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I’m excited, above all, and that’s really the understatement of the year. I am excited to see the country possibly regain some sense of dignity. Yet I’m also worried that there will be the ignorant pockets that will be voting for candidates for all the wrong reasons, regardless of who the candidate is. There will be those who are taking campaign promises at face value and not doing any real digging on their own. There will always be those people.
I would love to see an Obama-Biden victory, I see that as the best possible future for our country. While of course, politically, he has the right outlook for the country, there’s also the (oft’ discounted) fact that he has brought this excitement and hope to politics that I have never seen before. Someone who is capable of generating such a positive reaction certainly is someone that I would not mind being in the White House. This is, of course, compared to Bush. He came across as an ignoramus, and (surprise surprise) lived up to the hype. If he had a solid plan for the country, despite his coming across as an idiot, I could deal with that. Yet he dropped the ball on both counts. Obama, in stark contrast, has both the plan and the personality on his side. More importantly, though, he has the plan.
Check back for results later on in the night, as the polls start to close and the votes are tallied.
It’s the classic developmental cliche: the disenfranchised youth. Gone are the marionnette strings and off they go, puttering about, trying to establish their views on the world without the influence of parents. Faith, whether it’s in religion or anything else, tends to fall by the wayside. Cynicism reigns supreme. So does faith have a place in the minds and hearts of the youth, or is it better suited for the later years, when the tumultuous waves of adolescence and young adulthood have subsided?
Ok I’m pretty religious myself…more like spiritual, but this isn’t a call for people to flock to religion per se. It’s about having something that anchors you to some reality, to some constant, to some truth… For me, that’s spirituality and science (two seemingly irreconcilable entities, but they work surprisingly well together). For another person, it may be economics (ok not sure about that in the current economic climate but who knows). To not have anything to hold on to seems almost inhuman. To be apathetic means to not fulfill a core aspect of our being human: to believe in something.
Faith gives direction and faith gives strength. Faith in a politician could both settle our own nerves and give that person the strength they need to see their mission through. Faith in a set of ideals lends credence to those ideals. Faith can be misplaced, but that’s part of the learning process; knowledge and experience is key to well-placed faith. Faith should never be forced onto another person or onto one’s self, it is something that is personally grown and nurtured, not force-fed.
In this election, we cannot afford to be apathetic…we have to have faith. Our collective faith was misplaced eight years ago, and again four years ago, but not anymore. We cannot sit on the sidelines and cite our lack of interest, or a lack of faith as a reason to not vote. Not now, especially not now. I’m not saying vote for Obama or vote for McCain. I’m saying get excited about someone or something in this process, this is about redeeming our country from eight years of ignorance and rash decisions that have cost us our place in the eyes of the world.
The youth are finally getting swept up in the urgency of the moment, they have found grounding in the messages of our candidates, but still it seems as though most are seemingly uninterested, thinking that this decision is still not that important, thinking that politics are still beyond their scope of interest or caring. It’s time to drop these notions and join the fray. Pick an issue you feel strongly about, pick a candidate who sees your vision for a successful America as their own, and have faith!
Thanks Chrissy for this one:
Among the ranks are a former White House Press Secretary under Bush (Scott McClellan) and a former McCain advisor, who voted absentee for Obama because he could not support McCain after his choosing Palin (Charles Fried).
Looks like the Straight Talk Express has derailed…or is dangerously close to it.
This is just ridiculous. She can’t imagine a “President Obama,” and has issues with his mother being nonreligious and his father being a Muslim. Seriously? Oh, and Obama’s church apparently isn’t Christian enough for her…because she clearly knows what Christianity is supposed to be. Christianity is about peace and acceptance, at its very core!
That’s like me voting for Bobby Jindal because he’s Indian and completely overlooking his policies. It’s silly.
God do I love that woman, makes me laugh more than I would given my crazy workload:
Donkey chic and Paris fashion? What a maverick!