reason to believe

i voted on tuesday, of course. and i never revealed how i voted.

but even after the primary, i have this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. bill cusack sums it up well in the huffington post (led by arianna huffington, formerly an annoying social climber who is now the darling of left-thinkers everywhere.) not to brag, but i should be able to figure things out, things like where politicians stand on a few issues. i have a masters degree in public policy/political science, which entitles me to be a cynical savvy consumer of political information. and i read, people. yes, i did. and do.

and i can understand why i don’t care for john mccain. and i know enough about hillary clinton’s record to decide whether she earned my vote. (incidentally, i am incredibly annoyed that so very many commentators call her hillary and not clinton. it’s not like they think bill is running again so the confusion factor should not be an issue (and anyone THAT stupid should go back in their time machines and reset them for 2008 — or maybe 1208, for all i care), and no one simply talks about john or barack. it’s effing sexist and rude.)

but, as i asked BS the other night as we watched the tuesday returns, what exactly does obama stand for?

looking at all the signs surrounding obama, BS read aloud, obama stands for hope.

now, my snarky BS aside, i am really struggling here. i want to believe. i think millions of americans want to believe. but believe what? that someone will wave a magic wand and poof! years of our flawed (understatement of the year) foreign policy disappear? that our disastrous economic policies will be righted? improvements in health care policy? environmental policy? poverty?

i’m going to read the blueprint again.

but i have to wonder aloud. plenty of stupid americans conservative americans got caught up in the cult of personality when ronald reagan won two elections in the 1980s. he was charismatic, he blew winds of change (among other things), and people wanted to believe that the horrors and embarrassments of the 70s would be swept away (under a rug), leaving only the fresh scent of a carolina pine forest the free market system and superior american defensive strength. people on the left, like me, derided his cult of personality: how could americans be so incredibly gullible to be won over by this amazing orator who didn’t know squat about how washington works?

and now i think i know.

like i said: i am not necessarily knocking obama, but i won’t feel better until i have a better idea of what he’s planning to do. it’s not enough to say that the person was against the war from the start, for example. (i’ve heard plenty of people go off on clinton, for example, because she voted for the war, just like a lot of people who would normally not do something like that except under strange circumstances. which these probably were.) what the hell will he DO when he’s in office about the war? just pull us out and leave the iraqi people to fend for themselves in their shambles of a nation? or has he thought through precisely what he thinks we should do in a gradual way that helps to preserve lives — american and iraqi?

i have plenty of hope, i think. i am not sleeping. i do want to believe. but i need a lot more than that.

i need details.


4 Responses to “reason to believe”

  1. TOTALLY. I’m grasping at straws for reasons to vote for Obama. I may not be totally behind Clinton, but at least I have thoughts about where she stands, not just intangible feeeeelings.

    He’ll still have my vote if he gets the nomination, though.

  2. McCain scares me. Someone made the point that at least he’s less likely to keep secrets and all, but still.

  3. yeah. he’s just one step above cheney, methinks.

  4. I think a lot of people who are looking ahead to November are asking the same exact thing: can we have some specifics please, Senator Obama? And not necessarily in a hostile way. This opinion piece sums it up nicely for me. Now apparently Obama statred off his campaign with more of a policy wonk approach and only recently segued into Mr. Inspiration. So maybe it’s time to wonk again. I voted for Obama and was someone who railed against Clinton for her wrongheaded (and now just stubbornly defensive) position on the Iraq war. But as inspiring as he is, I don’t for a minute believe he walks on water.

    I for one would like him to give more details on his healthcare plan and talk about what he sees is the way or a few ways out of the real estate, mortgage lending, and financial markets mess we’re in.

    Most of all, I feel it’s important that planks in the platform keep evolving. Right now Obama and Clinton both seem locked down in their stances but it’s to early for that, don’t you think? It’s not only a nominee that’s getting selected, but a platform that’s getting hammered out.

    Maybe Edwards’ endorsement will shake things up a bit.

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