A Super Fat Tuesday: Picking A Candidate before Lent???

I am not a practicing Catholic, so don’t go thinking I have “found Jesus.” (I didn’t know he was missing…)

With the super pre-election process coming to a frothy end, at least on the Republican side, I guess I’ll step out on the plank and pick a candidate: Barack Obama.

I believe all the candidates have “their diseases” not revealed to their wives or husbands, in the case of Hillary. But I also think it is not sound to just ignore it, or not “change it”, or otherwise, not vote for it.
I think Barack Obama can and does stand for a change in the policies that have decidedly led the United States into a pit of delusion, mediocrity and rabid preachiness at the cost of its soul.

Among other things, I believe he can see the Environment Issues in a whole new light, if directed well. He comes from a state that uses Nuclear Power heavily, which, even give a skeptics point of view, is more ecologically friendly than coal, oil or other means devised currently by man. (And he did not rule it out in the Nevada debate, unlike Senator Edwards who took the easy route on Yucca Mountain.)
A book about this subject, written by a former, anti-Nuclear proponent is currently in my possession. Power to Save the World:The Truth About Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Cravens tells of the fallacies spread about Nuclear Power Industry and Radiation Scares that are overblown. The extremely efficient nature of the beast – and why even the Sierra Club, once a supporter, became anti-nuclear and spread misinformation.
But back to Barack.
He has more than “energy” that I like. I think he could be great president. He seems geniune about his feelings toward people. And his gravitas can make up for inexperience that Hillary & McCain will attack like a pit bill.
In one interview on BET, he actually spoke logically about the criminal justice system and the propensity to put a disproportionate number of African-Americans & economically-poor people behind bars. And more to the point, the inability to educate or improve their lot before they are released again. (His website buttresses this idea.)
Iraq. He wasn’t at the front of the line or willing to let his political party’s weakness deter him from opposing the war from day one. Having those instincts, as we have faithfully come to realize, are apart of becoming a good President. If due diligence had been done by the alphabet Agencies, Congress, “The Media”, we might all be more secure today than we are under the Bush administration.

Barack Obama: “I made a different judgment. I thought our priority had to be finishing the fight in Afghanistan. I spoke out against what I called “a rash war’ in
Iraq. I worried about, ‘an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined
costs, and undetermined consequences.’ The full accounting of those costs and
consequences will only be known to history. But the picture is beginning to come
into focus.”

Foreign Policy. Diplomacy. This is a word that can mean many things, and in the case of Bush, nothing at all. I do believe you have to talk to people, friend or fiend. If anything as Barack’s message states:

“Not talking doesn’t make us look tough – it makes us look arrogant, it denies
us opportunities to make progress, and it makes it harder for America to rally
international support for our leadership. On challenges ranging from terrorism
to disease, nuclear weapons to climate change, we cannot make progress unless we
can draw on strong international support.”

In all, I think Barack is a way to the future. Not without flaws, or policy deficiencies, but at least a vision I can get behind.
(Note: He wouldn’t want my support if solely on the basis of my personal flaws, background and shortcomings. But I hope that does not deter him in receiving my endorsement, such as it is.)
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