|Editorial: Barack Obama for President
||[Oct. 26th, 2008|01:05 am]
Unfortunately, the kinds of people that are voting for John McCain (most, not ALL), are probably not the kinds of people that read the New York Times. In any case, I thought this was an excellent editorial highlighting many of the key reasons I've already (early) voted for Barack Obama, including:
Basically, every single point made in the article is right on point so I recommend reading the whole thing, but I seriously wanted to vomit at practically every single proposal highlighted about John McCain.
- Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems. In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism.
- In his convention speech in Denver, Mr. Obama said, “Government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.” Since the financial crisis, he has correctly identified the abject failure of government regulation that has brought the markets to the brink of collapse.
- Mr. Obama is clear that the nation’s tax structure must be changed to make it fairer. Mr. McCain, who once opposed President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy as fiscally irresponsible, now wants to make them permanent. And while he talks about keeping taxes low for everyone, his proposed cuts would overwhelmingly benefit the top 1 percent of Americans while digging the country into a deeper fiscal hole.
- Mr. Obama wants to reform the United Nations, while Mr. McCain wants to create a new entity, the League of Democracies — a move that would incite even fiercer anti-American furies around the world. (Side note: A League of Democracies? Are you kidding me? Senator McCain can take that league and shove it up his ass, as I think everyone here knows how I feel about imposing a democracy on foreign countries).
I must admit, however, that I do worry about the level of unrealistic expectations placed upon Senator Obama who has become a sort of mythical superhero. What I admire about Obama is that he makes it clear that we aren't going to agree with every decision he makes in the White House, but as citizens we are all responsible for making our voices heard and becoming engaged in the political process, and thus he seems like the type of person that is very open to opposing viewpoints and even welcomes them in order to broaden his worldviews. In watching John McCain's speeches, debates and rallies it is always "I did this, and I've done that" and never about "We the people".
In the end, I am confident that the American people will make the right decision that is best for our country during these turbulent times.
P.S. Remember Berger--the guy that broke up with Carrie on SATC with a post-it note? Well, he has a message for you: