Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Being Out of Touch

It's 9:23, twenty three minutes into the debate, and I have yet to hear what Senator McCain is going to do for the country? Have you?

It seems as if Sarah Palin is rubbing off on the good Senator McCain. The mesh is apparent. Who doesn't prioritize in their homes or in their businesses? How can the three most important issues of health care, energy and social security all be taken on at one time? "We can take on this mission and overcome it," McCain said. But what about priority? He continues, "We can do them all at once. We have to do them all at once." This is simply not possible.

Senator McCain is more on his feet than seated, even when he is not speaking. His disdain for Senator Obama remains evident. The thoughtful Senator has been reduced to a "that one." While the disdain is obvious, Senator McCain's policies aren't. I am still unclear on what he wants to do for the country.

Regarding social security and medicare, Senator McCain says it's going to be "easy." If so, why hasn't reform been accomplished before now? I wonder if this reform will be as "easy" as winning the war in Iraq? Senator McCain thought that we would be in and out in no time and that we would be greeted as "liberators." Neither has happened.

Sarah Palin seems to be definitely rubbing off on Senator McCain. What was that long rambling answer regarding energy and green jobs? He failed to mention even one fundamental of energy policy.

Does Senator McCain even have a plan for the future? Does he even think of the youth of America? He does not seem to understand the the people's individual needs. He does not seem to understand our diverse needs. He does not seem to understand us...period.

There is a difference between pointing out records and ALSO adding substantial points. I have yet to hear substantial points in relations to ideas that Senator McCain has for the country? Did you?

The word "temper" coming from the mouth of Senator McCain falls on death ears. We should have never been in Iraq in the first place. There is no "steady hand on the tiller."

The transference of Senator Obama as being one who "talks loudly" also falls on death ears. Senator Obama is known as the "cool" one and I might add the stealth one. Looks can be deceiving and strength massed.

Senator McCain's answer on Russia was indeed thoughtful. This was appreciated. But thoughtfulness without good judgment is still detrimental.

It's a stable economy that fuels the State Department. It is also judgment that secures our nation. $10 billion dollars a month in Iraq, for a war that was not justified and not going after those who perpetrated 911, make our country less secure.

Senator McCain is simply out of touch. Senator Obama has a better plan for the country. Senator Obama is the leader we need.

It's 10:28 and it pretty clear to me what America needs to do. Vote Obama!

May God bless America.


John O'Leary said...

Judith, I can no longer be objective about the debates and won't attempt to be. But the debate polls show a clear Obama win - especially with the all important independent voters. If he's going to be Swift-boated, the Republicans are running out of time.

judith ellis said...

John - One can most certainly be objective and express a particular point of view. I think it is most ridiculous to say that because one has a point of view that one is not objective. This is, I think, a big problem with how we as a people become non-distinct. Distinction is not the great evil, close-mindeness is. It is becoming increasingly clear who Americans think can best lead us in this tumultuous time. Barack Obama is most certainly my choice.

John O'Leary said...

Hmmm. I think objectivity is a worthy pursuit but always asymptotic - as a curve that gets continually closer to a line but never reaches it. Nevertheless we can - and should - express our point of view. In my clear moments (which are probably rare) I come to my conclusions AFTER taking into account my interpretational biases.

DURING the debates I can more clearly recognize the inaccuracies spoken by McCain. Afterwards I can listen to fact checkers on TV and realize that McCain & Obama were equally slippery on the facts. But I support the Obama ticket for many reasons. And in the process I owe it to myself to acknowledge and question my strong, negative reactions to what the Republican party (and specially Sarah Palin) appears to support in the 21st century. So I will continue to listen to those who argue on behalf of laissez faire economics, militaristic, conservative Christianity, and American exceptionalism. But until I'm convinced I'll continue to campaign against them.

judith ellis said...

Thank you, John. Your thoughts are beautifully and clearly written. I agree and will also be more thoughtful indeed.