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Why I am voting for Obama – The American Dream

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Posted by ep on Thursday, October 9, 2008, 13:03
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It is my belief that the appeal and draw of the American Dream is the single greatest asset this country has. The promise for a better life for yourself and more importantly your children draws the best, the brightest and the most motivated to this country from all over world. This influx of willing workers is the foundation that has driven our economy, diversified our culture and made us the most tolerant nation on Earth.

Therefore, protecting and growing the American Dream is the most important thing that we as a nation must do. Ceding this quintessentially American identity to another country will be a blow from which the US won’t and shouldn’t be able to recover from.

I’m voting for Barack Obama because he is the candidate most likely to protect and grow the American Dream. In later posts I will breakdown why I believe his policies, professional choices, and personal accomplishments have given him the tools to accomplish this task. This post is going to focus on WHY he wants to do it.

Nobody is going to be anti the American Dream, especially a politician. The question is will you allow yourself to be distracted, to take a shortcut, to compromise in the wrong way when you have a chance to make a difference. I think the answer for most people is yes, unless the reason you have for making that change is deeply personal. No Presidential candidate in our history has had more personal reason for defending the American Dream than Barack Obama.

Obama’s candidacy carries many personal burdens with burdens with it. The burden of doing right by his mother’s memory (who died at 52 of cancer and accelerated by a lack of health care). The burden of being the first of the “Next Generation” of politicians. The burden of having more individuals donate to his campaign than any campaign in the history of the world. The burden of not disappointing millions of people who he brought back into the political process or introduced them to it. The burden of being the first African American candidate. Perhaps most importantly though, the burden of ensuring that the path he walked, that of the American Dream, is afforded to later generations.

Accepting the responsibility of these burdens is a heavy weight. However it is not without reward. When presented with a chance to quit, to make the wrong choice, to make the easy choice these burdens often times give you the strength to carry on and do the right thing. Anybody who is an eldest child wanting to set an example for their siblings might have an idea of what I speak.

I think John McCain is as good a man as you can expect a politician to be. That isn’t to say he is without character flaws. He and Obama have plenty and we can try to tally and count them to determine a winner. What can’t be argued is that John McCain was born into American political aristocracy. That he hasn’t walked the American Dream and that defending it can’t be as personal to him as it is to Barack Obama.

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17 Responses to “Why I am voting for Obama – The American Dream”

  1. 9 October, 2008, 14:19

    I commend the reasoning behind your decision to vote for Senator Obama. I do, respectfully, disagree.

    As yourself, I agree that both candidates have the American Dream and best interests of the country at heart. I’d argue however that McCain hasn’t been born into the political aristocracy, but rather, the military aristocracy, as I’m unaware of any of his ancestors that held any important political position outside of the military. He also wasn’t very rich, and only became so through marriage.

    In any event, I’m not a huge fan of the McCain nomination, but feel the policies he has will do less damage to the country than Obama’s. This is simply due to the nature of Obama’s policies being a redistribution of wealth, which is a slap in the face to the American Dream in my mind as it basically says that “We’re for the American dream until you succeed, then we’ll tax the heck out of you” which, from my perspective, takes away incentives to succeed if the government will reward you for failure.

  2. J
    9 October, 2008, 18:09

    Anthony - It sounds like your vision of the American Dream is limited to financial success….What a terrible shame….

    “A Slap in the face to the American Dream”??

    Has there ever been such an abused phrase as “The American Dream”???… i think not.

    I read into it as simply the opportunity to lead a successful and satisfying life.

    Government exists purely out of the need for public works/programs. Public works require funding. Funding requires taxation of the people.

    Be careful Anthony - Voting with selfish intentions will have long term side effects for your children.

  3. 9 October, 2008, 22:23

    Anthony-
    Thank you for the thoughtful and well written comment. I appreciate when people make valid points and don’t just resort to name calling.

    You are correct to note that he is from military aristocracy. What I should have made clear is I believe when you reach the upper echelons of the military the line between military and politics blurs. At the very least you have access to the political establishment and the benefits that accompanies that. I never implied that McCain grew up with the wealth he enjoys now, just that his roots are from what could be considered a, ‘ruling class’.

    I plan to address differences in policy and why I think Obama’s are superior in later posts. The point I was trying to make here is that expectations Obama brings to the office will empower him to achieve more than he could on his own. McCain doesn’t carry similar expectations into the Office with him. In fact his own party doesn’t even have high expectations for him.

  4. 9 October, 2008, 22:34

    I likely would have voted for Obama prior to his support of FISA. Both he and McCain supported the bill. Obama withheld his vote to appear as if he did not, but he gave it his full endorsement.

    I find it interesting people are still talking about the redistribution of wealth as a concern about Obama. We are seeing the greatest redistribution of wealth we have seen in the history of this nation…from private citizens to corporate banks.

    After FISA, neither gets my vote because neither has proven themselves to be the kind of person to uphold and defend the Constitution.

  5. Jerry
    10 October, 2008, 8:02

    Obama can’t possibly deliver on all that he is promising so as to bribe for votes. Let’s face it most of us want something for nothing. He is telling us what we want to hear. However some of us face the reality that we have to earn what we get. Beyond providing for a common defense the US government is very inefficient in providing anything else. It dosen’t make any money. If it were in business it would soon be bankrupt. So where does the money come from? It comes from you and me. Corporation and small business pay a lot tax you say and they will pay more under Obama. Well they really don’t- you and I pay their taxes. Successful businesses price their products with the expense of taxes as a component. Raise their taxes and guess what? If they want to stay in business they raise their prices. Then who pays the increased price?

    Obama wants Change alright. He wants to change capitalism into socialism. Why is Obams’s political path so full of people who hate the USA and hate it’s capitalist system? Maybe the money is coming from people like billionaire George Soras divided up into $200 chucks for which there is no accountability. Maybe its coming from the Middle East where the Muslims would like to see Obama win. Why did Obama choose to escape the scrutiny of Federal election funding?

    There’s an old saying “A garden owned by many will soon be choked by weeds”. Socialism dosen’t work long term. Russia is the largest example of it. The possibility that; the most Left leaning candidate to ever run for President, may be elected; scares me to death!

  6. LaterSkater
    10 October, 2008, 8:38

    Jerry, the system we’re under right now isn’t capitalism either. Bush has spent more in the last 8 years than any democrat ever did. Also, capitalism implies that it’s survival of the fittest. The bail-out represents corporate welfare where people whose businesses should not have survived still will. I’m for a free market with some oversight, otherwise greed and short term decisions will always rule. As I’ve said in another comment, if you want to see what happens with no regulation, no middle class, huge government debt, and politicians owned by big business and the wealthy, look no further than our neighbor Mexico. Even China’s capitalism is leaving thousands sick and their land polluted. People there just get rich quick then move somewhere with environmental regulation for their retirement.

  7. 10 October, 2008, 15:04

    Jerry-
    I would actually argue that the government isn’t very efficient at delivering defense either, we pay A LOT for our military (and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that). There have been some studies done that show that the government provides efficiencies in some areas such as personal protection (police, fire), transportation (roads) and utilities.

    Anecdotally when I lived in LA my power bill (run by the municipality) was ALWAYS cheaper than that delivered by private companies. At times mine was HALF what they were paying and no it wasn’t government subsidized. I will look at making an in-depth post on this in the future.

    I thought your post went a little off track when you started throwing around accusation about who Obama associates with or how he has been funded. I was a little offended because I am one of the donors who has never given to a political campaign before and has anteed up for his. Just because you don’t want to believe he has more popular support financially than any other candidate in history doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  8. Ms. Jeley
    11 October, 2008, 6:39

    LaterSkater, I’m with you. I was going to reply to Jerry that we don’t actually have true capitalism in our country, but you made the argument for me.
    Regardless, Obama is the clear choice for me. I cannot stand another 4 years of similar gov’t. And, let’s face it, no matter what McCain says, he’s still a Republican and he supports dumbass W., so it’ll be more of the same.

  9. Ms. Jeley
    11 October, 2008, 6:41

    I forgot to mention the more important point about McCain . . .as I’ve stated before - it is highly irresponsible of anyone to vote for McCain because that puts the truly incapable Palin way too close to the presidency. That alone is reason to NOT vote for McCain/Palin.

  10. Sunshine
    11 October, 2008, 17:22

    Please NOT 4 more years of the Same…PLEASE VOTE FOR THE BEST MAN>>>Obama will run this country the way it should be run. McCain can take his bridge to no where elsewhere and Palin can head to her snow-mobile. That team is REALLY SCARY!!!!!

  11. Vote
    2 December, 2011, 4:23

    I am becoming quite worried about the increasing trend of criminalizing everything in the United States and around the world. While many laws are necessary, life is becoming so regulated that almost everything humans do is becoming illegal.

    Americans like to say they love freedom, but there are few freedoms left in the US. The government is tightening the noose to strangle Americans with ever-increasing nanny state laws so much that the US is starting to look like North Korea.

    Most of the following actions have been outlawed just in my lifetime:

    Fast food restaurants have been banned.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/us/16fastfood.html

    Feeding homeless people has become a crime.

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-06-02/news/os-homeless-feedings-arrests-20110601_1_group-feedings-feedings-in-public-parks-orlando-police

    Sex tourism has been outlawed.

    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2004-02-18-sex-tourists_x.htm

    Sex offenders have been required to register with the police and are forbidden from living near schools and parks.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123500941182818821.html

    Sex offenders can be be held for life under indefinite civil commitment laws even after they complete their original sentences.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/opinion/sunday/sex-offenders-the-last-pariahs.html?pagewanted=all

    Drug users have been banned from receiving welfare or student aid.

    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/Advice/WhatIllegalDrugUseCanCostYou.aspx?page=all

    The US Constitution has been overruled by the Patriot Act that has legalized wiretaps without a warrant and allows the government to deport and strip any American of his or her citizenship.

    http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,449497,00.html

    Guantanamo has been used to keep and torture suspected terrorists without trial.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/world/meast/guantanamo-former-detainees/index.html

    Domestic violence abusers having been banned from having guns.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/us/06guns.html?pagewanted=all

    Mandatory seatbelt use laws have been enacted.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-18-seat-belt-rear_N.htm

    Seatbelt checkpoints are being conducted.

    http://wvgazette.com/News/Advisories/201105091168

    DUI and drug checkpoints have been allowed.

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/dui-checkpoint-snags-seven-offenders-1.878793#axzz1d8KqudEA

    http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Sheriff-using-checkpoint-warnings-in-drug-fight-2229666.php

    Governments are now allowed to seize the property of suspected prostitution clients, drug users, and drunk drivers.

    http://detnews.com/article/20091112/METRO/911120388/Police-property-seizures-ensnare-even-the-innocent

    “John TV” shows that embarrass and punish people arrested on prostitution charges are now allowed.

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970803&slug=2552909

    The US now has a secret panel “kill list” of Americans who are targeted to be assassinated without a trial.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005

    Car owners are now required to have liability insurance.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/1987-10-27/news/mn-16876_1_mandatory-auto-insurance-law

    Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/05/travel/bush-administration-showing-willingness-to-enforce-law-on-visiting-cuba.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    People who owe child support are not allowed to have passports.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-welch21aug21,0,123074.story

    People who have defaulted student loans are not allowed to have professional licenses.

    http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/DefaultPrevention/default.html

    The US is one of the few countries that has the death penalty.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html

    Americans must report any currency that they carry over $10,000.

    http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5859&Itemid=2

    Americans must pay sales taxes on services.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/us/28taxes.html?pagewanted=all

    Americans must now pay sales taxes on mail-order products shipped from other states.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2009/jul/03/opinion/ed-tax03

    Americans must pay US taxes on worldwide income.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/26/business/worldbusiness/26iht-tax.html?pagewanted=all

    Americans must also pay income taxes to foreign countries when they work overseas.

    http://www.sars.gov.za/home.asp?pid=44773

    Americans must pay taxes on gifts given and received.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/your-money/24iht-nwgift.html?pagewanted=all

    http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0%2C%2Cid=200722%2C00.html

    The drinking age has been raised.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/01/us/wyoming-finally-raises-its-drinking-age.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Drunk driving has been outlawed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/23/us/drunken-driving-showing-decline.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Homeowners cannot rent rooms in their homes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/nyregion/22homeless.html?pagewanted=all

    Debtors with defaulted student loans are forbidden from having driver licenses.

    http://www.doj.mt.gov/driving/driverlicensesanctions.asp

    Child seats are now required in cars with toddlers.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/10/news/hw-55349

    Americans cannot have US or foreign bank accounts while living overseas.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/hong-kong/2011/03/10/red-white-and-through/

    Americans who do have overseas bank accounts must report them to the US government every year.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804796387763807.html

    Adultery is illegal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-04-26-column26_ST_N.htm

    Foreign workers are forbidden from working in many countries.

    http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/9/23/central/2090943&sec=central

    Unmarried couples may not live together.

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2005-07-17-state-law_x.htm

    Oral sex is illegal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/11bar.html

    Some countries require websites to be licensed by the government.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jun/08/world/fg-chinaweb8

    Panhandling is illegal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-09-25/panhandle-ban-louisville/50541244/1

    Loitering is illegal.

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090714/ARTICLES/907149911?p=all&tc=pgall

    Homeowners are legally required to mow their lawns.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Jailed-homeowner-reconsiders-mowing-lawn-1811557.php

    There is now a 5 year lifetime limit on welfare.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2002/apr/20/news/mn-39050

    Bankruptcy has been outlawed.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-04-20-bush-bankruptcy_x.htm

    Watering and not watering lawns are both illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2007/oct/07/nation/na-drought7

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-18-2585115022_x.htm

    Fat taxes are being added to food.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2008/08/alabama-places.html

    Smoking indoors, in parks, at beaches, and on public transportation has been made illegal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/25/us/more-california-air-space-set-for-no-smoke-zones.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Sales of cigarettes to minors has been outlawed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/18/nyregion/keeping-teen-agers-smokeless-perth-amboy-moves-combat-cigarette-sales-minors.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Airline passengers can now be added to “no-fly” lists, searched, and required to have an ID.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/us/22tsa.html

    Driving while using a mobile phone has been banned.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/01/three-more-states-enact-texting-while-driving-bans/1

    Americans are now required by law to have health insurance.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2011-06-29-health-care-ruling_n.htm

    Cars are required to have air bags.

    http://money.cnn.com/2007/06/25/autos/airbags/index.htm

    Americans are now required to have a passport to visit Canada and Mexico.

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/03/14/business/doc49bb9a6967f18615571979.txt?viewmode=fullstory

    The minimum driving age has been raised.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/10/automobiles/how-we-drive-the-young-and-reckless-ready-to-drive.html?pagewanted=all

    Curfews have been enacted.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/21/us/atlanta-sets-a-curfew-for-youths-prompting-concern-on-race-bias.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Homeowners must have a permit from the government to remove trees from their own private property.

    http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20110930/COLUMNIST/110939996?p=all&tc=pgall

    http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/jan/25/vero-beach-homeowner-issued-15k-fine-for-tree/

    Homeowners are banned from installing fake grass on their lawns.

    http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2011-11-15/news/tn-gnp-1116-artificial-turf_1_artificial-turf-fake-turf-fake-grass

    Premarital sex is illegal.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/print/524859/IDAHO-COUNTY-DUSTS-OFF-FORNICATION-LAW.html

    Teaching about polygamy is illegal.

    http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=6979

    Homeowners are legally required to shovel snow from sidewalks.

    http://articles.boston.com/2011-02-02/news/29341996_1_shovel-citations-complaints

    Sex toys are illegal.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-01-2390404063_x.htm

    Selling a toy gun is illegal.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/state_attorney_general_targets.html

    Background checks are required for gun buyers.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1004884,00.html

    Soft drinks are banned from schools.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/business/05junkfood.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1322741106-hCReaBGMgViZUZAYsO/m+w

    Skateboarders, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders must legally wear helmets.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/argus/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1269631274148530.xml&coll=6

    Skateboarding on roads is illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-31/local/me-878_1_laguna-niguel

    Sleeping on the beach, in parks, on public streets, in alleys, or in a parked car is illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/24/local/me-aclu24

    Wearing baggy pants is illegal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/fashion/30baggy.html

    Redlight cameras are being installed at intersections.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/14/nyregion/14red.html

    Speed cameras are being installed at intersections.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-05-13-traffic-cameras_N.htm

    Pick-up trucks are required to be parked inside garages at night.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/14/2266463/city-to-start-enforcing-pick-up.html

    Using leaf blowers is illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/1997/jul/02/news/mn-8967

    Bloggers are required to have business licenses.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2010/08/23/philly-requiring-bloggers-to-pay-for-business-licenses/

    Loud stereos are illegal.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2002/oct/16/autos/hy-wheels16

    Indoor tanning bed use is banned.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/10/tanning-bed-ban.html

    Putting indoor furniture outdoors is now illegal.

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/courts-police-and-fire/2010-06-22/fire-leads-ban-urbana-having-indoor-furniture-outside-home.ht

    Fireworks are illegal.

    http://www.gazette.com/articles/fireworks-120725-city-tents.html

    Plastic bags have been banned.

    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2010/may/31/local/la-me-plastic-bags-20100531

    Children are now required to ride in child safety seats.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/700-new-state-laws-which-one-s-yours-1643340.php

    Enough is enough. America doesn’t sound so free if everything is illegal. If you care about your freedom, write your elected officials. Governments would love to take away all your freedom if they could. Our freedoms are diminishing, not growing. Stand up, fight for your rights, and protect our freedom now!

    http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

    http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

    http://www.economist.com/node/16636027

    http://www.dumblaws.com/

    http://nannystateliberationfront.net/
    _________________________

    First they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me, but there was no one left to speak for me.

    If only one person is not free, then no one is free.

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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