just another Republican for Obama
Just stumbled on your web page, seems like a good place to share my feelings. I'm 28, married with one daughter, homeowner, middle class and all that. Though I don't attend church regularly, I consider myself a Christian, raised United Methodist. I listen to right wing talk radio at times, NPR at others, even Air America now and then. I seek out all opinions, even those I disagree with.
But why do I support Obama? Mostly because his presidency will be the most interesting and historic in my life. I believe America is ready for a black president, I won't deny that's part of the reason. Maybe I'm just so sick of Bush's (who I used to support) incompetency that I have an anti-incumbancy bias. While the office of the president does have some substantial powers, more importantly, the president is the face of America, which I believe is best suited for a man like Barack Obama.
But what about ZOMG SECRET MUSLIM!!!1? Pfft. My uncle went to Catholic school when he was a kid, doesn't make him a catholic. And Wright? I've had laypeople speak at the church I went to growing up that could be considered quite radical (mainly anti-catholic and anti-jew). I don't buy this `guilt by association' business, all politicians have known thousands of people in their lives. If this is the best reason critics can come up with not to vote for Obama, it's just pathetic.
But why not McCain? I deeply respect and Admire John McCain. My opinion is strictly pro-Obama, not at all anti-McCain. John McCain would have made a great president in 2000, but I believe his time has passed. Furthermore, his apparant lack of proper vetting in his running mate selection does not reflect good judgement.
Bottom line: There's a chance to make history here and witness one of the most exciting and interesting presidencies ever, and I'd be insane not to want to see it unfold.
Just my 2 cents.