Let the floodgates open.
Here's a list of reasons I sent to a friend who inquired about my support of Obama.
Warning: You won't agree with most of this if you have ever thought "That makes a lot of sense" while watching The 700 Club.
Here we go...Why I like Barack
1. Because I've been duped by the press into thinking he's the golden child and I've been raised on TV and sugar, so my ADD makes it impossible for me to look past his lack of experience.
Okay here's the real list.
1. He’s not a republican. This may sound like a joke, but it’s not. I’ve voted republican in every election so far, but I’ve been desperate to find a democrat worth voting for because I’m tired of the republican boys club. I’ve long justified their ways with talk of capitalism, trickle-down yada yada, but ultimately I’m beginning to have this sickening feeling that I’ve been duped. That the republicans in power are just a bunch of wealthy business men finding the best way to gladhand each other. I’m tired of the cronyism, the blind eye turned to racism, the environment, and poverty, the war mongering, and the stone age approach to the arts, censorship, and “decency.”
2. He hasn’t caught the disease yet. Obama is new to the game, and I know that many see this as a strike against him. But I have a very cynical view of Washington. And I believe that even those who enter with the best of intentions will see their morals slowly eroded away by a corrupt system. Barack is pretty fresh off working on the streets of Chicago, face-to-face with the real problems our nation is facing. I consider that a strength.
3. He doesn’t assume I’m an idiot. It seems politicians my whole life have reduced their belief system to a chart. I’m “For this”, “against that”, etc, etc. I’m pretty sure Focus on the Family even publishes flyers with easy-to-read charts on everybody’s clear and simple stance on everything. But life doesn’t work that way. People aren’t just for or against things. Intelligent people have complicated views on what’s right and how to implement that right. Obama wants universal health care – BUT he wants people over a certain income bracket to pay for it. He’s a democrat, but he wants to support faith-based initiatives with federal aid. He disagrees with Rev. Wright’s vitriol and hate, but loves the man and understands where his anger comes from. (And even had the balls to try to explain black anger to America – WOW!)
4. He can change his mind. Somewhere along the way the fear of being labeled a flip-flopper made it political suicide to reconsider an issue, or admit when you are wrong. The result of thinking you are never wrong is sitting in the Oval Office still convinced he did everything right regarding Iraq. Bush was even asked “What’s been your greatest mistake?” during a debate, and he couldn’t name one thing. WOW! Barack would be the first to say “I’ve made mistakes, and I’ll make more.” (In fact, I've heard him say this). This is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of wisdom and humanity.
5. I agree with him. I like Barack’s positions on the war, on health care, on faith-based charities, on lobbyists, on foreign relations, and a number of other things.
Well that's it for now. You're welcome to make comments agreeing, disagreeing, or whatever. This blog is ostensibly about Art, Faith, and Life; and I'd say that all of those affect or are affected by politics. So...let's do it.