I will be unable to vote for the next president of the United States of America. I did not register to vote during my hectic high school to college transition. Now I am on an island in the Caribbean awaiting the results on November 4. I am a political addict and have been glued to all the elections since the Bush and Gore fiasco about eight years ago. I was ten years old then, which is a frightening testament to how fast time really flies.

          My view over this long two year struggle for the white house has been mixed. I was a John McCain supporter early on in this election. His election button was proudly displayed on my backpack as I strolled from class to class in high school. I defended him being a moderate on many issues and a smaller government type of guy. I feared higher taxes for our family and socialized healthcare and the potential hazardous impact it would have on my future career. However, as the election progressed and the issues affecting the world in which we live became more apparent, I had no choice but to change my candidate. Being selfish was no longer an option in dire times like these. America needs change across the board, and Obama has the charisma and diplomacy to do it. 

           The election is going to be a historic achievement if Barack Obama clinches the presidency come November fourth. I look forward to his presidency, but I say this without complete confidence. I still understand the implications of two major party candidates who both receive vast amounts of lobbyist money. The other aspect that truly worries me is the potential for the loss of the checks and balances system in government. If the democrats win the majority in the legislative branch and the executive branch, the nation runs the risk of sliding down a slippery slope. On the contrary, a government that works fast may be the solution to our problems as resolutions are demanded decisively in times of trial. If the government can effectively make the right moves without being stuck in muddy partisan bickering, then there may be no better gift in disguise. 

            I was hoping to participate during this historic event, but I will be unable. Another youth vote that will never be counted due to our laziness to register and vote. In history the youth vote has always been proven to be the least dependable during pivotal elections. Nevertheless, I belong to the constituency of California, a state that has gone democratic for nearly every election in the last twenty years. Obama must win this election to revive a sense of change in the people of America. Good things can happen, but many have become skeptical and cynical, like myself, in these times of lobbyist owned politicians.

        Obama’s chances of winning the election are extremely high, but I still worry. The Bradley effect may prove fatal to the campaign, because America is still a very polarized racial country. John Kerry was presumed to win the election against Bush but lost in a few key battle ground states. Political races are never certain as anything can happen in the last lap of the final stretch. My prayers are with Obama, whom I disagree with on many issues, but still support in dangerous times. He has the composure, charisma, and talent to run a nation. I hope the package is not too good to be true. We shall see.