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The current results are:
11 responses with the following breakdown:
- Barack Obama - 72.7%
- John McCain - 27.3%
There are four comments to the question why?:
I consider myself very political and extremely left-wing, yet - although I’ve had plenty to say elsewhere - my thoughts on the current political furor preceding the US presidential election have only now coalesced into a post. I think it’s because the game changes so quickly that thoughts on any one issue seem instantly dated. In addition, there’s no shortage of pundits and commentators, so this is an area when I’m mainly content to read, listen, absorb and pontificate in more immediate forums. My status in the US is that of Permanent Resident and not a Citizen therefore I’m not eligible to vote in US elections. Conversations of “third-party” candidates aside however, I wanted to repost here an expansion on my response to a co-worker who challenged me to define why I made the decision to support Barack Obama in words and deeds in lieu of putting a figurative “X” in a box. Fundamentally, it comes down to trust (always a relative thing with politicians, I know) and the respect they give and receive, both internationally and at home. Even if McCain had been my first choice, there’s no way I could have voted for him after he chose Palin as his VP given his age and health, and knowing she’s a heartbeat - literally - from being in charge of the country. I truly believe that if she entered the White House, millions of people worldwide (at home and abroad) would die as a result of foreign policy decisions. Although Obama has not released his full medical records, I’m willing to overlook that given that he is 30 years younger than his opponent, and has a chosen a VP who could easily step into his shoes should the need arise. In addition to all of that, I believe religion (specifically christian fundamentalism) plays far too prominent a role at government level of a country where the percentage of the population considering themselves “non-religious” is rising steadily. The way religion has been allowed to shape policies contributes greatly to the view of many that the state should presume to know best, and therefore dictate what a woman can and cannot do to her own body. McCain and Palin are far from alone in the view that education on matters of contraception and reproduction serves only to promote promiscuity (bad from a religious viewpoint) and that instead, the only way to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy is to give horny teenagers the bare minimum of information about the reproductive process and tell them they’re going straight to hell if they indulge in it outside of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Don’t even get me started on teaching creationism in schools! I don’t believe Barack Obama can rid politics of religion, nor do I believe he would try. I do however think he is very cognizant that the US face shown to the rest of the world during the Bush years has been one of imperialism based upon christian fundamentalism and capitalism, and that he is eager to regain the respect of the international community, and the cooperation and security benefits that brings. The US has been the laughing stock of the world for the last 7 years. If we hand over control to someone who believes the world is 6,000 years old [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/28/palin-claimed-dinosaurs-a_n_130012.html] and was created by a man who lives in the sky, then America may as well just hang a “Kick me!” sign on its back. Some have suggested it doesn’t matter that Palin (and the jury’s out on McCain) believe such nonsense, but the fact of the matter is - it does! Half of all Americans believe in a literal interpretation of the bible despite overwhelming scientific evidence disproving claims therein. An education system that allows this clinging to ancient superstitions in the 21st century is quite clearly failing! Of even graver concern is that holders of these same beliefs are firmly under the impression that the world has to be destroyed before they can go live happily-ever-after in the sky too. I see a problem with people like that having access to the firing codes of the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet. If all that weren’t enough, the next president will have the opportunity to appoint several federal judges. McCain intends to appoint conservative judges [http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/06/mccain.judges/index.html] which would tip the balance of the court overwhelmingly in their favor, making all of the above come to pass just that much quicker. I’ve seen nothing to suggest “the threat from terrorism” is any more dangerous now than it was in 1999 (I think the average of terrorist attacks on US soil is approx. 1 per 100 years), and the threat will decrease over time as America reduces its imperialist tendencies. Imperialism that will be unnecessary under a president that accepts the causes of global warming and has a plan to significantly reduce reliance on foreign energy by endorsing self-sufficient, green strategies. The attack on Sept 11th 2001 handed George Bush’s administration carte blanche to revoke liberties at will: They abused it to the full extent they could, and even further than anyone could ever have imagined. It’s time to end the tactics of fear used to control the population and to educate them so they can make informed opinions on matters of international policy. Obama’s qualifications for the job of president have been continuously brought into question for the very reason many voters are drawn to him - he’s young, and he hasn’t been a cog in the political machine long enough to become complacent and jaded - and he has been described as “elite” by Republicans in an attempt to turn working class voters away from him. John Stewart of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” wasn’t the first, nor the last to point out how ridiculous this tactic is, however he does it put it very succinctly: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF4ZeTa9Z8c] “The job you’re applying for? If you get it and it goes well, they might carve your head into a mountain! If you don’t actually think you’re better than us, then what the fuck are you doing?” In response to another back-handed compliment levied at Obama, Michael Seitzman writes an open letter to Republicans entitled “Dear Republicans: Liberal Is America. Deal with It.” (October 10th, 2008). In his letter, he reminds Republicans that liberalism - derived from liberty - equates to freedom, and goes on to give a list of freedoms (with examples) they’d rather not be without: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-seitzman/dear-republicans-liberal-_b_133674.html “Freedom of speech? Freedom of the press? Freedom of religion? Freedom to assemble? Freedom to own a gun? Private property? Free Markets?” We should be promoting someone who understands everyday people, not someone who is one, and When it comes to weighing up the qualifications of the Republican ticket, the criticism is encyclopedic. Bob Cesca wrote on October 1st, 2008 in his article “Sarah Six-pack Needs To Put Country First by Stepping Down”: [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/sarah-six-pack-needs-to-p_b_130977.html] “[By claiming she is ready for the VP position, Palin implies it is] …a frivolous position open to anyone who can read a teleprompter without choking on his or her own tongue. I mean, is she seriously advocating for equal job opportunities for Joe Six-pack? It’s about time, she seems to have said, that normal Joe Six-pack Americans were in control of our most important and most complicated jobs. Joe Six-pack presidents. Joe Six-pack astronauts. Joe Six-pack police detectives. Joe Six-pack surgeons. Imagine being wheeled into suurgery for a triple bypass and just before they push the anesthesia, you see Sarah Palin walk into the operating theater with a hatchet. A nurse offers her some sterile gloves and she blurts out, “Thanks, but no thanks! Oh I love doin’ amputations!” On October 14th, 2008, Michael Seitzman gave us a wake-up call on how the public often assumes competence based on the trivial and tangential in his blog entry entitled “Surge this” [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-seitzman/surge-this_b_134553.html]. He also goes on to list the qualities we should hope to find in a president: “A president doesn’t need to be a general. In fact, our forefathers designed it so that he wouldn’t be. That’s why we don’t live in a banana republic (yet), with presidents who wear uniforms (like Saddam Hussein). A president needs to know the difference between getting military advice and permitting the military to replace civilian leadership. A president needs to be sophisticated and thoughtful, needs to see the war in the context of the larger world, needs an understanding of law and history, and needs to possess genuine confidence based on knowledge, intelligence, and humility.” I hope the trust that I and millions of others - at home and abroad - have placed in Obama doesn’t turn out to be misplaced optimism or simple naivete, but his contagious optimism have actually given me pause to consider that perhaps America can once again become a place where people actually care about things other than working and accumulating the latest technological knick-knacks. One, or even two terms in offfice isn’t long enough to change the deepest, darkest regions of the American psyche, but hopefully there will come a time where disproportionate greed, racism, bigotry, xenophobia and dreams of theocracy will be traits of the minority, and the rest of the world will consider America the benevolent super power as all Americans without passports [http://www.gyford.com/phil/writing/2003/01/31/how_many_america.php] assume they do today.
He’s not insane.
Obama is insane.
He is the least bad.
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