Monday, February 4, 2008

Polls are projecting Barack Obama as the Winner of my Heart

He was against the war while Clinton was making a passionate speech for why it was necessary to give that decision to Bush, abdicating a key constitutional responsibility given to Congress (Section 8). He has the best policy on network neutrality and privacy rights - IE, keeping the internet from being a worthless telcom-dominated commercial enterprise. He has as much real political experience as Clinton (both relatively new Senators) and has actually gotten good government transparency legislation passed - a searchable database of where government money actually goes.

4 comments:

Ben R said...

If you were planning on voting Republican you have my sympathy. Romney is a human windsock, McCain wants to be in Iraq 100 years, and Huckabee is equal amounts corrupt and crazy

Camille said...

sorry, still a clinton supporter...

1. "So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him - use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein - this is your last chance - disarm or be disarmed." <-- doesn't sound like a passionate speech to go move into the kind of atrocious war that bush has made of iraq.

2. at this point in our country, a pledge for network neutrality means less to me than a plan for universal health coverage.

3. hillary has had political duties since she graduated from yale law school in 1973. and database this inaccessible to people without some form of internet connection, who still pay taxes. is obama going to subsidize our cable bill too?

but, at the end of the day, if it came down to obama or (insert republican here), i respect obama, am a loyal democrat, and would vote for him.

however

Ben R said...

Your message was cut off after "however".

1. She was justifying a vote that abdicated the power to go to war to the president. That's bad, even when the president wasn't Bush. We really haven't had a justified war since the last time Congress actually declared one. The last thing we needed (or need) is a stronger executive.

2. They both have such a plan. Both should rightly be seen as incremental steps toward a single payer setup. Obama's has a chance of passing though; the individual mandate is ripe for a Republican talking point about penalizing the poor for being poor. Also because he isn't Hillary Clinton.

3. What are we counting as political experience? Is any relevant outside a national stage? Is even that relevant? You can't have more experience than McCain without being the zombie Strom Thurmond. Honestly I'd rather have a civil rights lawyer as a president.

And both candidates are going to subsidize telecommunications. And for a good reason; it is a network infrastructure like roads, water, and power.

Regarding the general election, would I vote for Hillary? Who is the Republican nominee? Any of them? Then yes.

Camille said...

1. i thought her reasoning and principles to protect the security of the nation against the real threat of saddam hussein was fully justified and supreme to the abdication of national sovereignty to the u.n. security council.

2. for me, a healthcare plan with forecful, high expectations is better than a healthcare plan that has the potential to get bogged down by loopholes.

3. they both have relevant experience, although i still think hillary's got more of an edge. i personally wouldn't prefer an activist in the presidential office. and that's good that they are both promoting greater media/information access to the public.

and i had nothing else to say after however -- that was just a typing mistake.

well, sorry, i don't want to get into a real debate about this. we have our preferences, but we are clearly both democrats. i realize that people will vote for their candidate simply based on what is important to them individually. and that's a fair representation of democracy i think. anyway, best of luck for obama. :)