*Getting on my soapbox for one time and one time only here* I, too, believe that we must stick to answering the question. Personally, those who did not vote for Obama should not be answering this question LOL. The question was "Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?" not "Why will you vote for whomever you are voting for?" I realize people have strong opinions, but feel it is important to answer only those questions that we can and should be answering. *Off my soapbox now and on to the question. Thank ya'.*
I voted for Barack Obama because he has the unique and refreshing ability to relate to many, many types of people...young, old, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between. He also has some terrific ideas about how to turn the country around from the mess it is currently in and has been for many years. He is super intelligent, knowledgeable, personable, charismatic, and very likable. He is able to inspire and motivate people very easily and to instill hope readily. I was a lifelong Republican until last year, when I switched political parties after researching President-elect Obama. I was duly impressed.
He is for the people. Being a school teacher, Barack Obama spoke to me. McCain never mentioned his plan for education and how he would improve this terrible NCLB system. Obama is for revising the NCLB law and creating a more competitive profession. He is for higher teacher pay for more accountability! I hope we see some changes in education under Mr. President-elect Barack Obama!
Well, we shall see how it all plays out now. Was it just rhetoric and smoke and mirrors or is it a plan that will truly work? Campaign promises are often made but not kept...it all remains to be seen.
According to this individual's profile he/she is 15 years old (if the information is truthful...some date of births on profiles are clearly incorrect...those who claim to be two months old...etc.)When a question such as this is asked from a student, those of us who are editors should refrain from promoting or discrediting a political candidate. I teach political science and spend alot of time on politics, however I feel that my purpose is to guide young adults towards an understanding of politics,not instill my politics upon them. This is not as easy as it sounds, much of what I just read proves that.If we are to teach that in a free society each of us is free to come to our own conclusion, educators must be open to all the political possibilities and questions students might ask. As educators we should not instill or persuade our own points of view, but challenge our students to develop their own points of view, regardless of our own. Something to think about.....
In Reply #10--you're right. Everyone will have to contribute something. This is the very reason why our welfare system isn't being used as it was meant to be--a support program to get people back on their feet when they need help--but rather as a way of life for people who don't want to work and keep looking for ways to cheat the system to live free while the rest of us pay for it. Barack also intends to give these same people who don't work or pay substantial taxes a tax break! It's a great deal if you can get it. There are single parents out there who don't get it since they make $10 more than the cut off. It boggles the mind.
I agree with timbrady--somewhat. The question asked for an opinion, and the answerer gave that opinion. But I can't help putting in my two cents worth. My answer to the original question is this: I don't want to vote for Obama, and I don't intend to vote for Obama. All we hear is rhetoric about "change" but very little of what those changes are going to be. And it scares me that people revere him as if he were a demigod. Last week, I heard on the radio one of his commercials in which a choir was singing a hymn about sanctuary, and after every line they chanted "Barak Obama." We know too little about him to entrust the world's most powerful political office to him.
I think I agree with blazedale, but the question invites debate. And the first answer to the question set it up ... a blind peon of praise to Obama could not just sit there ... and I'm sure the questioner is bright enough to extract what they wish from this discussion ....
I think the original poster is looking for help with an assignment, not a political debate. Let's keep the answers helpful to the original question.
Someone has to say it: I would NOT like to vote for him. His past is frightening, he has no administrative experience, and his "redistribution of wealth" concept is no in keeping with the famous "American Dream" --- which is not being given the dream but earning it for yourself. So for the first time in my life (I'm 62), we have a candidate whose policies I find frightening.
And I hasten to add that only W.E. can save U.S.
One way of answering this question is to focus on the issues of the election. Go to Barack Obama's issues page on his website and pick some of the issues that are important to you and where you agree with Barack Obama's positions on those issues.
You can then write your paper based on the issues and the candidate's positions that you agree with.
There are a lot of reasons to vote for Barack Obama. The first is that he is fresh and new. He is relatively untainted by the political machine. A second reason is that he is a charismatic, exciting leader who will bring respect back into the White House. He is willing to listen to others. He is also on the side of middle class America. He does not kowtow to corporate America.
For the first time in my life (I'm 56), I have found someone that I am really enthusiastically supporting. In the past I have supported people only because they were better than the other guy.
Obama is extremely smart, he is known for asking incisive questions and he also will be able to attract very talented people to his administration.
I worked in Washington for almost 10 years before the incredible partisan divide we now live with. It was an entirely different -- and better -- world politically. I feel that Obama is committed to restoring that sense of shared respect and working to find common ground rather than constant attack mode.
I deeply support Obama's policies. Between Reagan and Bush, we have experienced a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy. This is wrong, in my opinion. It is time that we work for a sane and sustainable economic model that rewards hard work instead of greed.
Finally, I am very hopeful that an Obama presidency would help us get to a new level on our path to the future as a multi-racial and multi-cultural country.
For a lot of reasons:
He seems to care about the people he serves.
His priorities on how we spend our money are more in line with my values.
His more egalitarian approach to taxes makes sense to me.
He is thoughtful and careful/measured in his responses.
He doesn't talk smack.
I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to vote for an African-American for President in my lifetime, and I am delighted to have the honor of voting for this very human and humane individual.
I think Obama has a sizable chance at winning.
I think he's a great President because he knows how to get us on the road to becoming a more progressive and liberal nation. He knows not to rush reforms and not to rush our country into things we're not ready for. He's taking it slow, so we can have a better outcome, and I seriously admire that. He started a movement, not just a campaign, last election. A movement that captured the hearts and minds of almost everyone in America. College kids became a part of the political process because they knew we needed change and they saw that in Barack Obama. The election of Barack Obama was our chance to change everything. The race barrier, backwards policies, and significantly improve our global image. In my opinion, he's done all of that and is on his way to doing even greater things. He knows when to compromise but not give up what he believes in, which is saying a lot compared to his Republican friends. He's calm, cool, and laid back. He's down to Earth and knows what it's like to be an everyday American. He's even a great dad and husband, you can just see that in his character when he's around his family. He doesn’t let the hate or the ridiculous critics get to him, he knows what he's doing and he knows how to get things down in our messy political system. He loves his country enough to try and change it for the better. He represents everything a great man should be.