The Loudmouth Protestant

February 16, 2008

Wake Up!!!

Filed under: 2008 Election,Faith and Politics — nickisym @ 12:42 am
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People need to wake up. Everyone is in Obamatopia. They are feeling like everything is going to be alright as long as he continues to show off his oratory skills–as far as the 26-year-old speech writer and the teleprompter can get him. But I believe it is time for people to demand more of our potential next president.

Right about now we need to hear something other than flowery speeches. It’s time for him to hit us with the issues non-stop for the duration of this election season. An article in the Economist said that it is time for America to evaluate Obama the potential president not Obama the phenomenon. And people it is surely time for that.

I was disturbed when a friend told me this evening that she hears him speak about the issues “sometimes.” But as a man running after the White House, shouldn’t he be talking about the issues all the time? Shouldn’t our desire to put him in office be about his power to convince us how exactly he is going to change things and not how he can describe what change looks like? Interestingly enough, thinking like my friend’s is not rare. I have not heard enough people say they were in love with Obama’s stance on healthcare, economic policy, war, race and gender issues, etc. Everyone is just so enamored at his ability to blow minds with acceptance speeches. Should we not require more from the next leader of the relatively free world? I just want people to consider more than what they are seeing now. Spend a moment being wrapped up in his issues and really thinking about how they will affect you. The same Economist article points out a few interesting things about Mr Obama:

His voting record in the Senate is one of the most left-wing of any Democrat–within the same breath the writer points out that his policy for dealing with Iraq is a bit too idealistic suggesting that Obama would pull out of Iraq quickly, convene a peace conference, invite the Iranians and the Syrians and hope for the best.

His economic plans are more thought out but he often relies on telling people they deserve more money and more opportunities without considering that budgets do not magically cut themselves.

He has never run any public body of any note and that is a risk.

As always I must provide a disclaimer for my Obama-speak so that you know that I am not anti-Obama and pro-Hillary. At the end of the day, I just want the candidates to work really hard at proving their worth to me. The election is more than a popularity contest, more than an opportunity to see who can siphon the most money out of John Q. Public in 24-hours, more than a showcase of great orators. It truly is about change, but even change must change itself to stay relevant.



  1. Ummm, this election is more than a popularity contest? What part of “election” do you not understand?
    More to the point of your post, Barack has issued policy statements on everything you can think of. I’m sorry if he’s a good speaker – that seems to upset some people…

    Comment by amy — February 16, 2008 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  2. Amy I thank you for adding your thoughts. I understand the election deeply and that’s why I felt compelled to share my opinion of what is going on and what I am seeing as a popularity contest–in a bad way. I understand that it is a necessary evil for the candidates to jockey as they are for our votes and for our confidence but within the past few weeks I have been seeing a disconnect that as a voter I don’t like. There aren’t very many everyday people willing to say that because they are too busy drinking the juice but I haven’t had so much of it that I lost my perspective on what I expect of the next president. We have been through a tough few years with the current administration so you cannot blame me for taking out the magnifying glass and taking a deeper look at the state of this election season and the people in position to lead me into a brighter day. My livelihood is at stake and I am sorry if anyone will take offense to my telling it like it is in my eyes. I believe this is a sign of a thinking voter. I just want people to take a deeper look for themselves. I never said Obama wasn’t the best man for the job but before you make the decision just look a little deeper. And to end this off on a positive note, I do have something to be incredibly thankful for and that is the fact that Obama’s presence in this election season has truly sparked my interest in politics unlike ever before. I have never seen such a compelling candidate and yet at the same time I am being called to be more than another person on the bandwagon.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — February 16, 2008 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  3. I apologize for the abrasiveness of my earlier comment. Actually, it was Obama’s policy-stances that made me lean toward him. Such as, I think he has the better way to handle health-care.

    Comment by amy — February 16, 2008 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  4. No worries Amy, I am glad that this election season has allowed me to have spirit debates with people. What I really would like to know now is if either candidate will bring up gun control…

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — February 16, 2008 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  5. i hope we can talk more about this.

    Comment by Cypress Esquire — February 20, 2008 @ 2:31 am | Reply

  6. I agree with Amy. While alot of things in life are based on popularity, it takes more than popularity to get a black man to where Obama is right now…and popularity is certainly not enough when your name is “Barack Obama” of all things.

    Comment by Cypress Esquire — February 23, 2008 @ 3:46 am | Reply

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