Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama's Speech

A little excerpt from Barack Obama's speech last night:

"We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination."

Aside from the jabs thrown at President Bush and Senator McCain [some justified in my opinion], Obama's speech contained familiar pieces from past Dems such as former Presidents Carter and Clinton. He spoke to the hearts of blue-collar and blue-turned-white collar workers out there. His ideas are strong and well received. There is a lot of work to be done.

Now here's where the rubber meets the road.

Obama got a few things right last night: our leaders in Washington are stale, the war in Iraq has gone on way too long, and we are losing jobs overseas. But he also got a few things wrong. The many new programs he mentioned would require taxpayer dollars. I don't know about you, but after paying for a war, I'm skeptical that neither he nor McCain could move Congress to do something worthy.

Besides, those of us who are old enough to remember the oil problems of the late 70's and early 80's, how can I believe that our Congress will initiate programs to move beyond oil? Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame. I'm tired of rich politicians thinking they know what is best for me and my family, while they cruise around the country in their personal planes.

If Americans are ready for "Change", and many of you say you are, then vote in November. Get rid of ALL [Democrats and Republicans] members of Congress that are old and stale, and vote in new folks who are ready to make a difference.

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