My response to the Obama infomercial last night was the same as found in this article:
If you take what he says as basically sincere and factual, I think the choice is a no-brainer. But if a person just assumes that everything he says is a lie–that he’s totally lying and just wolf in sheep’s clothing, well, then—there is nothing to measure the candidates by. If you didn’t watch it, I suggest you go to YouTube and check it out.
I have a family member who is very against the LDS church and speaks often of the evil intentions and abusive and controlling nature of the church leadership. Every time I watch conference, I wish she would just watch it and tell me where the evil is—among all the pleas for love, faith, peace, kindness, responsibility, patience, service, etc. I felt similarly last night—I don’t care that he paid a gazillion dollars for a prime-time Hollywood-quality informercial—unfortunately, I realize that if you want to talk to Americans, it’s pathetic, but you need money and their TV.
The differences between the candidates are so apparent to me. The only argument I can’t answer is when people respond that they simply won’t believe he means what he says—hey, I can’t say anything to that.
Last night he presented his plans for the economy, national security and healthcare without resorting to attacks on McCain—whether you like his policies or not, he is clearly trying to persuade voters directly with what he DOES have to offer, not simply by attacks and creating panic scenarios—his campaign has been far more focused on the public than on his opponent, and I would like a president that focuses more on the people than on politicians, and Obama’s campaign has done this from the start.
With McCain, I see the opposite to be true. I don’t agree both with what he says or his proposals to correct things AND I mistrust him–not because his opponents have told me I can’t trust him, but because I read the proposed policies of both sides in detail and I see him every day clearly and knowingly misstating the facts as they are to instill fear and gain support. The misstating extends to his own record and beliefs, which I wish pro-life voters would review much more closely.
So, there’s that. There should probably be a rule about politics before noon—like with drinking.