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A year for the history books…

What happened in 2008 changed how I think and how I believe regarding politics, and politicians, in America. Now, if you are asking yourself what happened in 2008, then perhaps you need to brush up on politics and what is happening in the news.

I graduated from high school in 1993. I am a product of the generation that started hearing about things like acid rain, ozone layer, and global warming. I was a child when AIDS was first starting to make major headlines and I remember watching the Gulf War live on TV. I remember listening to Garth Brooks ‘Friends in Low Places’ and ‘Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer.  I actually remember watching Michael Jordan make all the moves on the basketball court that he is so famous for and I remember actually liking New Kids on the Block (sad, but true), Milli Vanilli, and Vanilla Ice. But I have to say that I was also in love with The Beatles and The Beach Boys. I still like that old music, but I have added quite a bit to my collection, too.

Strange how when you are young you think that you are so mature and that you know everything. Those of you that are old enough understand exactly what I am talking about and those of you that aren’t will understand soon enough.

If I had been old enough to vote for Bill Clinton the first go around, I would have. If I had been registered to vote the second go around, I would have voted for him then, too. Much to my father’s dismay—hopefully he will never know. By the time Clinton’s terms were over, I had registered to vote. I voted for Al Gore. At the time, I didn’t really understand politics, but I thought that I pretty much knew how to sum it up–the Democrats were for the poor and the Republicans were for the rich.

Then, Bush was up for re-election and Kerry was running against him. I did not particularly like Kerry. I don’t know what it was about him, it was just a feeling. Needless to say, I voted for Bush.

Bush’s time as President was beginning to come to an end. I decided that I needed to get a little educated about the entire political process and the candidates. I have to say that I was more impressed with the Democratic candidates at first, especially Hillary. Then, it happened. I started seeing it everywhere, but I didn’t understand it.

Obama infatuation.

What in the heck was all this swooning about? Yes, the man could speak, but having taken a Rhetorical Criticism course in College, I knew that there was presentation, and then there was presentation. A good speech writer would know how to reach his audience. Obviously, Obama and his speech writers knew how to reach their audience.

I felt that thousands were swooning over Obama’s ability to harness the power of great speakers that came before him. In fact, I felt a little offended that he was using MLKs memory and rhetoric to make people think that he was that great. MLK was that great. MLK led the civil rights movement and led the way toward achieving equality in our country. However, when I look Obama and watched and listened to him speak, I did not see what everyone else was obviously seeing. I tried, but couldn’t.

I began to do my own research. What I found was that I identified more with the Libertarians/Conservatives. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it. I really thought that I was more of a Democrat or an Independent. How could I be against the poor people? How could I be for making the rich richer? As I went further into my research, I discovered that those were just myths.

I will explain later in another post, but I know from personal experience that some of the programs out there that are supposed to help the poor actually can keep the poor poor. I don’t know if that was the original reason behind it as some on the Right claim, but it has ended up that way and it is time for people to start recognizing it. It is time for some real reform for welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. I am talking about lifting people out of poverty, not making it harder for them to escape it. I know just how hard it is to do so.

Anyway, I digress…

I discovered that I could not in good conscience vote for Obama. I didn’t feel that McCain was Conservative enough, but I voted for him anyway. When it became clear that Obama had won, I prayed and hoped that Obama would prove to be the President that all the people swooning over him believed that he would be.

In just a few months in office, Obama has done more to divide our country than any other President in our history (I believe). Issues involving race comes up much more in the media. There is class warfare going on between the rich and the poor that the middle class will end up paying the price for in the end with higher taxes.

I feel that there are lots of folks that feel the same way as I do on many issues, but because they feel one way about one specific issue, then that causes them to vote one way or another. I say you have to look at everything collectively and choose wisely.

I am going to list how I believe on some issues.

I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman, but I don’t believe in telling people that they can’t be together because they are the same gender.

I personally do not believe in abortion, but I don’t believe that I have the right to make that decision for other women.

I believe that the earth is constantly changing and that the climate will change no matter what people on earth do to stop it. I believe that Al Gore’s version of global warming and climate change is a scare tactic used to push a money making agenda.

Whether or not we should have invaded Iraq is not the point any longer, but the point is staying there as long as it takes to get the job done with the least amount of casualties. I don’t understand why so many war protesters were for Obama, because he plainly said that he was going to focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. I’m just saying…

I believe in the Capitalist system and I think that the economy will correct itself if it is left alone.

I think that we need to secure our boarders. I am all for immigration…just do it legally.

After saying all this, I don’t always agree with the right. I don’t always agree with the left. I make my own opinions based on my beliefs and my own experiences.

I have to say that what I have witnessed out of the Obama administration has caused me to really worry about the future of my country, The United States of America.

I really am ready for hope and change. I am hopeful that out of all this a true American will rise up above the usual politicians and truly be the candidate that everyone was so hopeful that Obama would be.

I hate to think about what will happen to our great nation, and the rest of the world, if our nation falls down due to greed and power hungry politician on both sides of the aisles.

Listen to both sides with an open mind and decide for yourself. I did.

The year 2008 will truly be one for the history books.