For Barack Obama!!
While some conservative Christians might scoff at my choice or wonder why I voted for a presidential candidate who is so openly pro-choice, I think Barack Obama, notwithstanding his short term as a Senator, would be a better president than McCain. And when you think about it, both candidates have the same amount of experience being President: none. McCain may have more political experience but that is not necessarily an indicator of his ability to be President.
The fact that Obama is pro-choice does bother me–but only in some ways. I don’t think abortion is right and would not elect to get an abortion (not even if my life was in danger–because I believe in the sovereignty of God). But having studied the underground abortionist movement in the 60s and 70s while I was in college, I know that making abortion illegal will not solve the problem. Obama seems to know that as well, so while he doesn’t advocate overturning Roe v. Wade, he DOES advocate other forms of education and awareness to prevent unwanted pregnancies. I feel like so many Republicans have their heads in the sand when they think that making abortion illegal would be the end of it.
I also agree with Obama on healthcare over McCain. McCain’s plan for health care is so confusing and roundabout that it doesn’t really make sense. It would be fine if you only had to pay for health care once a year, coinciding with the time that you would receive your $5K stipend from the government. But that’s not how health care works…Add to that, a good health insurance plan for a middle-aged person costs more than $5K (it’s more like $12K) so that “rebate” wouldn’t go very far in alleviating the expenses.
Obama’s plan, on the other hand, is not without its problems. Mandating everyone to have health insurance, though necessary to lower the health care premiums enough for lower-income families to afford, can appear to infringe on Americans’ rights. It is more like socialism than capitalism. But my opinion is, if the market and capitalism are failing, the President should not keep trying to fix what has not been working. Rather, he should try something new. The government, IMO, is responsible for the wellbeing of Americans. That’s why I support education reform, investment in our country’s infrastructure (even if it means higher taxes), and fighting against injustice of all forms.
I also think Obama’s approach to foreign policy (being willing to talk and negotiate with other countries, regardless of how “horrible” they are) is a very mature, needed approach. There are plenty of countries who already hate the U.S. Let’s not make any more hate us! Turning our backs on countries and refusing to talk to them is not the way to global peace, just as giving the cold shoulder to someone arguing with you just makes them more angry.
Obama has lofty ideas, some of which, at first glance, seem extremely difficult to implement. But at least he has told Americans what he would do as President, instead of ONLY putting down his opponent (which is what McCain did in his debates).
Finally, Obama supports withdrawing our troops. There are times you have to admit failures and defeats. This is one of those times. It seems McCain won’t pull the troops out until we have a victory. Um…that could be never. Meanwhile, the Iraqis and Radical Islamists just hate us even more.
The reasons why I didn’t vote for McCain are:
1. He bears too much of a resemblance (in my mind) to George W. He rarely forms entire, coherent sentences. He seems more like a bumbling idiot than an educated, experienced President. (But that may just due to his lack of public speaking skill…)
2. Sarah Palin. She also appears to be a bumbling idiot and after watching the SNL spoofs of her, I don’t think that I could ever take her seriously. While I admire her bravado and maverick-ness , I don’t think that she is ready to be VP…and definitely not President.
Finally, I just want to vent about a little pet peeve of mine: It irks me when Christians vote for a candidate simply because they say that they’re Christian and pro-life–and they don’t even look at any of the other specifics that the candidate stands for! Yes, I agree that (in an ideal world) we would have a President who is truly a Christian or at least has Christian values. But we don’t live in an ideal world. Take George W, a “Christian” who is pro-life. That’s great but look how he’s messed up our country. Democrats are not the devil!! We need a competent, wise, rational, humble leader–and I think that’s what Obama is.
So I will be sitting glued to the TV tonight, hoping Obama wins. But I know that God is sovereign and whoever wins the Presidential election (Obama, McCain, Ralph Nader) was chosen by God and I will accept it (at least better than I accepted Bush winning AGAIN in 2004).
Ok, I’m done with my political soapbox now.