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Obama, Prove Me Wrong

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After nearly two years of campaigning, the 2008 election is almost over. I am looking forward to moving on. I’ve written a few posts defending the undecided, and explaining my own reasons for being undecided. Just to tie up loose ends, I should note that I have decided on McCain. In the end, it comes down to the fact that I just can’t trust Obama with a congress also controlled by liberals. So, I guess I was won over by the “divided government” argument.

But I’m not posting just to tell you how I’m going to vote, as if you cared.

What I hope we all remember is how fortunate we are to have a voice. There is a lot of cynicism about the corruption of government and the flaws of our political system. Our government was built on a system of checks and balances, and it is the people who have the ultimate check. No matter how much money is poured into a campaign, it can’t buy (at least literally) even one vote. It is the people who decide who our leaders will be. I think that we take that for granted. In many countries around the world, the people either don’t have a voice, or the democracy hangs on by a thread, which each election followed by violence. It really is remarkable that after all of this fighting between political factions within our country, after every election the democracy holds together after the dust settles. Why is this so? It is because we understand that above the labels of Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans.

So, whoever wins tomorrow, I look forward to a honest debate about policies, untainted by campaigning. I will not submit to partisan appeals. I will praise him when he is right and criticize when he is wrong. I will be voting for McCain, although he will almost surely lose. I want to believe that Obama will really be a great leader who will unite us and govern with a voice of reason against the political ideologies of both sides. But, in the end, I don’t believe it.

Obama, for the sake of our nation, prove me wrong.


Written by Mike

November 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm