Why do political parties exist? They seem absolutely worthless. I'd like to do some research on why they came about (possibly stemming from those for upholding the Constitution and others wanting to keep the Articles of Confederation, but that will be another post.) You have Republicans thinking that democrats are evil and vice versa, and with the misunderstandings /lies spread about the opposite party, can you blame them?
I've been raised in a very conservative environment, and from what I understand the LDS (Mormon) faith is quite conservative as well. By conservative I mean - pro-life, upholding traditional marriage (between man and woman), complete abstinence, etc. mainly a push for more conservative morals than anything, as the Church stays as far away from politics as possible. I feel that the republican mindset is that democrats are evil because they want to obliterate our agency by increasing government involvement in our lives by increasing taxes and government programs that steal from the rich to give to the poor and middle classes. I don't think that democrats can possibly be so Marxist/Satanic.
What's wrong with the government extending a little help to those who have had no chance to make something of their life? Sure the welfare program needs reforming, but both republicans and democrats are aware of that and nobody elected seems to do anything about it.
I think we can all agree that the reasons for going to war in Iraq were not the best, but things have gotten better (we've at least done some good, though at the expense of the morale of the American people and derision of the globe), whether the President is Obama or McCain the war will probably end soon under either person, making this a moot point.
What about the economy? It makes absolutely no sense to blame the state of the national economy on one person. Just take Economics 101 and you will see that it's much more complicated than that. We just don't know enough about what's going on so we tend to blame the guy at the top. I'm sure some of the decisions that have been made in our government have contributed to our current economic state, but our government is made up of republicans and democrats, and with what little I know, the democrats make up a majority of the House and we're split in the Senate.
The list goes on and on. Why pit your party against the other, why not look at both and determine which things are good and which are bad, measure them against the candidate that best fits that mold and not be afraid to support someone your party is against. I admit that I don't know either candidate's position on a lot of issues, but because of my background I tend to stick with the republicans and then I end up thinking anything the democrats do has to be wrong. With that in mind I think I'm going to say I'm voting for Obama, unless I can find some evidence before the next election that sells me on why I should vote for McCain. It seems as though I'll have to sift through the garbage the republicans and democrats dig up about each other's candidates to find out about the issues that really matter.
If anybody knows of some legitimate source of info on the candidates and their issues I'd welcome your comments. I've come to like US News and World Report and Article 6 Blog. I do listen to talk radio once in a while to hear what the "hot topics" are (do democrats have anything similar?)