Actually, just one vote that I can speak to — mine. I just mailed in my absentee ballot, which sure beats waiting in line next Tuesday. In case anyone cares to know, I cast my vote for president in the direction of Barack Obama. Here were a few of the deciding factors for me:
Temperament – Obama is mild-mannered and calculated in his decisions. McCain is a hot-head with a temper. It is of paramount importance that a president can keep his cool in diplomatic scenarios. I trust Obama to do this; not McCain.
Palin – she’s not prepared, and she’s too devisive. McCain dropped the ball when he picked someone without proper vetting – or without even meeting that person more than once. It shows poor judgment on his part, and the idea of “President Palin” is genuinely frightening to me.
Taxes – I’d pay about $1,000 less in taxes per year if Obama were president. So would most of the working / middle class. The moderate-conservative in me is just fine with that.
“Socialism” – I don’t think Obama is a socialist, but I really like the policies that have caused some people to label him as such. (As an aside, I invite anyone to read Acts 2:43-47 and tell me if the early Christian church sounds more like “socialism” or “capitalism”…and then tell me why it’s unethical or irresponsible to expect those who have been blessed with an abundance to share with those who have little. The assumption that all wealthy people work harder than all poor people – and, therefore, deserve more riches – is not only asenine but it’s unbiblical.)
Foreign Policy – most countries around the globe dislike the USA…and most of these countries really like Obama. It’s essential for our country to repair its standing among the other nations, and I think Obama is extremely well-equipped to do that.
Intelligence – Obama is almost always the smartest person in the room, and he surrounds himself with other smart people. I don’t think intellect can be undervalued as a voting criteria.
Iraq / Afghanistan – I don’t think we should remain in Iraq indefinately. I also think we need to put more focus on radical fundamentalist Islam terror orgainzations…and many of these groups – including al Queda – are operating out of Afghanistan. Obama seems to share my thoughts on these two issues…McCain doesn’t.
Those are my thoughts. I’d love to hear yours. I understand this is a potentially volatile topic, so I’d appreciate a modicum of tact and respect among those who are wish to leave comments.
I also thought the Obama “infomercial” last night was well done. Here it is: