Monday, November 3, 2008

Voting Strategy of Buddha

A beautifully written essay, from someone who had the same political awakening as me. She says:

"With both Hillary and with John, I see a life time of actions. I see a life time of decisions. I see a life time of experience and knowledge. I can check their records. I can find people who will talk about growing up with them, serving with them, and loving them. I know that when the tough decisions have to made, that neither of them would be sitting with a blank stare holding a copy of “My Pet Goat”. I have that confident faith in them. The faith that comes with testing the metal.

So I have examined the words, the actions, and the experience of Senator Barack Obama. While the speeches are well written and very well delivered, I see nothing in him to give me faith that he can bring a better tomorrow. I look back to his first campaigns and see that he ran unopposed because he had his opponents–including an important mentor–disqualified on technicalites. I look back to his senatorial campaign, only two years ago, and find that his opponent’s sealed divorce records mysteriously opened. Divorce records sealed to protect small children. I see some one whose home was bought with the help of a felon. I see some one who cannot produce his own legislative records and whose voting record is made up of few decisions and accomplishments not his own, but handed to him by some one else. I see speeches with borrowed words on teleprompters. I see off teleprompter moments with mistakes made that would flunk a freshman. I see bristly, offended looks when asked tough questions. I see reporters tossed off planes when newspapers endorse other candidates. I see long term associations with folks that I would chase off if they came near my children. I’ve seen misogyny and race-baiting. I’ve seen money go to organizations breaking laws and perpetuating fraud. When I look for the simplest public records, I find nothing. I see only carefully crafted stories."

Read the whole thing. It's worth it.

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