I read this article this morning and it got me thinking. Maybe I voted for the wrong guy. Allow me to explain.
I am not questioning whether John McCain would make a good president. In fact I am not even saying Barack Obama would make a better president because I don’t think he will. I say will because I know he is most likely going to win today and after my thinking today I am okay with that.
I have supported John McCain for a long time. I wanted him to win the primary in 2000 because I see in him the qualities the first senators possesed ages ago in Rome. I believe that he always has and always will do what is best for the people of America regardless of party lines. That is the reason I cast my absentee ballot for him on Friday. But today I realized maybe that wasn’t a good enough reason.
Maybe John McCain is the leader America deserves, but not the one it needs right now.
I think Barack Obama is too inexperianced to be President of the United States. I think his policies are too socialist for our country. As an aside, notice that does not say “OMG Obama iz socialist!!!!1!”. I know what socialism is, contrary to what Bill Mahr said last week I am aware that a socialist is not someone who spends a lot of time on Facebook, and in my opinion Obama’s policies, especially his healthcare plan, look very socialist.
Even with all of my reservations maybe Obama is exactly what this country needs right now. He has given hope to millions of Americans and I am not talking about the cheesy slogan with the painted picture of him. People are actually involved in politics this year. I have seen hundreds of people my age actually participating in government. I am not talking about just putting a sticker on their car or a sign in their window but actually participating by volunteering to help register voters or pass out information to make sure voters are informed.
This kind of particiption is what democracy is all about. The freedom of the American people to participate on this level is exactly what inspired me to dream of one day being President of this country. So maybe I should have voted for the other guy, just to make sure that my peers didn’t lose their hope in our system and stayed as involved in the future as they are right now.