We have avoided anything political on this blog for a while, but the time has finally come…
There were a few candidates of varying persuasions that we felt an inclination for, but most have dropped out of the race, and only one remains: Barack Obama.
We do not agree with everything that Obama stands for, but we agree with most of it:
“I don’t want to just end the war, I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.”
“We are not going to baby-sit a civil war.”
John McCain still thinks the war in Iraq is a good idea. He wants our troops in Iraq forever, or indefinitely, whichever comes first.
Clinton still refuses to admit that her voting in favor of the war was a mistake.
Obama has opposed the war since the beginning. We want a president who had the foresight to know that this would not turn out well, and the integrity to stand up for that, even when it was unpopular.
“Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let’s set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let’s recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let’s make college more affordable, and let’s invest in scientific research, and let’s lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.”
Obama believes in keeping the internet open and free (did you even know that many of your representatives are under the influence of lobbyists who want to close up the internet and allow your internet provider to charge you extra for visiting any web site that they don’t run?). Obama believes that education, not war, is our future, and wants to put our money where it will help rather than hurt.
“We now face an opportunity — and an obligation — to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday’s health care debates… My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, you will have it after this plan becomes law. No one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness.”
Imagine that you could provide for yourself any kind of health insurance you want. You could simply declare “this is my health coverage, because I said so.” That is what you get to do when you’re a U.S. Senator or Congressman. As a result, they have pretty good coverage. Obama wants to give every American the opportunity to have that same coverage, and to ensure that every American has health insurance – that no one will be forced into poverty and bankruptcy as the result of some circumstance beyond their control or their ability to foresee.
“I believe that America’s free market has been the engine of America’s great progress. It’s created a prosperity that is the envy of the world. It’s led to a standard of living unmatched in history. And it has provided great rewards to the innovators and risk-takers who have made America a beacon for science, and technology, and discovery…We are all in this together. From CEOs to shareholders, from financiers to factory workers, we all have a stake in each other’s success because the more Americans prosper, the more America prospers.”
Obama wants to make taxes simpler for the majority of Americans: the middle class. Obama wants to provide tax breaks to the middle class, instead of the rich upper class, who got tax breaks they didn’t even ask for from the Bush administration.
Now for a call to action: This week we celebrate the birthday of a laywer from Illinois who, through integrity and hope, made a difference, and saved our nation: Abraham Lincoln.
In the spirit of that hope, we have made a donation to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. We followed a call to action from dailykos.com, who has asked people to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday by donating a multiple of $5.01 to the Obama campaign (Lincoln appears on the $5 bill and the penny).
We’ve contributed what we could responsibly afford, but it’s going to take more than just us and the others who’ve acted so far.
It’s going to take a movement. It’s going to take millions of people to beat back the avalanche of dollars from Washington lobbyists and special interests, who are planning to spend more money than ever to try to own our political process and dictate our policies in Washington.
Barack Obama will not play that game.
Barack Obama is not taking any contributions from Washington lobbyists or political action committees.
Barack Obama is transforming the political process by bringing together hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans in a campaign that’s owned by no one but the people.
Will you join us by making a donation? Can you spare $5.01, or $10.02, or $25.05 to show that you have hope for the future? That you hope for your children to grow up in the land of the free? That you support a candidate who believes in you?
The future is coming, and it is time to make it happen the way we want. Please join us: