Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
- His support for getting out of Iraq as opposed to John McCain's belief that any kind of "victory" is still achievable (it isn't).
- His belief that economic policies should be geared more towards helping poor and middle class Americans instead of the wealthier ones.
- His background in civil rights and academics (hey, the guy is actually intelligent).
- His pragmatic approach to decision making.
- His youth and lack connection to the divisions of the 1960s (for more on this one, read Andrew Sullivan's outstanding essay for The Atlantic back in December 2007).
In addition, I really do not want John McCain to be President. Not only because of Senator McCain's stance on Iraq, but for his reversal on other issues. While he is still a man I greatly respect for his long service to America, he is no longer the "maverick he used to be. McCain, who once ran probably the most honorable campaingns in modern American political history in 2000, has now sold his soul in the hopes of winning the White House this year. For a while I thought that if McCain won the White House, he might actually say "the hell with 2 terms. I did what I had to do to win, and now I'm going back to being the Maverick I really am." However, his choice of the disasterous Sarah Palin proved to me that it isn't just politics. John McCain is a poor decision maker, and would make a terrible President.
Given the past 8 years, now more than ever, I feel we need Barack Obama. If he wins, I will celebrate his victory, but I promise, I will be his biggest critic starting after Inaguration Day (as I would for any President).
I promise that, before the election, I will do an UNBIASED analysis of both candidate's positions on education issues.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
“There’s a stigma associated with (tattoos), and it’s not a good stigma”.
Stigma? Numerous people in our society have tattoos. Are those individuals with tattoos supposed to be morally corrupt? I could understand asking teachers to cover up tattoos that are obscene. And certainly, there are different body parts that should be covered up, regardless of whether or not there is a tattoo. But all tattoos? What if a retired military veteran decides to become a teacher, and they have a tattoo indicating their service on their arm? What is the stigma there?
Perhaps I am making too much of this, but this is an example of my love-hate relationship with my home state (and I really do have one). I love being a Missourian, but I hate how sometimes, it can be a pretty backwards place to live.