Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Favor the Best Candidate

I am not unbiased. I already hate Barack Obama. I hate John McCain a little less. I am going to vote for neither person however. I will either vote for a 3rd party candidate (I like Bob Barr's economic policy ideas) or I will use my democratic right to abstain from voting for president.

I don't like what McCain stands for. He claims to be a maverick, separating himself from typical Republicans. I don't know if that means he will sell out some of the social ideals to which I subscribe to appease the liberal half or just try to differ on a few policies that the Bush administration has enacted.

I disagree almost fully with all of Obama's platforms. Besides the fact that he chose Biden as his running mate, a man who can't even answer honest questions without becoming upset, as seen in this interview with Orlando reporter Barbara West. I like the fact that a reporter is finally asking the candidates honest questions.

The problem with trying to ask legitimate questions (which would never happen during a debate, a time when the voters need to see the true side of candidates) is that people think it is a personal attack on them. They are incapable of separating themselves from the ideals or beliefs or policies they stand behind. They view everything as an ad hominem line of questioning.

That's why Republicans view all questions about McCain's service as unpatriotic. It's why most questions about Barack Obama's leadership capabilities are called racist. Candidates need to be asked real questions, and start giving real answers, so that Americans know how they will act during a situation, not in the office when everything is handled for them by aides.

2 comments:

The Logisitician said...

Interesting post. Saw a program yesterday afternoon about a voter project on C-Span that has been years in the making. Trying to address some of the disilluionment connected with elections, and remove the spin. Would have the candidates submit resumes like applying for a job. A number of other goals, including fact checking of contentions before submitted to American public. Project is bi-partisan. President of group is the Democrat who replaced Barry Goldwater, and who McCain defeated in first Senatorial campaign.

The cup is half full of something I don't like said...

Come on and vote, especially if it is for a 3rd party. You know they won't win but if we can get them past the 5% mark, 2012 could be a heck of a lot more interesting.