These reasons will be presented in no particular order. Just as they happen to occur to me. I'm typing this "live" right into my Blogger editor.
- Barack Obama is smart, compassionate, confident and shrewd- Barack has shown his intelligence while at Harvard. He showed his compassion by his service in Chicago (as a community organizer). He showed his confidence by writing two "memoirs" before most people in the country had even heard of him. Who would want to buy a book by a guy with a name you can't even remember. Also, he used to be called "Barry". He went back to Barack. Doesn't seem like a political move to me. And he has shown his shrewdness by defeating the Clinton machine, while being a major underdog in that election.
- I agree with Barack Obama's views on most major issues. I took a test that was supposed to quantify that. And, while the test was hugely flawed, I came out 76% Obama and 24% McCain. Particularly, I agree with:
- Obama's views on abortion- I think a woman should have access to safe abortions and the right to decide should be left up to the woman, her doctor and any spiritual advisors she wants to include
- Obama's views on what's fair in taxes- while I disagree with the notion that we need or can afford tax cuts, if we're going to give them out, I'm willing to pay a little more so that a family of 4 making $40,000 or $50,000 a year can pay less. In these tough economic times, people making $250,000/year or more should not be given a tax break.
- Obama's view on health care- frankly, I might have liked Hillary plan a little better. I like the idea of universal health care. I don't know exactly how we get there. However, health care should not be a privilege but a right. It's barbaric that people have to declare bankruptcy due to an unexpected illness. It's absurd that my sister-in-law with cancer can't change jobs because of a pre-existing condition and she can't get covered anywhere else or take her coverage with her. p.s.- not to bash. But, John McCain's idea to force more people into the individual market (off of employer group coverage) to fend for themselves is just frankly bass-ackwards as far as I am concerned.
- Obama's view on energy- when Obama could have pandered to the American people and supported that "gas tax holiday", he held his ground and said we needed to be more concerned with long term solutions. When it comes to "drill, baby, drill" he recognizes that is not nearly enough to get us out of the mess we are in would actually take our eye off the ball. He realizes the need for a comprehensive long term plan to energy independence.
- Iraq- wrong war at the wrong time. Wants to withdraw responsibly and with as much care getting out as carelessness going in. But, he wants us out of Iraq and focused on the real fight against terror.
p.s.- this is the first time in a long time that I have actually voted for a candidate rather than against the other candidate. That is a nice feeling!