Its been quite an election cycle already and we have yet to hit the major party conventions. Unfortunately, the American form of government leads to a two party system which prevents third party candidates from being viable in the elections.
It has all come down to 2008. Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party candidate. He goes up against the fools candidate - John McCain, presented by the Republican Party. If anyone has an ounce of intelligence this is an easy choice. Obama, who represents the best interests of our country and its people, or McCain, who represents wealth, lobbyists, and major corporations (ExxonMobil, etc.).
All a voter has to do is read about the candidates and their positions and the choice between the two becomes bone crushingly simple. Frighteningly, there are many voters who appear to be completely ignorant of the facts and instead will vote based on some stupid fear advertisement or internet hate e-mail. Ultimately, these voters end up voting against their own self interests and the interests of their country. While Obama does not have the perfect stand on every issue, his opponent appears to have exactly the wrong stand on every issue.
John McCain does NOT have the background in leadership to be a good president; just as Bush and Cheney did not either. He does have the arrogance to think he IS a good leader. We can agree that McCain did serve his country in the Navy and appears to have done so honorably while a POW. However, this in itself does not make him a leader. Beyond the POW status (of course far better than Bush's AWOL status) McCain was a Naval Academy graduate (which means political appointee), a naval aviator (no leadership required - only the ability to fly a plane), and, as one would expect from such a background, only focused on his own self interest. McCain would represent a third term of the failed Bush&Co policies only with a new twist. Instead of having the violent tempered warmonger as the VP like now, it would be shifted to the position of president, the actual man with his finger on the nuclear button. McCain's response to Georgia's attack on a break away region then its unsurprising subsequent pummeling by Russia, only further underlines this danger. I'm not sure that we would make it through a first term McCain presidency without a full world ending nuclear exchange between the US and Russia and/or China. Think about it...
Then think about this: Are we and our country better off today than we were eight years ago? Only an ignorant fool would say yes! I support change and the clearly obvious best choice of Barack Obama for president.