I'm voting for Obama. I think the direction this country has gone under Bush is frightening - the economy, the war in Iraq, the limits on my personal freedoms, the willingness of the administration to pander to corporations and to the evangelical Christians. I do not think McCain would be very different from Bush. He claims that he is a maverick, but many of the things he said in his acceptance speech were almost exactly the same as things Bush said in his nomination acceptance speech.
I believe the war in Iraq was wrong from the beginning and I think Obama will take positive steps towards ending it.
I agree with Obama on most social issues. I have no problem with people believing whatever they want, but I do have a problem with them trying to impose their beliefs and way of life on othor people, and that is what I see happening with restrictions on abortion and gay marriage. I disagree strongly with McCain's and Palin's view on all these things. I am offended by the fact that Palin would outlaw abortion even in the cases of rape but at the same time remove funding for teenage mothers.
Obama strikes me as very genuine, someone who really does care about the country and, most importantly, the people in the country. My impression is that McCain is caught in his own little rich corporate world, with Obama is in touch with the people.
Those are some of the reasons why I have not and will not consider voting for anyone other than Obama.
I am curious - what is the America you grew up with? I truly do not understand why someone would vote conservative so perhaps you can enlighten me.
I told Sarah that my answer would take me too far off topic to be posted over at my reading blog. I don't want, nor do I intend, to make it political. That's what this blog is for.
So, Sarah, here is my answer.
The America that I grew up with was small town, Midwest America. It was in a home, with two parents; both hard-working individuals who didn't expect to be given anything but a chance to succeed. They did their best to raise the six of us to be strong, independent, worthwhile members of the community. Judging by how we all turned out as adults, I'd say they did a damn fine job.
We weren't rich. I'm no longer sure we were even middle class. But we didn't grow up feeling deprived of anything. We didn't grow up feeling we were entitled to more - more money, more junk, more anything. We grew up knowing that hard work could get us the things we wanted. Some of my friends had more but that didn't make them better. Hell, it didn't even make them happier.
We grew up knowing what was expected of us. It was our job to behave (for the most part - we were kids, after all) at home and especially away from home. It was our job to do well in school. It was our parents' job to provide the things we truly needed - love, food, and security. We had a safe home, good food, and the absolute certainty that our parents were there for us, no matter what. Not to bail us out, or blame someone else for whatever we had done but to help us deal with whatever needed dealing with.
We also had discipline. We knew the consequences of breaking the rules. It included, at times, physical punishment; a smack on the butt, banishment to our rooms, no dinner. These punishments were rare because we knew better than to go that far. Besides, the worst punishment I could ever envision was to have my parents look at me and say "We're disappointed in you." I loved and respected them enough that I never wanted to hear those words. It was that simple.
My father was a local politician. He served numerous terms as a county commissioner and a city commissioner. He was a straight-party Democrat. I doubt he voted for a Republican at any point in his life. My mother, on the other hand, was a Republican. I can remember them joking about canceling each other's votes. My father was also a small business owner and then an advocate senior citizens. When my youngest sister started kindergarten, my mother got a job as a secretary. Not because she wanted a career but because she needed to help support the family.
So, that's my background in a nutshell - work hard, love God, family, and friends, and don't look to anyone else to solve your problems. Your life is up to you.
Looking back on an almost 20 year career in law enforcement, I can honestly say I've lived that life and I'm proud of it. I started working when I was 14, with my first summer job. The only real time I've been jobless was more or less because I wanted to be. I've worked jobs for minimum wage. I've worked three jobs while going to school full time. I've put myself through college twice. And I can proudly say I've done it on my own, without holding my hand out once.
So, why do I vote conservative?
Because I believe that what I make of my life is up to me. It is not up to my government. The only job the government has in my life is to give me a chance and keep me safe enough to take advantage of that chance. Beyond that, the government needs to get out of my way.
I vote conservative because I believe there are things more important than myself. That list includes God, country, family. It includes a belief that there are times when doing the right thing matters more than doing the safe thing; that the strong have an obligation to defend the weak. It does not include cozying up to the handout trough and getting fat because I am some how entitled to it.
I vote conservative because I don't want, nor do I expect, to be handed anything simply because I am a woman in a man's job. All I've ever asked for is the chance to prove that I can do my job, which I've done.
I vote conservative because I see the other side standing for the things I don't like or agree with. I see the other side pledging to take care of me from the moment I'm born to the moment I die and I do not want that.
I vote conservative because I see the slow degradation of the things I hold most dear and I worry about the future. I see, in the university students I work with on a daily basis, an over all attitude of 'what's in it for me' and a sad inability to take responsibility for themselves.
I vote conservative because I know, in the depths of my soul, that we were meant to be better than we are these days.
And finally, in words far more eloquent than any I could ever write, I vote conservative because:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. -- Ronald Reagan