Maybe this is a moot point, but it seems to me that we just cannot trust one thing that comes out of President Bush's mouth. Whether from incompetence or dishonesty--it doesn't matter; it's wrong.
And then there's the whole appeasement flap. President Bush suggested that some Democrats (naming no names, of course) believe we should negotiate with terrorists, and compared this "foolish delusion" to the "false comfort of appeasement" prior to WWII. I think Joe Biden said it most eloquently: "This is bullshit."
What was Mr. Bush's reason for making such a disrespectful and inflammatory remark? Is he intentionally trying to influence the election by bad-mouthing Obama and the Democrats? If so, why? What does he get out of it?
These trust and respect issues are among the main reasons I will not be able to vote for any Republican candidate short of Jesus in this dramatic election season. I just need somebody completely and utterly different. I know some of you will disagree, and that's OK. But to me, Obama's biggest attraction is that he's different.
He looks different, he sounds different, he thinks different(ly), his life experience is different, his political experience is different from every other candidate. The main advantage that Obama would bring to the Oval Office, I believe, is that he is different. I hope and expect that he will surround himself with different kinds of people, who also think differently.
I do have concerns about the typical leanings of liberal politicians toward bigger government and more spending (although the Republicans lately have shown themselves to be just as happy to spend my money as any Democrat). I disagree with more than a couple of Obama's positions. But these concerns and differences carry less weight than my unhappiness with the direction that the Republicans have taken this country, and will continue to take it under McCain.
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