Do you think that Obama is a terrorist? Do you think he has enough experience? Do you think he hates whitey? Do you think he's buying the election because of his ties with Acorn? Do you think he's going to pull us out of the war and make us vulnerable to terrorism again? These are the hot buttons of America. We call ourselves a Super Power, when in truth we're just a bunch of chicken-shits.
The past eight years have prepared us for this. The campaign of fear. We don't talk issues anymore. No one really cares where anyone stands on the things that really effect us. We elected Bush in 2004 based on gay marriage and a war that had nothing to do with 9/11. We sit at home and watch our TVs and wait to hear what we need to hate and fear next. And then we eat it up and ask for seconds.
This is no way to live. And it's certainly no way to run a campaign.
Acorn, Marxism, Rev. Wright, Ayer, Muslim. It's all window-dressing for the real reason people fear Obama. He's black. He could be the first black president of the United States. When I step back for a moment and think about that, it's amazing. And I'm proud that we have come this far. Proud, that is, until I watch people call him a terrorist and yell "kill him" at rallies. But who ever thought this was going to be an easy road? I'm sure Mr. Obama didn't. And I think of the courage that all that must take. We praise John McCain, and rightly so, for being a prisoner of war and yet we recognize nothing of the sacrifices Obama has made to run in this race. And not once have I seen him get angry at this hatred. Not once have I seen him point his finger. Not once have I seen him call something unfair. Instead I have seen him rise up again and again and make this election about things that matter. That is because he is a leader. I understand that some people can't see that. We haven't had one for a good long time.
I had a conversation with a friend of my family yesterday. He is a wonderful man. He is kind and generous and I have not heard him say a nasty word about anyone. And yet, when it came time to talk politics he said he was voting for McCain because Obama was a Muslim. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. I tried to argue the point with him - but he wasn't listening as I'm sure a lot of people aren't. It's easier to not listen. To fear. To hate. It's much harder to understand. To love. To embrace. Those are honorable things. Where we got lost on these issues I have no idea, but this is where we are.
It's no way to live life. And it's certainly no way to run a Country.
I am 37 years old. I have voted in every single election since I was old enough to do so and yet I have never felt like my vote counted as much as it does tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm not just voting for a black president. I'm voting for a different Country. One without fear.