It’s been awhile since I wrote about politics. I was overloaded early on by the Primary and had to take a break and wait it out. Do other things. Now that it’s Obama against McCain, I can return to what I love.
Talking shit about politics!
I love this match-up. It couldn’t be more black/white.
Wait, whoops… I mean night/day.
This is a bigger choice than just Democrat/Republican. Liberal/Conservative.
This is between reaching out to the future, or clinging to the past. A past, I remind you, stained with blood and racism!
John McCain’s supposed appeal is his “patriotism” because he was a “war hero”. A hero because he was shot down and held captive. Brutal. No doubt. But this doesn’t make one more qualified to run the country forty years later. And if the Republicans want to argue it does, I’ll ask them straight-up why they didn’t think that eight years ago, when they voted for draft-dodging Georgie!
And it’s more than fair to ask what Vietnam taught John McCain. He is still on the wrong side of that conflict, one of those that truly believe what went wrong is we should have dropped more bombs on the Vietnamese and kept our mouths shut at home. That’s the America John McCain would love to see.
It’s a shame, actually. I sort of feel bad for McCain. If it had to have been an Republican president, I wished it had been him the last eight years over our current one. If Republicans hadn’t fallen under the influence of the religious far right, and if South Carolinian Republicans weren’t full of shit and bigotry, McCain might be leaving office right now rather than trying to attain it.
It’s just not going to happen!
Here’s a few obvious reasons why:
- Barack Obama thinks before he speaks, then is articulate on the spot. John McCain babbles, talks in tired Republican cliches.
- Barack Obama has Jay-Z and Sheryl Crowe on his Ipod. John McCain thinks Sherly Crowe is something Dick Cheney tries to hunt.
- John McCain divorced his wife and married a much younger, blond heiress who steals cookie recipes. Barack Obama married a strong, independent woman, with a career and drive of her own.
- John McCain wants us to tear up our shorelines for a few more trips to the mall in our Yukons. Oh, and tear up the Yukon Territory too! Barack Obama wants to create a total green movement that will revolutionize our economy and free us from the oil addiction that is causing all this mess.
People tell me all the time, “Yeah, but Obama can’t do all that by himself.”
Um, no shit! He’s going to get all of us to do it! It’s up to him to steer this ship, not man every fucking oar.
“But he’s just pretty speeches.”
Yeah, but pretty speeches is what makes someone get up and do something.
“What has Barack Obama done in the Senate?”
What do you think makes a great leader? Powers of persuasion! Not authoring bullshit bills in the Senate. What is John McCain’s legislative glory? [chirp chirp] I’m waiting.
Give George Bush the best speechwriter and he’ll still sound clueless and unconvincing. I’ll still scratch my head and wonder why the hell this guy is sitting in the oval office, speaking to me on every channel. We didn’t put Abraham Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore because he wore a flag pin to the office every day.
And Barack has already proven himself to be a natural born leader. His youth is not a knock on his character, rather it makes it all the more impressive. He has achieved so much, so quickly, for a reason! He inspires. He works tirelessly. He loves what he does; helping people, organizing, bringing communities together. He doesn’t want to sit in the senate for thirty years and wait his turn like a good soldier.
He wants to bring his gifts to the capital to inspire, and bring us together. Yes, with a lot of pretty speeches. And his tremendous gift for reason, for thinking through the issues and questions of the moment. They say you can see how a candidate will be president by how they run their campaign. And Barack has kicked everybody’s ass at that. Ask Hillary!
That’s the choice. We can go with the brilliant rookie. A person of this era, who proudly boasts “I have pieces of America all in me”. A man who represents where we’re at as a country. A man who still had student loans up to a few years ago.
Or we can go with the dude who thinks the only way to show love for your country is to kill people from other countries. Who owns seven homes and makes his assistants send his email for him because he doesn’t know how to, and has never used ‘the Google’. This guy is going to lead our tech-based community? You have got… to be kidding!
I’ve been seriously invested in every election since 2000. But not like this, this one has my whole soul in it. Gore and Kerry got my vote. Obama has my heart.
It is time for my generation, those under fifty, to take the power away from the old farts that have been screwing us over for the last thirty years. I’ll say it! They’re the ones who got us in this hot mess! They’re the ones that gave all the power to the oil and car companies. Who let the lenders use American homes like slot machines. Who want to refight Vietnam every ten years.
It’s not his age that makes John McCain too old to lead our country. It’s his mentality.
I’m not going to follow the dinosaur over the cliff like a lemming.
This is our time!!!
Barack’s our man!