I am an independent and I am not sure who I will vote for. I like and dislike both candidates. On here it is 95% Obama fans so I do challenge them as much as I can to get a real response as to why I should vote Obama, but all I usually get is, shut up fucking LCR or GOP self hater...(I love the self hater one).
Can anyone give me a good reason for voting for Obama that does not include why I should not vote for McCain, why I should hate Bush, why Palin is an idiot.
Tell me about Obama. Why is this Junior Senator from Illinois qualified to run the single largest economy, country, military in the world.
I don't usually engage in these threads, for the reasons you listed but since you asked a fair question...
I can't tell you why YOU should. I can tell you why *I* am, though. Note I wasn't a big Obama supporter before the primary finished, if it matters.
I believe that what we and the world needs right now, is a U.S. willing to engage in diplomacy again. We HAVE to talk to both our enemies and our allies. And we have to be good at it. Obama, like him or not, has charisma. And he will talk to other nations. Similar (though I don't like him) to Reagan during the cold war.
I believe that the country needs a leader who is smarter than I am. More educated than I am. I believe that someone who is both more educated than I am and has experienced the lower half of our social pyramid is exactly what we need.
I believe that, for all his youth, Obama is a wise man who, most importantly, THINKS about things before he decides. And once he's made a decision, he's still willing to change that opinion under the force of further evidence. The world is an uncertain and changing place. We need someone at the helm of this country who can think about problems, who can process them and make decisions, but also evaluate those decisions and change them if necessary. I believe Obama can do that.
As a side issue, but also important, I believe Obama will do more for civil rights and science, important things to me. ENDA and DADT, for example. Civil unions. Abortion rights. Stem cell research. Primary research funding.
I believe that he will do what he thinks is right, after lots of thought, and will try to balance both his privileged knowledge and our public opinion, and damn the party line.
And, the truth is, I believe that even given a military campaign, Obama would be a better leader. I believe he has the intelligence to pick good advisers and listen to the right people on the ground, not the people who tell him what he wants to hear.
That's why I'm voting for Obama.