Republicans really annoy me. I honestly can’t understand why anyone would tolerate John McCain and his campaign right now. My father is a Republican ward leader in his district in Philadelphia. (That would, then, make him as rare as a Chinese panda buying crack on Broad and Girard.) He firmly believes that Obama and the Democratic party would ruin America. “McCain has foreign policy experience, he has a firm vision, he’s going to keep this country on track. You’re stupid, Cory. What ‘change’ is Obama going to change?” Well, Dad, first and foremost, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped from over 14,000 to just about 8,880 as of the time of this writing. There is a subprime mortgage crisis in America, with greedy lenders abusing the ideals and the budgets of the poor, bringing most of the major banks in America scrambling around trying to keep their heads above water. The current approval ratings of the highest-ranking Republican in office rate somewhere between 23% (from ABC and the Washington Post) to 28% (from Time Magazine). What my father has taught me everywhere else in life is that if something isn’t working, you should try something else. These shoes hurt your feet? Pick different shoes. Does that shirt not fit? Change your shirt. I’m voting for Barack Obama for 3 different reasons:
- He’s a standup guy. The Obama campaign has taken the high road in terms of personal attacks on his opponent. And boy, is it easy to attack his campaign. From an online article dated July 2006 from gunowners.org, Colonel Ted Guy, Sen. McCain’s Senior Ranking Officer in Vietnam, recieved phone calls from McCain during Senate Committee hearings regarding POWs left in Vietnam. “John would call me one day and say something… and then he’d call a few days later and I’d ask him about what he’d said on the first call and John would completely deny ever saying it! I don’t trust him anymore. I think he is a total liar.” That’s a strong statement from a lobby that one would think is in the GOP’s pocket. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Obama campaign told all their volunteers not to make any personal attacks on the McCain/Palin (and the volunteers listened!) all the while, the McCain campaign still likes playing Word Association with Obama’s last name.
- He’s in touch. Barack Obama has policies in place for the issues that haven’t plagued the country forever, but could very well soon. The Obama administration wants to assure an open internet, free of the ISPs tiering access to those who pay for premium access. He wants to review and revise the copyright laws in the United States to give the consumer as many rights as the copyright owner. John McCain’s ideas involve less of the consumer technology (which affects ordinary Americans like me) and talks a lot about the technology industry. That thinking does nothing to accurately protect the rights of Americans as we enter this digital age.
He’s got the design. As a designer, I’m always impressed by good design. The Obama campaign didn’t just treat this as a campaign logo, but as a valuable brand, and they put it to good use. I’ve never seen someone take a brand and work with it so well. McCain’s campaign stole the colors of their original from those bags of french fries my grandma bought when I was a kid. (Now, it seems that they’ve adopted the friendly blue of the Obama campaign while still using ugly, amature typography.)
Now, I could say things on how I hate Sarah Palin, how I’m sick of George W. Bush, and how John McCain laughing at his own jokes makes me want to rip off his mask-like face skin, but I’m not. I’m going to say that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are going to lead this country back to the last time we had a president leaving office with a high approval rating and a surplus of over $500 billion.