I'm not really a political person -- at least in the mainstream sense.
I don't read political forums. I don't get campaign newsletters. I don't like to feel antagonized.
I'm a pacifist. I'm a non-conformist. I'm willing to boycott. I believe organic gardening and farming is the only acceptable practice. I believe in "Think Locally, Act Globally". I believe in One World, One People. And I expect freedom to make my personal choices. Indeed, I presume liberty.
I might have voted for John Edwards (or Al Gore!), though John's smile is a little to "I'm the wiz!!" for me. I'm always kind of leery of a too sparkly smile.
My beef with Mr. Obama was/is his nonchalance (and seeming acceptance) toward nuclear power. Nuclear power is a biggy with me.
Note: Just because Uncle George finally got the mispronunciation put into the dictionary doesn't mean that it's actually correct.... it it is Nu-clear!, not Nu-cu-lar. God's nightgown.
It sickens me that people want to use it -because it's so safe! No one wants to store it in their backyard. Nor should they.
We use coal in my state. (I'm not saying I'm a fan.) And we pay dearly for it. Our skies are horrendously polluted in the winter (we live in a beautiful high-desert valley, and the pollution gets "locked-in"). But at least we are paying the price for it. We're not sending our dangerous toxic waste to an Indian Reservation, or to Haiti to make them suck it up.
I hate that there are large companies (several of them) in my state that store nuclear waste --and toxic waste and chemical warfare. It makes me want to cry. But at least I don't have to see those horrendous towers, and be reminded daily of Chernobyl and all its consequences.
So Barack's "alternatives to fossil fuels -ie nuclear energy" was pretty much enough to make me run the other direction.
So this election is somewhat a "lesser of two evils" election for me.
I like Barack Obama.
He feels right to me. He's smart. He's not smarmy in any way. He's eloquent, and diplomatic. He's respectful, and doesn't come across as "I know what's best for you" [pat, pat] - while padding his and his cronies' pockets, as well.
It's imperative to me to end the war.
And it pisses me off that those that claim to be pro-life (whom should really be called Anti-Choicers to my way of thinking) have no qualms about killing thousands of people of all ages in a distant land. Over a vendetta, even. Which, admittedly, is the usual reason for war, probably.
And the "feed the rich and they'll pass it on" trickle-down theory isn't working so hot at the moment.
I'm still waiting to benefit from Exxon's profited billions. Again.
The other day I was waiting in line at the grocer's, and I looked up and on a tabloid (I don't read tabloids of any kind - even the who's who Entertainment ones. I'm just not interested.) I saw a picture of Obama and it said "Secret Muslim!" or some such thing.
I couldn't believe it.
I couldn't believe that that's the worst possible thing that anyone could imagine. It made me sick.
On one hand this country can -I guess- be considered "advanced", because we live within its confines with such diversity. Considering even in Ireland, there are constant wars between Catholics and Protestants.
But on the other hand, if saying that a presidential candidate is a "secret muslim", and the masses become hysteric, then in my opinion we have a serious problem.
The last two elections I considered over-and-done-with before they were even decided. The first time I was shocked by the results.
The second election, I thought "Well, obviously things are going so abominably that there is no way Uncle George will be re-elected. Why is he even running?"
You can imagine how devastated I was. My faith in humanity had been sorely shaken.
This time around I haven't dared to even hope.
That is, until just a few days ago.
Nothing really happened. Maybe lots of little things. Maybe it's my Little Son's comments of "I'm pretty sure the whole world wants Obama to be President," (to which I say, Maybe the world, but do our neighbors?). And maybe it's the polls that have given me hope. Or maybe it's that young Evangelicals are becoming more liberal in their decisions - it's not just the pro-choice issue anymore.
It's interesting that Barack Obama's campaign is one touting Hope.
I don't necessarily believe that things will change drastically. (But I am desperately hoping to be Pleasantly Surprised.) I don't believe the cursed economy will change overnight. I don't necessarily believe that all of us will be saved if Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States.
But my faith in humanity will be restored.
I will believe again -more strongly, even- that the planet's consciousness is changing.
That people are done with hating men of a different color.
That people do indeed, care for the Earth.
And for their Fellow Man.
That people want to Change The World.
So I will join my Little Son, and Hope.