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Hillary Clinton 2008

I'm aware that I might get nailed for this post, but I'm taking a…

Hillary Clinton 2008

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I'm aware that I might get nailed for this post, but I'm taking a chance anyway, because I honestly want to know. This community was once a safe-haven for me, a place where I could voice my opinion without worrying about having to defend everything I wrote, down to the last period. I miss that.

But onto the actual point of this post. It's disheartening to see so many Hillary supporters here jumping on the McCain wagon so quickly. If you're someone who casts their votes in Presidential elections based on personality, I see his appeal over someone who the primary season has taught us to despise. But if you are policy voter, as many of you seem to be, the obvious choice is not McCain, but Obama.

Personally, I dislike Obama. I dislike his cockiness, his elitism, his need to be a long-lost Kennedy. But his policies are the most similar to Hillary's, and while I still feel hers are superior, she's sadly no longer a viable option.

Since Bush Jr. entered office, I've been holding my breath hoping that Breyer, Stevens, and Souter don't retire (or die, but I'd prefer not to be morbid) from the Supreme Court until a Democrat reaches office. I'm less worried about Ginsberg, because she has, God bless her, gone on record saying she's not leaving until the Chief Executive is a Democrat. Stevens is 88 though, and the swing vote, Kennedy, is 71. Obama's stance on abortion isn't so vague that we have no idea how he would handle choosing replacements for the Court. However, McCain's position is crystal clear: given the chance, he will overturn R v. W. As a feminist, but more so as someone who loves the freedoms she's been given, it bothers me that so many of you are perfectly willing to allow this mixture of church and state. The same goes for same-sex marriage. No, Obama's policies aren't perfect, but they're a lot easier to swallow than McCain's.

I'm not asking you to hop on the unity wagon and be happy about it. I'm not even sold on the idea of her becoming his VP. I just love my country, and the last thing it needs right now is another Republican.

For the record, no, I am not a straight-ticket Dem.
  • I think part of this for me is WHY people choose McCain when policy issues are so oppositie end of the spectrum...

  • There's a lot of reasons. It doesn't mean we're wrong.
  • This is not all about policy. Some of us just don't trust Obama. I don't think we should have to explain it every time someone doesn't understand why we prefer McCain over him. I've explained a few times. I get a little tired of it after a while.

    The short version is that Obama has ties to some pretty horrible people. What he says and what he does do not match up. He is in support of a blood relative who wanted to make Shariah Law mandatory in Kenya, who was in support of radical jihad, and whose actions resulted in the hunting and murdering of many innocent people who were part of another Kenyan tribe and race (we call this genocide) and another religion (jihad). Obama supported this man, his cousin Odinga, by campaigning with him during a visit to Kenya. And I will NEVER support a man who supports another man who does those things.

    And this is not going in depth regarding Wright, Ayers, Black Liberation Theology, his half-hearted concern for the Dem base, and his refusal to speak out against the crimes and abuse that have been committed in his name.

    I can't speak for everyone else here, but those are reasons why I will not vote for him. The guy shows all the signs of a despot, and I refuse to be a part of anything that will bring him into power. I honestly think McCain is the lesser evil.

    Now, I understand you may not believe this. You might think Obama is an okay guy who is just sort of rude and chooses his friends poorly. That's okay. But please try to understand where some of us do come from and why we will not vote for him. I am willing to respect your choice and beliefs as long as I receive some respect for mine.
    • You might think Obama is an okay guy who is just sort of rude and chooses his friends poorly.

      To be honest with you, this sounds a lot more condescending towards me than anything I wrote in the original post. I know the things you mentioned above, I'm not an uniformed voter that is all of a sudden hopping on the Obama train to hopesville. It took a lot of careful consideration on my part to even get this far.
      • Ugh. Please try not to be offended over that. I wasn't insinuating anything of the sort. What I was trying to say, which I thought was incredibly clear, is that I understand if you think it's all circumstantial. In other words, his past behavior and relationships were the cause of his naïveté.

        You, the person I replied to, and others claimed to be curious and to not understand why someone would prefer McCain. I was trying to give all of you the benefit of the doubt, but it keeps looking more and more like you're only desire is to be offended by those who do not agree with you. :/

        Please let me know if I'm wrong, but that the impression I get from your reply. I honestly see it as a real stretch to get think what I said is condescending.
        • I'm genuinely sorry if I misinterpreted your comment. I'm not trying to see how many people I can get to disagree with me, and I feel like I've been unfairly typecast as an Obama-loving freak, which I am not.

          Honestly, I was not trying to start anything with this post. I sat back and didn't say anything when I saw posts that I found offensive because I knew that when I did I got hammered for it. I'm sorry this community isn't as loving as it used to be.
          • It's okay. I just don't want you to think I was trying to be rude. I'm not out to get you. I don't think anyone is. Emotions are just very high. For me, this is a very big deal. I'm very very upset with Obama. I'm incredibly concerned. But it's because of the way things look to me. It's just something so important to me that it trumps policy.

            I don't hate you for preferring Obama. It is a bit frustrating, but I respect your right to choose and make decisions you think are in your best interest. I won't outright attack you or anyone for that reason. But I also feel somewhat afraid to comment on things because those on the other side are just as passionate as I am.

            I think we just need to try being more patient with each other.
    • (Anonymous)
      Sheesh, this is a fairly old post to comment on. Unless your reply was stuck in LJ limbo for the last few months.

      To put it simply, Obama's associations are a mark against him. The truth is coming out a little at a time, and assuming McCain's actions during the Keating Five were even genuinely corrupt, I would still choose him over Obama and his precious ACORN.

      There's no way you're going to change my mind. I don't think anyone can. I'm even more solidified in my stance than I was back in June.
    • Sorry for the anon. I wasn't logged in when I wrote the reply.
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