If the Blueland Chronicle were a serious newspaper and in the business of endorsing candidates, it would whole-heartedly support Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination and John McCain for the Republican nomination. I'll let T-Man explain Senator McCain's virtues; right now I'll tell you why I, M. Peacock, will be casting my vote for Barack tomorrow.
For one, he isn't Hillary Clinton. For my case against Hillary Clinton, I'll just reprint the letter I sent to the New York Times after reading their daft and confused endorsement of her:
- He supports network neutrality, which is vital to the survival of free flow of ideas and information on the Internet.
- He opposes stupid and cruel mandatory minimum sentences, saying that they take too much discretion away from independent judges.
- He opposed the Military Commissions Act. Nice of him to defend our ancient liberties, rights that go back to the Magna Carta.
- He wants to expand health care coverage to everyone, but he has enough sense and respect for American history and tradition that he isn't going to coerce everyone into a single-payer health system overnight, a la Hillary.
- He supports biofuels and energy independence.
- He wants to reform/do away with the barbaric No Child Left Behind Act and actually, you know, let teachers teach and not tailor their lessons to filling in bubbles on standardized tests.
- He's raised the possibility of instituting merit pay for teachers. A fine idea, I think. He gets extra points here for unveiling this idea in a speech to a teacher's union. The man has balls.
Well, this has been an awfully long post. I hope I haven't alienated any readers of this blog, but I felt I had to make a last-ditch case for Obama and against Clinton. As to the argument for McCain, take it away T-Man!