's comment on a previous entry forced me to dig a little deeper into the policies and views of Barack Obama
. The things I found both pleased and disturbed me. There are things that he supports that make me say, "Yeah! Go Obama!" (environment, energy, reproductive rights, military, education), and there are things that he support(s/ed) that make me frown and die a little inside.
*Pro gun-control (he voted to ban semi-autos and make tougher restrictions for obtaining weapons)
*Pro Patriot Act
*Anti death penalty
I've never been a pessimist, however. So, rather than turn my back on it, I've gotten thinking.
The last meeting of the Merrimack Valley Porcupines
had a guest speaker talking about bird-dogging political candidates. I learned that not only can you force a politician to clarify their opinion on an issue, but you can sometimes nudge a change in their view as well. I like Obama; I think he's charismatic and forward-thinking and possibly too new into the political scene to be part of the Old Boys Club. I don't think that the Libertarian party has a snowball's chance of getting someone put into office (much to my chagrin), and I'd like to see someone put there whose policies I can stomach. So far, the Republicans have failed to produce.
If it weren't for these issues, I'd support Obama in a heartbeat. I want
to want to support him. I think the biggest thing with me right now is that I think he's got a solid shot at the presidency-- if not this race, then the next one. When he gets to the Oval Office, I want him to take a little piece of Libertarianism with him. I want to make the best of our limited options.
I'm trying to figure out a way at this point to forulmate an argument/probing questions that I could use to change his mind on the issues where we differ.
Thoughts? Anyone want to hit the political trail in New England with me this year?