I catch the paperboy but things don’t really change

I went to see Barack Obama speak on Friday. Amazing rally. I wish that my camera had been fully charged. Oh well.

I have been a bit nervous about some of the things that have been happening at recent Republican rallies. The fact that people have been calling Obama a terrorist and that McCain had not been speaking against them was beginning to cause me some concern. But just a few minutes ago, I saw a video on the BBC where McCain defends Obama and now I remember why I once had respect for the man.

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12 responses to “I catch the paperboy but things don’t really change

  1. Oooh, I’m jealous that you got to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. McCain’s response to people has earned him the ire of his constituency. Some one told him that they “want to see a fight”. It seems that people have completely lost any notion of what an election is. McCain seems to be interested in running a campaign which sticks to the political histories and standing, but people want a dirty campaign, they want drama and muck-slinging. I haven’t heard any of us “socialists” saying anything like that about McCain. Everything I’ve heard is issues-based criticism. People terrify me, yet again.

    • I recently read an interesting article about what makes people vote Republican. A friend of mine showed it to me a few days ago and I am trying to decide how much of it I agree with and how to fit it into my worldview. But if I buy the main thesis, then I do not think that the type of people who form his constituency really want a well reasoned argument. They want things that appeal to their morals and their fears. McCain telling them not to fear Obama at this point is will not work to his benefit. It is too little, too late.

      • Thanks for sharing that article. I don’t know much about philosophy, anthropology, or psychology, but I can say that as a conservative religious republican voter, the article felt “right” to me. I hate to admit this but I think it’s correct to say I’m looking for something to appeal to my morality rather than the best arguments. I haven’t even watched one debate =( I just wait for the pro-life people to send me the list of candidates they endorse, and I’m ready to go. (Disclaimer: my religion does not require or condone ignorance, although it may enable it.)
        I can’t imagine why anyone would be afraid of Obama, though. It seems to me that no matter which way the election goes, it would have to be an improvement.

      • I tend to agree about both of the major candidates being an improvement from our current administration. I just wish that they both had been more honest in their campaigns.

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