Monday, February 04, 2008

Top Ten Reasons I'm Voting for Obama


Sorry to bore you international readers and Republicans, but I posted this to my spot on the Springfield News-Leader OzarksLeft and I am putting it up here too. Isn't that the wonderful thing about having a blog? We can spout off whenever we like. Sure you can write a letter to the editor, but this is way easier and broader too.

Over the last several days, Missouri saw several candidates blow through the state. Obama spoke to 21,000 in St. Louis on Saturday night. Bill Clinton was here in Springfield at Central High and 3,000 Springfieldians took in his visit. Mike Huckabee gave a quick airport speech. It's great to be noticed here in the "Show Me" state. Missouri is known as a bellwether state for picking the nominee who goes on to win. I think voters here might have missed it one election though. Polls have it very close between Clinton and Obama and so I can't really predict how we will go. I will say Hillary Clinton once had a huge lead which has eroded thanks in part to our U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's endorsement of Barack Obama.

At any rate here are the Alabama Kitchen Sink's Top Ten Reasons I'm Voting for Obama:

1. Hillary Clinton inspires and rallies Republicans who want to do everything possible to keep the presidency from her and her co-president.

2. Much of Clinton’s “35 years of experience” comes on the coattails of her husband and experience isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

3. As a feminist she tears up and says she “has found her voice” only to have her husband become her attack pit bill.

4. She is an icon of the past—one with a boatload of baggage.

5. Mastery of old-school politics needs to give way to a new generation’s leadership.

6. Consensus building involves more than just your friends and interest groups. Obama is reaching out to many.

7. It would be nice not to see the same old tired cast of characters, and Madeline Albright looks like she could use a vacation.

8. Entrepreneurial leadership demands a new approach to accomplishing common goals.

9. New partnerships must be entered into and a resourceful style must overtake the ideas of those who have had their day in the sun (and time in the White House).

10. The Millennial generation and Generation X are excited, interested and motivated toward civic action by Obama who is attracting huge crowds and energy. Heck, even this Baby Boomer is more excited and energized than I have been in years. I am again hopeful that we may finally tackle some of the major problems facing America and actually see that change in action.



These are my reasons. See you at the polls!


Note: New political designs are up on Hail to the Chief, my CafePress shop. I've added a new cartoon yellow dog Democrat design but the old one on the oval sticker is my bestseller. The Obama t-shirt with the JFK quote sold well over the weekend and someone in Washington state bought two kids t-shirts for his children.

10 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

working on a response to this my friend, your reason really suck.

Energy Boomer said...

I do not want change, I want a refund.

Sheila said...

Sarge,
I look forward to hearing your response.

Energy,
Too funny. Don't know who's going to give you the refund though. The government is out of money thanks to the Republicans.

Diane J Standiford said...

LOL. Glad t see your post, speak your mind. Some of your reasons make perfect sense, some less than perfect--to me, but I think Obama has the potential to inspire us in a way Hillary can not. I would love that.

Sarge Charlie said...

Ok, drop by and check it out.

Marion said...

I heard on the radio that Obama has the ability to inspire. And even if I'm Canadian, I agree with you about Hillary.

Sheila said...

Marion,
You know more about U.S. politics than sadly some of our citizens. Wish we took time to know more about the rest of the world. It is exciting to see the crowds Obama is drawing.

Jerri said...

you forgot to add the words "so-called" in front of 35 years of experience...not to mention a few scandalous tidbits.

As a thoughtful and independent minded person and concerned citizen, I urge everyone not to listen to the campaign dribble and media circus but to do research of your own. Many of the ideas being discussed in this election are not new ideas; in fact a lot of them have have been tried in the past in other countries and have failed miserably.

I, for one, am completely disenchanted by what has become of the Democratic Party of FDR and Kennedy. I'm disappointed that today so many Americans expect to get something for nothing. And some of these same Americans feel they don't owe their country anything. They are not willing to stand up and fight for themselves, their country, and the values which it has held so dear. If the people of this country do not come together and reject moral relativism and socialism and return to core values on which this nation was founded, not only life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness, but also strong Christian principles and hard work, it will fall.

Sheila said...

Jerri,
Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely dead on about doing your own research. We get so little real meat on TV or in the papers. I am disillusioned by the party too. FDR and Kennedy were talented politicians but their vision has not been met in the years since.

rainlillie said...

I really enjoyed that! I agree with every last one of your reasons. It sounds just like the conversation I had with my husband last night. I try..but there's something about Hilary that I just don't like. My female friends are a little pissed that I would support a man over her. I forgot that we haVE to vote based on the persons genitals. Your post made my day!