Stuck in the middle

4 09 2008

After the conclusion tonight of the Republican National Convention, I have to say that I’m as undecided as ever about who I’m going to vote for.  I think a lot of credit has to go to the Republican party for designing a convention that did a pretty OK job at answering the Democratic convention.  I’m sure that some people disagree that the conventions were on par, but I always remember that the election is about the discussion and the issues, not sets, smoke, and mirrors.  Through that lens, the Republican party succeeded.

I’m left wondering if I need to find another route to dig deeper into these candidates.  Relying on the Internet and the 24 hour news media paints such a skewed picture.  They grab sound bytes and take them out of context to create the controversies and stories that they need to fill an endless news cycle.  Even taking the time to cut through the bullshit, it can still be difficult to get to the heart of who these people are.  I’m going to spend the next couple of weeks to find some real resources so that anyone reading this can find out who they should REALLY be voting for.

I’m also left thinking about what questions I should be considering when choosing a new executive branch.  There are so many issues to consider: the war, the economy, education, taxes, corruption, pork barrel spending, bipartisanship, health care, energy policy, the deficit, abortion, the fact that there will probably be two new Supreme Court judges this term.  I could go on.  If I were to write it up, I’d probably side with Obama on half the issues and McCain on the other half, so my only option in deciding is which issues are more important for others, not for me personally, but for the future of the country.  I’m going to really give that a hard thought too and choose my top few.  I’ll write about that later after I’ve had time to mull it over.

I’m watching McCain’s speech right now and it’s pretty obvious that he’s not as great of a speaker as Obama.  I wish there were a way to remove all that vanity and presentation from the speeches and just make them about the words and their meaning.  I already admitted that Obama worked me up during his acceptance speech.  He has the ability to convey emotion and inspiration that McCain is lacking.  I sometimes wonder if that kind of inspiration is important right now when the country is so divided, but then again, I wonder if the Republicans will turn up their nose to someone that’s as liberal as Obama.  Maybe a moderate maverick will unite the country more then an inspirational speaker.

I defintely liked that McCain had the integrity to point out that the Republican party has lost its way.  He took the time to point out the heavy spending and the corruption and pledged to change their ways.  Will it happen?  I don’t know, but McCain definitely gets a point in my book for having the audacity to admit his parties own faults.

After thinking it over, I’ve decided that whoever wins this election, we’ll be moving in the right direction.  We have two of the best candidates in the field running head to head.  Regardless of who wins, the next four years will be the best in a long time.  I’m sure of this.  All I ask is that when you look at these politicians, you don’t make your judgments based on sound bytes or media spin but on the individuals, their histories, and what they can bring to the table.  This is your decision to make.  Don’t let someone make it for you.  Do your research, think about what is important to you, watch the debates.  This is probably one of the most important elections of our time.  Let’s get it right.

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5 responses

5 09 2008
Jackie

I’ll make it easy for you…

Obama.

There.

Done. 🙂

5 09 2008
nicky

i’m glad i’m not the only one on the fence. mike is appalled that i’m on the fence because we disagree so much. but like you, i like half of obama and half of mccain. and now i’m only more undecided. can’t wait to see what you dig up.

5 09 2008
Greg

Obama ’08

7 09 2008
Danielle

I was speaking with someone the other day about being torn on this issue. I don’t know if this helps you at all, but it seemed to make sense to me at the time. She said she had started to look at from a different perspective. If she were the president of a company and the two candidates were potential employees that she was interviewing, who would she hire? Who would she want representing her company? What is important to her in that situation should be in this situation too. This may have been blatently obvious to you already, but thought it might help just the same.

8 09 2008
Tim

Based on your thoughts… you want to pick someone based on the facts… not the hype. Someone who isn’t in it for a career. I add this for your consideration… which candidate will have to worry about his political image long after his presidency? Obama is young and will have a long legacy and career after his presidency. This would be the final chapter in McCain’s career. He doesn’t have to care if he upsets his party or anyone else. He can truly do what he feels is best.

I think Obama is an excellent speaker… and that’s about it. Maybe McCain can hire him as his Press Sec after McCain wins.

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