Wednesday, September 03, 2008
The other day I vowed to spend ten minutes a day doing something for the election to support Obama. So, I called my grandfather, because eight months ago he said he was going to vote for McCain. I wanted to have a conversation with him about it, and just hear him, and let him know how I felt.
I was really surprised, because one of the first things he said to me was; “You, your husband, and your new baby are going to have a good life, because change is coming.” I asked him what he meant, and he said, “Obama is going to win by a landslide, people want change. The economy is bad, housing is bad, and retired people are worried about Medicare. That’s why I am going to vote for Obama.”
I feel blessed to be an American, and blessed to know that we have a candidate like Barack Obama to support. I’m not a political analyst, or specialist in any way. I can say that I’m a peace activist in my own way, an environmentalist to the best of my abilities, and someone who strongly believes in the power of a single vote. Back in college, one of my best professors was a lady who taught a social science class. Although I can’t remember her name, she said two things that were probably more impactful then the sum of everything else all of my other college professors said. No offense if you happen to be one of my professors. But I hope you’ll understand when you hear what she had to say. First, the most important thing you can do is make peace with your parents… then your life can begin. The second was that the greatest and most important right that we have as Americans is to vote.
These days with all of the commercials that candidates broadcast, all of the mud slinging usually started by the media, and the nonsense talk about candidate’s personal lives, it is no wonder that many of us have turned off and tuned out.
But let me tell you something. The other night I got to hear Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention. We switched the channel to PBS, where there were no interruptions or political analysts to skew things, and I just watched him speak and saw the convention. Honestly, it was the first time I had really seen him. I’d heard and seen clips… but never a full speech. It was a beautiful and moving speech. He also really addressed issues that McCain and others have been attacking him on. After hearing him, I felt not only a sense of hope and inspiration, but also a sense that he is ready for the coming months of debate.
I know that the road ahead for him will be challenging. However, that road is for all of us. We determine who our leaders are. For those that choose to tune out and not vote, they are in fact determining in a passive way who our leaders are. But, I feel that it is time as Americans to stand up, and vote. If you are not American, then please stand up and encourage any American friends that you have to vote in this election!
In my opinion, never before has an election in our country been so vital to the health of our environment in this country and the entire planet. We can already see the affects of global warming, and you don’t need to be a scientist to see that. Melting ice caps, increased hurricanes, and increased temperatures all across the planet, are just some of the indicators. We have just a few years left to be aggressive and make some key changes in how we live our lives, and what we do as a country depends on you and I and who we choose to be president. McCain is in full support of the Bush administration’s environmental policies. The Bush administration failed in the Kyoto convention with the excuse that other countries were not going to follow through with environmental actions, so there was no reason that we should either. I believe that the core values of the United States of America rest on the fact that we will act in consciousness and righteousness even when others are not.
In addition, McCain’s big stance right now is that we will do offshore oil drilling to curb rising gas prices. To me, this is absolutely ridiculous, especially, when we have solar and wind power technologies to be invested in that will bring us an amazing amount of energy without impacting the environment. Wind and solar power solutions will last for many generations to come and give us plenty of energy. Offshore oil drilling will last only another 30 years! In addition McCain chose a running mate, Palin, the governor of Alaska who has been in full support of oil drilling in one of the most vibrant and beautiful national treasures, the wilderness of Alaska.
Let me just say, that I met a Republican at our concert one evening, who really enjoyed the music. I enjoyed meeting him. There may be Republicans out there who have our music at home and who are listening to it right now. I believe that it doesn’t matter which party you are from, it is important to look at the issues and make a decision based on your core belief and experience.
I know that we all have busy lives, but think about the lives of the future generations. Think about the impact of global warming. Did you see the Beijing Olympic Games and see all of the pollution there? Anyone who has spent time in major cities in India lately will tell you that when you blow your nose after a day out you will see black grime on your Kleenex. To me, this is unacceptable! As people of spirituality, awareness, and peace, it is time to stand up. It is time to support Barack Obama.
I invite you to join me and take at least ten minutes out of your day in the coming months to support Obama.
Yes we Can!
Ji you wrote "we have solar and wind power technologies to be invested in that will bring us an amazing amount of energy without impacting the environment."
I agree that solar and wind power is certainly better than gas and I don't think we need to do more drilling. However there is impacts to the environment in all forms of energy production and consumption. The best solution is for all Americans to reduce their usage of all resources. You'll never hear any politician give that solution, even though it's the only way we can live balanced.
You also said "I believe that it doesn’t matter which party you are from, it is important to look at the issues and make a decision based on your core belief and experience."
I couldn't agree more, and if you look IN DEPTH at the issues, you will see that the policies of Obama and McCain are almost identical. They both favor big business over people and environment. They are the right and left hand of a corrupt monster. If they were so unique and capable, why can't they allow Ralph Nader in the debates? Why has no democratic candidate for president agreed to use Kucinich's comprehensive health care reforms? It will cost less than we already spend. Obama thinks that insurance is necessary and should be paid for by all of us (i.e. affordable insurance for all - doesn't that sound nice?). What then are the taxes we already pay being used for? To continue to support insurance and drug companies? Kucinich's plan can pay for health care for all of us, with the taxes we already pay, but it cuts out the insurance and drug companies. That is clearly too radical for Obama who "waited just three days after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the race to declare, on CNBC, "Look. I am a pro-growth, free-market guy. I love the market."" (http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/14/9623/)
Obama is giving false hope and promising change of insignificance for people to feel good and vote for him. He's the same as everybody else, he just speaks better.
If you want your vote to mean something, vote in support of choice, vote for a different candidate. Don't support the "duopoly," the corporate monster of which the democratic and republican party are the right and left hands. I've chosen to vote for Nader, and I don't care if he wins, I'm happy to use my vote as a protest and statement that there are still some people paying attention and reading the misguided policies of "both" candidates. If you want change in policy (where it counts) don't trust in Obama, his changes won't benefit most of us. If you want real change, don't trust the politicians to do it for us, be the change and educate yourself on the most important and pressing issues of our times.