Friday, August 29, 2008

This Sums It Up

This part of Barack Obama's speech hit squarely the head of the nail for me.

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy -- give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is that you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. You're on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You're on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps -- even if you don't have boots. You are on your own.

This is the basic philosophy that I just will not accept. The give the money and resources to those that have, and trust that they will do the right thing for those that have not mentality. If big business and it's power brokers and elites could be trusted with the well being of the workers (if they are not shareholders), America would be far better off that it is today - and would still have some moral leg to stand on. (Instead of making the abortion issue the test of morality).

We all have a responsibility to work for the good of our society first, then for ourselves. When society benefits as a whole, we all benefit as individuals. I'll happily pay my share to do what's right, if everyone else is doing the same.

I'm weary of the the direction we've taken. The lack of respect around the world for our country. The buffoon that America elected TWICE whose left all of us in positions much worse that when he first started. I'm willing to choose something different. To take a chance on a new direction.

I want both sides of the house and senate to get off their self serving behinds, and work to make our lives better in America. I want to FIRE THEM if they don't change the direction (or lack thereof) they've been providing for the country. I want America to take it's power back and provide for it's own. I want our government to get serious about working against the scourge of poverty, cleaning up our environment and ending our dependence on big money oil, providing affordable health care for all who need it allowing their doctors to make the treatment decisions in conjunction with their patients (with no interference from the profit making thieves in the insurance industry and their lobbyists), and giving all of our children access to first class education so that they too can contribute to society and compete in the global economy.

I understand, its a tough road to hoe that requires a culture change but...

Can we do it? YES WE CAN.

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