I don’t usually talk about my view regarding politics or social concerns on public because I’m one of those people who would let people say what they want to say to the whole world while I keep my own opinions and views on those same particular issues. In regards to the presidential elections here I’ve been keeping an eye on it.
October seems to be the month of “Joe.” Other than we have the honorable (yes, honorable!) Senator Joseph (Joe) Biden, we were also introduced in to more “Joes” by the Republican Party, starting with Governor Sarah Palin‘s “Joe Six Pack” to Senator John McCain‘s “Joe the Plumber” (real name: Joe Wurzelbacher). Heaven forbid if would-be parents would end up naming their sons “Joe.” In all honesty I know about five or six “Joes” in my life including my younger brother, in which one of his household nicknames is “Joe.” Who would be the next “Joe” would we meet? Joe Schmoe?
Can I call you Joe?
– Gov. Sarah Palin to Sen. Joe Biden at the beginning of the Vice Presidential Debate
So, I have watched last night’s third and final presidential debate, which I anticipated should be a deciding factor among undecided voters and independents around the country. I am no Democrat, nor a Republican, as I registered to vote as a “Middle of the Road” or “No Party Affiliation.” Though if that was the case for some reason I’ve always voted for a Democrat. When I registered to vote, I helped re-elect Former President Bill Clinton for his second term (only because Bob Dole back then looked kinda sleazy to me). I voted for Al Gore because I got scared of another era of war period under the second Bush (and let me tell you— when it comes to negative predictions I really hate being right). And speaking of the latter, we are still at war in TWO COUNTRIES even! How long did Desert Storm take (under Pres. George H.W. Bush)? About… 4-5 months?
Anyway, I wanted to talk a bit about last night’s final presidential debate for a bit between the two candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. In the beginning Obama was a bit dragging regarding the economy and McCain went on the offensive. I had to admit that McCain actually did a slightly better job at this final debate for that, but on the other hand he also hasn’t exactly answered the intended question. However I noticed that McCain was slightly faltering right when the “personal affiliations” (ie. William Ayers, ACORN, etc.) issue came about, followed by health care and education. I hated how McCain prolonged Obama’s associations instead of actually talking about issues that mattered the most. I personally don’t care about Obama’s ties with William Ayers, I mean the former “domestic terrorist” is no longer a terrorist, but instead a respected college professor who is very active in serving their community. In addition, Obama’s ties with ACORN had nothing to do with the fraudulent voter registration applications because they’re talking about registration here, not the actual voting. If this were an actual voting then there will be problems, but to make a big deal with fake voting registrations? What the heck was that?
I did not hear of McCain’s plans regarding health care or education. Either that or I wasn’t paying attention enough. I didn’t get to hear McCain’s economic plan either unless if I wasn’t paying attention enough either. My point is it was rather difficult for me as a once-undecided voter to even determine the economic plans that both candidates had come up with, especially that I only heard one plan (Obama’s) as of yet. Maybe someone can explain me what was McCain’s economic plan again. I don’t know.
Throughout the debate I’ve seen McCain’s rather obvious facial expressions and such whenever Obama speaks of his responses to the questions that were asked. His behavior then reminded me of the presidential debates 4 years ago with Bush vs. Sen. John Kerry when Bush were making taunting faces as Kerry was speaking and to me I find that very immature and very unprofessional as the incumbent of the White House. McCain’s behavior gave me that same impression too. I mean sure, he was falling behind according to the sampling polls such as the Gallup Polls but come on! That’s no excuse to show such immature behavior in front of the camera too. The smirking, the rolling the eyes, the teeth chattering against the mic… what the hell was that all about? In terms of Obama he remained calm, cool, and collected, and he didn’t even flinch a displeasing expression even when McCain was attacking him at that time, with a few smiles here and there throughout the debate.
With all the negative campaigning going on before the debates (especially McCain’s campaigning to be honest) this final debate is a very crucial as it should be the deciding factor for all the undecided and the independents out there. On the other hand we can’t really say that one candidate already has the election in the bag because anything can happen in November 4th. The Bradley Effect may even play in the elections too and that would be very unfortunate if it does happen.
I’ve got my own personal opinions about each of the candidates (VPs included) but I’d rather keep them to myself. My only hope at this point is that our economy gets back to its feet soon because as this nation is heading to economic downfall we are also dragging the rest of the world with us too. Now that would be a lot more scary for all of us.
I wish both candidates the best as we only have about two weeks left to finally make our decisions before the big day comes. The future of this country (and possibly the world) is in our hands, people.
God bless you all and the world.