Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lemmings


Alright. I'm going out on a small limb here but I need to voice a political observation. Not being pro-McCain but not in the Obama camp, I have some real issues with the Obama Lemming trend going on all around me. I see all these people LOVING Obama but when I ask them to tell me what they love about them, one maybe two can actually articulate reasons with substance as to why he has their vote. Most people love his idealism, his hope, his statements of change but no one seems to know about his international policies, domestic policies, his proposals at large. That makes me really nervous. I am all for idealism, but not ignorant idealism. I believe there is a place for substance based idealism and it's really not asking too much for me to expect the kids on Obama's "street team" camped around NY coffee shops to know a thing or two about their candidate. Everyone says he's inspired my generation to have a passion for politics but I highly disagree. If you know a thing or two about politics you realize change happens at the local level and moves to the national level. If my generation cared about politics, we wouldn't have had the national low for district voting. It's not that I am against Obama, but I am against the blind lemmings I am seemingly surrounded by. I am opening the forum to hear why people like Obama simply for the refreshing substance based opinions, not looking to disagree or agree, just looking to hear an actual perspective other than he's a celebrity, he has "soft eyes", he's an international superstar or he's just really going to make a change for this country.--@DP

4 comments:

Cassie said...

I was probably one of these lemmings a couple weeks ago but now I'm not so sure. I was kind of just going with a feeling. Basically, I knew I didn't like McCain. But now I have no idea who to vote for. I can't seem to find a really great website to tell me what each candidate is about. If you know one please let me know.

Rebecca said...

In response to the comment above, there really isn't a single website that can give you all the information you're looking for. However, www.factcheck.org does a pretty good job of policing the bulls*** and giving straight information on everything. I'm a left-leaning wingnut, but I'd recommend also reading the biggies and the baddies for analysis and critique. The NY Times, Wall-Street Journal, Salon.com, The Nation.com, etc. They give pretty solid analysis and commentary. That being said, there are also a TON of great political blogs out there. Many of the journalists in the aforementioned rags list their favorite blogs. Good luck!

Eden said...

I am a conservative right (far right) wing individual and both our political candidates scare me to death. You've brought up MANY good points. It will be interesting to see what happens. I do know that Americans are in for a wild ride.

Mom said...

Another place to check is realclearpolitics.com, or townhall.com--these 2 websites have a compilation of articles from many places-- good food for thought.