Let’s Talk Politics

28 08 2008

I’m sitting here watching the Democratic National Convention because, well, the summer is an atrocity when it comes to television programming. I like to know what’s going on so I can say that when I go to the voting booth, I’ve made an informed decision.

This particular election is killing me. I’ve jumped back and forth between the candidates about 20 times. Back in the primaries, I said that if it came down to McCain and Obama, I’d be happy. I’m still trying to decide if I agree with past me.

I’m kind of odd when it comes politics. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I agree with Republicans that we should have small government and more private intervention. We can look at Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the public school systems around the country and see that government should not be running these social institutions. How can I agree with Democrats (and Obama) that we should socialize healthcare? Do we really want to put people’s lives in the hands of politicians? I certainly don’t. So if had to classify myself, I’d say that fiscally I’m conservative. I might take some bashing for this because of the result of the last 8 years, but it has to be noted that Bush’s policies are not those of true conservatives.

At the same time, however, I’d say that I’m pro-choice, for equal rights to homosexuals, anti-gun, and truly believe the the Democratic Party is the party of the middle class, a social class that I am firmly situated in.

I’m definitely a hybrid, independent voter. So the question is, who should I vote for? I think the question can be answered by weighing the pros and cons of each candidate but through a very important couple of filters. There are two questions that we all need to ask ourselves in regard to the candidates and the issues. The first is: Is this stance one that is feasible even if the candidate gets elected? For example, socialized medicine will absolutely never pass through Congress, so the fact that I disagree with Barack Obama on this issue really should not matter to me. He can scratch and claw and fight for it, but it’s really not going to happen. The second filter that we need is to figure out what part of what the candidates are saying is really them and what part is simply necessary to hit their talking points for the press and their party. This needs further explanation

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Most elections are a big stage show. They’re so analyzed and strategized that it’s necessary to play to that information a little bit. For example, John McCain absolutely needs the highly conservative, religious base to win. Therefore, he has to change his “views” on a number of issues to fall in line with the beliefs of these people. It’s the only way that he can win. So when I look at McCain, I have to look at where he stood before he became a nominee. To me, that’s the guy that’s going to be in the White House if he gets elected. I actually really liked John McCain before the election started and all the smearing accentuated his flaws. He was very middle of the road in his views. He reached across the aisle on a number of issues and got stuff done in Congress. That’s the kind of guy that I want in the White House. Now I’m just left to wonder if I should question his integrity for not staying true to himself for the sake of gaining votes.

It’s such a complex election. I’ve read probably hundreds of pages in Time, Us News and World Report, and Newsweek about these candidates and the issues. I still don’t know. I’m just hoping that I can make the decision before November.

I just heard a great line from Bill Clinton’s speech tonight. It’s one that everyone should consider when they’re picking the President because it really embodies what makes America great through the eyes of its citizens and those of other countries.

“People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”

Which candidate will use that power to fix everything that went wrong in these last 8 years? I wish I knew.

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28 08 2008
Marina Lee

I’m also socially liberal and fiscally conservative, but it’s more important that people are free economically, first. If people can make money, than they can stay independent of the government, and they will have choices later about homosexuals. Eventually, they WILL be able to marry, just as blacks were integrated into society. They will be able to do this, whether or not we sacrifice our economic independence to get them there a little faster. So vote McCain, for though he’s not socially liberal, he’s going to have no luck outlawing abortion, and states can legalize gay marriage without him. Obama, on the other hand, can ruin our Healthcare system all on his own.

Marina Lee
(Mostly Politics)

http://marinalee.wordpress.com/

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