Here I Sit

… Awaiting my ride to go see Religulous (I’ve never really been a fan of Bill Maher’s, but I’m anxious to see if Larry Charles’ “Borat” charm will carry over) and, despite such an inconsequential distraction, I find myself intrigued with a breaking news item. That being Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama for President.

OK, before I get too far into this post, I’d like to get something off my chest. I’ve been secretly rooting for Obama. Can you really blame me? I mean if it’s a choice between the “lesser of two evils,” Obama is the better choice, even if any meaningful distinction is only slight. In my mind it’s still a better one. He doesn’t have Palin as a running mate. By that same logic it could be argued “he’s got Biden.” What was my point?

Oh yeah, don’t get me wrong, I’d rather not see either Barack or John in office, at all. But if I was an American and I cared to vote, I’d be tempted to vote Obama. Or would I?

The issue is raised, once again. Is a vote for either really going to change the direction we’re headed? Both support the same industrial/military systems of exploitation. Where one must lose for another to win. And with Powell’s endorsement, a Republican war monger backing a Democrat who acknowledges he’s still a Republican, the issue is that much more clear. 

Is anyone still really convinced there is a difference between the two candidates? But I guess the more relevant questions to ask myself is will it really even matter? Is hoping for one over the other just an effort in futility?

They are more alike than different. Demonstrated today by the revelation of Colin’s intentions, especially. McCain supports American efforts in Iraq and is still looking towards Iran as his next target? Where as Obama is hoping to draw down in Iraq, “reinvest” in Afghanistan while looking at Pakistan as his next conquest? Exactly how is that any different? Not to worry, I’ll answer, it’s not. What with Bush’s former Secretary Of State endorsing the Democratic ticket?

Which brings me neatly back to the truth. To which I’ll happily say again, Barack Obama and John McCain are and always will be “the exact same shit from the exact same pile.”

But what do I know or what could I say, as a Canadian, with zero influence in these matters? Vote Nader!