For the first time in my life, I’m nervous about politics.
I’ve always had a passing interest in politics, but with our country in such a dismal state, as it has been since for the last few years now, it’s hard not to get involved. I started this blog last April, and few months after that I proudly put up my mini banner declaring that I stood behind Obama, as I still do today. I honestly feel like Obama is the only candidate who is actually going to change our country, who will make America a strong country, somewhere I’m proud to call home.
I had written a long rant that I had about the other candidates, but I just deleted it all and decided that it’s not the route I want to go. There’s been enough mud slinging and shit talking from all sides. Let’s call it the “Barack High Road”. Instead I’ve pasted in e-mails that I’ve received from two friends of mine, explaining the reasons they’re voting for Obama. I don’t really feel like I’m that great of a writer, I’m just a guy who’s passionate about things. The first is by Kyle Buchanan, who is one of the smartest, most well spoken/written people I know, and the second is Japhy Grant, a freelance a writer with razor sharp wit.
More than anything though, just be sure to get out there and vote, and be heard.
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I’m only 25, so I don’t personally know about the effect that John F. Kennedy had on the country, but the overall feeling I get is that he was one of the greatest that we’ve ever had. So reading Caroline Kennedy’s piece in the New York Times backing Barack Obama for president makes me feel good inside. Here’s a small part:
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.
We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isnâ€™t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country â€” just as we did in 1960.
It seems like most people are finally seeing the Clintons as the pair of goons they are, and slowly realizing that what we really need is change.
I was reading The Huffington Post earlier when I came across this awesome little article about Larry David’s Support for Obama. I guess Larry David was so excited over Obama’s victory speech in Iowa that he flew out to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to talk the students about supporting Obama. The event sounds like it was pretty funny, an odd combination of Seinfeld/Curb fans and asking political questions, my favorite being:
“I’m undecided between Obama and Hillary,” one young woman said. “Aren’t you tired of the old?” he replied. “Don’t you want to put on some clean clothes? Voting for Hillary would be like doing Frasier again on TV. Don’t you want something fresh, new and creative?”
Thank you Larry David, you fight a good fight.