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Oct 18 2008

Research Political Statements; Don’t Just Believe Politicans

Most people in the US don’t actually research statements made by politicians, they just believe them. I am a very vocal supporter of Barack Obama, but not everything he says is the truth. That is a politician speaking and they are trying to get you to vote for them. However, it is our “responsibility” to research what they say and analyze their comments for any inconsistencies. We can’t just listen to what the politicians say because most of it is just filler and I am not denying that. However, there is more to a story than what the candidates say.

I know someone, who I won’t mention their name, let’s call them “Jane”. Jane is very religious and believes in Christianity. I am a Christian too, so this is nothing against my own beliefs. However, Jane is uncomfortable with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side. He spoke about how the US caused the terrorist attacks of 9/11 because of our bombings in other countries. McCain was attacking Obama for him being tied to a radical minister. Well, if anyone did any research on what McCain claimed, they would find out that Obama stated that he does not believe in everything that the Reverend said and he repudiated Wright’s comments. Everyone has that person that they know who makes a comment that they don’t agree with, it is a part of life. You are going to be affiliated with someone who makes a comment that makes you look bad. Now, if Jane actually checked the validity of McCain’s claim, Jane may think differently. However, since Jane is very religious, she holds Obama responsible and thinks that he is going to ruin the country with Rev. Wright at his side. That is just the first part of my issue with Jane’s comments.

When did religion become the basis of a political election in the United States. When did the US ever feel like religion determines who becomes President. What I am trying to say is that we should not be judging him based off of what his pastor says, but what he believes in. He has already said that he does not believe everything the reverend says and that should have been the end of it. In school, I had a teacher who explained that the US is officially a Secular Nation.

A secular state is a state or country that is officially neutral in matters of religion, neither supporting nor opposing any particular religious beliefs or practices. A secular state also treats all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and does not give preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion over other religions.

Letā??s move on to William Ayers and his ties to Obama. The McCain camp, mostly Palin has been claiming that Obama is “palling around with terrorists“. Well, if Palin is suggesting that Obama has had contact with a radical activist who set off bombs 40 years ago when Obama was 8 years old, than she’s right. However, Obama claims that he didn’t know any of his past history. Well, not everyone knows everything about everyone when they meet them. There are secrets that people keep and that doesn’t get brought up until that person is in the spotlight. I have been in many organizations in my life and have served on many boards. Mainly in college, but that isn’t the point I am trying to make. If someone that I worked with on an organization did something in their past that I didn’t know about, that doesn’t make me a terrorist. According to the McCain campaign, it does. I love how Kevin Bacon’s six degrees of separation isn’t a game anymore because it messes with the future of a country and a planet. What I mean by that is if McCain becomes President because too many people think that Obama has ties to terrorists than not only is our country going to suffer, but so is the future of the planet.

McCain wants to stay in Iraq spending 10 billion dollars a month while the real terrorist threat is on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now, those $10 billion/month is going to a country that has an $80 billion dollar surplus while our country is in a recession and going into a depression. Also, McCain is all about the need for oil and that’s why they say “Drill, Baby, Drill” because they want to drill off the coast of the US. The reason we need alternative sources of energy is not only because we need to free ourselves of foreign oil, it is that we need to be oil independent. Our planet is going to change drastically because of what the oil is doing to it. We need a source of energy that is not only “green” but renewable. Oil is a resource that we can not reproduce once it is gone. However, if we start funding other sources that are feasible like Wind Turbines, we can produce the same amount of energy or more and not use any oil.

Finally, Sarah Palin (R-VP candidate for McCain) made a comment that is really a punch in the face to certain states in the country. Palin stated: “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” Why would she think that there are parts of this country that aren’t American. Well since she is the governor of a state that has only been a part the US for 49 years, should that make her state less American? No, because it is a part of the United States, just like every other state. How dare she accuse certain parts of the country to be non-American. That is not what a Vice President or President would say. If there was one bit of respect I had for her before this, it is gone.

Just like I have said before, I am not a political analyst, I just state my views.

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Timothy Haroutunian

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