Friday, February 08, 2008

Time to Turn the Page...

I am not in agreement with a lot of Obama's, or Clinton's for that matter, policies. I am in agreement that Washington is out of control and needs an enema in the worst way. Lobbyists have far too much influence over our elected officials. Things have got to change. Politicians and voters have been talking about the need for change in our government since 1787 when we became a Republic. No one ever does anything about it, so four years later they talk about it again. I feel that if not now... when? I want a clean sweep in Washington.

If Hillary gets elected POTUS, I would rather go swimming in my septic tank then set foot inside the Beltway again. DC will stink far worse than it already does. It smells bad now after 20 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush. The smell will be terrible if we have 28 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. Then who?? Jeb Bush followed by Chelsea Clinton?? We are worse than a 3rd world country with this passing the crown to family members. In a country of close to 300 million people, these 2 families are the best we can do??

I am also tired of wedge issues being all the 2 parties are concerned with. They do nothing about the important things that this country needs to be concerned with and just keep jamming abortion, gay marriage, and class warfare down our throats. I posted about how Karl Rove has torn the Republican party apart and it can be seen right now in the primaries.

McCain is not the solution he is part of the problem. Anyone with his time in the Senate is not going to fix anything. At 72 he should be thinking about retiring, playing with his grandkids, having a cigar on the golf course and going to the Senior's Early Bird dinner at Denny's, not starting the most difficult job in the world. I don’t trust him to do what is right. He has shown contempt to the voters and tells them he knows best. Now I am supposed to take his word that he will run the country effectively. He is doing his best to tear the Republican party to pieces because his ego is as big as Hillary's. The ends justify the means for both of them.

I have always been a registered Independent and have voted for Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians for Congress however, I have not voted for a Democrat for POTUS since 1976, and was that ever a mistake. I don’t want to see a Democrat in the White House in November, but I feel that it is inevitable. The deck is stacked against the Republicans and they have no chance of winning this time around. Face reality. There will be a Democratic POTUS getting sworn in next year.

So, with all this being said, if we are going to have a Democratic POTUS it has to be the best option available and that IMO is Obama. We all know he will not be able to do all the things he says he will in his campaign. What politician can? I also think it the start that people are looking for with a new face and not someone deeply entrenched in the "system". Obama will give us a new start in Washington and who can argue that isn’t needed. He is a very smart man that has not led some privileged life and I think that keeps him better grounded then some career Politian that long ago decided his shit doesn’t stink anymore.

If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster with Republicans ferociously opposing her. So nothing gets done and we are torn even further apart then we are now. She will have a lot of "pay backs" to make so we will see all her husband's old political cronies back in DC again. Kinda reminds you of how Bush "hired" all his father's old buddies. In 2016, we will be in the same boat we are right now again. Maybe she will make things so bad that Republicans will come zooming back into power, as they did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000, but why go through 8 years of Hillary just to regain control of the Congress.

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule. The Republican party will cease to exist.

The scenario with Clinton or McCain is very very bleak for moderates, conservatives and libertarians. In other words... the 80% of people who fall somewhere in the middle. Since the table is now pretty much set with who we will have to live with for at least the next 4 years, I have decided to go with Obama. I feel he is the right guy for our country of choices we have left. I don’t feel real good tossing McCain under the bus but just because the Republicans in Congress feel that it is his "turn" doesn’t make it best for the country. In 1996, it was Bob Dole's "turn" and that was a disaster too. A clean start is what is needed and Obama is the only choice now, IMO. I will be voting for him next Tuesday in the Virginia primary and again in November if he is going against McCain. Call it damage control or the lesser of 3 evils if you want. I call it getting the old smelly hippies out and turning the page on the 60s.

Maybe a solid 3rd party may develop between now and then so I can feel good about voting, but if not this is my plan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on! This is my thinking also. Never have voted for a democrat in the past, tho, in 60 years - 14 presidential elections.

1:56 PM  

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