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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

So this is not really up for discussion here...

But if you want to chat about it over a beer, I'm all in favor. This post is designed to outline why I'm voting for Barack Obama for President in a little less than a month. It's not designed to tell you to do the same, nor is it intended to sway your opinions. These are my opinions, and if there's anything in the world I'm an expert on, it's my opinion. Feel free to leave comments, but don't waste your time in silly attacks. If they annoy me, I'll delete them. It's my blog, after all :).

There are a few reasons that I'm supporting Obama in this election, and I probably won't get to all of them here, but I'll try.

1) He comes across as a real person. Yeah, I know the classic line "sincerity? I can fake that." But Obama presents a sincere face. He has me convinced that he still remembers what it was like to be poor. I also remember what it was like to be poor. Yesterday. And maybe again tomorrow. I can relate to this guy, and that counts for a lot with me. After years and years of political figures that seemed so detached, having a candidate who seems much more down-to-earth is huge.

2) He's eloquent. I'm sorry, but the last two presidents we've had either were (W) or sounded like (Clinton) stupid rednecks. There's no question in my mind that Bill Clinton is a very intelligent man, but he frequently sounded stupid. There's no question in my mind that W has the IQ of a houseplant, and he frequently fails to live up to that low standard. I want someone who can stand up in front of the world and present himself well. He's put-together, clear-spoken and eloquent.

3) He's willing to sit down with bad guys before we bomb the shit out of them. War is, in my opinion, the ultimate failure of diplomacy, and someone who comes out and says "Yes, I will sit down and talk with _________________" insert name of despotic dickweed here. Is the kind of leader I want. I don't want a leader that will commit the lives of our troops without exhausting every single diplomatic alternative first. If we are attacked, then bomb 'em back to the stone age. But if not, then I want someone who will talk first, and shoot later.

4) He's young and healthy. I don't think a man who is 10 years past the age of his first Social Security check has the stamina to run our country. Almost every president we've had looked like death warmed over by the time they left office. McCain is a cancer survivor, POW survivor and generally an old man. Regardless of running mate, I want the candidate I vote for to have as good a chance as possible of living out the full term. And there are some sectors of public careers where 72 is the mandatory retirement age, not the time to start a new career.

5) He's willing to look at alternative energy sources. I'm tired of hearing all this stuff about drilling. By the time we can get new wells built, we could have spent that money building wind farms, solar farms and other alternative fuel methods and it'll take the same time and money! I'm enough of a hippie to want cleaner air, so that means less oil, domestic or otherwise.

6) He wants to end the war in Iraq. And fast. Since I was never in support of the war in the first place, obviously that's gonna be a big one with me.

7) He favors stem cell research, which is huge with me. Too much Alzheimer's in my family for me to not pay attention to this as an issue.

8) My taxes would not increase under Obama's plan. I don't make more than $250K in a year, so my income tax wouldn't go up. I also wouldn't see any breaks, since I itemize and don't have any kids in college. But my taxes wouldn't increase. According to the Tax Policy Center, my taxes would actually decrease under both candidates' plans, but Obama's plan would save me about $200 each year. I got that from CNN/Money, so insert liberal bias statement here.

9) Better backup. This isn't a huge point with me, since I'm voting for a president and not a VP, but I think Biden is a political lifer and no better or worse than most of them. I think Sarah Palin is an abject idiot who should never be allowed back into the contiguous states, so it matters a little.

10) I do believe in change. And I used to think John McCain would be the guy to do it. Before his own party killed him off in SC in 2000, I was a big McCain supporter. But after the Republicans killed his campaign, he stepped into line with whatever the big boys told him to do, and has done so for the past 8 years. He used to be a maverick, now he's just another old rich white guy ready to fuck up my country. So I'm gonna give the brotha from Chi-Town a shot. Seriously, it can't get any worse than the past 8 years.

These opinions are completely mine, and they're my opinions, so you don't really even get to tell my I'm wrong. You can tell me you disagree, but it won't matter. I'm not an undecided, so unless video shows up in the next few days of Bill Ayers teaching Obama how to build pipe bombs in his den, I'll pretty much stick with this plan.


DuggleBogey said...

Agree mostly except one thing:

Bill Clinton was a Georgetown Graduate, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and graduated from Harvard Law. If you think he sounded stupid either you weren't listening or you have a prejudice against people with southern accents.

Special K said...

We could discuss. Probably will here and there, but hindsight will tell the tale, so I put a reminder on my schedule to look back at this post on Monday November 1, 2010 and give you a call. Things should be a lot clearer then (if we still have computers and electricity to run them).

Easycure said...

"...unless video shows up in the next few days of Bill Ayers teaching Obama how to build pipe bombs in his den, I'll pretty much stick with this plan."

That can and will be arranged. In fact, it will be sponsored by the NRA, narrated by Jon Voight, and shown primetime on Fox News.

Oh, and comparing Clinton to rednecks is insulting to rednecks everywhere (not on a coast or in a city, anyway).

It's a good post, of which I disagree. But a good post nonetheless.

TrueDub said...

As a Euro whose opinion is therefore irrelevant, I agree with your summation, and would be voting the same way as you if I had a vote.

Incidentally, in my opinion "President Obama" would sound a lot better to foreign ears.

Nice post too, very well expressed.

Jim The Knife said...

How shocking. I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. Special K thinks we've consumed the kool-aide. LOL

See you tomorrow evening.
I'll be playing the tourney at Venetian... Cell phone will be on vibrate.

The Wife said...

While I agree with duggle that, save for the southern accent, I actually think Bill Clinton was pretty eloquent and compelling as a speaker . . . points well made on the others.

And I just heard that "kids" in America (who have correctly chosen the next president for the last 48 years and have only been wrong twice since choosing, whoever those "kids" are) have chosen Obama.

Of course, I'm a fiscally conservative democrat, so take my concurrence with a grain of salt. Although under Obama, I will feel the tax impact. But then again, we make enough to feel the pain - I really can't complain, right?

See you in Vegas?

BrainMc said...

Not trying to sway you, but what about Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party? He has no chance of winning, but it is a voice in the dark.

Special K said...

Well, I'm in California today, so I won't call.

So how are we doing with the Obama thing 2 years in?

1) He comes across as a real person? Well, not really. He’s one guy behind the teleprompter and another when not. He seems to watch the polls and react. Even the press is calling him detached from real life.

2) He's eloquent? I think most folks, including the mainstream press, are hearing his words as sounding pretty, but not really saying much. Can’t give him that one anymore.

3) He's willing to sit down with bad guys before we bomb the shit out of them? He seems to have stuck to that one, though I can’t think of any douchbags he has actually sat down with. No score here.

4) He's young and healthy? Yep.

5) He's willing to look at alternative energy sources. He’s not done anything here except for killing the gulf coast oil business. Everyone is for clean alternatives to fossil fuels, but they are still more expensive than oil and coal. Once that part changes, and it is changing, then the alternatives will thrive.

6) He wants to end the war in Iraq. And fast? We’re not close to getting out yet.

7) He favors stem cell research, which is huge with me? You mean federal funding for stem cells from human fetuses (sp?). I think he did that one right away.

8) My taxes would not increase under Obama's plan. This one is not looking good.

9) Better backup? OK.

10) I do believe in change. Seriously, it can't get any worse than the past 8 years. Many folk would disagree with the last statement today.

By my opinionated count, he gets 3 of ten. I think this is a pretty poor score, no fault of yours. You when with the best available information at the time and I know you’d likely count them up differently than me. Let’s see what the American voter has to say tomorrow.