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Friday, August 1, 2008

Time For Change

"Change We Can Believe In" is the ambitious campaign theme for presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and is an idea that every American clings to whether they believe he can bring that change or not. In a post-911 world, change is exactly what we need as our troubled economy takes center stage and thousands of troops are still overseas fighting a fool's conquest to end terrorism.

I downloaded and browsed through Barack's "Plan For America" which is available for everyone to see. I have to say it reminds me of the mission statement from Jerry Maguire that the title character wrote during a moment of optimism early in the film. Barack has a very clear vision of the direction he wants to lead the world in, which deals with health care, economic changes and even tackles credit card fraud and protection. He mentions how he wants to do away with lobbyists and the dirty politics that have run the government for several years with kickbacks and bribes and money that taxpayers are giving to the government that gets misused. While I'm very impressed with his plan of attack on all that is broken in our country at the moment, I have to wonder how much of this he really thinks he can accomplish if he takes office.

On top of this, there is also the current situation in Iraq. Personally, I think that pulling our troops right way will basically put us in danger and will do injustice to the families of the fallen troops whose lives were lost in the fight against terrorism. I think creating a schedule of bringing troops home over the next year and replenishing them with new troops is a better idea. I don't know the exact amount but I know that hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in supporting our troops. Saddam Hussein is dead, but Bush plans to keep the troops there until Osama Bin Laden is also captured or killed. That only helps if all of his followers stop dead in their tracks and declare the end of terrorism, but there are many people out there who are on their own and will carry on without the Taliban or Al-Quaeda connections.

I have read recently that the two candidates we have this year, Obama and McCain, give us one of the poorest choices for office that we've seen in many years. I disagree, in favor of Obama, since McCain is trying to rest on the fact that he has served his country and been a prisoner of war as a way to show his patriotism. McCain seems to be the second coming of Kerry, pushing his war service history on the public to garner approval instead of giving us his plan for office. Obama has outlined his entire plan for us all to see and aside from some light sparring with Hillary Clinton, he has maintained a fairly clean campaign which is rare. I don't know what Obama can accomplish from his plan if he is voted into office, but I truly believe that we finally have someone who wants to run the country the way it should be run.

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