Have you been caught up watching the recent Republican and Democratic conventions? I've watched both. Funny - I wouldn't consider myself a political activist, I mean, I'm Canadian and I don't think I completely GET our political system. Plus I find it boring. Just being honest folks. I'm much more interested in the American politics. I think their system just makes more sense. Let's choose between 2 parties, 2 candidates. I've been especially interested in this year's candidates.
I've been watching as, not only someone who is completely on the outside of things, but as I guess an undecided. I consider myself a conservative - I mean a MAJOR conservative. I'm about as conservative as it gets, folks. However I have to admit that Senator Obama has gotten me curious. He is a great public speaker, nice looking, full of energy - seems to want change for the country. (What Democrats or Republicans DON'T??)
I'll be honest, I was kind of rooting for Mitt Romney for the Republican candidate, so I was miffed at John McCain because of their heated debates. But, I think after watching coverage from both conventions, I would consider myself a McCain supporter. A Canadian-no-chance-of-voting-in-this-election, McCain supporter. Wanna know what did it for me? Palin! I loved her speech. I loved her humor. I loved the points she was making. I think she won me over (though I was always still leaning towards the Republican side all along anyway). Maybe my mind will change when I see their upcoming debates. I can change my mind all I want - I'm not casting a ballot! LOL! Actually, us Canadians will be going to the polls this fall, too. So, I'll get to make a choice that matters after all :) Besides, life is choices! One after another after another. I guess every day I make choices that matter ;) I just wish the candidates would focus more on the issues and less on bashing one another. I don't like negative politiking. There's enough negativity in the world isn't there??
What is the point to my rhetoric? Not sure I have one. I like to be optimistic, but I really don't see much changing in the Americas any time soon, regardless of who's elected. I think both men want good things for their country. I think both men have experience. I think both men love their families. I think both men are going to end up breaking promises, even with their best intentions. I think politicians are human and make mistakes. And frankly - being religious - I believe these are the last days before the second coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Prophets have foretold the calamities of our day and I'm seeing it every time I turn on the TV. Things are going to steadily get worse. There will be more calamity. There will continue to be evil plotting against good - whether or not the war ends, whether they "get" Osama Bin Laden, whatever. Just my 2 cents. Sure I'll drum up some controversy.
So why does it matter to me? I'm not sure why, but it does. I'll pray for both candidates, because I sure wouldn't want that job in today's world. That's 100% sure. I think it's a momentous election coming up - one I'll be watching with interest. There are definitely tough issues facing Americans (and Canadians alike) and hopefully you'll get a strong leader who can make some sense out of the chaos. I'm excited to see what happens, because it matters!! Even to me :)