My Barack Obama Endorsement

Four years ago, I worked hard to try to get John Kerry elected president of the United States after seeing the damage done by George W. Bush over his first four years in office.

Unfortunately, through a combination of fear-based politics and irrationally placed patriotism, Bush was able to squeak by Kerry. Clearly, Kerry wasn’t the most charismatic person every to run for president, but at least he understood the costs of war.

Over the past three years and three months since that election, the war in Iraq has cost 2818 more American soldiers their lives, including those of 48 Minnesotans.

Bush / Cheney's 2nd Term in Office

What’s changed:

We now live in fear.

Fear that our children will be poisoned by toys our government allows into our country.

Fear that our pets will die from tainted pet food coming from China.

– Fear that our children will eat meat in their school lunches coming from cows that can’t even stand up before their slaughtered.

Fear that our economy will continue to slide, leading to more layoffs.

– Fear that the prices of gas and food will continue to climb.

Fear that we’ll lose not only our jobs but our health insurance at the same time.

Fear that a child could go on a shooting rampage at our children’s school.

We don’t fear everything

We don’t fear terrorist attacks, plane hijackings, or invasions by foreign forces. Why? Because we’re too busy to live in fear of stuff like that.

Given a limited amount of time and energy to devote toward fear, we’re going with the legitimate options that hit closer to home.

With that in mind, I present to you the one candidate I believe has the ability to focus this country on the issues that truly affect Americans: Barack Obama.

Unlike four years ago, I don’t doubt the intelligence of any of the remaining candidates in the presidential race. But only one candidate is capable of leading this country out of fear by providing both hope and the motivation to make our country better than it is today.

I’m convinced that Barack Obama, when elected, will use the power of the presidency to motivate people to be better than they are today. He’ll do this by addressing the American people directly through TV and Internet videos that explain where we are today, what we’re capable of, why it’s important, and how we’re gong to work together to solve our common problems.

Here’s a taste of what I believe we can expect from Obama once we elect him:

In some cases, Barack Obama may need to raise taxes.

If there is one thing that can be learned from the amazing grass roots success of Ron Paul’s campaign, it’s that people do not like their money being spent without justification. In Paul’s case, he believes that almost everything government does is without justification.

I don’t believe that, and I believe that most Americans believe that government programs generally exist to solve problems that the market failed to solve on its own, such as educating all of our children, making sure our parents don’t live in poverty after retirement, and providing safe food, water, workplaces, and air through regulation.

All Americans want to know where our money is going and whether it’s doing any good. Obama has the ability to level with us about what’s working and what isn’t since he doesn’t have 16 years worth of relationships at stake in DC.

The owner of a local restaurant explained to me on Saturday night that he stood outside with his 8-year-old daughter for 2 hours earlier in the day so she could see the next president of the United States speak. While proudly wearing his Obama sticker from the rally at the Target Center, he explained that he’s most excited about seeing Obama put Americans to work on projects that make our country a better place. Let’s redirect the $2 billion a week we’re spending killing people overseas to domestic projects that put people to work (without getting them killed) and make America more beautiful.

I leave you with this video created by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. His motivation for this musical rendition of Obama’s New Hampshire conciliatory speech is included below the video:

I was sitting in my recording studio watching the debates…
Torn between the candidates
I was never really big on politics…
and actually I’m still not big on politics…
but 4 years ago, me and the black eyed peas supported Kerry…
And we supported Kerry with all our might…
We performed and performed and performed for the DNC…
doing all we could do to get the youth involved…

The outcome of the last 2 elections has saddened me…
on how unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful,
corrupt, and just simply, how wrong the world and “politics” are…

So this year i wanted to get involved and do all i could early…

And i found myself torn…
because this time it’s not that simple…
our choices aren’t as clear as the last elections …
last time it was so obvious…
Bush and war vs. no bush and no war…

But this time it’s not that simple…
and there are a lot of people that are torn just like i am…
So for awhile I put it off and i was going to wait until it was decided for me…

And then came New Hampshire…
And i was captivated…
Inspired…

3 thoughts on “My Barack Obama Endorsement”

  1. I finally had the realization that while I may trust Hillary Clinton to competently manage, I truly believe in Barack Obama to make change. He has truly inspired me and that does not happen often.

    I’m so excited I’m going to caucus for him.

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