I’m not a very political person. I grew up loathing politics in my country of origin. But as a first generation immigrant and a first time voter here in the U.S., this election is very important to me. I followed it since the primaries. I got to know all the candidates. I watched the debates. I read their web sites. I watched the cable news. I investigated the issues on the internet. I’ve constantly read FactCheck.org. I blogged my heart out on political matters.
As a result, I’ve learned a lot of things in U.S. politics that I never paid attention to before. And for the first time in my life I contributed to a political campaign in exchange for a cool car magnet, and a sense of hope that things will be better than the last eight years of failed G.W. Bush policies and politically brain dead Democratic and Republican parties.
I originally planned to vote on November 4 so I could experience using those hi-tech voting machines at the polls, but I opted to vote by mail instead. I might as well vote early, save gas, and beat the long lines on election day.
I’ve made up my mind long before Colin Powell, Christopher Buckley, Christopher Hitchens, and Scott McClellan jumped on the Obama bandwagon. Frequent readers of this blog know by now why I’ve decided to vote for Obama and Biden. See my past entries:
I’ve had reservations with Obama, but the closer we get to election day, the more proud and certain I am of my vote. I believe that Obama is *clearly* the better candidate as demonstrated by his temperament on how he run his campaign. I like my President to be highly intelligent, broad-minded, diplomatic, passionate but not quick to anger, and compassionate. I see all those qualities in Obama.
I have no doubt that Obama will be our next President. I’m glad to be part of this historic moment. I hope that Obama and Biden will make good on their promises. There’s a lot of work to be done to get the U.S. back on its track. But first things first.
YES, we can. And I just did.