it's not really a great time for me to be writing when there are so many other things that need doing - I still haven't gone to the polls and they close in a couple hours. but tonight i think i needed to comment on this very, very significant event without all the dilution that debate and gossip can be.
On the 2008 presidential election: Oh, Barack, Barack, Barack. SO much hype. I've wondered not infrequently in these past weeks whether an Obama pin has become a mere fashion accessory, another fad, instead of symbolizing any true political values. yes, this Obama madness has triggered almost a cultural phenomenon. but it's like churchgoers who never truly think about the Bible - just because your friends are Obamaized, just because celebrities are turning into Obama mouthpieces, just because a million parodies making fun of Palin and McCain especially have been released, all of that is NOT ENOUGH reason to go out and vote for a candidate. (interestingly, although we have heard of an entire chunk of Hollywood telling you to vote Barack and some supporting McCain, all of them stepping it up in these last days, Carrie Underwood choses now to say that public celebrity endorsement of a candidate is wrong.
Well, I don't know about Carrie, but I don't have a problem with celebrities who are proud to show their support just like everyone else. i only have a problem with the people who let that determine their vote.
that said, I am not strongly on either side of this election, although a) I live in a highly Obamaized pocket, b) I will hate it if McCain dies and Palin becomes president - even if those prank calls are funny, I sure as hell do not want her as the first woman in the White House, and c) i have always been strongly socially liberal. By "socially liberal" I do not mean i let my buddies think I'm liberal, I mean that I strongly support a liberal approach to social issues, like abortion. BUT...social issues have really taken the backburner in this election for something much more dramatic at the present: money.
On the American economy: right now, we are in a lot of shit. I am not denying this. Even though our unemployment rate has dipped low, that does not mean more people are employed, it means more people have stopped looking for employment. (there is a very funny colbert report about that, so look it up if you want a laugh.) As a young adult, caught between a child's addictive sugars and an adult's looming deadlines, I do not know quite what to think or how to react, but I know that I am not alone in that. in any of this, really. This being said, the economy has really moved to the forefront of the election debate. in the primaries McCain began this race on a real right-wing policy. given the present climate and the clear public opinions, it looks like his campaign has realized that they need to shift gears a bit. Obama's economic platform has remained more consistent.
and this, ladies and gentlemen, is where I get stuck. Like so many other Americans, in times like this, I support government intervention. as we watched Lehman Bros fail, the entire nation got a wake-up call. but this election dictates four full years at the minimum. No one has ever quite seen the likes of this before, but unless it is really another Great Depression like some people are saying, chances are a recession would not last four years. So...could a good decision made in this climate still be a good choice four years later? is a good economic plan in a time of crisis and recession one that could hold up in the long run? Who can really answer these questions, and who can best address the real interests of a nation, not just the temporary symptoms?
Only time will tell.
Just one thing is for sure here, folks: GET OUT AND VOTE!
EDIT://Wed November 5th
Originally the lyrics here were from Mae, but it wasn't such a good match. So after Obama won, I thought I should change them to something more celebratory.
And from the ballroom floor, we are in celebration,
One good stretch before our hibernation,
Our dreams assured, and we all
Sleep well, sleep well...