August 2008


Obama & Biden

Obama 08I want it to be perfectly clear: I’m voting for Obama.

The single most important issue facing the United States of America right now is its international standing.

Right now the United States of America is the International Rodney Dangerfield–it don’t get no respect.

George W. Bush and the Republicans have destroyed America’s moral authority and international respect. Where once countries listened to the United States and followed its advice because the country was the beacon upon a hill, now countries routinely ignore the US.

I don’t believe that countries should feel obligated to listen to the US; I’m not that arrogant, but I believe that 8 years ago when the United States objected to human rights abuses, other countries listened and attempted to respond. I believe that 8 years ago when the United States asked warring parties to come to the table and talk, the warring parties came and tried to find peace; today they don’t. I believe that 8 years ago when the United States asked other countries to help alleviate humanitarian disasters the other countries coughed up; today they don’t answer the phone.

Republicans have destroyed the United State’s global stature.

Face it: Al Gore and Bill Clinton are the best ambassadors the United States has today, and they are neither currently elected officials nor Republicans.

Obama offers us a chance to break from the Republican-led implosion. Obama will, just by taking the presidential oath of office, improve America’s standing in the world.

It’s critical that the primary difference between McCain and Obama be underlined, highlighted, and shouted from mountain tops: Bush is a Republican. McCain is a Republican. Republicans give us huge national debt (see Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II). Republicans destroy America’s global reputation. Republicans oversaw the steep increase in oil prices. Republicans started war in Iraq. Republicans have presided over an economic disaster. McCain is more of Bush, more Republican.

And when it comes to vice-presidential choices, no matter what Republicans say about Biden, in the unlikely event Biden becomes president, he will not revert to Republican policies that destroy American reputation, destroy the economy, or grow American Debt.

For the American Expatriate Readers, remember you can vote, based on your last legal US address. Go to Vote From Abroad to get your Federal Absentee Ballot Application; do it soon since the deadlines are looming.

6 comments to Obama & Biden

  • I think he just lost the election. This one shouldn’t even be close with how crappy things are, but the sheeple are starting look like they will put another Republican in.


  • koko

    The race is much too close for comfort. Too many idiots, biggots, and nimrods voting. It astounds me that people want change and think they can get it through McCain…the man who claims it will be another 4 years of Bush,that the economy is strong as ever currently, and the cure for our oil problems is to drill in alaska where we won’t see the product for several years but will eventually be drained.

    Is it sad to think America is a lost cause?

  • disenchanted

    I certainly wasn’t pleased with the selection of Biden. Let’s pick the guy from a tiny state that the Dems usually win. Of course, Obama’s been taking hits on his lack of foreign policy experience — so he picked someone who will balance him out. It’s understandable; Obama has to play politics with the big boys, after all.

    It doesn’t mean I have to like it.

    Quite honestly, Richardson might have been a better choice if Obama was trying to build a coalition for November. He could have helped with the Latino/a vote.

    McCain *is* making endroads — make no mistake about it. Let’s wait, though, before we write off the Obama campaign. If McCain picks someone unusual, like Joe Lierberman (and there has been talk), Obama could be in a world of trouble. However, if McCain picks someone that appeals to his conservative base, that might be enough to make some of the more relucant Dems turn out to vote.

    While I agree that we have a problem with our standing in the world, I am really most concerned with the composition of the court. Put in a conservatve President and we’re going to be fucked here at home as our civil liberties/rights gets rolled back some more.

  • Ed

    Joe Leiberman is a joke. He is Jewish but was all for selling our ports to Dubai who said yes we still want Israel destroyed. He was a Democrat but turned Independent so he could play the power card. He is a whiney bitch. I hope McBush does pick him.

  • tqe / Adam

    @cq: I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet–it’s still early.

    @koko: for the moment, America’s beacon upon a hill is still there…. at least to me. It could be blown out though.

    @disenchanted: my fingers are crossed.

    @Ed: ugh. I don’t care about the ports (sell ’em for all I care, but they aren’t leaving the country), but Leiberman is annoying beyond all belief.

  • jen

    i’m trying to be an optimist, but i’m nervous about a 3rd term for king george. my boss says there are enough young voters out there who will go for obama, but where was the ‘young’ vote last election? sleeping and hungover? ordering a latte whilst texting?

    as for joe jewshbag, just because someone is a jew doesn’t mean they’re going to be a socially upright. it’s a shame, but true. conversely so, there are actual christians who do emulate the behavior of their savior and are working for positive social change. goes without saying that mc cain isn’t one of them.