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From the Midway:Where is the spark?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

With Election Day just a few days away, one thing keeps coming to mind. Thank God this election is about over.

It's hard to believe that this trip that began 20 months ago is almost over. Being so close to the finish line I can't help but feel that this election hasn't made me as excited as I have been for previous elections.

Maybe it's the fact that it's been such a long campaign season. The one spark of hope is the historic outcome of the presidential race. No matter which ticket comes out on top on Tuesday, history will be made. We will either have the first female Vice-President or the first black President in our nation's history.

That is the spark of hope that I refer to. I for one applaud the fact that we as a nation are alive and able to witness this event first hand. As for each of the major candidates in this presidential race, neither has stirred my passion enough to get me behind them.

Eight years ago I really liked John McCain. He was a breath of fresh air at the time, telling it how it was. He impressed me the most when in 2000 he said that he would not let Religious extremists run his administration - from Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan on the Left or Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson on the Right. To me that was a bold statement of independence in politics. It may have cost him the Republican nomination then but at the time I thought that maybe we final found a leader.

Sadly, over the last eight years, McCain has shown that he was not a leader but just a politician. Yes, he learned from his mistake in 2000, but he made another mistake by taking his lesson the wrong way. Since that time McCain has built up his base and sought out the Religious Right to get their support. Yes, lessons learned; he became exactly what he used to speak out against.

So, by now you are thinking that it's time for me to start praising Barack Obama. This is were you are wrong. Obama is definitely a charismatic speaker and has a way of drawing people to him. He sees the world through young eyes and thinks that anything is possible - all admirable traits but overwhelming and stacked against him. He, too, is a politician. I will give him this, he is a much better campaigner that McCain but that doesn't mean he'll make a better President than McCain.

Obama is so elegant at navigating through the political seas. He can judge which way the wind blows even better than Bill and Hillary. Personally, I would have never thought that was possible. Nevertheless, here we are. I won't knock Obama for all the usual things that his opponents like to hit him with. What most disappointed me on Obama was his vote in the Senate supporting the amnesty for the telecommunication companies.

For you who don't know about this story, the government passed an amnesty bill to protect the telecommunication companies that were spying on American citizens as per request by the Bush administration's war on terror.

So Obama supported spying on you and me. That I don't like, so I said bye-bye to Obama.

So whom am I left to vote for on Tuesday? Well there still are other candidates on the ballot. Chuck Balwin, Cynthia Mckinney, Bob Barr, Gloria La Riva, Ralph Nader, Brian Moore and James Harris are all on the Iowa ballot.

Maybe one of them can bring back the spark to me.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway