Inspired by the Obama Win

I have been following the news both on TV and online regarding the 2008 election results.  I have to say it was very gratifying and inspiring to watch.  As I wrote before, I was undecided for a long time.  Ultimately, I voted for Obama who I thought would be better for the U.S. for many reasons.

It is not so much that McCain was so bad.  It was simply because I found Obama more inspiring, symbolic, and ultimately more powerful to make changes that we desperately need.

In years past, I have leaned Republican primarily because of my economic views.  But having watched President Bush and the extreme “conservative” elements come out of the woodwork, I found it distasteful.  And having someone like Sarah Palin within the reach of the top position convinced me that I could not vote Republican this time around, no matter what my disagreements are on the Democratic economic policies are.

Like millions of people who helped vote for a landslide victory for Obama, I am both gratified and hopeful.  This landslide victory should send a message to the extremist Republicans that the need to take a more centrist view and approach to issues.  There has been a huge revolt against the presidency of Bush, the evangelicals, extreme conservatism, and his whole approach to government.

I am happy to return and vote Republican.  But if they don’t change their ways, I won’t be back even if it costs me more money.

Outside of these reasons, I ultimately found Obama very impressive, admired his intellect, and presidential demeanor.  I look forward to seeing what he will do between now and Jan. 20, 2009 when he enters office.

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