Barack Obama for president

Photo: Patrick Smith

This time, the choice is clear. Barack Obama has shown the knowledge, courage, judgment, and temperament to be the next President of the United States. He already beat all odds to become the Democratic nominee earlier this year—his life story is one of the most fascinating examples of success. He demonstrates that anyone in America can live out their dreams.

On the issues, Barack Obama is undoubtedly the best choice across the board.

Foreign policy

Barack Obama opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning, demonstrating the correct foresight that would have prevented us from engaging in such an unnecessary conflict that has caused over five years of pain and grief for Iraq and for the U.S. and our troops. Barack Obama has pledged to bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq within 16 months, ending this war once and for all, listening to the pleas of both the American people and the Iraqi people.

What’s more, Obama recognizes that the Bush administration regrettably lost interest in Afghanistan and the search for Bin Laden, when that should have been our focus all along. Obama would attempt to restore our standing in the world.

Domestic policy

Barack Obama supports an opt-in universal health care system for anyone in the U.S. who needs it. While those who are happy with their current health insurance would be welcome to keep it, there are 50 million people in the U.S. that do not have any access to health care. Obama’s plan would provide acceptable care for all of them.

Obama also supports women’s right to choose and wants to ensure equal civil rights for the LGBT community; he supports equal benefits for same-sex couples.

On the economy, Barack Obama understands that the failed policies of the Bush administration have driven us into a hole. It’s time to bring our tax policies back to where they were in the 1990s, a time of prosperity. This move includes a direct tax cut to working class and middle class families. Obama’s tax plan would offer three times more tax relief to the average working family than McCain’s.

John McCain

Speaking of John McCain, he was once an honorable man who worked across political lines. Those days, unfortunately, are long gone. McCain’s erratic and divisive campaign, topped ludicrously by his politically motivated selection of the immature and unqualified Sarah Palin for the office of Vice President, has made a mockery of our democratic process, and it has proven that McCain does not possess the temperament or judgment necessary for the job.

Quite clearly in our eyes, Barack Obama holds the advantage in every respect. That is why we endorse Obama for President of the United States and encourage you to vote for him next Tuesday, November 4th.

“No” on California Proposition 8

For those of you who live in the state of California, this election is even more important. In a bold, respectable move, your state legalized same-sex marriage not long ago. However, there is a fight underway to reverse this crucial step forward. California’s Proposition 8 would amend the state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage, nullifying all current same-sex marriages and preventing any others from taking place in the future.

Proposition 8 is offensive, unfair, and just plain wrong. We encourage you to take a stand for civil rights, equality, fairness, and progress, by voting NO on Prop 8.

This endorsement was originally published at ATRL.

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