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Obama’s “Change” not Evident with Biden

29 August 2008

Although I do not support Barack Obama, I do know a bit about his platform.  I have heard lots of claims about Obama but the more I learn about him the more false the claims seem to be.

Barack Obama promised change.  Although it is unclear what change he is trying to accomplish, I do not believe he really stands for that.  He may stand for change of racial standards, but not of the political system. 

First of all he is a product of the corrupt US political system, just like Clinton, McCain, Romney, and just about every other politician to ever exist.  Granted he has not been in office long and therefore there may be hope that he could be different.  But then he picked Biden as his adviser and right hand man. 

Biden, has spent longer in the US Senate than even McCain.  Biden has been a US Senator for 35 years, while McCain has been for only 22 years.  Considering Obama attacks McCain for his long standing political background and claims that it will not create change, it seems hypocritcal to pick a man who has been in the US Senate even longer than McCain has.

I have heard speculation that Obama chose Biden because Biden has more experience and has a stronger foreign policy background.  This would lead to the idea that this experience is suppose to help build on the weak points that people criticize about Obama.

My question is, if you are looking for change away from modern corrupted politics, wouldn’t more experience in the United States Senate be a drawback not helpful?  To me Obama has contradicted himself.  It makes me feel as if Obama is just saying what the people want to hear and people pleasing to get into office, regardless of if what he will really do.

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Election 2008: An Election for the History Books & A Mockery of the US Political System

29 August 2008

This election year is proving to be one for the history book.  Senator Barack Obama is the first African American male to be the Presidential nominee for a US political party and has a chance to be the first African American President of the United States.  Governor Sarah Palin has the chance to be the first woman Vice President of the United States (and also the first woman President of the United States if McCain is elected and something, God forbid, happens to him).

Despite what will be a historic event no matter which party wins, the media and the people are putting too much store in this.  Although not all voters do this, many people are excited by the idea that they can help make history and are basing their vote on that instead of a candidate’s qualifications.  Hopefully with both parties now have a chance at history this will not be an issue, but I fear that it will be.

The media, and the candidates should not pay attention to the race, sex, or any other unique factor about a candidate’s personal life but instead what Americans NEED to hear about, the policies.  Having the first African American President or female Vice President would be great progress for the United States but not at the expense of putting a person into power who does not have the skills or qualifications to do the job.

I have heard people make the claim that if you are against Obama you are racist and that Senator John McCain is running ads against Obama because he is racist.  Both of these ideas seem absurd to me.  Political elections always have ads about the other candidate, not to discriminate but to try to increase poll numbers and give facts to the public.  I heard a similar claim was made about Senator Hillary Clinton, if you didn’t vote for her you were sexist. 

Disagreeing with a politician’s views should not earn people derogatory titles such as “racist” or “sexist.”  Everyone needs to get over the history of this election and look at issues.  I honestly believe that although the majority of people are probably doing that, the most obvious people, the media and politicians, are not and are instead promoting records that go against the ideals of what the United States political system was suppose to be.


Barack Obama’s Greek Temple at the DNC

28 August 2008

I keep hearing about the backdrop that Senator Obama selected for his speech tonight.  It consists of several Greek columns.

It is no secret that I am not fond of Senator Obama’s proposed policies because they go against my ideals.  On many conservative talk shows I have heard reference to these columns and suggestions that they came off of sets like Ben Hurr.

Knowing a little bit of history, I do know that today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”  On one of the talk shows someone called in and suggested that these columns were suppose to mimic the Lincoln Memorial.

At that point I had yet to see the backdrop and did not think the idea quite as insane, although an expensive alternative to projecting the backdrop behind Senator Obama.

Then I got to see the pictures of the backdrop.  Not only does it seem excessive, it could never mimic the Lincoln Memorial.  Here are a couple of the links to pictures of the background. http://news.aol.com/?feature=152107  &  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yQwufJ_JpA&eurl=http://www.michaelgraham.com/

Although I am not sure it is a “temple” per say, it is definitely not the Lincoln Memorial and appears to have minimal function.  Personally I feel a presidential nominee should have some type of a patriotic background that reflects their connection with the US instead of an expensive backdrop that does not appear to serve any purpose.


The Democrats to Split to Win the Election?

22 February 2008

I was online and found a political site that said they though John McCain would win the Presidential Election because democrats were split between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. That doesn’t make sense because we are still in the primaries, meaning the Democrats are up against themselves not McCain.

Although some Democrats or Independents are only for one of the two candidates, I have heard many people say that they would vote for either Clinton or Obama in the November election. Especially with the majority of Democrats, it is like holding up two of the same kind of cookie and asking which one they want.

Although people may prefer one cookie over the other, in many cases they will still take either one. This is the same with Obama and Clinton. They have very similar policies and ideas so when push comes to shove a voter will chose either one of them.

Just because McCain does not have a highly divided party right now does not mean that he will be able to easily win the election. Clinton or Obama will give McCain a run for his money once November is closer. The Democrats can find many issues to pick at that could be seriously detrimental to McCain’s campaign.

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Can Clinton and Obama talk about the issues, not talk about racism?

14 January 2008

I’ll be honest I don’t know much about the major headline today because I haven’t seen every report on the issue and I wasn’t there.  But right now the news of the day according to Verizon’s homepage news blurb is “Clinton, Obama Clash Over Race.”

I want to know why  both of them are trying to play the minority card.  I have heard more about Hillary is a women so women will vote for her.  And Barack is an African American so African Americans will vote for him.

This is sad and twisted logic.  People shouldn’t be voting for people because they have a similarity with the candidate.  I thought picking a PRESIDENT was about issues.

I don’t care that Barack Obama isn’t white or that Hillary Clinton is a women.   I care about the candidate’s past voting record.  I care that the candidate is against gun control and for abortion.  I care that they are pro gay rights.  In short I care about the issues.

Why is the media covering race issues, that have nothing to with a person’s policies, instead of important hot button issues?  If the media didn’t focus on minority aspect of the presidential race (using a gossip style coverage) and covered issues, I would feel much more confident that the US’s next president was one people actually believed could accomplish something within their four years as president.

I want to know why people think that because I am a women, I should vote for Hillary.  This is a flawed logic.   If you agree with Hillary Clinton’s political beliefs or Barack Obama’s AND believe that HE or SHE would be the best candidate for the job, please by all means vote for them.  But I don’t want our next president chosen because they are a minority.  I want a president that people feel is capable of doing the job.


Barack Obama: If the American flag isn’t patriotism, what is?

October 5, 2007 

October 2, 2007 Barack Obama publicly commented why he was not wearing a United States flag pin.  According to CNN, Obama said, “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great. Hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

Maybe it’s just me but that statement seems to contradict itself .  Isn’t the flag a symbol of America and patriotism?  I always thought it was.  What a person thinks will make a country great isn’t patriotism, it’s a belief that may or may not be wrong.

Obama also said, “My attitude is that I’m less concerned with what you’re wearing on you lapel than what’s in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve.”  I do agree that it is what is in your heart that counts and how you treat a person shows your patriotism. 

But I do not think democrats, in general, show much patriotism or respect towards those who serve (contradictory to Obama’s statement).  Democrats want to withdraw US troops from Iraq, but they estimate that won’t be for at least another five years.  At the same time, they do not want to give additional funding to the soldiers who are ALREADY in Iraq.  That is no way to respect a soldier.  Not enough people tell soldiers thank you for selflessly putting their life in danger to protect Americans.  Those men and women voluntarily risk their life, but democrats in Congress just shot down a bill that would give them money that would make their job easier and safer. 

So Obama is saying that you show your patriotism by the way you treat American soldiers.  But what makes him different from the other Democrats who have been making it harder for American soldiers to do THEIR JOB?