feel that Obama is, at his very core, a peaceful person. McCain is not. He is a warrior. He was tortured in POW camps, he flew fighter jets, he has been a soldier, taught to kill, and he has seen the worst of people. As admirable as these traits are, this is not the person you want running the country. Maybe the kind of person you want running the military, but not running the civilian side of things.

And that is why I am voting for Obama. I am voting for peace.

Comments

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ex_salah
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
I always find it difficult to decide who to vote for. Although I'm socially liberal, I am politically conservative, and there never seems to be a candidate who represents both of these ideals. I like Obama's platform slightly better, however, and I will probably vote for him as well.
afe_coda
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. I consider myself moderate, but there are a lot of positions where I'm fairly strong on one side or the other. Fiscally I lean conservative (but not in all things); politically I'm pretty balanced moderate; socially I lean liberal (but not in all things). Technologically and educationally... pft, I think both parties are years out of date, though the Democrats are at least only 5 years behind instead of 10.

Both candidates have a few things they believe in that I agree with. Both have a few things they believe that I absolutely detest. (I'm pro-life, myself, but I know pro-choice people who think Obama's thoughts on abortion are frighteningly radical.)

But all told... just as in the last three elections, I've had to pick between the lesser of two evils. I'm a registered Republican, because while I think the party in general goes overboard, until the last five-ish years I thought it went overboard in a generally safer direction.

This time... not so. This time, if I'm going to vote, I'm rather stuck between a rock and a hard place, because the Republican party is NOT safely bastioned away behind their traditional platform -- they're stuck on war and they're trying to bring in another soldier. Furthermore, some of the attacks they've been leveling against Obama's platform are just ABSURD -- claiming some of his BETTER ideas are actually harmful and counterproductive.

But if I vote for Obama... I'm voting for a man who stands distinctly counter to many of my better judgments, on faith that his leadership will be more moderate than his beliefs. And that's a HUGE unknown.

It's a real pickle.
ex_salah
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely know what you mean. The war is the main reason I'm voting for Obama. I have a feeling a lot of Americans feel the same way.

The selection of Sarah Palin for VP didn't help McCain's case, at least for me. She has some rather radical and frightening views, and her speech last night didn't have much substance to it.
daflipp
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Yesss, Adam... join the liberal side...

Seriously though, power to you for even /considering/ voting the other party rather than just blindly following the party line. Too few voters are willing to do that, and the end result is rampant "my party good, your party bad" divisiveness.

Now, me, I have an easier job because I agree with just about everything regarding Obama, from his platforms to his demeanor/mindset. I do give McCain his due for his heroism, but I disagree with nearly all of his policies, and like Kyou I just plain don't want another war-minded president in the oval office.
afe_coda
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
You've known me HOW long and haven't figured out where my opinions lie? :P
ucancallmeal
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I am thinking of not voting. Also, way to x-post this over at facebook! lol
kismetn
Sep. 5th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
This election has really jerked my nerves. I don't like either McCain or Obama. I'm mostly upset because I believe that our country was too busy going "omg first possible female/black president!!!" over Hillary and Obama. It pretty much blew my choice candidate, Edwards, out of the picture. Edwards represented everything I believed in and I might end up just writting his name down on the ballot.

If I had to choose between McCain or Obama however...I'd go with Obama since I'm a registered Democratic plus his VP choice is less scary. Palin is just terrifying, both in her ideals and the way she looks. D:
falcon13
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am voting for Obama. I am voting for peace . . .
thankyouverymuch
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