I have normally voted Republican in the past, but I don't think I will this year. I don't see any republican candidates that would make a strong president. Obama impesses me a lot because he knows how to deliver very powerful and inspiring speaches, much like Reagon did when he was president. Clinton is very cold and calculating -- she might make a good president too but she is not anywhere near as inspiring as Obama.
Born in Honolulu to a Kenyan father and an American mother, Obama grew up in culturally diverse surroundings. He"was not raised in a religious household." He describes his mother, raised by non-religious parents, as detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known." He describes his Kenyan father as "raised a Muslim," but a "confirmed atheist" by the time his parents met, and his Indonesian stepfather as "a man who saw religion as not particularly useful." The chapter details how Obama, in his twenties, while working with local churches as a community organizer, came to understand "the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change." Obama writes: "It was because of these newfound understandings—that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved"
While I don't have a socialist platform to compare to, I find that hard to believe. Seems like American parties tend to be more rightist than European ones. Being too far left would leave the Democrats with too little support as it would be considered very radical.
DSA seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own party, but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas. "Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party," says DSA. "We work with those movements to strengthen the party's left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. ... Maybe sometime in the future ... an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats."