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I know many of my friends and family were disappointed to see me make such a public claim for Barack Obama. As I mentioned in my blog, there are a lot of issue with which I disagree with the Jr. Senator from Illinois, however I have come to respect the leadership qualities he has displayed so far.
There were 2 major themes to those who disagreed with me: "How can I support Obama's policies" and "Obama presents a threat to this country as we know it". In this post I'll make comments on the latter category and then focus on Democratic policies in subsequent posts.
Attacking Obama as a radical socialist, a supporter of terrorism or as a disingenuous 'wolf in sheep's clothing' all sounds like desperate attempts to scare voters into supporting McCain. I think the one claim that upsets me the most is that Barack Obama is a racist (or supports racists) because he attended Jeremiah Wright's church.
Here is a quick example of how this logic breaks down: I went to Liberty University. Liberty is founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell. He was very active and vocal during my years there including comments about how the "Teletubbies" were promoting a homosexual agenda to children. Many legitimate voices in America accused Dr. Falwell of being homophobic. Therefore, Jason DeStratis is also homophobic.
If I were running for President reporters may ask me, "Jason, how can you support the fair treatment of same sex couples via civil unions even though you attended Jerry Falwell's school?" My response would probably be similar to Barack Obama's response about his connection to Jeremiah Wright, "There were many things that Dr. Falwell said that I cannot and did not support, however I do respect the inspiration he was to many people in the Christian community."
Spending energy claiming that Barack Obama is planning on promoting Jeremiah Wright's "Black Libertarian" agenda is a clear sign that Republicans are gasping for air. We've lost our way. By voting for Obama I am saying, "Ok Democrats, tell us some of your ideas... we are clearly out of fresh ideas over here."
In my next post I'll begin to discuss some Democrat ideas with which I struggle the most.