10 days

Drawing to a close.

There is a certain amount of anticipation in the USA – and, I may add, around the world. 10 more days are left out of this marathon. It has been a long race and the two men standing were not the people who were supposed to be there.

But they are.

In these last few days – what are they saying to the voters of the US?

John McCain is saying that Barack Obama will raise your taxes, for the love of God I don’t know why he keeps saying that. Even the right-wing press know that this isn’t the case. He is saying that if you have a Democrat as president and a Democrat Congress and House, you may as well give up being an American. If you look at him on the trail you can see that even he isn’t convinced of any of that.

Neither is Sarah Palin – is she going off in a different direction?

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

A Palin associate defended her by saying she is “not good at process questions” and that her comments on Michigan and the robo calls were answers to process questions.

But this Palin source acknowledged that she clearly is trying to take more control of her own message, pointing to last week’s impromptu press conference on a Colorado tarmac.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, is saying something positive. He is asking people not to think back, but to think forward. Forward four years to be exact. See the advert here.

You are, we all are, living through history at the moment. I know that is lost on many of us – but it is true, it is as true when men flew to the moon, and a war came to an end with a bomb so powerful is shaped the world we see today.

Will we look back at this point in time and wish we had done something different? Will people wish upon wish that they had case a different vote? There were so many that did so four years ago – I can safely say that if John McCain gets into office you will be wishing that history had been made that day in 2008. To wake up to a John McCain presidency is making more and more people go out to vote. It is a genuine fear that he could be elected.

As I have been saying and will keep saying until the last polling station in the US closes, get out to vote, I really don’t care who you vote for, I would, obviously, prefer you to vote for a place in history and vote for Barack Obama. But vote.

Look forward and see what a country can achieve if it really wants change. Look forward to a day when you are not scared of going to a doctor to get treatment I know that you cannot afford the prescription. Look forward to that America that so many in the world respected. Look forward to getting those troops home from Iraq.

Look forward and smile knowing that George Bush’s policies will no longer be used.

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0 Responses to 10 days

  1. thebeadden says:

    Good post, Will. I’ve been out of the loop for a few days so I haven’t caught up with the news yet.
    Who knew I was a diva? 🙂 hehehe

    This might be a long one, hope you don’t mind. I’m going to write this looking at them as being just human beings. I really do think that whoever is heading McCains campaign has it all wrong. It didn’t work from the get go. It was so out of touch with the people that it made him look like a complete fool. Whether that was the purpose or not, who knows?

    The whole idea of prepared speeches and answers is a joke. It only shows that you are being a puppet. I’m sure he has his own opinions. I bet if he were left to his own devices he would have done better. It’s not natural and you have to be a really good actor to pull it off. If you watch him, you know he would have been in class ‘B’ movies if that. 🙂

    As for Palin. I’d be the same way. Not that I think she should be running. Far from it. But if I had to memorize a bunch of crap told to me, when questioned or interviewed, I’d fall to pieces. I’d never get it right and I would come off looking like a twit too. Because I have a mind of my own. And she does too. So, for her to go her own route and say what she thinks is normal. It is who she is. Good or bad. At least you get to see the real thing. If she’s trying to save the campaign, well….

    The thing that scares me is that if she really does have higher expectations and she is just looking out for herself, knowing this whole thing is going down the tubes, is that it just might work. Nothing would surprise me anymore when it comes to politics. It’s like watching a side show at the circus and everyone loves the clown.

    But what struck me most was when you said to forget the past and look to the future. It should be what we do. That is one thing I have a hard time with because we are so used to being lied to. It’s hard not to look back at what the parties have done in the past but, maybe (and I am saying this with all I can muster) Obama could be that person. I hold so little faith in people. I want to think that he is the better person and the one who will make changes.

    A few things concern me when the media does an about face. When it looks like the McCain was put in to lose. They really have been looking for an ‘out’ in Iraq for some time now. The Republicans couldn’t just pull out, it wouldn’t look good for them or America. So putting someone like Obama in is like icing on the cake. The people want out, here is the guy to do it. He listened to ‘the people’ but every else knows it was just the out they have been dying for. It’s great for everyone.

    But just the fact that by voting for Obama will get these troops home, is worth it. We don’t need more of these soldiers dying.

    I feel for anyone who becomes the next President because things are such a mess and no matter how much that person does in one term, it will never be enough. How can one clean up such a big mess in so little time.

    Obama is far from stupid. I’m sure he knows what is going on. I’m sure he plays the game like everyone else. What little hope I have is that, he is just playing the game for now, and that he does have his own agenda. And he will do what he thinks is best for America once he gets in. Or I’m wrong. But hope is what gets me through the day. 🙂

    You’re stuck with all my political conspiracy theories now that I am switching over my site. 🙂

  2. johnrj08 says:

    Not to get too cocky here, but I’ve been wondering lately how McCain is going to handle his concession speech. Will he be a sore loser, or gracious? Given McCain’s behavior throughout this campaign, and especially in the last 5 weeks, I don’t see how he can suddenly concede and announce that he will support the new president, whom he has spent the last months slandering. Will he stand on a stage with Sarah Palin, and give some kind of half-hearted endorsement of Obama’s new administration? And what will Palin, who has been the most insulting of all, have to say about her socialist, terrorist sympathizing opponent? Will the pitbull suddenly go poodle on us? I just don’t see how these two can concede graciously if they believed anything that they’ve said in this campaign. Obama’s campaign has been tough, but it hasn’t been nearly as personal or angry as McCain’s. The night of November 4th is going to be something to watch. Like the moon landing. Or a soccer match in Ireland.

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