I'm sure I'm not the only blogger in the world to reference the song "The Times They Are a Changin'" today or tomorrow. A great song transcends the time frame & the circumstances for which it was written. This performance is from 1981 on one of Bob Dylan's gospel tours. The song is not out of place when seen through the lense of Bob Dylan's conversion to Christianity. It's a bit corny to think of this song the day before an election, but I can't help it.
I know it's cliche, but I truly believe that tomorrow's election is the most important of my lifetime. I believe that one of the positives that will come out of the past eight years is that the citizens of this country will no longer be passive about what their government is doing. There is too much at stake for the future of this country & in people's lives to sit idly by without taking an active interest in what's going on. A lady I work with told me that at 60 years old, this is the first election she has ever voted in. Another gentlemen told me that even though he is kind of "racist" he can't help but vote for Barack Obama.
Here's why I'm voting for Barack Obama.
He opposed the war from the start when it wasn't politically beneficial for him to do so & he wants to bring the war in Iraq to a close.
He is respected throughout the world & will restore our broken reputation. He sees a value in communicating with our enemies, knowing full well that it is easier to speak ill or do harm to someone when you don't have to look them in the eye.
He has pragmatic, holistic solutions to this country's ills. The environment, our economy, our infrastructure & our national security are all intertwined.
He doesn't shine a light on or hide from his race. He doesn't see things in black & white, literally or figuratively.
He's willing to be honest with people about the sacrifices they may have to make & about the fate of the economy.
He has no major ties to lobbyists or corporations.
He gives intelligent, well thought out answers to hard questions & sees both sides of issues.
He instills hope in people, & doesn't use fear as a campaign tactic.
He believes that everyone who wants it should have health care, & I believe he'll do everything he can to make sure they can get it.
His economic policy favors the middle class rather than large corporations.
He has run an honest & an honorable campaign that isn't based around negative attacks on his opponent.
I'm excited to cast my vote tomorrow.
Five Favorite Songs of the Day
The Times They Are a Changin'-Bob Dylan, Avignon 1981
Evil Urges-My Morning Jacket
It Makes No Difference-The Band, the Last Waltz
A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall-Bob Dylan, Brixton 2003
Anthem-Leonard Cohen, The Future
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