Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Honestly, folks

I think the blogosphere is over-politicized already, but I just have to say how I am seriously so disappointed with both of our presidential candidates. A year ago, I was thrilled that John McCain was entering the race, as I'd admired him for years, and was so excited when he got on the GOP ticket. I liked Obama very much, as well, and admired his character and spunk. Perhaps my favorite thing for both candidates was that they weren't overly concerned about pleasing their party or anyone else and were willing to stand up for what is right.

Aaaand that's pretty much all down the tubes. I'm absolutely sick of how neither of them can say anything about what they believe and why they think it's a good idea/why it will work; instead, all they can do is fling insults at the other. One of my biggest political pet peeves is when either side assumes the other is just plain evil and has no good intentions. Okay, perhaps they might go about things in a different way than you would, but in general, I really believe most politicians are out to help our country (misguided as they sometimes might be). In any case, clearly neither of them is focused on helping our country right now - they're too busy trying to smear the name of the other guy.

Case in point - this morning, NPR did a whole story about fact checking last night's debate. Fact checking? Seriously? They need to make sure what a PRESIDENTIAL candidate said was truthful?? That should be the least of our worries. They interviewed Obama's campaign manager and asked about a McCain smear campaign saying that he was opposed to stem cell research, despite the fact that he's voted in favor of it for the past 7 years. The campaign manager had some ridiculous retort about how that's what McCain's party stands for and...and...previous to the past 7 years, maybe he voted against it... Yeah, ridiculous. This is not at all to say that the McCain campaign hasn't done the exact same to Obama - I'm sure they have; I'm just too sick of it all right now to look it up.

Anyway, November better get here mighty fast. And if the market could improve in that time, also, that'd be swell.

4 comments:

Maxine said...

Truthfully, I'm a little afraid of what will happen to our country with either of these candidates. I think there may just be a little bit of crazy in both (and let's not even get started on Palin's interviews/debate). Apocalypse, anyone?

Malinda said...

I knew who I wanted to vote for back in January...but now I have no idea.

I thought Palin was a smart political move for McCain at first. Once again, now I'm not so sure. I'm trying to figure out just how much media has played in forming that opinion.

Anyway, I'm just waiting for Dan to turn 35....

Natalie said...

I agree! I think I'm done watching the news and the debates. If you watch actual speeches by the candidates, they TEND to be a little less smear-prone and attacking. But really, I like to read their proposals on their websites and see which one I actually agree with more.

Once you put them in the same room, though, you might as well just ignore whatever else comes. And that's really sad.

whitney.evan said...

i actually get physically sick when i listen to anything about the elections. i want it to be over! but pretty much what is to come after november (no matter what the results of the elections) scares the crap out of me...