Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Interesting Stuff!!: Videos and Non-committal Commentary on the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.”

Tonight, millions of impassioned Americans and people around the world are holding their breath, waiting for the results of the 2008 United States presidential election. I’m happy that this election has encouraged so many voters to educate themselves about each candidate and choose which one is best-equipped to lead this fair country of ours.

Unfortunately, this election – and the campaign leading up to it – has also brought to the surface the ignorance of many voters. I’m speaking from an independent perspective. I’m not arguing for or against Democrats or Republicans or any other political party. I’m trying to point out that ignorance is rampant… and very often interesting.

Take this video for example. It features brief "man-on-the-street" interviews at a Republican rally in Ohio where vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin spoke. (It’s Al Jazeera’s English network, but don’t let that scare you.)

Yes, this video is skewed to the left. It hopes to make the conservative right appear unintelligent and uninformed. Do you think it succeeded? The most memorable quote in this video, to me, is from the elderly woman in the colorful sweater, discussing Barack Obama: “I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash, because we’re not.” I’m not sure if she has any direct quotes that would point to Obama ever saying anything like that. After all, aren’t many of the votes he’s counting on going to come from white people? Interesting stuff!

Onto the next video. It’s from the Howard Stern show, wherein the interviewer asked Obama supporters in Harlem if they supported Obama’s views on various subjects. The catch is that he substituted Obama’s views for McCain’s views and it didn’t seem to sway their support. That is, at least not among those whose interviews were broadcast.

This one is skewed more to the right. Did these people really not realize that Sarah Palin is McCain’s running mate and not Obama’s? Do you think that these people or black people anywhere are voting for Obama just because he’s black? Is that an ignorant decision? Interesting stuff!

If people are indeed ignorant, should they be allowed to vote? That’s a question 20/20’s John Stossell tried to answer in this video…

Kind of depressing, right? Well, here’s something fun for both sides of the political spectrum. What happens if the other party - the party you don't support - wins? Collegehumor.com attempted to answer that question with this video.

Enjoy the new president!

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