It doesn’t make sense to me. Our military is on the verge of collapse. It’s past time for us to resign our self-appointed role as the policeman of the world. I voted for Ron Paul in the primary this year primarily because of his proposal to bring all of our troops home from everywhere. Obama’s plan is not all that different from McCain’s. He is not going to bring all of our troops home from Iraq. He plans to send more troops to Afghanistan. He will get more of our troops out of Iraq sooner than McCain.
If you are a single issue voter and abortion is your issue, McCain’s your man. With one or two opportunities to replace moderate members of the Supreme Court, setting the stage for getting Roe v. Wade is something McCain could accomplish. Then we can fight a bitter, divisive battle, state by state, over an issue about which we will never agree. It would be a Pyrrhic victory.
It should be obvious at this point that I am an issue-oriented voter. I go to the candidate’s web sites and look at their positions on the issues, filter that through what seems possible and likely to happen, and make my decision. This year I can’t claim that is all there is to it. I am glad that Obama comes out best for me based on a comparison of the candidate’s platforms. If that were not the case, I would have a difficult decision to make because my support for Obama does go beyond the issues.
I was watching the nightly news at the moment that Clinton made her motion to nominate Obama by acclamation. The reaction of the African-American delegates moved me deeply. We will never erase the scars that slavery left on our nation. Obama’s election will not mark the end of racism. It will, however, be a very important milestone in realizing Dr. King’s dream.