I've kept my blog somewhat politics free for a while now. My yearning for politics comes and goes depending on the stress in my life, the issues at hand, and how much free time I have. But today I read something dissing Palin, and promoting Obama, that I thought was so incredibly stupid that I can't keep my mouth shut now.
Let me start by saying, I can't stand Obama. I've yet to find one interesting fact about the man, one impressive piece of legislation, or one substantive accomplishment other than that he has been elected. But that's the thing. He's been elected, but then nothing has happened. What has he done with the power his elected offices has given him? Nothing that I can see.
Now, I don't really care for McCain at all either. My vote is still registered back in Virginia, where it counts, as compared to Utah, where we know the state is going red anyway. I've been contemplating different options where I could vote third party in a way that would hurt Obama without detracting from McCain until this week.
But then entered Gov. Palin, and I like her. I like her a lot. She has a flair about her that I want to see in a leader. Hillary didn't have it. I didn't want little girls to look up to Hillary and her spotty past. But Palin is someone I want school children to want to be when they grow up. I've heard all this talk about how Obama overcame so much to get to where he is. So has Palin. She's worked very hard to achieve quite a bit. Her accomplishment isn't, "I'm a black guy who did good in spite of my background, which wasn't that bad, but it could have been worse." Her accomplishments include running a State and raising a family. I like this woman.
As for why I don't care for Obama, besides the fact that he hasn't done anything with all the crap he's supposedly achieved. He has yet to speak in definite sentences. He has hopes and dreams, but he has no plans. It's like he read a book about the place, and has some big ideas and dreams for it, but hasn't actually been to the place to turn those dreams into actual plans.
I'm an action oriented person. I want to see a bullet point list with directions on what we are going to fix first, and how we are going to do it.
And if I see the environment* on the top of that list, I'll campaign against the guy. Why? There's a lot of things we need to work on right now. A lot of absolutely do or die bullet items that must take place today. The environment needs to be a continual process. Assign a task force and let them continue to work on it. But the candidate that tells me that is their most important issue, is the candidate I think needs a reality check.
*This isn't to say the environment doesn't need help. I'm all for a green movement. But it doesn't need to be the problem of the highest office in the land. It needs to be the responsibility of individuals and corporations. Let the President work on the more important things like education, the war fronts, taxes, the economy, etc. The trees can be handled by someone else.
Friday, September 05, 2008
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