Originally Posted by Skippymjp
I think that's the main reason I ended up voting for Nader
I'd have been lots more comfortable with Obama if he'd just told us what he wanted to change it "to".
Skippy, quite a bit before the primaries, I felt exactly that. As someone who dislikes our two party system, I voted for Nader twice before. I considered it again, but at the same time felt that the statement I was making was causing me to sacrifice a counting vote.
I decided that I would support Hillary in the primary for the reason you just stated. I am a registered democrat only because I want to have a voice in one of the primaries. I didn't know what "change" Obama was alluding to and didn't want to follow blindly.
After he won the primary, he spoke about health care - a major issue to me. I agree that we didn't know much about what he stood for until very close to the election. It took me a long time to make up my mind.
I voted for him and I think he has finally outlined the changes he wants to make. If he accomplishes a fraction of what he proposes, we will be in better shape than we are right now. (Great job, Consumerkitty in describing the changes!)
Originally Posted by Consumerkitty
It's my impression that he wants to change it to:
a place with decent paying jobs for those willing to work
a place with affordable health care
a place where those in power are held accountable for what they do
a place with a better educational system than what we have now
a place where there is equal opportunity for all
a place where there is renewed hope for the future
a place where there is a strong sense of responsibility and willingness to work for the common good
a place where taxpayer money isn't wasted on programs that don't work
a place that uses environmentally friendly energy sources
a place where people can retire with dignity
It gets really annoying when those of us who support Obama are referred to as "followers" while Obama is being referred to as "the One" as if we are under some kind of spell. I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate your level-headed centerist attitude in these type of posts.