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The Last Hurrah

[This was posted as a Facebook note as well, so I apologize for those of you who come across both]

This will be my last political post of the 2008 Election.

The final day is upon us. Barring unfortunate litigation, tomorrow evening we will have elected a new president. Every vote counts. Every vote has the potential to make a difference. Even if your state is out of reach, your county could turn a different color, or just a different shade of purple.

Barack Obama represents many positive changes for this country. I'm choosing to highlight the issues that matter the most to me. Your mileage may vary, of course, but these issues are those that I feel shouldn't even be issues at this day and age.

I really hate hearing this: "It doesn't matter who we elect. We're screwed either way."

I've heard this from many people. I'd like to make one last case for why it -does- matter. If you don't agree with either candidate on the economy, health care, foreign policy, etc. then maybe your vote should be based on something else.

When people think of Barack Obama, they think of universal health care, ending the war in Iraq, tax cuts for the middle class, and other high-visibility issues. We all know where the candidates stand on those issues. The following issues are ones that are more than simple differences of opinion of how to achieve the same goals. They are differences of opinion on what our country stands for. Without further ado, this is why you should vote for Barack Obama:

-If you value civil liberties, and you think it would be nice if the government didn't have the right to engage in warrantless wiretapping and domestic searches, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you value every human being's life, not just those that agree with you, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you are tired of our nation's children being taught religion and superstition in science classes, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you think that love between two consenting adults should be acknowledged, regardless of their gender, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you wish abortion to remain safe, rare, and legal, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you value secular principles, believe that freedom of religion implies freedom -from- religion as well, or just don't think that the state should be giving your tax dollars to support belief systems you don't adhere to, you should vote for Barack Obama.

-If you want America to be a nation that other nations respect, and a nation that is worthy of respect, you should vote for Barack Obama.


I, for one, am ready for us to move in a positive direction. I am ready to have a president that I respect, a president that values knowledge, learning, and scientific inquiry. I am ready to embrace the future instead of running from it.

And I am ready for Barack Obama and Joseph Biden to take us there.

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nikkicole007
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
"I, for one, am ready for us to move in a positive direction. I am ready to have a president that I respect, a president that values knowledge, learning, and scientific inquiry. I am ready to embrace the future instead of running from it."

Nicely put :)
theycallmefro
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
yes we can.
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