British Columbia, Canada
Well Threadbear, Barach Obama's history in the Illinois Senate, shows his many accomplishments in a very short period. I have to wonder what he can and will do, and think it's worth that risk. I think most people, or I would certainly hope so by now anyway, will have done their homework on his track record, and feel comfortable in what he has to offer. Besides "hope," which incidentally is 100% accurate, he offers a new, fresher approach to politics because of his youth, his education, and experience in the Senate, which is extensive. His lack of enemies is a bonus, and his temperment and demeanor as displayed is what you expect in a person of authority, or a commander-in-chief. Judging by the change in his hair color lately I would say he is getting lots of advise on this campaign trail and will continue to be smart enough to listen to it, and take from it all what is needed to make Americans stand proud and tall, and feel secure once more.
One only has to research the number of bills he was instrumental in getting passed to see where his passion is Ė with the people. Obama's work on legislation of the death penalty in Illinois, and how it is doled out was a major accomplishment. He was in favor of only issuing the death penalty in the most heinous of crimes. This accomplishment was the difference between life and death. He was instrumental in having minors not prosecuted as adults in certain crimes as well.
He also favors stricter gun control, (which is my personal favorite,) and has worked toward passing some great gun control legislation, and regulations for gun-bearing citizens.
He sponsored a bill while serving in Statehouse that made health care available to approximately 150,000 people that included over 70,000 children Ė so if is not an accomplishment I don't know what is. He has often said, he will give "you" exactly what he would give his own children as far as health care and education, and I do believe him. A 5,000 cheque to get health care just won't cut it trust me.
He too was a "Maverick" with some fancy foot work in finance reform during 1998. It prohibited lawmakers from soliciting funds for campaigns while on state property, nor could they accept any gifts from contractors, lobbyists or any other politically interested parties. It changed history in Illinois, since up to that point it was known as a pay/play political state I think, but correct me if I am wrong.
He was instrumental in getting young offenders re-trained and back into the work force, as well as job training for those below the poverty line, and that bill was a huge success.
Because of a bill he had passed, drivers now have to wear seat belts Ė how good it that?
He started a bill which I donít think is yet passed that would require utilities to purchase part of their energy from renewable sources. Hope that one passes soon.
So let's see he has been responsible for bills passed in the state of Illinois for managing the environment, health care reform, assisting those impoverished, or incarcerated, shaking up ethics, shining a light on civil rights, not to mention his extensive work on immigration. That is one heck of a resume.
Heís ma man, and he has the votes to prove he is more than just a pretty face, or a good speaker. Not to take away from the track record of John McCain, because not only is it impressive, it is very "American," but right now I think people are scared, and going to put their money on some big "change." Are they ready for what they wish for? Hard to say, but I would bet this is the start of a very interesting period in our history. Now don't ask me why I like him okay, I could write you a book on that, as I have since he ran for Senator. I know one thing he has handled his campaign with complete integrity, but then I knew he would.
Sharon leaves swiftly out the side door, wearing her "Americanuck" t-shirt, just missing Balladeer's cream pie.