- Obama! I was with him from the beginning. He's the right person for the job. Hillary Clinton is beholden to corporate interests, voted for the war, and has recently run a largely negative campaign attacking Obama in ways that are below the belt. He may not have as much experience on Day One, but maybe part of the problem in politics is the taint of corruption and power that Washington politics fosters. He has the best chance of winning a tight election in November against McCain. We cannot afford to have another Republican in the White House and Hillary is such a polarizing figure. Can she really win?
- Obama! I really wanted Kucinich, but for whatever reason or another, he didn't get a broad enough base of support to make it to this point. I have my doubts about Obama. My fear is that he's just as much of a corporate lapdog as Clinton and I'm concerned that he won't take a harder stand on the issues like gay marriage and universal health care. Furthermore, he's taken a decided shift to the right in recent days where he referred to Ronald Reagan in a positive light and has openly incorporated Christian morality into his platform. Still, at least he's not Clinton and I surely would never vote for McCain or another other Republican.
- Edwards is out! This sucks! Who am I going to vote for now? Edwards represented a sort of purity of ideals, spoke for the common man, and criticized the evils and excesses of corporate domination. Well, you can be certain I won't vote for McCain or any other Republican, that's for sure. I SUPPOSE I'll support the Democratic nominee in November, holding my nose all the while. Isn't it awful how I always have to vote the lesser of two evils? I certainly wish we had a viable third party to support. The traditional two-party system has some serious flaws and neither party best represents my needs. I suppose I'll have to vote for Obama, I guess.
- Politics is fundamentally flawed and rotten to the core. I hear Ralph Nader is thinking about running again. But would that throw the election to McCain? That's what created the mess of the last seven years we've been going through. Maybe I'll vote third party as protest, but not necessarily for Nader. Or not. I haven't made my mind up yet.
What sticks out to me most is this. WHERE are the Hillary Clinton supporters? Do they not blog? Though I do live in Birmingham, Alabama, I have seen approximately ONE bumper sticker proclaiming allegiance for Hillary Clinton. Neither have I seen more than a handful of bumper stickers supporting any GOP candidate, either.
Bloggers make up, conservatively, 5-10% of the electorate. Our numbers are growing, to be sure, and there are more of us around now then ever before but do we represent an objective picture of all of those who vote? Who exactly blogs? Those of us who blog on matters of faith, politics, economic matters, and hard news are vastly outnumbered by blogs which focus on what Britney Spears is doing, or how much my life sucks, or look at my badly written poetry. Blogs should be for all, so forgive me for seeming critical. Those of us who do blog about serious matters represent a group of people who are very different than the mainstream. It is only through small, core groups of committed citizens like us that change has taken place. Indeed, the men we collectively refer to as The Founding Fathers were much like we are. I'm sure if Jefferson, Hamilton, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were alive today, they'd be blogging too.
But the big question is whether we have some moral obligation to extend this forum and these ideals beyond we, the bloggers. The same old questions arise. Could most people be capable of correctly interpreting what we argue and can they act in their own best interest? Does Republicanism and direct democracy exist on a purely egalitarian basis? We may be created equal in that we have the same basis rights, but we are NOT equal when it comes down to intellectual prowess, resourcefulness, level of education, economic well-being, and the leisure time to contemplate these ideas. I believe that our role is to be the schemers and proposers and our ideas will inevitably trickle down. Believe it or not, that is a CHRISTIAN ideal. The idea that through individual actions and by positive conduct, our good intentions will, pardon the phrase, trickle-down to everyone and foster beneficial change for society at large.
That is the ideal, at least. That is one philosophy.