February 4, 2008

I'm Ready To Support Obama

I suppose "undecided no more" might have been a better title for this one, but I figured I should be more descriptive. It took me awhile, but I have arrived at the point where I can comfortably support Barack Obama for president. Why did it take me so long to get to this point, how did I get here, and is there anything I can say to those still on the fence that might help them make a decision? Let's find out.

I supported Kucinich from the beginning but was slow to announce my support because I did not want to rush to judgment without watching a few debates and reading more about the positions of each candidate on the issues. Even while supporting Kucinich, I found that I liked Edwards enough to consider him a viable second choice. When the Kucinich campaign was destroyed by the corporate media, I had little difficulty switching my support to Edwards. Sadly, his campaign quickly met with the same fate.

In arriving at this point, with the field narrowed to Clinton and Obama, I hit a wall of indecision. I knew that I preferred Obama to Clinton because he was the more progressive candidate who had opposed Bush's unjust war from the beginning. Supporting Clinton was never a consideration; she embodies the right-wing of the Democratic party. So why not jump on the Obama bandwagon as quickly as I decided to support Edwards?

I had four reservations about Obama. First, I was not sure that Obama was progressive enough for me to be able to support. Just because he was more progressive than Clinton did not mean he was sufficiently so that I could rally behind his vision of America. Second, I resented the hell out of what I perceived as a false choice being forced on me by the corporate media. To go along with Obama just because they left me with no better choices was a difficult pill to swallow. Third, Obama struck me as being overly vague on the details of what he wanted to achieve. His talent for rhetoric was obvious, but he seemed short on details compared to most of the other candidates. Finally, I was skeptical that the racist country in which I live would elect an African American president.

I watched most of the Democratic debates and about half of the Republican debates. I recorded the final debates before Super Tuesday of both parties and watched them closely. After the awful bickering in the South Carolina debate, I wanted to make sure that Obama would bounce back. His performance in the final debate was very impressive, and I liked much of what I heard.

I have not completely overcome my earlier reservations about Obama, but I do feel comfortable supporting him now. He is not as progressive as I would like, but he represents a needed change of direction from both the Republicans and the Clinton machine. I am still very angry over the realization that our elections are decided by large corporations and their media empire, but I suppose I'm angrier at my fellow citizens for allowing this to happen than I am at Obama or any other candidate. Obama has become a bit clearer about his vision for America, and I'm willing to take a chance on his leadership. Lastly, while I still have concerns that the racism so prevalent in America today will be an obstacle, I am convinced that this would be less of one than the widespread hatred of Clinton on both sides of the aisle.

Undecided no more, this voter is ready to support Barack Obama for president.

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