I just got back from registering voters for Obama in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I was at Jacobs Field and PNC Park during baseball games and we registered voters in the parking lots before the games and I took in a couple of games myself.
It was great weather and I was happy to meet people who were excited with the opportunity to vote. Many people offered why they were prepared to vote and change the direction of this country. Issues such as unemployment, lack of healthcare, loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, gas prices, cost of living and the environment were echoed over and over again.
Afterwards sitting in a Pittsburgh hotel I had time to reflect on all the input I received and began wondering, why would someone who cited one or more of the aforementioned areas of concern ever vote for John McCain and a four year extension of Bush's policies. It really dumbfounded me.
I wasn't concerned with the die-hard Republicans or the wealthy POV, they will always back their party. My thoughts gravitated toward middle class moderates (Both Repub and Dem), and the so-called PUMAs. Why they would expose themselves to 4 more years of economical hardship and vote for someone that will do nothing to improve their quality of life?
For the moderates, is it because some are under-educated and don't fully realize the differences between the two candidates? Is it because they are afraid of Obama's inexperience? Is it because they think he's too liberal? Is it because Obama is black? Do they really believe all the smears or do they just rely on them to justify their apprehension toward Obama? Is the Obama campaign's message wrong?
Someone tell me.
For the PUMAs, whose mission is to "teach the Democratic Party a lesson". Do they despise Obama and his message that much? Why will they vote Democratic down ticket but not for Obama, doesn't that go against their mission of what they are trying to accomplish? Do they not value HRC's message of how important it is to have a Democratic POTUS? Do they really think John McCain isn't that bad? Do they believe Obama is a sexist? Do they really believe that what they are doing is for the best interest of their family and our country?
Someone tell me.
I am a 38 year old white male. I am a single father with two boys (4 & 9). I have lost two good paying jobs over the last four years because of Dubya's economic policies. He and his administration, personally, have made my family economically unstable and has planted doubts about our future. I now work two menial jobs, with just enough money to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Because of rising prices and lack of quality paying jobs I have been forced to dip into my sons college funds thus endangering the ability for them to go to college. Thanks to HRC my two sons have healthcare, I, however, do not. I have a cousin on his second tour in Iraq, and have to comfort his wife and baby daughter on a weekly basis. George Bush has made it very personal to me and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure his policies and agenda comes to an end in January 2009.
Now I don't agree with every stance Obama takes on the issues, I have never fully agreed with any such candidate. I do, however, know he is the person that I feel will do what's needed for people like me and will fight for the middle class. There are two people remaining in this presidential race, many wish they weren't these two people, but it is what it is.
One vows to continue down the same old path ensuring that the rich get get richer and the common folk get shafted. He vows to continue a war and maybe start new ones. SS is in jeopardy and healthcare isn't even on the radar. He loves big oil and sure as shit doesn't give two shits about our children. Women? Yeah right.
The other vows a new path forged with more emphasis on the middle class. He wants to get us out of a war and urges diplomacy over violence. Has stated that he wants HRC to "spearhead" the effort to universal healthcare. He wants all children to have the opportunity to succeed by improving our schools and making college affordable for everyone. Stands up for women's rights including equal pay and the right to choose.
I believe my story is very comparable to a majority of people in the US. So why would this type of person vote for John McCain over Barack Obama?
Someone tell me.