two years ago last week i wrote my first blog post about barack obama. you can read it here. i had just read a time magazine article about his potential run(pictured above), along with a selection of his second book, and found myself an instant fan. since that time i have read both his books, dozens of articles, and nearly every argument for and against him i could find. i watched as he was considering his candidacy, watched almost every debate of the primaries (both democratic and republican), watched him become the dnc candidate, followed every minute of the general elections, and am now writing this final post before the elections next week.
tonight, and almost two years later after i first really learned about him, obama gave his final argument for his vote. if you haven't seen it yet, i encourage you to.
all too often i am accused of blindly following him by those who have never once considered voting outside of their family gop-loyalties and who haven't spent more than a few minutes in total researching the elections. i have been told time and time again that i am supporting someone who they claim goes against everything i should be believing as a christian and latter-day saint.
these are my final words - as abstract as they may be:
i believe it is urgent that we seek measures to get out of a war that has killed thousands of americans, hundreds of thousands of innocent, and has wasted billions of dollars. i believe that we need to establish economic plans that seek to help out those who are truly in need. i believe we need to seek health care plans that best help those who are sick and cannot afford the medical aid to live. i believe we need to create a society that grants equality to all and doesn't discriminate because on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. i believe this largely because of the values i was raised with. i believe that the needs to find peace, help the poor, heal the sick, and lift the oppressed are not only the ideals that we should share as americans, but are the ideals we are taught to hold as christians and latter-day saints.
how you may vote is obviously up to you. it is each of our duty as americans to inform ourselves as much as possible before we vote. the life of our nation depends on it. if you haven't yet, i encourage you to really look at the candidates and their platforms. ignore the negative attacks that they (and i) have been pushing, and ask yourself which candidate is it that best aligns with your ideals, faith, and goals for our nation.
and then vote.
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