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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Barack Obama for President!

I have been trying to stay objective and not pick sides in the presidential contests, mostly because I saw no point: Clinton was going to win the Democratic nomination and there was no way in hell any of the sorry-@$$ Republicans could possibly win the general election with the Bush legacy hanging around their neck.

Things change.

Now it seems to me that the rancor and ugliness of the Democratic contest (which can be almost totally attributed to the Clintons) may end up giving the Republican nominee a chance to win in the general. McCain has a legitimate chance, but one of the other jokers may be able to slip into the White House if the Clintons continue their destructive quest to re-attain the power of the presidency.

Make no mistake, they will do or say whatever they feel they must to get that power back. Anything. (For example, when Hillary Clinton craps on Iowa afterlosing it. Bill Clinton says that Obama's win in South Carolina doesn't matter because Jesse Jackson won it - that was the last straw for me. How insulting and demeaning.) And what will be the result? More revisiting of Bill Clinton's presidency, which began the hyper-partisanship that has so damaged our country? Oh good. Let's all sign up for that.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, will be able to:

1. Handily defeat any Republican (although McCain will still give the Republicans their best shot - let's hope they don't realize that) I think Obama could win 60% of the popular vote and bring Democrats, Independents (like me), and (gasp) even some Republicans together behind him. That kind of broad public support (which HE would have and Clinton would clearly not) would also help him get some groundbreaking legislation passed through Congress (which will be even more Democratic with him at the top of the ticket vs. Clinton at the top) early in his term. That would be a real change. That would lead to real progress.

2. He would be a point of pride for the Black community in this country. The Black community is facing several crises. Single parent families are at an all-time high, numbers of black men in prison are ridiculously high, HIV/AIDS is the number one killer of black women aged 25-34. They could use someone who would actually advocate on their behalf (which Obama has done as an inner-city organizer), not just another politician who shows up at a church to pander to them right before the election.

3. President Barack Obama's name and face on TV screens across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia will fundamentally reshape the way American is viewed abroad. They will see that, for once, America elected a more diverse leader. One who for many, will seem much more similar to them than anything they have ever seen from an American president. This will all happen at a time when much of the population of developing countries (especially Arab and African countries, not to mention Iran) are under the age of 25 and vastly more impressionable than they will be in 8 more years. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say the best thing we can do to win hearts and minds in the War on Terror would be to have Barack Obama as President. We have a singular opportunity for this right now that will pass away in a short time.

4. Unity. He can bring us together. Bring us together the way we should have been ever since 9/11 when Bush wasted our national unity to push his partisan bull$#!# and make a grab for power. The Clintons cannot unite this country. I cannot imagine anyone really believing otherwise.

So, in conclusion, let's take control of our future and make a better America and world. Barack Obama for President!

Comments on "Barack Obama for President!"

 

Anonymous Anonymoustache said ... (7:03 PM) : 

A good case you make, passionately and well, my friend. The last three paragraphs of your article need to be framed.

You are not alone in your anger towards Bill Clinton's comments. Read this bare-knuckled raw bruising on 3 Quarks Daily. I am developing a theory about Bill Clinton’s campaigning that may not be as crazy as it seems---he doesn’t want to be first lady, so to speak. The guy is too politically savvy to be starting a bunch of fires like this. I got this weird feeling that he knows what he’s doing all along.

But anyway, one good article deserves another and so here’s Caroline Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Before anyone knee-jerks at the Kennedy name, let me say this----forget the author, read the words, and be honest to your thoughts and emotions. Here’s a taste: “Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”

Anyways, I think that an Obama/Edwards ticket is something that I may not look at with complete skepticism.

 

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