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Last Day of the World
This post is dedicated to my wife Adrianne. She works harder than anyone I know and deserves the better world that is on our doorstep.http://worldonline.media.clients.elli... have been trying to write my thoughts about this election. I have been searching for my own insight into what I think will happen and why and I would have thought I would have something to contribute to the 2008 United States presidential election. With some luck and hardwork, November 3, 2008 will be the last day of the world.The more I think about the election, the less it makes sense. Why is it even possible that Senator McCain has a chance to win? Every way I add it up, there should be no plausible scenario in which John McCain wins the election. I won't rehash every issue because I am not interested in debating with McCain supporters. I think McCain supporters are willfully ignoring what is happening in the world. That is completely fine and not illegal in any way and they have every right to ignore the world, but there are real problems that need to be addressed today that have been avoided for the last eight years. I don't think the Democrats have all the best ideas. I think it will take the best ideas from both parties to solve our political, social, economic and environmental challenges. But the central argument from the Republicans over the last weeks and months of the election has been that Barack Obama is a socialist and that this is not the time to experiment with socialism. If that is the best idea that Republicans have, John McCain will not be an extension of George Bush. He will be far worse. Warren Buffet and Paul Volcker do not endorse socialists.I was talking with a friend of mine today. He is from Chennai, on the southeastern coast of India. Chennai has about 1.5 million more residents than Kansas. He has a masters degree in public administration and worked for several years for the city government. After overcoming the shock of learning that election day is not a national holiday in the United States, he said "Matt, Barack Obama must win. I fear that many Indians will begin to lose faith in democracy if he does not."http://worldonline.media.clients.elli... am embarrassed to admit that I may have succumbed to casting my vote as much out of fear as out of hope. Voting should be about supporting nothing but your hopes and dreams. I do believe in the change advocated by Senator Obama. I don't agree with all of his policy positions, but I believed in the change. More than 3 million people have donated hard earned dollars and cents to Obama's campaign. Not all of them are Democrats and not all of them agree with everything he says. I don't imagine there is a lot of disposable income to go around in today's economy. Apparently 3 million people decided that donating to Obama is not a want but a need. Montana newspapers report that Obama has 14,000 volunteers in the state. That is 1 volunteer for every 70 Montanans and about 2% of all registered Montana voters. That is not voting against George Bush. That is commitment to the greatness of this country and the possibility of a better tomorrow.Which is why he must win. I fear that if he does not win, some of my dreams for our country and for our world might not be possible. November 3, 2008 may be the last day of the world in which my friends here in Lawrence, some with bachelors degrees and some with masters degrees, must work two jobs to pay bills and the last day of the world in which it is possible to go bankrupt from medical bills and the last day of the world in which smart students can't afford to go to college.Obama must win and he must win big. A big win is a repudiation of conservatism of the last eight years. This is not the conservatism that preaches limited government and fiscal responsibility. That conservatism does not exist in today's Republican Party. The conservatism that tortures and forecloses and denies health care to children and sits idly by while a great city drowns must be defeated completely by a big Obama win. More importantly, a big Obama win signals a true mandate for real, positive change. Not a narrow, one state victory. Something like 350 electoral votes. Then we can move forward.To everyone seeking a better world, let November 3 be the end of the old word and November 4 be the beginning of a great new world.http://worldonline.media.clients.elli...