Monday, October 6, 2008


Word is that today's the last day. If you haven't done it already, register. And if you want some silly people to tell you why and how to register, watch this video.

It's a good thing to tell people to vote, but I think it's a better thing to explain, honestly and humbly, why you're supporting the candidate(s) you're supporting.

And I don't care who you are or what qualifications you have. All of our reasons are probably flawed in some way. But some of our reasons, flawed or not, are original and legitimate and reasons that other people should consider.

So, if you want to take the video's advice and tell five friends to register to vote, I suggest that you buck conventional nondisclosure wisdom and tell those five people for whom you're voting and why.

I'm voting for Barack Obama.

I'm voting for him for many reasons, and here's one that might feel a little unusual:

I don't think Barack Obama believes in absolute good and absolute evil.

I think he understands that the world is complicated. I think he understands that there are legitimate (though sometimes misguided) reasons that people and governments and businesses do the things they do. And I think he understands that, in order to solve the big problems we face, we're going to have to be a lot more creative and introspective than we ever have been before.

I sense that understanding in his willingness to try different things diplomatically with Iran. I sense it in his relationships with Reverend Wright and William Ayers. I sense it in his thoughts on race and culture in the United States.

I want a President with an open mind, and I think Barack Obama will be that President.


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Abby said...

I love this idea.

I'm voting for Obama because he's the first politician in my lifetime to provoke action in the American people. He goes beyond telling us what he can do to make the world a better place; he calls on us to effect change. His rhetoric breeds empowerment. To me, there's not much more important than that.

Jake de Grazia said...

It's a bummer that more government leaders aren't like that. The other person that I think has that quality is Arnold Schwarzenegger, but maybe that's just because I love Pumping Iron so much. As a documentary filmmaker, I think you really ought to watch that someday. And stick around for the bonus interview with modern day politician Arnold on the DVD. It pulls the whole project together, makes it all make sense.

Abby said...

I just moved it to the top of the netflix queue. And what was the one about the Rumble in the Jungle?

Jake de Grazia said...

When We Were Kings. You'll love it. Look up The Smashing Machine as well. Brenty will like that one.