Especially if you have traditionally been a Democrat. If you believe in the basic Platform of the Democratic Party and you are undecided, there is something more going on with you. Maybe you just don't want to admit it to yourself.
According to an article called The Psychology of the Undecided Voter, this just may be true. Here's a portion of the article.
"Now a new study examining the psychology of the undecided voter suggests the candidates and their campaigns may be wasting their time and money.
In Thursday's issue of Science, researchers report that people who think they are undecided about an issue often have made up their mind at an unconscious level.
So while the latest national polls show that between 5% and 15% of Americans still don't know who they will be voting for in November, the percentage of voters who truly are undecided may actually be much smaller, social psychologist Bertram Gawronski, PhD, of the University of Western Ontario tells WebMD."
However feeble this post may be, this is my attempt to maybe reach some of you. Mabye only one or two. But this election is that important to me, and our country, and the world, and could be determined by so few votes. Maybe yours. Today, McCain is guaranteeing a victory. That really scares me.
David Sedaris wrote an essay called Undecided, that appears in The New Yorker today. This quote from him sums up my thoughts on the issue quite nicely.
'I look at these people and can’t quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?
To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”'
The difference between the two candidates is that huge to me. Chicken or crap with glass in it. If you really are undecided, think about what's important to you. Read the websites of both candidates. Read some more. There's still time.
Now read this. An email has been circulating for the past few months. In case you haven't seen it, here it is from this website.
Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around? Think about it...
Would the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit? Ponder the following:
What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?
What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?
What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair with her while he was still married?
What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)
What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?
What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?
What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?
What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?
What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?
You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?
This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.
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Education isn't everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world. You make the call.
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