I’ll Take the Little Guy

5 09 2008

So I usually follow elections somewhat when they come about, but I don't think  I've ever followed an election as closely as I've been following this one. And it's really getting me worked up. Even though I really had no intention of voting Republican I wanted to watch the RNC this week just to see what they were up to. On the same token, I haven't been all that convinced with the Obama team, which sorta leaves me in the middle. Yeah, I've even considered voting Independent at times. But after watching Palin's speech on Wednesday and McCain's speech last night, I think they pretty much helped make the decision for me. I think I'm being swayed over by the little guy from Chicago.

I was appalled at Sarah Palin's sarcasm and wise cracks against Obama and his campaign. It's like her entire speech was nothing but a slash fest and what does that accomplish? NOTHING!! I didn't really hear her talk very much about any issues or what she planned to bring to the table as VP. I thought McCain's choice for VP was going to prove to be an interesting spin for me. I was intrigued by the fact that he had chosen a woman. And even though I had never heard of her, and even though she's the governor of ALASKA, I thought it'd be intersting, I thought it'd add some spice, I thought maybe, just maybe she could possibly (although doubtedly) sway me. So I was looking forward to her speech. But I was disappointed. I was appalled. And for all the Christians who feel some need to support the Republican party merely because they are pro-life and because they oppose gay marriage, it's kinda interesting that Palin would be so nasty, rude and disrespectful. Hmmm….that doesn't seem very Christ-like to me…

I was even disgusted even, at Guilliani's speech where he and Palin seemed to discredit the validity of being a community organizer. Since when is working in the trenches among the people not considered valid? When you put it that way, I think it's quite commendable that someone who has shown a commitment to working in the community for the people and with the people could make it all the way to presidential candidacy. Think about it, usually when election time rolls around you see some ads for some unknown guy who's been active in the community and is now trying to run for office and bring some real change to the government. I would always see these ads and think to myself, wow that guy looks like he really cares about people. But of course those people are always the underdog, they never have enough money for campaign funding, and their message and their votes get lost among the two dominant party candidates. Well Obama seems like one of those guys to me. However, what's ironic is that the guy who was once the community organizer who cares now seems to be getting lost because he has become one of the two dominant party candidates and now it seems like his message at times gets diluted through party duties.

But anyway, I was very put off by Palin, by Guilliani, and even by McCain who seemed to suddenly want to talk about "Change" all throughout his speech (such a biter!!). Not to mention the fact that the RNC just reminded me of an incognito Klan rally–I don't know call me crazy, just all the suits, the pearls, the cowboy hats, the lack of melanin, the stiffness, the constant "USA!" chanting, it just felt a little creepy to me. So I guess I know who I"ll be voting for in November. That is, if the Dems don't say or do anything super dumb between now and then. I just found out that the INC is next week. I think I'll watch that and see what the Independents have to say. Maybe that'll be the kicker for me. In the meantime, I found this clip on Afronerd…Scary, maybe she should have shared with us what she learned about what the Vice President actually does in her speech, rather than bashing the credentials of the other party…

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6 responses

5 09 2008
Angela

OMG!! Amen, Hallelujah and PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I am about jumping off my chair here I am so in agreement. It’s all I can do to not take a lap around the room in excitement to hear a believer talking some sense!!! Speaking of biting, I’m gonna put this up on my blog (with a link back here). I could NOT have said it better myself!

5 09 2008
Jam

Preach it!! I always see each election is the choice between the evil of two lessors. Voting independent is a wasted vote IMO. Since every vote counts I think it’s better to vote for one of the 2 main candidates.
What got me at the RNC was Mitt Romney saying that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. What?! Cue up Lee Greenwood.

5 09 2008
Angela

I COMPLETELY disagree on the “wasted” vote argument. And it contradicts the notion that every vote counts. One of the things we need is for a third party to become viable, and the only way that will happen is if people vote for it. If every vote counts, then what’s important isn’t backing the winner, but voicing your true conscience.

6 09 2008
Avril

Yeah, I’d have to agree with you on the wasted vote, Angie. I feel like part of our duty as citizens is not just to vote but to vote for what we believe in. I know that an Independent candidate would most likely not win right now. But if I did choose to vote Independent, at least I’d be voting with my conscience and standing by that even if it’s not popular. Honestly, I don’t really know very much about the Independent party, but I’m doing some research on it now, and I look forward to watching their convention next week.
Right now Obama’s popularity vote is like 45% and McCain is 42% or something like that. And 13% are undecided. To me that’s a big number of people who aren’t convinced either way. It’d be interesting if all those people voted Independent, it just might put the party on the map for people to start taking it seriously.
I’m not becoming an advocate for the party either way right now. I’m just sayin’…

7 09 2008
grimwomyn

Hell yeah– I am a registered independent, so though I cannot vote in primaries, I always volunteer one way or another. I have been volunteering for Obama since Feb, making phone calls, and I think I’m going to PA later this month.
This election is to important, and to have issues that I am concerned with LAUGHED at by an entire political party as spurred me into dedicated action like never before.
Hope all is well in hotlanta!
xo-p

7 09 2008
grimwomyn

Hell yeah– I am a registered independent, so though I cannot vote in primaries, I always volunteer one way or another. I have been volunteering for Obama since Feb, making phone calls, and I think I’m going to PA later this month.
This election is to important, and to have issues that I am concerned with LAUGHED at by an entire political party as spurred me into dedicated action like never before.
Hope all is well in hotlanta!
xo-p

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