Now I see clearly. Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20. After eight years of failed economic policies, increasingly aggressive foreign relations, rising oil prices and the steady erosion of our fundamental civil liberties how can anyone not think it’s time for a change? I came into this election season desperately wanting a republican ticket I could believe in. I had high hopes for John McCain as someone who could heal the nation after George W. Bush’s disastrous tenure in the White House but I just don’t think he’s that guy.
And I don't think Sarah Palin is being unfairly scrutinized by the media. She is clearly unprepared for the world she's been thrust into. It's not her fault, really - McCain choosing her as his running mate was one of the most cynical political moves I've ever seen and it really only solidified my decision to vote for "the other guy". This is a woman who brings nothing to the political arena and has proven it time and time again by blundering her way through interviews and ducking policy questions. My lack of faith in Sarah Palin has nothing to do with her age or her gender and everything to do with the fact that she's SIMPLY NOT QUALIFIED TO BE THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
(Interstingly enough , "lack of politcial experience" was the argument that McCain's camp was using against Obama at the beginning of the race. It's interesting to see how quickly a lack of politcal experience became "charming" and "refreshing" when Sarah Palin came on board.)
So am I happy that I have to vote for a democrat in this election? No. However, this country has fallen hard over the last eight years and we need someone charismatic to rally behind if we are going to find our national dignity again. Barack Obama is articulate, intelligent and level-headed - exactly the qualities we need in a leader right now. We need someone who can help undo the damage that eight years of George Bush's mushmouthed, inarticulate swaggering has done to this country. I don't think that John McCain is that man.
As an American voter, it’s hard not to be cynical. Dishonesty and corruption are so widely accepted in our political structure that it’s nearly impossible to care about who becomes elected. But as I watch John McCain and Sarah Palin bumble their way through this campaign I am struck but just how far we have fallen as a nation.