Barack Obama probably will win Washington State's 11 electoral votes. But he will only win if all of us who favor him actually vote for him. It is a tendency of human nature to relax when a desired goal appears certain. And then we sometimes lose. You can bet the Rossi supporters will turn out in high numbers for the governor's election - and most of them will be voting McCain.
Many of my moderately conservative friends are actually open to voting for Obama. If you are one, then here are some final thoughts to consider. I voted last week and, after marking my ballot, counted 5 Republicans that got my vote; Sam Reed for Secretary of State and Rob McKenna for Attorney General were the most important. These two guys are trying hard to improve voting processes and open government. i believe in Independent voting.
Here is the core of why I've voted for Obama. He offers a change of direction from pursuing war as a normal option in our foreign relations. He also offers a change from the enrichment of the top 1% of American families that Reagan started in 1981. Yes, I have hope that Barack will turn this country to what we all treasure as our American values - opportunity for all, fairness in our tax code, a respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and a government that carefully regulates. Yes, careful regulation is needed and the Wall Street meltdown is a reminder of that.
I find it ironic that McCain says Obama's health insurance and education plans might cost us $50 or $300 billion - and McCain mockingly asks where will that money come from. Well, it could have come from the $700 billion we are giving to the banks and Wall Street. McCain is not asking where that transfer of wealth from us middle class taxpayers to the richest 1% families is coming from or whether it is fair. Indeed, this gift will only encourage them to screw up our economy again for their own gain. I fear McCain as president continuing the sloppy regulation of the big banks and business that we have seen the past 8 years. Not to mention more wars.
Obama offers hope for a change for the better. He offers solid concepts and ideas. He will have a Congress that will pass his legislation. Our country has been on the wrong path these past 8 years - on our civll rights, our economy and our foreign relations. I urge all moderates to vote for Barack Obama and give him and his very solid, common sense ideas a chance.