Saturday, October 11, 2008
I'm an Obama Lover, not a Fighter
Lately, I've been feeling like a lone liberal reed in a vast field of conservative friends and associates (Not including my family of course, I come from a long line of Democrats.) Don't get me wrong; I love the heterogeneous diversity, the friendly banter back and forth is healthy and fun. Different political preferences need not be the acid test of friendship. Neither I, nor my friends are afraid to voice our opinions. I don't expect everyone to share mine and I'm mature enough to not let it bother me. My opinions are my own, nobody else's. It's called respect.
Not surprisingly, I'm often in the position of having to refute the many lies that have been told about Barack Obama, more so than any other candidate I can remember, even Bill Clinton! We are being fed a steady diet of lies backed up by fake "evidence"; let me name a few found on the Internet:
People still insist that he's Muslim; that he was born in another country; that his birth certificate is a forgery; that he won't say the Pledge of Allegiance; that he hates the American flag; that he hates Americans and America itself, and he even hates Americans who hate America because Americans hate the American flag -- in America.
And then there's the worst one imaginable, that he's for the killing of babies left alive from botched abortions. He's not. I'm wondering what they'll come up with next, since the "he's in bed with terrorists" plot isn't really panning out.
Now come on, Barack Obama is a smart, articulate, thoughtful person. He is not the devil. If he's elected he will not bring about the end of days. He will not condone 'live birth abortions'. He'll do what every other president has done on that issue. Not much. Are some of you under the impression that if McCain is elected he'll reverse Roe vs. Wade? That he will end all abortions? Did President Bush, who has invoked the name of his Creator in more speeches than any other president do it? No. Did Ronald Reagan, almost the most conservative president ever do it? No.
For those of us in Utah and Idaho, did the Republican dominated legislatures make abortion laws stronger in these states? No. Why, because unfortunately, and I'm pro-life by the way, it's all about electability. They say one thing and do another. It's what politicians do. Whoever is elected will not be able to change much, if anything.
I'm a democrat of many parts. I'm for the little guy, not going to war against every dictator who disagrees with us, everyone paying their fair share, health care for the elderly, and for not just the rich, investing in education, the environment (yes I do recycle, do you?), reasonable gun control, like banning guns from bars (a fantastic place to be carrying) and schools (an even better place) - a measure Governor Palin fought against in her state while mayor, eventually firing the police chief who disagreed with her.
These principles make perfect sense to me; they might not to anyone else, and I'm alright with that. Obama is also the sum of his parts. I don't agree with everything he's ever done, but who really says that about any political candidate? Only weird people. The fact that Obama can talk in complete sentences and doesn't require cue cards is just gravy on the stack of mashed potatoes. But if McCain's elected, I'm not frightened it will be the end of the world. We'll all survive. In all actuality, because of the financial crisis, there probably will be little difference between the two men.
(But, I must beg exception if McCain's second in command has to take over, because that does frighten me...)