Monday, November 3, 2008

Who's to blame?

John Dickerson writes for MSNBC that if Barack Obama loses tomorrow, Americans will lose faith in the idea of family support. Not only that, but it will be his family's fault that he lost because they didn't provide the necessary support to gain the public's support. Wait, what? Really MSNBC? Talk about a red herring.

No matter what the outcome of the election tomorrow, it will not be based on family support. We may have distanced ourselves from some of the founding principles of this country, but I'd still like to think we haven't totally sold ourselves out on why we elect our presidents. While in this particular election there may be even more outside influences than others because of the make-up of the candidates, ultimately, it comes down to policies.

We have to remember that it's not about who makes history for this election, but what their policies are and what they will mean for the country for the next four years. Dickerson attempts to lead the reader to believe that the majority of people will vote for Obama because of his family values and the way he is portrayed with his family rather than the policies he has developed. This may be true for some people, but Americans still listen to their policies and have had the opportunity through debates to get to know these candidates, not just through their wives' introductions of them.

So what it comes down to is this: If Obama loses, it's not because his family didn't do its job. It's because America didn't think he could do his job.

Rating: Negative three.

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