As a registered Democrat, I’ve always voted Democratic, but it looks like I’ll have to switch sides during this year’s presidential election because I don’t trust Democratic candidate Barack Obama. He’s only served as senator for a relatively short time, and I don’t think he would lead our country well.
Not that I love everything about Republican candidate John McCain, but at least he’s pro-life and has more experience in politics — he has been a U.S. senator for 22 years. Plus, he has a background of service in the U.S. Navy, which might come in handy when making decisions about the war in Iraq.
Many have dogged McCain because of his age, 72, but I would prefer that to having a young president who is cocky, arrogant and inexperienced. Why, Obama’s giving speeches and appearing as if he is already president! I know, presidential candidates should look the part to some degree, but Obama has taken that too far and acts as if he has already won.
Besides, the age factor doesn’t seem to bother Obama too much, because he chose Senior U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, who turns 66 in November.
Obama supporters dogs McCain because he’s older, white-haired and wrinkled, but then Obama goes and selects a VP candidate who is only seven years younger than McCain? Apparently, Obama is, in fact, looking for someone “more experienced” to make up for his shortcomings.
And Obama’s big ego seems to complete the picture of the senator’s inexperience and immaturity in the government.
And don’t his speeches seem a little too smooth and eloquent? It doesn’t strike me as approachable in the least and it seems to isolate him from others, which is not a good strategy.
Now, I’m not suggesting that he mispronounce “nuclear,” make up his own words (like “strategery”) or butcher the English language like our current President George W. Bush has done too many times to count. However, if he spoke more down to earth, he would seem more relatable to the general public.
And his entire campaign seems to be based on these eloquent speeches, which scares me. If a candidate seems too clean and perfect, they usually are, and even the most charismatic candidate can have their flaws. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked or forgiven just because they are popular.
What also worries me is the specifics about Obama’s plans. His motto is “Change we can believe in.” But the question remains: What kind of change?
True, Obama has advocated changes in the Medicare system, but how will he get them into effect? And how will he handle the pressure he could face from the House and Senate?
Plus, rumors have been flying around on the internet that Obama is unpatriotic.
In one picture, Obama is shown on stage at an event with other speakers who have their hands over their hearts during the salute to the American flag. However, Obama does not have his hand over his heart.
Other claims state that Obama does not like the National Anthem and that he made his own version of the presidential seal.
Whether these claims are true or false, it places enough doubt in my mind and makes me stop and think a moment about the possibility of having a president who doesn’t respect our nation’s timeless symbols.
McCain’s patriotism, on the other hand, has never been questioned. He was a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. During the war, he was captured by the North Vietnamese and held as a prisoner of war for six years, according to wikipedia.org.
What I would really prefer is to start over with a clean slate of delegates. Get some new faces in there, especially on the Democratic side, and try again. Let’s shuffle the deck, “mix things up,” so to speak, and give it another shot. Maybe then I would feel better about the upcoming presidential election.