What was your hope and change? Did Obama deliver for you?
I remember a lot of people saying "it is like Obama was talking directly to me at his speech". Many McCain voters said that was due to the fact that Obama's rhetoric was designed to be vague in order to appeal to everyone's interpretation of "hope and change". Did he deliver for you?
I am far too cynical for that... it's been a long time since I've believed something a politician has said but actually I was quite pleased with some of the Obama "change" specifically getting rid of the ridiculous don't ask don't tell stupidity and finally moving the US up towards the rest of the developed world with healthcare. Also worth noting that his anti terrorist policy actually makes sense and has been successful without killing hundreds of thousands of innocents.
My hope was that even though my inner self said Obama was not the man to lead this country that he would prove to be a good leader. That hope did not bear fruit. I've found him to be the most divisive leader this country has ever known in my lifetime. As to "change" -- he brought that all right and in my opinion not for the better. Obama did not deliver for me in any way -- including his great healthcare debacle. As to me arguing about the man -- not gonna happen -- been there done that. Those who are for him are unshakeable and those against him the same -- it's my fervent prayer there'll be enough of the latter to vote him out of office come November.
I agree with Josak in that I'm much too cynical to put any faith in a politician. Obama has failed to deliver on the 2 most pressing matters - the weak economy and the unemployment rate.
And I agree with WillStarr that part of the problem is that anyone, regardless of ignorance or lack of education, can vote. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for equality. However, do you think the driving test should be eliminated, and everyone above a certain age should be allowed to drive? That'd be ridiculous. The right to vote should require a minimum of a certain level of education (i.e. High School graduate) and one should be required to pass a test before being permitted to vote. Just think of all the things that require testing. Driving, immigrants applying for citizenship, and so on. Voting should be no different. I think that would help tremendously.
Furthermore, college professors should be banned across the country from mentioning anything about their personal political beliefs in classrooms. They should encourage kids to vote and to be aware of the issues, etc., but they should be required to remain unbiased. A large part of our problem is that professors across the country are preaching their politics to these impressionable 18-22 year olds.
It's one thing at a private university. But there should be zero tolerance for it at public universities. As a tax-paying citizen, I firmly believe that any establishment that receives so much as a dime in funding from the state or federal gov. should be required to remain politically unbiased.
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