Obama’s inexperience scares me

In this past week, as I stood by and watched people enter the Sen. Barack Obama rally at the University of Nevada, Reno, I cringed. I didn’t cringe because they were going in to see a Democrat; it was their reaction to this man that scared me.

There are less than 30 days left before Nov. 4, and I am still not really sure why people feel the way they do about Sen. Obama. He is a man and a politician, but people seem to have forgotten this. They cheer and chant that he will “change” the world, but what they fail to realize is he is just one man, and he would be a part of the balance of power just as all presidents are. Any change he makes will be made in part by Congress and the Supreme Court. By the very nature of this system, no singular person can “change the world.”

People seem to idolize Sen. Obama. He is a politician, and society should never feel so bewitched by a politician. A politician’s power stays in check because there are always people there to question and voice concern in regard to their actions. With half the country in a seeming trance over Obama, I’m greatly concerned—should the worst happen, and he gets elected—that this questioning will be forgotten, and people will try to give him too much power.

This man can say anything, and people will cheer and cry tears of happiness. At one point in his speech, he spoke of how he ate pizza every night just like everyone else. The crowd went wild. First off, who can afford pizza every night? And who even eats pizza every night? This was a pointless fact that has nothing to do with anything, and still people cheered. Why is this? Because they have found someone they connect with.

Democrats feel a connection with Obama, and it excites them. What people aren’t seeing is that the kind of connection they feel with Obama is the kind they should have with a good friend, not a politician. I don’t want to eat pizza with my representatives; I want them working hard while I am eating pizza. That’s how it should be.

Barack Obama points out the connections between himself and the common people because he has nothing substantive to offer voters—one piece of legislation in his time as a Senator, and the piece of legislation was insignificant for his constituents, at best. With two books and one piece of passed legislation, it seems that this inexperienced politician likes himself more than he does anything or anyone else. And yet, the people still cheer.

Ignorance is not bliss. All Sen. Obama has to offer are great speeches and inexperience. A very sad combination indeed. This country does not need a friend or a motivational speaker. These people rally for a man who makes them feel better. But the whole picture isn’t being placed in front of them. This country will face very tough situations in the very near future, and the only thing that will save us is experience in the White House.

More than once, people have said hope is a plan for the future. Hope is absolutely not a plan. I hope for a lot of things, but it’s the actions I take that gain me the things I hope and wish for. This is why I will stand by Sen. John McCain and his years of experience through this election. Obama’s plan of hope is my biggest fear.