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Friday, June 20, 2008

Obama for the people; by the people

Hey all you liberals, and all you conservatives and moderates who are sick of the status quo, Barack Obama has announced that his campaign is opting out of public funding which is legally available for campaigns. This basically means he is not accepting over $80 million from lobbyists and special interest groups to fund his campaign (and also to thereby influence his policy). Instead, he's asking for a grassroots type of campaign, wherein his funding will come from contributions from people like you and me.

Personally, I think this is a really brave and commendable decision, considering that Obama has been critical of the campaign contribution system from the beginning. It takes integrity to uphold that position now that it's down to him and McCain, and the election looms 5 months away. It's a very refreshing thing to see from a politician.

Follow this link to watch Barack's video announcement about this decision, and also to make a campaign contribution if you wish. I'm not a big fan of politics in general, but I find myself believing in Obama, so I sent him $25. It'll buy his campaign some balloons and maybe a McDonald's hamburger, but hey, campaigns need those too, right?

Seriously, though, even if you're supporting McCain, this is a very important election. And if you are supporting Obama, but you live in Utah, making a campaign contribution might be the only way to make your voice matter, since this state always bleeds red on the political map. The important thing is to voice your vote in this election.

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11 comments:

Sov said...

I don't know how many God-fearing Mormons you'll convince to vote Democrat, but it's worth a shot. I applaud Obama for making this decision. If he can buck the system for the campaign, maybe he can make some changes as President. That would be something different, and that's what this country needs.

Sra said...

No worries, there probably aren't many god-fearing mormons reading this blog ;)

I agree, we need something different.

Ben Sloan said...

We need something different, but do we need something socialist? I aint no republican, and I'm definitely not voting for McCain, but just about every Obama supporter I've encountered seems to be placing his/her vote based upon emotional appeal instead of logical review.

That being said, I do give Mr. Obama credit for taking such a stance. I'd be willing to bet my genitals that he will be the next president, and I can only hope that the good changes he brings about will outweigh the bad.

Sra said...

Two interesting things you bring up, Ben. One is the emotional appeal vs. logic. I wonder how often in politics in general, whether conservative or liberal, people use emotion instead of logic. I bet it happens quite often. I myself am stirred by Obama's rousing speeches. And I'll admit that I haven't done the due process of logically investigating all of Obama's stances. It's a short coming on my part.

(The real wonderment to me, then, is how people fell for W. twice. It can't have been logic, and I can't imagine anyone being won over by the ridiculous stumbling that spews forth from his mouth whenever he opens it. Where is the appeal?)

Ok, the second is where you say socialist. I have often struggled with the difference between socialism and communism, and I wonder if other people might not intertwine them more than they should as well. Is socialism bad? Well, we have socialist things in our society: our library systems and our lower public education systems are socialist systems. Are they bad? Surely our education system needs dire improvement, but is that because it's a socialist system, or because our government cares more about defense spending than spending on education and healthcare? And personally, I think our library system is great. I wonder to myself often how the library system figures into our intellectual property system. Because you can have all the free media you want at the library, which seems very counter to things like the RIAA lawsuits, etc.

Anyway, just things going through my head. I'm not a very politically minded person, and I'm desperately trying to understand the delicate nuances between socio-political systems, because quite frankly I'm pretty dumb about them. I think the main problem is that these questions don't interest me as much as other things that pop up in my daily life. So I think about them for a minute then put them on the shelf.

Trovan said...

Haha, I am a Mormon. I'm not God-fearing though. More God-respecting really.

Anyway...Obama seemed like who I was going to vote for for a while. Even when Romney was in the race I didn't like him. But, as I studied more of his policies I had to drop him from my list. I have voted Democrat before, when the candidate suited what I wanted in a leader. I'm not voting for McCain either. I'm not a registered member of any party.

Still, I am very impressed with Obama's refusal to jump in the pocket of sponsors, or to use my tax dollars, to fund his campaign. If it weren't for some of his other views, I would be tempted to vote for him again.

Sra said...

Alright, make that one god-respecting Mormon amongst my audience. In truth, I think there's probably a handful of you who actually read this thing (and, of course, I'm grateful).

I'd be interested to hear which views of Obama's have turned you off. It's always nice to look at something from different angles.

Trovan said...

The main issues I disagree with Obama on are Gun Control, Immigration, and Abortion. However, I do think he is a good person and would overall make a good president. I like that he is indebted to the American People, instead of other lobbyist groups, like oil companies or health-care providers.

It doesn't really matter though, because the President of the United States is just a figure-head to distract us from the people who are really in charge.

Sra said...

Mmm, okay. I think I pretty well side with Obama on those issues. Just wanted to see if there was something else I ought to consider.

Sra said...

Mmm, okay. I think I pretty well side with Obama on those issues. Just wanted to see if there was something else I ought to consider.

Sra said...

Alright, make that one god-respecting Mormon amongst my audience. In truth, I think there's probably a handful of you who actually read this thing (and, of course, I'm grateful).

I'd be interested to hear which views of Obama's have turned you off. It's always nice to look at something from different angles.

Ben Sloan said...

We need something different, but do we need something socialist? I aint no republican, and I'm definitely not voting for McCain, but just about every Obama supporter I've encountered seems to be placing his/her vote based upon emotional appeal instead of logical review.

That being said, I do give Mr. Obama credit for taking such a stance. I'd be willing to bet my genitals that he will be the next president, and I can only hope that the good changes he brings about will outweigh the bad.

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