Originally Posted by sslarson
In other words, because Obama is so obviously
intelligent and honest (question begging aside), is the only reason one would vote against
him would be because of his race
Of course not - two separate intelligent people can disagree on issues, based on different values or logical premises. For example an atheist may think that early abortion is fine because no brain activity is
taking place, while a religious person thinks that the fertilized egg is "magic from god that shall not be
disrupted", neither incompatible position is a result of stupidity - just different premises.
If you think that socialized medicine, etc, is bad, then you won't vote for Obama no matter how smart
you think he is. I am voting for Obama (as long as HRC is not on the ticket) even though I disagree with
his Iraq plan, because I am counting on him being smart enough to think on his feet and do the right
things in the moment. So my first choice is Obama and my second choice is McCain - McCain is better
for my pocketbook (and I can afford to fly my daughters to Canada for abortions if needed), and Obama
is better IMHO for the country.
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
I've looked pretty closely at his policy ideas, and frankly they alarm me. It's all old line Democrat thinking. If all of his ideas were somehow implemented I think it starts to make sense to move out of the US just to cover one's assets (so to speak).
Originally Posted by Frank777
:It's never going to change enough to obscure the fact that Canadians are way, way cooler.
But we are too polite to say so, even though it is true.
Originally Posted by Jubelum
You're obviously swallowing the full course of "McCain is Bush III." Not reality. As far as McCain/HRC- What are they really that far apart on...?
Abortion, court appointments, gay marriage, socialized medicine - pretty much everything not on your list.
Originally Posted by Powerdoc
Well the history of USA en Europe is not exactly the same. The equal rights for black and white in USA are not so old (just a few decades).
Of course France, germany or any other european country are not perfect at all and this is not the subject.
I just found that the symbolism of a black bi racial president will be great. Of course only politic is important, but Obamas can take advantage of it's symbolism, especially for foreign politic.
Russia is part of Europe, and it seemed more racist against black people than the US. The fact that
I have a black half-brother was the big thing against me when I went to court to adopt there, and
my bodyguard/driver made lots of comments about the picture of the black guy advertising the Benetton store in the mall.