For the first time in my adult life, I’m paying attention to the election process with more than a yada-yada-yada attitude. Here are three things I’ve had just about enough of in this election.
People saying Obama’s experience as a community leader leaves him lacking as a Presidential candidate.
Really, now. That’s a good one! Come on, folks – put your thinking caps back on. Presented with a choice between a career politician (with the so-called requisite “experience”) and a community leader who can effect positive change (and has) – I choose the community leader, thank you very much. Why? Because it’s just a matter of scale. Neighborhood > City > State > Nation > World…all communities.
People saying Obama is a charismatic speaker, and can motivate crowds of thousands, but that somehow leaves him lacking as a Presidential candidate.
If you ask me (and I know you haven’t, but I’m telling you anyway) a leader who can inspire and motivate us to stop whining, get off our asses and participate in our lives and help to solve the problems we collectively face is just about EXACTLY what we need right about now in this country.
For the first time in my adult life, I am interested in the election. All the previous elections…whatever…same old, same old…Democrats dissing Republicans, Republicans dissing Democrats…I never gave too much of a rat’s behind what happened because I didn’t feel like my vote counted for all that much.
And the only thing I can point to this time around is that because I feel heard and understood by a candidate who is echoing my own private thoughts, I feel like my vote matters. I also feel a new responsibility to not just vote, but participate in creating and effecting the change we all want so badly. Yes, we can get this country back on the right track, but no we can’t do it sitting on our large parts whining, bitching, pontificating and pointing fingers of blame. It’s going to take work, sacrifice and probably a good bit of struggle (because, you know…everyone wants change, but no one really likes it) to feel better about how things are going all the way from my own life to the global community.
People suggesting being anti-Iraq-war is somehow being anti-American.
I’m sick of this war and its agenda. I’m sick of feeling like I have to be quiet about that lest I be thought unpatriotic or ungrateful for the sacrifice made by those in uniform who are laying their life on the line everyday so I have the freedom to speak my mind. I am neither unpatriotic nor ungrateful. I think we got suckered into this war by a bonehead in the White House with a personal agenda (but no plan) who capitalized on the swell of patriotism post-9/11 and thought we’d all catch a bad case of the Okie-Doke and go along with it without complaint. I’m sick of the Bush Doctrine, too. The “I’ll hurt you before you can hurt me” attitude that causes so much grief in our personal lives is now our national foreign policy. That’s just ducky.
I want change.
I don’t want to hear about hockey moms, pit bulls and lipstick – I want to hear from the Republicans how, if elected to office, the next four years will be different than the last eight. I want to hear how we’re going to kick our foreign oil addiction and become an environmentally responsible global community citizen. I want to hear about how jobs will be created and how we will transition to new technologies for power and how we’re going to pay to educate our children to compete in a global economy. I want to be inspired to believe and motivated to act. Most of all, I want to be acknowledged as a thinking, voting citizen of this country whose opinions and concerns matter.
I heard in the “Euronews” that 69 % of the Europeans are for Obama and 26 % for McCain (they probably didn’t know what they were asked for) I wish you could get the same results !
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I am so with you Suzanne. All these distractions are a bunch of BS. Let’s get down to the issues, and stop putting money and oil ahead of our neighbors. UGH!
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Just this morning I read a report claiming that the Republicans are getting 72% print and media time vs. 29% for Obama. Besides being unfair it’s probably illegal.
(Or maybe it’s not, under the current administration. . . did they sneak another item out of the Constitution while we were so busy trying to find something positive to look at or read???)
I’ve noticed that the McCain camp seems to have an army of writers and bloggers out there spewing such hateful untruths, “we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes” (as so brilliantly sung so long ago by Sweet Honey In The Rock) — it’s way past time to try to be polite.
Let’s show ’em what Truth and REAL Freedom look like!!
Up and ATOM!!! We could actually have some FUN with this, folks!!
With all best intent,
The quality of campaign is turning to all time low, probably more to come and both party at fault. I cannot believe John McCain can stoop so low in order to win the election. What happened to all the big talk of Country First?
I’m with you. You want my vote? Tell me what you’re planning to do not what the other guy has done.
Elections have become nothing more than an excuse to insult everybody else.
If I want to see this I could go to an elementary school and listen to a couple of 5 year olds bicker.
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Although our political philosophy might not be in sync (I will not cast my vote for Obama) I agree we need to stop the “whining, bitching, pontificating and pointing fingers of blame.”
I am pleased this election is engaging people who might not otherwise be interested in politics.
I recently wrote an article on my blog called “The Blame Game. Do You Play?” in response to the political climate and an article written by Deepok Chopra.
In my blog I said:
“When either the Democrats or the Republicans, blacks or whites, women or men engage in the blaming game, we all lose.
In my humble opinion, so many of us relinquish our personal power by putting all our hope in elected leaders and in “others” when we have so much power in our own right. We are not victims. We are creators!”
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This whole election is freightening me. I have had people tell me they will vote for McCain just so we can have a woman VP. That is no reason to vote for someone!
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I just wanted to point out to the number 3 responder that yes it is really unfair but must not be illegal look at what they did to Ron Paul… The basically black balled him from all media.