Barack Obama the Socialist

October 29, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081029/ap_on_el_pr/obama

Really? This is what we are down to now. McCain is really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. While Obama talks about economic reform, and the real issues, both McCain and Palin continue with their mudslinging.

What if Obama is a socialist? Is that a bad thing? I mean, the whole capitalism thing isn’t exactly working out too well right now. Let’s face it, capitalism is inherently incompatible with democracy. In a real democracy, money DOES NOT equal power (Money != Power, for all you computer types out there). Real reform and change will only come when we realize this.

I thought the following Obama quote was especially humorous:

“By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

Now, I am not a Democrat by any means. In fact, I disagree with a number of party policies. I feel that in this election, though, Barack Obama has really stepped up to the plate to deliver a campaign that addresses real issues instead of turning the election into some form of popularity contest. The least the GOP could do is have some respect for the electoral process and actually try to present its case…oh wait! That probably wouldn’t be very helpful for them.

The Republicans are not interested in a real campaign because they simply couldn’t win. There is very little “change” in this elections Republican ticket. The reason that the GOP cannot and will not participate in a flat out, policy-based campaign is because their policies are, for the most part, the same policies that have gotten us in trouble.

I admit, McCain is infinitely better than the Bush administration on pretty much any issue, but we are not in a position to accept a form of slight change. If our country is to ever break free of foreign energy and economic dependencies, we need to revolutionize the way our country is run. I don’t think McCain would do this, and Obama has made it clear that he intends to overhaul many things, notably healthcare.

The bottom line is that we need to significantly change the way our country is run. Instead of trying to recognize this, the GOP is simply trying to pass off legitimate reform as socialism, something that carries a heavy stigma in the US. The GOP is making a campaign of obscuring and skewing facts while the Democrats are presenting clear issues and plans. You can tell a lot about a candidate by the tactics they use to get into office, and I don’t appreciate a candidate who tries to turn his opponents policies into a socialist scare tactic.

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