None of the candidates will even TALK about how flagrantly absurd that "defense" spending is. But at least one of them has taken a firm and consistent stance on ending the war in Iraq, ending Guantanmo, and restoring civil liberties. So I'm voting for Obama.
BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN TO SECURE AMERICA AND RESTORE OUR STANDING
“When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don't like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, "You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”
— Barack Obama, Des Moines, Iowa, November 10, 2007
He's not perfect, he's not on board with all my issues, and is still playing the foolish game of all the ineffectual democrats - taking a half-step to the left of the extreme right-wing Republicans and calling themselves "progressives". There are no progressives or liberals in the U.S. government today, and the deomcrats don't come off like a political party - just a watered down version of another one. Hardly a compelling platform - the Republicans set the agenda by racing right-ward, and the Democrats just try and triangulate off of the right. Still, Obama is as close I get to someone who's actually progressive, though he's not the populist that Edwards is. And i will say this - the man is a kickass orator, which would be yet another refreshing change after 8 years of The Hungry Little Goat.
I encourage other Californians to consider Obama, as well.