I have struggled with this decision for a long time because I am a supporter of Ralph Nader and Independent politics. I voted for him in the last two elections and do not regret that decision.
Some reason why I will vote for Obama:
Recently, I have been involved with some long passionate discussions with respected friends on the upcoming election and they have played a role in this decision.
I have looked on in horror as John McCain's campaign have continuously taken the low road in this campaign and demonstrated that they are continuing the politics of the Bush Administration.
I can in no way imagine Sarah Palin as president--frankly the idea scares me.
The hanging of the Obama effigy in Lexington, KY and a honest heartfelt email from a friend explaining why the past and present racism of his relatives is moving him to cast his vote for Obama.
The optimism that Obama has engendered in many of my students and the desire of the world to see him as our next president.
The fact that John McCain has been one of the strongest advocates of deregulation. His long association with Phil Graham (who famously dismissed American citizens worries about the economy as evidence "we are a nation of whiners"). McCain's slow response to the economic troubles and his claims that everything was fine up until the massive failures.
Obama was a professor of constitutional law. It would be interesting to see what an intellectual president would be like.
I have little faith in the ossified Democrat party which has taken part in the continuing destruction of the U.S.A. Unfortunately, I feel we are at a pivotal moment and we simply cannot risk another Neo-Conservative Republican administration. I still support and admire Ralph Nader, but I will be voting for Barack Obama this time.
Finally, Colin Powell, who has learned many hard lessons about the current Republican agenda, why he is deeply troubled by the direction of his own party and clearly explains why Obama is the better choice:
Vote on Tuesday! What would happen if we had a historic vote and proved that we give a damn about the direction of our country?