Did ya'll watch Obama's speech last night, accepting the Democratic nomination? I admit it: I cried. I did. I admire his passion and his integrity. He NEVER makes personal attacks against his opponents; he takes the high road, choosing to do what is RIGHT over what would work for his campaign.
He knows what is like, because he as lived it, to struggle to pay back monstrous student loans. He knows what it is like to watch parents make personal sacrifices in order to provide for their children. He has young children, so he knows how important it is for each child in this country to have health-care and to get the best education possible. He is raising two daughters, so he will fight for equal pay and equal opportunities for the women of this country. He speaks about this country's PEOPLE; you can tell he is a man full of compassion and empathy. He said, and you can tell he believes it (because he has spend the early part of his career proving it): "It's not about me. It's about YOU."
He also said, and it made me hoot and holler, something to the effect of "Look at the state of this country. Our economy is in horrible shape. Our people are out of work and having to choose between paying for gas or buying groceries. WHY WOULD WE REWARD THE REPUBLICANS FOR THIS SITUATION BY GIVING THEM 4 MORE YEARS??" Seriously. I just do not understand how anyone can think that the situation this country is in right now is in any way acceptable. It is not. It's a fucking mess, in every city across the country; record numbers of people without jobs, without homes, without health insurance. NOT ACCEPTABLE. How can anyone (and there are people who I love and respect who plan to) vote for ANOTHER 4 YEARS of the same political machine who got us where we are today?? You may not think Obama is experienced enough, or you may be concerned about his patriotism, but how can anyone not admit that it is time for a regime change?? As he said, "Eight years is enough."
We MUST take a chance on this relatively un-proven politician; whatever he brings to office HAS to be an improvement over who has inhabited it for the past 8 years. We have to try something new, because, as Obama paraphrased last night without being quite so blunt, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results".
The Republicans have had the past 8 years to show us what they want this country to be. It turns out that their bank accounts have grown and grown, while the average person has seen his or her personal income drop by $3000 a year. Gas and oil are at the record prices, as are groceries. Hardworking people have lost their jobs, and are losing their homes. The Republicans have had 8 years of running this country; we now have the largest deficit ever and we are headed toward another depression.
As Dr. Phil says: "How's that workin' for ya?"
It's time. for. CHANGE.