Student Voice


June 12, 2024

Shady politicians are still able to capture fans

October 2, 2008

I was sitting in an unnamed worthless class a few weeks ago as a discussion about the current election arose with the not so objective professor being the moderator. Sometimes I get tired of fighting the good fight, but not this day. I heard the most definitive statement about college students and politics ever uttered.

“I personally am a fan of Obama,” the anonymous student declared.

I initially was less than surprised. What…a college classroom and I’m surrounded by libs…no way. But then I digressed into a pondering daze of what a “fan” of Obama actually is.

Obama began his political career by being elected into the Illinois State Senate by having his opponent, and once mentor, thrown off the ballot because of a technicality. Obama, who claims to be an agent of change, began his career by using old Chicago shady politics to get elected. That doesn’t really seem like change, but let’s keep going.

In that Illinois State Senate, Obama voted “present” on 129 different pieces of legislation, refusing to take a “yes” or “no” stand in an act to avoid scrutiny. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani jabbed at Obama during his speech at the Republican National Convention that he was unaware of a “present” vote after 9/11, and the point is dead on, as president the guy couldn’t hide behind a “present” vote on tough bills, which makes me a little nervous.

Obama, who has been in the U.S. Senate for three years, claims to be a leader who can reach across the aisle and encourage bi-partisan legislation. But, according to the National Journal, which annually analyzes U.S. Senators’ voting records to compile a list of the most liberal and conservative senators, Barack Obama is the most liberal senator in the U.S. Senate.

That’s not according to me, or some conservative talking head, that’s according to his voting record-the guy is just another liberal spewing the archaic left wing talking points.

I wish my editor would give me enough words to continue with the analysis, but he is a tyrant and I must get to my point, not that any of you Obama socialists are still reading.

After everything I’ve looked at, I too am a fan of Obama. If a man can get so far by doing so little, he’s amazing. Obviously I don’t support him because I’m not a socialist welfare recipient cheering for wealthy successful people to pay for my laziness, but I am sure a fan.

I’m a fan of Obama like I’m a fan of Rage Against the Machine. Sounds great, I know its stupid, but it sounds great. But I also know this: no one cares about the issues in this election.

With all the blogs and forums online with idiots spewing all of their opinions, political columns feel like white noise. This is nowhere more true than on a college campus and in this election year I promise to not bore you with political rhetoric as often as I bore you with mindless rants about other stuff.