7.02.2008

Lukewarm endorsement

Right now I'm listening to Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father. I'm finding it quite thought provoking, especially the parts where he talks about his evolving thoughts on race and identity. As a candidate, he's so very appealing. It's hard not to be pulled into the widening orbit of Obama worship. And I admit, I have an "Obama Mama" sticker on my car. I will definitely be voting for him in November. But at the same time, I disagree with many of his policies. Among other things, I am a firm believer in free trade, I'm not interested in taxing 'windfall profits' whatever that means, and I think unions no longer serve a useful function in most industries. And although it isn't an issue this campaign, I know that he is pro-death penalty, which I very strongly disagree with.

But still, he's so. very. appealing. I almost feel that his actual policies don't matter nearly as much as his effect on the mood of the country. So I am voting for someone based almost entirely on a vague sense of inspiration. I'm not sure that's the right way to go, but I guess I will embrace it.

1 comment:

MyUtopia said...

I read his book this winter and will be voting for him this fall. I can't wait to take my son with me to vote.