McCain/Palin, obviously.  And I think the reasons why are reflected in an unsolicited e-mail from a musician here in town who is part of a band I wrote a story on earlier this year:

I have been distressed during the past 8 years of the Bush administration and what those years have done to so degrade this country. The consequences seem obvious to me- a financial collapse as the oil companies and corporate America gained obscene amounts of money while we lost our hard earned retirement savings (mine is down about 30% after years of working 60-70 hrs a week, how about yours or have you even been able to save?). . .

Nothing new here but liberal boilerplate.  They’ve all been distressed over the past eight years.  Question:  has your retirement dropped 30% over eight years or 30% since the stock market began falling?

years of two wars costing 10 billion dollars a month,

Two wars that have keep another terror attack on our soil from happening, which would cost more in lost lives and property.

imposition of many civil rights erosions,

Which ones?

degradation of our infrastructure and environment,

Specifics?

a much less effective voice around the globe

But if we had an effective voice, we’d probably be told to mind our own business.

watching as one of our major cities drowned in front of our eyes with little relief

But completely discounting all the billions of dollars in charitable donations that went down to this “major city” after the levees failed, while also forgetting that requests the city be evacuated were not heeded by its mayor, nor did it follow its documented disaster plan.

Moving on past more boilerplate, we come to this:

McCain also appointed an unknown and inexperienced vice-presidential candidate, who seems to revel in repeating all the old divisive remarks that have led us into this Republican ruse in the first place.

Unknown to whom?  I knew about her, so did others.  It isn’t like he just picked her out of a book like Apollo Creed did to Rocky Balboa.  Inexperienced?  What has Barack Obama run besides a presidential campaign for the last two years.

McCain has spent more of his time talking about Obama (he’s a socialist, a Muslim, an associate of terrorists, you’ve heard them all by now), rather than saying what specific steps a McCain presidency will take towards change.

I don’t recall McCain saying anything about Obama being a Muslim, but he has pointed out Obama’s more-than-a-guy-in-the-neighborhood association with William (25 million in re-education camps) Ayers and, yeah, the socialist “spread the wealth around” leanings figure into it, too.  But this is politics.  Has Obama only spoken about the steps he’ll take toward change and not been critical of McCain?

There are many aspects of our life that have seriously been eroded

Speak for yourself, please.

I no longer will tolerate a president who lies, nor one who wants to pit one part of our country against the other,

I guess I must’ve missed the last rumble bewteen Florida and the eastern seaboard.

or one who adores their relationships with wealthy corporations.

So that means we won’t have a president who writes “Haliburton” over and over again in the inside covers of his textbooks?

There cannot be “victory” in an unnecessary war that has drained this country’s resources and led to the tragic and needless deaths of so many young men and women.

Tell that to the Iraqi people, and to the soliders, sailors, Marines, and airmen who are doing the work over there.  Terror attacks are down in Iraq.  Period.  Military casualties are at their lowest.  Period.

In your heart you know we are not as well off by any measure as we were 8 years ago.

Actually, I am, blessed by higher-paying jobs and more opportunities.  Eight years ago we watched people lose money and jobs when the whole dot.com bubble pop.  We had the whole Enron/WorldCom debacle the following year.  Truth be told, the economy’s been okay.  The whole mortgage crisis has been a disaster in the making for years, and cannot be blamed on “failed economic policies of the Bush administration.”  Truth is, we’re not fighting with double-digit unemployment or high interest rates we had 30 years ago under Jimmy Carter.  And if anybody tells us to turn down the thermostat and wear a sweater, it’s someone in our own homes.

As the son of a salesman, I know that if you can’t close, you can’t sell.  Obama’s having a hard time closing the deal with the American public.  There is nothing that is putting him in a clear lead over McCain.  His supporters are confident of a rout, but what are they basing that on?  Sure, the rest of the world loves him.  But he can’t convince enough people in his own nation that he’s the guy for them.

If things are as bad as the e-mail to me stated, Obama should have closed his deal months ago.  But he can’t.

For more details, these young people put it in a way that I never could.

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