Originally posted by deathhasnosound
And please don't just say because "he isn't Republican" or because "he isn't Bush", or "anyone but Bush" or "McCain is just like Bush"
Sorry to disappoint, but a great deal of my support for Obama comes from exactly that he is different than Bush. McCain could have had my vote, but he
has not presented a credible case that he will do anything different.
Bush and his 'administration' has been a complete disaster for my country.
People blather on and on regarding "Democrats tax and spend", while for the last 8 years we have had a drunken monkey spending money as fast as it
can be printed, without a related increase in revenue... be it from taxes or anything else. Not even a government, or an economy as powerful as ours
once was can spend money like that. And now we are in the position of such nice folks as the Chinese gov't owning a good share of US debt. Great.
Bush has singlehandedly alienated most of the civilized world. Yeah, again people go on about "who cares, we don't need them, blah blah blah blah".
Well, if we assume the GWOT is real (on which I also have signifcant doubt), then having actual, real cooperation from the rest of the civilized world
would help in that effort. Bush, with his arrogance and personal insecurity have pretty much ruined any chance of that.
Bush has established torture as an official policy of the US. Good job.
Bush has been caught lying so often that if it was noon in June in Phoenix, AZ and Bush said it was hot outside, I'd go out to check myself. And if
it did turn out to be hot, I'd wonder what Bush was trying to hide by saying so.
Bush has politicized many gov't agencies that are by design a-political. DOJ is the most egregious example, but there are plenty more (DOI, FEMA,
I could go on and on. McCain has not presented a credible case that he will behave any differently. Having watched McCain's descent from a relatively
honorable politician to what he is today has eliminated any chance I would support him.
Obama has presented at least a case that he will do things differently. And he has been smeared beyond belief for it. Everything from Terrorist to
Socialist and most in between. And every single one of these smears has been proven false. At this stage of the game, any new such claims about Obama
require extraordinary evidence to support, or they are dismissed out of hand.
I disagree with Obama on several issues, and I fully realize I may be yet again disappointed - I have had uniformly low opinions of virtually every
president in my politically aware life, so if Obama matches that, it won't be any huge surprise.
But he at least talks the talk, and I for one am more than happy to give him a chance to walk the walk.
I was a Ron Paul supporter until he dropped out, even though I also disagree with him on several issues. But he's out of it.
So yeah, at this point, I am supporting Obama. I'm willing to give him a chance. My support started as a "he's not Bush", and has grown over the
months due to my research of his policies.
I don't agree with Obama completely, and I have no illusions he is some sort of Messiah. He may or may not be a good eomployee for my country. But I
am fully convinced McCain will continue the disaster we are on.