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In Which I Have Decided That Politics Suck

Not that I didn't really think that before, but that' s not the point.

Anyhow, in my American History class our professor had us watch Barack Obama's acceptance speech for the nomination of the Democratic Party. This in and of itself doesn't piss me off. The fact that he WON'T be showing John McCain's and the fact that if I expressed the fact that that fact bothers me I'd be called racist and close-minded does.

I don't mind watching the nomination speeches. In fact it tells me a heck of a lot more about the candidates than I knew, because I hate to hear all the "The Other Candidate Sucks Vote For Me Instead" crap, so I just avoid presidential coverage. I'm so tired of candidates doing that. Saying that your opponent is unqualified does NOT make you any more qualified. It just makes you an asshat. I don't want to hear about your opponents voting tendencies in your speeches. I don't want to hear about your opponents proposed economic policies in your speeches. I want to hear YOUR ideas, YOUR policies, YOUR promises if you make office, not how your opponent will f*** it up if he gets elected.

I also don't want to hear the BS that you aren't putting down your opponent at the end of your speech when the first f***ing half was about how he was unqualified. That is putting down your opponent even if everything you say is true.

I'm not saying that I don't think John McCain won't do the same thing, I'm sure he will. But I don't need to hear all that stuff and then be expected to be like: "Yeah, I think he'll make a great president", regardless of the the candidates at hand. It could be freaking Mickey Mouse vs. Daffy Duck and I'd feel the same way.

I don't understand why in this country we seem to have to run on the platforms of "Let me shove my foot in the other guys face to make me look better". I don't see why politicians can't run on platforms of their own compentency and leave the other candidate out of it.

Also, I have to say, though I resent that my professor is trying to shove his political leanings on us, that some of the things Obama said he  supported (when he finally got to that) do make a lot of sense.

We do need to invest in research for Alternative fuels. We do need to make sure that children in the country get adequate education. We do need to create more jobs instead of outsourcing them. We do need to do something about Social Security. We do need to make Equal Pay really Equal. We do need to do something about the Healthcare system.

However, the likelihood of all that happening all while cutting taxes for 95% of Americans is next to nil. Those sort of programs COST MONEY. I realize that the public WANTS tax cuts, but Obama (if elected) can't keep the important promises about the economy, education, healthcare, and Social Security by taking money away from the government. You can't give a 150 billion dollars to energy research if you aren't taking in enough for everything else from taxes. It just isn't possible apart from sending the country into deeper debt.

So yeah, I think this country's politics are screwed up.



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Aug. 29th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. I'm looking forward to the end of the semester because I get to look at these speeches more closely and analyze them. I'm looking forward to it so much.
That being said, I don't understand why Obama has gone from being all positive during the nomination process to attacking McCain.
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I think I'd be less bothered by this if he had waited until after the Republican convention so we could compare (we have to write an essay about the policies Obama is advocating)

I don't really understand it either. I don't suppose his attacks are outrightly so, but they're very obviously NOT positive.
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I get to analyze Hillary, Obama and McCain in late November as part of my Argument and Analysis course. It's more for the sake of class discussion than anything else, but it should be interesting to see what direction the discussions go, because my prof wants us to read and watch the speeches, because non-verbals are just as game as what he says.
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