A friend once told me, "Obama is just like Hitler." This came after she found out I supported the democrat. "He’s charismatic, but will lead the country to destruction," she continued. It’s reactions like this that I receive shortly after expressing to my peers that I am an Obama supporter. "I can’t wait until Obama is elected and you can sit back and see this country fall apart," said another friend. After these remarks, they share how they absolutely cannot believe I can support such a liberal man. Little do they know, my political views are more on the right side of the spectrum than on the left.

"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America, there is the United States of America," were some of the first inspiring words I heard from the senator. Although these words are becoming less true every day, they showed Obama’s passion for a universal goal: unity. "Change you can believe in" and "Yes we can" are perhaps his two most popular campaign slogans, one showing his determination for a better country, and the other his faith in the American people to help make it happen. It is words like these that bring people, like myself, to love Obama.

There’s absolutely no question that Obama has an ability to influence people to think his way. He’s persuaded tens of thousands of young voters from age 18 to 24 to support his presidential campaign. He has also caused many Republicans from states with closed primary elections to declare themselves as democrats. Many would argue that his philosophy of a united America makes them have hope for a better future for our country. Many citizens have been driven to tears listening to Obama and his determination.

Growing up in such a nonindividualistic society, I have oftentimes felt pressured to "stick it to the man," and I am one of those voters that have felt inspired by Obama’s words. Even after someone tells me that they have "Biblical proof the liberals are damned to hell," I’m perfectly comfortable supporting the democrat. Once other conservatives realize exactly how liberal Obama’s views are, they are naturally pushed out of their comfort zone by supporting the man. They forget the power and inspiration they felt by the man’s philosophies and question if they want such a liberal president.

Some would call me fresh-out-of-high school, seeing as I graduated from Lone Peak High less than a month ago. I’ve also been referred to as young, because I was one of the youngest people from my graduating class at 17 years and 10 months old. However, despite my age relative to the rest of my peers, I will be old enough to voice my opinion this November in the presidential race. Obama will do the best job uniting the country, and I’d rather have a united country than a divided country.