He's a pretty quiet guy, doesn't talk much. But when he has something to say, you know it'll be good. This is one of those times. (Though don't ever bet on actually getting him to say this many words at once when you meet him in person.) It expresses things I wish I'd thought to say myself, and demonstrates more reasons why I love him.
So here you are. Cross posted from his blog: http://madmortem.spaces.live.com/
I'm voting for Obama because I want America to change. I'm voting for Obama because of what he represents, a stronger future, an effective government. That's what I want. I want to feel that we are moving forward as a country, and that our government is helping us, not pulling us down.
These are achievable goals. And I'm voting for Obama because he has plans and policies that will help us get there. But this election is not about facts or policies. Everybody knows this. A John McCain presidency would be a continuation of the Bush policies that have created all of the problems we are stuck in now. Everybody knows this. Its abundantly clear in the news, it's abundantly clear in what Barack Obama and Joe Biden say during every debate, and it's abundantly clear in the way John McCain and Sarah Palin sidestep every question about how they're different from Bush and Cheney. The facts and policies are clear. John McCain has no plan to get us out of Iraq, he is promoting the same "trickle down" Bush economics that give tax cuts to the rich, tax cuts and favors to the giant corporations, and privatization and de-regulation of banks and health insurance. There is no refuting this. And that is why I'm voting for Obama. This set of policies and philosophies of government has gotten us into two unending wars, it has given us the current economic chaos, and it has widened the gap between the rich and everybody else. Everybody knows this. What would it be like if we had a government that took a different view? One that tried to build America up from the base. I want to know the answer to these questions. That's why I'm voting for Obama.
But this election is not been about facts or policies. This election is about values. John McCain knows this. That's why he won't talk about real plans for moving the country in a new direction. That's why he picked Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, because of her "conservative" values. He picked her because he thought she would represent the middle class. Well, I tell you what, I'm in the middle class and she does not represent me. Heck, I might not even be in the middle class. According to my tax form, I made $21,479 last year (I had to fill out financial aid forms last week so my papers are right here). I'm not complaining, I'm doing all right. I expect my income to be a bit higher this year, and hopefully even higher after I finish school. So I'll call myself lower-middle class. But whatever class I'm in, John McCain and Sarah Palin do not represent me or my values. Barack Obama does.Here are my values:Respect and Opportunity
I want a president who respects every American, black or white, woman or man, poor or rich, and will fight to make sure that everybody has an equal opportunity to prosper. Everyone should be able to afford college. Everyone with disabilities should have the opportunity to live full lives. Everyone should have access to affordable healthcare options. Barack Obama has plans for all these things. He has plans to expand government aid for education and college tuition. He promotes job and educational programs for people with disabilities. And he has layed out a plan that would allow any American to buy into the government employee health insurance plan. Going back a little farther, Joe Biden is responsible for the Violence Against Women's Act, which won money for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs in local communities. John McCain, on the other hand, has said in both debates that he would freeze nonmilitary spending. What does that include? Education, job programs, healthcare, scientific and medical research, domestic violence programs, and any number of programs for people all over the country that I don't know about. McCain may want to cut these things, but I don't.
I also want a president who respects the land that we live on. We need to move toward alternative energy. Our economy is tanking and we are stuck in a dead end war in Iraq. Both of these issues are largely about oil. We have the opportunity to take the lead in development of alternative energy sources like wind, solar, and nuclear power. Personally, I wonder why we call them "alternative". They should be the prime focus of our energy efforts starting right now. This is why I like Obama. He talks about incentives and programs for new energy development. This is the perfect opportunity for America to lead. We have led in scientific development since WWII, and much of it has been funded by the National Government. Much of the early development of the computer industry, including the internet, were government led initiatives. We have the opportunity to lead again, and in the process we can help keep the environment clean and potentially slow the climate change caused by burning oil and coal. Obama would take us in that direction. But I can't trust that McCain do any of this. He talks about it, but has consistantly voted against alternative fuels while in the Senate. His record is clear on that. Same with Sarah Palin. She has mentioned numerous times how should wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. That's not someone who has the same values as me.
I want a president who understands that we must be respectful of other nations if we are to thrive in a global world. For the last 8 years we've done nothing but treat the rest of the world like garbage. We've alienated much of the world with the Iraq war, we've backed out of numerous carbon emission treaties, and have refused to engage in diplomacy with trouble countries. Respect is a mutual thing. No one will respect us if we don't respect them first.Responsibility and Honesty
I, as an adult, am responsible for my own actions. The same thing should go for our government. I want the people who have been in charge for the last 8 years to be held accountable. The Bush administration won't take responsibility for anything. Not the debacle of the Iraq war, not the torture of prisoners in the middle east and in Guantanamo Bay, not for the deregulation of the financial industry that has led to the bank failures. I want a president who stands up and leads. Someone who will take responsibility for what they are doing in OUR NAME.
And I want a president who I can trust. I want to know that our president is going to be open and transparent in how they govern. The Bush administration has been the most closed and dishonest presidency in history. They have lied to us about so many things that I'm not even going to try to list them. And they've fought to keep most of their doings secret. I don't see anything that makes me think John McCain and Sarah Palin would be any different. McCain has lied about numerous things during this campaign, including making false claims about Barack Obama's record and policy plans. Sarah Palin is under ethics investigation by the Alaska state legislature, and her husband and aids have refused to testify in the case, ignoring subpeonas. She also has been using a Yahoo.com email account for official state business, which prevents them from being subpeona-ed. These do not sound like champions of honest and open government. Values
These are my values: respect, opportunity, responsibility,
. And that is why I'm voting for Barack Obama.