Originally posted by nyk537 Obama stood up for something. He had principles that he stuck with the entire time and fought for.
The problem with the Republican party for last two decades is that they have not been doing that. They have been trying to appear more and more like
Democrats themselves. They don't stand for anything and just try to shift with popular opinion, and people can see right through that.
I find it so strange how people can be watching the same events unfold and yet see it so differently. Kind of cool actually.
See, my perspective is quite opposite and I was surprised to read this post. I am not saying you are wrong, it just goes to show how we view things
through our goggles of ideals, values, beliefs, upbringing, lifestyles, etc.
What this election showed me is that the republicans are become INCREASINGLY tyrannical in their stances on the issues. Now, I am not anti John McCain
wholly, but anyone who understands anything about politics and elections knows that there is a republican base running the show from behind the scenes
and that basically the candidate running is a mouthpiece for them.
This was evident when toward the end, John McCain was becoming increasingly, er.. weird, for lack of a better term. I think the guy has his faults,
but over all, I think he wanted good things for the country; however, he was prodded into bringing Palin on board who is, in essence, a "dubbya"
double (although perhaps more hardcore).
(for those not aware, Palin was NOT McCain's choice)
That speaks volumes about the republican base running the show. Unlike your assessment that they are fickle, I find the republican base becoming more
self righteous, greedy, tyrannical, aggressive, and hungry for war.
On the other side, the democrats are becoming more and more centrists in an effort to appeal and *crosses fingers* hopefully appease more of the
general public. I find a lot of their ideas to be leaning toward socialism, but not so much as to turn away the more liberal conservatives. This CAN
be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing if it is all show. Time will tell.
Whatever the perspective, for better or worse, the democrats did speak out and win over those who otherwise typically may not associate with either
I am honestly more comfortable with Obama in office, despite his leanings toward socialism (which, like I have stated in prior threads, in this type
of society, there are elements of socialism that need to be implemented for the sake of all... but it can be a dangerous undertaking simply because it
conditions ppl to rely more and more on their gov't *again crosses fingers for the best*). I think between the two, the lesser of the two evils made
it into office. And in fact, I do honestly believe that if ppl would quit being so judgemental and realize that each and everyone of us takes stances
that SOMEONE out there will disagree with, you will see a man (Obama) that ISN'T evil, but does want what is best for this country...even if his idea
of best differs from yours.
Having said that about Obama, had McCain won and croaked fairly quickly (which he IS old and has- and perhaps still is- battled a serious illness),
then the conservative base would have found their puppet in Palin which is what I tend to think the point was in pushing for her to be picked as VP.
That to me was more terrifying than having someone who may have elements of socialism in his plan, but who truly is for the people. The republican
base is set FIRMLY in their plan for war, oil, money, and themselves.
We have seen the destructive principles (if we can call them principles
) of the republicans and how it has impacted, not only this country, but
the world as a whole negatively. Now the democrats have the turn to show that they can implement the right touch of socialism without taking away the
core values that this country was founded on. My guess is that it will work okay in the first term, but by the end of the 2nd term (bc most likely
they will be given a 2nd term), we will find the noose tightening.
So here is my hope... that after this, we will have the intelligence as a country to see the faults of the either/or system and elect someone in 8
years like Ron Paul. HE most likely will not be up for running then if he still alive, but surely there is always someone like him that is willing to
step up in the way he has. Of course, the only way to ensure this will happen is by parents taking the time to educate their children to watch the
events unfolding and teach them about the values this country was founded on so that they can see how we have strayed so far from them. The schools
will not teach them these things, so it really IS up to us, the parents.
Anyway, kind of went astray there, but that is what this election revealed to me. I am glad that you shared OP. Like I said, I find it so interesting
how perspectives can be so different when viewing the same events and love hearing them all.
[edit on 7-11-2008 by justamomma]