I definitely plan on voting for President Obama in November, but I’m on the fence about whether or not to volunteer on his campaign. Below, I’ve prepared a list of pros and cons. What do you think I should do?
Please note that I don’t want to start arguments about any of my listed positions. I realize that a couple in particular will be very unpopular on this site, and that’s fine; I just don’t want to turn this into a flame war. Also, please forgive any typos or bad grammar, as I’m typing this in a hurry.
*I can earn credits as a poli sci major.
*I have been a fervent supporter of the president’s healthcare reform.
*The bin Laden killing was one of the gutsiest foreign policy moves imaginable.
*I’m a firm supporter of the welfare state, and Obama’s the only candidate who doesn’t want to dismantle it.
*The GOP’s assault on women’s and gay rights is nauseating.
*Obama has ended the practice of prisoner torture and (finally) brought an end to the Iraq War.
*Obama made a courageous and ultimately successful move in going forward with the auto bailout and saving the American auto industry.
*Obama has reinvigorated the EPA and the DOJ’s civil rights division.
*I’m very leery of the expanded drone program and its propensity for “collateral damage.”
*Obama’s failure to follow through on his Gitmo promise has been disappointing, to say the least.
*Obama’s extension of the Patriot Act is extremely disappointing, especially given his status as a Constitutional scholar.
*Obama’s education plans are the same old shit with a different package. I come from a long line of teachers, so this issue is always a biggie in my house.
*Although I realize everything that’s gone wrong in Afghanistan lately is not Obama’s fault, I don’t agree with the way he’s progressed on the war.
*I think Obama’s decision to veto the U.N. resolution for a Palestinian state was misguided (again, not trying to start a flame war.)
*I appreciate the repeal of DADT, but I get the distinct impression that the president is playing politics with ENDA and the larger issue of gay marriage.
I could go on and add much more to both lists, but those are the big ones. What do you, my fellow LGF bloggers, think I should do? If any other big pro or con pops into my head, I add it in the comments. Thanks in advance!