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Friday, October 31, 2008

In The Tank - The Case for Obama

"A man who started with no money and few supporters has out-thought, out-organised and outfought the two mightiest machines in American politics—the Clintons and the conservative right." - The Economist

We here at Muck Breaker strive to be as impartial as possible. But after 21 months of campaigning, 4 debates, 2 conventions, and a million talking points, we have finally winnowed down our support to one candidate we believe will best serve our nation for the next 4 years. That candidate is Barry Barack Obama, the next black President of the United States.

In four short years, Barack Obama has gone from relative unknown to political juggernaut. He has raised more money than any previous candidate, with the most sophisticated fund-raising apparatus since Reagan. He has inspired millions of voters domestically, and given hope to our addled allies abroad. Mr. Obama has withstood relentless attacks on his character and past, and in response only elevated the conversation, and by extension the electoral process. In the spring, when Hillary Clinton called into question Mr. Obama's relationship with Reverend Wright, Obama did not hide from the story, but instead delivered the most inspiring speech on race in America since Dr. King had a dream. When both Clinton and McCain endorsed a 'vacation' on gas taxes, Obama instead suggested a 'vacation' from backwards energy policy. He has withstood countless attacks on his character, associations, religion, family and even citizenship with the cool demeanor of a man who is clearly fit to lead.

However, it is on the issue of the Iraq invasion, where Mr. Obama not only made the right decision at a time when almost nobody else did, but also displayed the character necessary to occupy this most-important office. By opposing the unjust invasion of Iraq, Mr. Obama took a wildly unpopular stand, at the risk of wrecking his young political career. Back in 2003, in the Illinois State House, Mr. Obama was asked to cast his vote, and in the opinion of this publication, he cast the right vote. At a time when politicians, journalists, and citizens as a whole were afraid to ask questions or speak up, Obama did. He did not fall in line with Bush's prerogative... as Mr. McCain did. As Mr. Biden did. As Mrs. Clinton did. Barack Obama did not. He stood up and did what was right. It may be one decision. It may be one vote. But it suggests wisdom, and it displays courage. The next President will face countless, unforseen obstacles over the next four years. It is incumbent upon the American people to elect someone who has the temperment to handle them. What Mr. Obama may lack in experience, he certainly makes up for in judgement. After all, the last administration boasted buckets of experience. It was judgement that they lacked.


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