posted on May, 22 2008 @ 12:43 PM
The world is a strange place. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined voting for someone as left leaning as Barak Obama. My earliest
political memories are of helping Reagan in the early Eighties. Then the first Bush I took on a much more in depth role within the GOP political
machine in California. Going to National Conventions, actually “pressing the flesh” with contenders and pretenders to various political offices.
I was scarred but unbowed by endless infighting between between the moderate members of the GOP and the ultra conservative factions. Labeled a RINO,
or Republican In Name Only, by the embryonic ultra conservative faction, which we know refer to as the ‘Neo-Conservatives” I pressed on. Social
Liberal, Fiscal Conservative, Pro Death Penalty, Pro Choice: These are the Hallmarks of a Northern California Republican. I have never towed the party
line when I felt there was a better candidate that better reflected my ideals and principals. I voted for Perot, I voted for Gore, or anybody else who
I felt would serve me, my family, my state, and my country better. Even knowing that my vote may impact me in a negative way (Like more taxes etc.),
they still got my vote. And yes, as part of my confession here I voted for Bush the second time around. The Democrats left many of us with little
other choice. Much like the run of Hillary Clinton, Kerry represented the old way, the insider way, the way of politics (on both sides) that is
corrupting our founding fathers intents, creating division, and yes killing the very foundation that our country was built on.
Enter Campaign 2008. As a nation we sit on a crossroads of sorts. Its not the first time nor will it be the last. Much has been made both here at ATS
and elsewhere about the ‘Fall” of the American Empire. Such talk is short sighted and premature. I can imagine such talk going on in dark days of
the 70’s when the Soviet menace seemed poise to take over, how as a nation we had not only the scars of Vietnam to deal with, but the Watergate
scandal as well. Inflation was rampant and the economy was at a crawl. Such was the US that Ronald Reagan took over. Bearing a message of hope and
optimism we moved foreword into the 80’s. While the subject of the Reagan years can, are, and have been the subject of numerous debates here at ATS,
there is no denying that as a nation we grew and sprung foreword into the fray.
Much has changed in the following decades since the Reagan Revolution. Some good, a lot of it bad it seems. We need a leader who is not a Washington
insider, who has not yet been fully corrupted by the system. Someone with new ideas, and the ability to think perhaps not out of the box, at least
close to the margins. Someone with charisma and someone who has the personal drive and presence to restore America. Barak Obama is that man. In any
other run, 2004, 2000, 1998, I would have voted for John McCain, he ha my respect not only as a war hero, but also as a Senator. Hillary? I would
never, ever vote for her. She represents everything that is wrong about Washington politics. She is nasty, she is oh so corrupt, and what is all the
more shocking is that they do not even try to hide it seems. The Clinton presidency was set up in large amounts by the moves Bush senior made and they
were able to ride the wave for 8 years.
The time has come for the United States to chart a new course under new leadership. The politics of the past are not working. The entrenched
Washington insider crowd has basically hijacked the whole process and have given us what we have today: Paralyzed, ineffective leadership, pandering
to whichever group sends the most money.
If Obama the answer? Only time will tell under the 20/20 vision that is hindsight. However, at this time in our history, the need for change has never
been more apparent, more urgent. Obama is the only candidate for President that has the drive and the will to make the changes needed to guide our
[edit on 22/5/08 by Operation AJAX]