That made me shudder. As much as people like him, he just doesn't have the experiance. Especially at international relations. He has said things that convince me of that.
So then, there's the little dilemma we face. Do we elect a relative newcomer who some accuse of inexperience, who has consistently shown in his political career to date that he's advocate of doing the right thing? Or do we elect an aging candidate who's been neck deep in politics and will just keep us mired in the same shit, even though we all (hopefully) realize it needs
The thing is, early on, I really liked McCain, I really did. I was of the opinion even last year that if we were going to get another Republican in office, I was hoping for him. He's experienced, he's intelligent, I find him a likable guy overall that I could listen to.
And then he opened his mouth and I listened, and that's when I realized we just can't afford to get this guy in office.
McCain is playing a clever little shell game. He's working some nice PR, trying his best to distance himself from the hemorrhaging Bush administration, all the while standing firm on the exact same things. He's acting like he's alternative to Brand X, but in reality he's just Brand X in another package, and sadly, a lot of conservative voters are going to be thoroughly and utterly duped by this, just as they were duped by the Bush campaign. It's very, very hard for me to have any respect for that level of blind ignorance, but it's not entirely their fault, because McCain is going to play their fears like a yo-yo, just like Bush.
Many of McCain's supporters will vote for him simply because he is Republican. Likewise, many of Clinton's supporters voted for her simply on the grounds that she's a woman.
Many voted for Obama because he's black. Many won't vote for Obama because he is black. Some won't vote for him because his middle name is Hussein, and because his Kenyan father was raised Muslim and gradually moved to atheism. I'm sure to the white supremacist groups that are still infesting the woodwork out there like maggots, Barack Obama is their worst nightmare come true.
And if the lowest common denominator scores the winning shot this year, I weep for the future of this country. There's that old saying, only a fool fights in a burning house. We're still judging our leaders on their gender or race, and we could have a much higher level of maturity as a society, we should
have a much higher level of maturity as a society. Along with death and taxes, the one thing that never fails is my fellow man's capacity to disappoint and disgust me.
The War on Terror has been the Red Scare all over again. This is not to imply that the threat is nonexistent, because it surely exists, but people....people....wake up and smell the god damned coffee. What we're hearing from the Bush administration since 9/11 and what's actually been going on is apples and oranges. The War on Terror has largely been a distraction as this administration ravages the environment, squanders America's respect on the global stage, and erodes inalienable rights with the Patriot Act and its ilk.
McCain can be expected to do little better. As I already said, I was hopeful and optimistic of him at first. I said, he's a guy that saw the ugly ass-end of war first hand, spent five years as a POW. Not very prone to toss other people into what he's seen firsthand.
I expected him to be a staunch defender of our nation, but not to frivolously throw our troops in harm's way for illegal reasons. We've been lied to on Iraq on years now. If you believe, if you honestly and truly believe we're there for anything but the oil (and perhaps this fantasy of spreading democracy in the Middle East like beams of happy sunshine), then you could contact Senator McCain with all due haste. I'm sure he's got a few acres of oceanfront property in his state of Arizona to reward you for your support.
But by his own words, he would keep us mired in the same shit in Iraq, and for god knows how many more years. He's pushing the ongoing scare of the 'rogue nations', and I'm sure the Axis of Evil isn't far from his vernacular either. For me, John McCain was a tremendous disappointment.
There is the growing belief that Obama is the right choice this year. He is a man of character, intelligence, integrity and morality that has often shown these qualities in his shorter political career, but also outside of it. I believe his relative lack of experience is largely overrated; just another brand of fear mongering from the right, and we're unfortunately trapped in years of that, so it's going to be hard for some people to climb out of that box.
Come down to it, Alexander the Great had ruled the known world by the age of 33. Granted, people lived a lot shorter lives in those days and were pretty damned ambitious, but there do come those leaders who defy statistics and start younger.
We get so jaded in politics these days because we know by and large Washington is a throng of criminals of the worst sort, often sucking and blowing lobbyists of big business and religion for their endorsement. Concern for the common good and the right thing is often nonexistent. As far as republics go, we're long overdue for revolution.
Often revolutions come violent and bloody, but we can get them more subtly too. We're still looking at the legacy of a Republican revolution that started in the 1960's and has been with us ever since, regardless of who sat in the Oval Office. But it's been said once a revolution is over and the instigators are holding on just to avoid relinquishing power, then it's time for them to go.
I believe the danger lies partially in being so jaded, that we miss a potentially great candidate when they do come along. I believe we should vote the right man in office, even if that man is a woman, but in Clinton's case, she isn't the right woman. At some point we will have a woman in office, but we didn't get a good choice this time.
It's time to turn the page. I am a white American citizen and I have already given Obama my vote in my state's primary. And now I'm going to give him my vote in November. Not because his race or gender or background matters to me, but because I am convinced he is the right