Final thoughts on election
Posted by craigbaltz on November 10, 2008
Now that the ruckus has subsided I guess I can document my feelings on the election.
I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t vote. I think I didn’t vote out of habit at this point. It’s been so long since I cared enough to take time out of my day to physically go vote, I just think it’s become normal for me. I just moved back from Alaska, and didn’t do the legwork to vote absentee, and I wasn’t registered in California so I couldn’t vote here. But, those are excuses. It wasn’t really until a few days before the election that I committed to supporting Obama, and it wasn’t until the day before the election that I could actually name enough specific issues that made it worthy of my time to want to vote, and by then it was too late to do anything about it.
It isn’t that I think McCain is a bad guy. In the realm of political candidates of the 21st century, he’s actually not bad. I believe him to be pretty honorable. He is a stronger man than I could ever hope to be. He has ideas of his own and is able to stray from the confinement of his party. He is able to work with members of the other party, which in this day and age is invaluable. He lost me on three main issues. First, taxes and the economy. The Republican idea of shoveling all the money to the top and hoping it trickles downhill doesn’t work anymore (if it ever did) due to corporate greed, and the excesses of the wealthy. Second, the war. I can’t support anybody who has the intention of keeping our troops in Iraq any longer. We’re done. We don’t need to be there. They don’t want us there. We don’t need to spend one more dollar, or lose one more life there. Third, free trade. McCain is huge free trade supporter and thinks we need more agreements like NAFTA. NAFTA is a disaster for the U.S. It’s fantastic for Mexico and Canada, it’s a nightmare for the U.S. Our economy is in shambles and we need to do everything we can to keep jobs here and even regain what we have lost. What are we POSSIBLY going to gain with free trade agreements with other poor Central American countries? Rich companies gain because of dirt poor labor and higher profits, and real American people lose jobs.
Barrack Obama has an incredible opportunity. Humorously, like no other, he is perfectly setup to succeed. Everything is screwed up. Anything he gets done will be a bonus, everything that goes wrong he can blame on Bush. Seriously he would have to screw up big time to make anything worse. He has a friendly House and Senate to work with and the support of the American people. It remains to be seen if he can be an effective president. I hope he is. He is an incredible public speaker. He speaks brilliantly and with complete confidence. He says all the right things. I hope he can do half of what he says.
As far as the election itself my two favorite statistics, being a white male, were that 60% of the people that voted for Obama were white, and that he won Iowa. Iowa is 91% caucasian. I lived in Iowa and it is a VERY conservative, traditional, dare I say racist place. At least the small town I lived in was. The entire country needs him to be a great leader. Not just black Americans. I know I need a job and there are none here.