Things I like about Halloween:
Little kids in costumes; getting to wear a costume at work; chatting with the neighbors and the folks walking around the neighborhood at dusk; carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds; making pumpkin torches.
Things I dislike about Halloween:
Store-bought costumes instead of home-made costumes; oversized plastic crap in people's front yards; teenaged girls dressed all slutty; teenaged high school boys with no costumes looking for candy.
This column, written by an English woman living in the U.S., was revealing on a few levels. She is appalled by the celebration of Halloween in America (too much candy and tacky yard decorations). But here's what she says about living in U.S.:
"Overall we are loving our time here. There is so much to embrace in America, a nation which just hugs you right back."
"Many of the people we have met truly possess that 'can-do' attitude to life. It has made us more positive people who have greeted every new experience with relish."
In a nutshell, that's why I believe that Senator Obama won't be elected president. Obama is fundamentally negative about the U.S. and its citizenry, its economy (which is in far better shape than any other country) and its future. To use Spiro Agnew's expression, Obama is a "nattering nabob of negativism." Obama says that Pensylvanians cling to their religion and their guns, he says that people who don't want higher taxes are selfish. (Never mind that the Obamas' record of charitable donations is quite selfish.) Obama and his wife Michelle see our country and its constitution as basically flawed. Their attitudes strike me as fundamentally un-American. As the British lady observed, we Americans are positive-minded. We fix things, we solve problems, we love to see people do well and be successful, we look at the bright side of life. Obama lacks basic American values, and I believe that most Americans simply won't vote for him.