19 March, 2008

I know many of you do not agree with my views but I believe that we need someone running this country that does not run away from questions, people who they have been affiliated with and their own past. Someone who can explain himself. In this speech Barack Obama lets everyone know what his goal is for this country. Pretend it is your favorite person running for office and then choose weather you liked this speech. It is 36 minutes long but if you listen from beginning to end you will fully appreciate and understand what he means.


Jeffrey Dean Root said...

You can pull up dirt on any of the candidates but in the end how many are willing to explain why?

Bobby Root said...

My name is Robert Root and I endorse this blog post!

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Yeah, I knew you would

Tyler said...

Dude, I seriously teared up about the 20 minute mark when he started to speak for the perspective of the middle class white person, who hates being blamed for all the black peoples problems. This is the first time I've heard a candidate speak from BOTH of those perspectives and ALSO, talk about how people make mistakes and mistakes can be forgiven.

I'll admit, I probably wasn't going to vote for him before this...but I'm all but convinced he's our guy. I saw his political chart and it showed that he was the MOST liberal of any candidate, so it scared me off. But hearing him speak, I always thought he wasn't such a bad guy.

The truth is, the president is nothing more than a puppet. Who is in congress is more important because they have the right to block the president from really doing anything if they want. I will vote for a president to represent the U.S. to the world, not necessarily for the issues I have with America. This dude is truly wanting to unite the world, not divide. This isn't about race, it's about status and fairness.

He really changed my perspective on race when he talked about the issues in the Black community are after-affects of years of slavery, racism, and un-equality. It really made a lot of sense to me about the ghetto areas and how bad they are.....when just 50 years ago we made it VERY hard for a Black person to get a good loan in order to gain property and pass that onto future generations. The wind was taken from their sails by not allowing them the same educational opportunities in whiter areas of the nation.

He didn't speak of allowing someone of lesser ability to take a job from someone of greater ability. He just wants to work on ways to fix these issues through EDUCATION, which I agree is the key to all of it. Educating fathers to spend more time with their children, to read to them, etc.

I really like him. Thanks for posting this Jeff, it's changed my outlook on him a lot. I'm going to pay a little more attention to him as well. At first I was hesitant to just go with him because it's "Cool" to be different in Utah, but now I don't care. It's not about being cool, it's about going with my heart and I'm sold.

Russell said...

I have allways liked him. I know he believes he is only doing what is best for his country. I actually like him more as a person far more than all the candidates. I can say I would vote for him under diffrent circumstances. I don't think abandoning the war in iraq is a good idea though. I have never agreed with the war in Iraq but the people there need us. I think under ner leadership it may be possible to mend thing. I think president Bush has almost destroyed our country and I regret voting for him in the last election. The damage has been done. We will never leave Ieak ever. Like germany, japan, korea,etc. We are there till our country falls apart.

Tyler said...

The only thing that tugs at me to not vote for him is his stance on abortion. He is the most liberal when it comes to abortion, especially 3rd term abortion. Here is what he said about it (quoted from another source):

"He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state
senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede -- as he explained on the Illinois Senate floor -- that these babies, fully outside their mothers' wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact "persons."
"Persons," of course, are guaranteed equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment."

This is the only thing that I'll have to really sit on. I'm very much against abortion...I mean, I am more for it being managed much closely. I support it in times of rape or incest, or if there is a threat to the mothers health, but I don't support it because someone just messed up and failed to use birth control.

This is the toughest part to decide on and very much a big decision for me.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

I agree with you on abortion Tyler. It is so true that people do not take responsibility for their actions. It's as if there are no consequences anymore. I mean, if I kill someone because I was under the influence does that mean I do not have to go to prison. That is also the one problem I have with him.
It is true about the war in Iraq. There are many places we could have started the fight against terrorism but we put a full effort into Iraq first. I'm sure there are many other places where our military could have gone first. I know we are in Afganastan but where is our true military presence felt?
The big question I have had on my mind is this. Do we have anymore money to fund this war and where is it coming from?

Russell said...

I also do not agree with his proposal for new laws making it legal for an intruder to sue you if you shoot him. You better make sure you kill that person.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Yeah. I would pretty much Kill the intruder and dispose of him.

Russell said...

I still think he is a real person. I do not see anything phony about him and that is why I like him. He speaks with simplicity and compassion. I probably won't vote for him but I wouldn't be upset if he was our next president.