This cycle’s Presidential Race so far has 18 entrants from the two major parties. There are positives and negatives for all of these candidates, and of course some have more positives than others. One of these candidates however, seems to rise above the rest.
Barack Obama, the 46 year old Senator from Illinois, seems to be the brightest of the stars. He is charismatic, young, optimistic, and downright attractive. Am I right?
First, let’s begin with the critics. If you have seen, read, or heard anything about Obama, most likely there has been a segment on how he is too inexperienced to be President. However, if we delve deeper into this, his “inexperience” should not be construed as a negative.
Examine two politicians who are extremely experienced; Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney, from 1969-1978 held various positions in the White House under Richard Nixon and eventually became Gerald Ford’s Chief of Staff. He was then elected for six terms to the U.S. Congress from Wyoming. In 1989 he became the Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush, a position he held for four years.
Early in Rumsfeld’s career he held office in the U.S. congress for eight years. He then served in high ranking cabinet positions under Nixon and Ford, just like Cheney. While involved in the private sector from 1985-1990, he still was involved in public service posts such as President Reagan’s Special Envoy to the Middle East and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In the late 90s he was a prominent member of the group Project for the New American Century, a bunch of crazies in my opinion, and through this group, has been calling for a regime change in Iraq since 1998.
Obviously both of these men had extensive backgrounds in military and foreign policy experience, yet both were key architects of arguably the worst military and foreign policy blunder in the United States history.
Barack Obama, with all his inexperience, opposed the war from the start.
Personally, I don’t understand how Hilary Clinton is that much more experienced than Obama. She has only spent four additional years in the Senate than he has. Does her time as First Lady count? I’d like to think not. Especially since her major role in that administration was botched. (see here) Her “experience” also led her to authorize the War in Iraq. Just because she is more of a war hawk, does not make her more experienced.
Obama is also seen by some to be less electable than Clinton. Minnesota Democrat’s saw how nominating the “electable” candidate, Mike Hatch, over the idealistic progressive candidate, Becky Lourey worked out in the 2006 Governor’s Election. If you nominate the person with the best ideals, that person will get elected.
Well enough of the negativity. What is admiral about Mr. Obama? For one, unlike during the Bush/Cheney years, Obama has pledged to open up communication channels with countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran. Some have viewed this as a gaff on Obama’s part, but without communication, what other conflict resolution tactics do we have other than violent intervention? Talking only with friends is not how countries should conduct foreign policy, and Obama understands this.
I know I have said this above, it cannot be stressed enough, unlike his main competitors for the Democratic nomination, Obama opposed our current occupation of Iraq since before its conception.
On domestic issues, he shows the compassion and empathy of a true progressive. Obama understands the similarities between the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and the one the gay community is currently involved in. He supports civil rights and civil unions for same sex couples.
Obama supports the much needed transition from oil and coal to alternative energies. Whether or not you believe in this global warming hullabaloo, which I do, you would be pretty senile to not understand that oil and coal hurts our environment, our health, and our ability to obtain energy independence.
Obama came out with one of the first health care plans that will give coverage to the more than 47 million people, including 9 million children, who go without coverage. To afford this, he plans to repeal of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. All these tax cuts are doing is putting future generations, like the one I am apart of, into debt.
He is great on the issues, but most importantly Barack Obama represents change in America. Finally America could be run by someone who is not a rich Caucasian. Finally America could elect a true progressive who cares about the less fortunate in America. Finally we could get away from the Washington entrenched Bush-Clinton dynasties we’ve had since 1989. I don’t know about everyone else, but 20 years of those two families is enough for me. Obama is an outsider who could help change the ways of Washington. His appeal extends to all demographics, and his politics includes all demographics. Barack Obama would be a fantastic president who could change the way the United States is seen domestically and abroad. He is the change America needs.
I urge everyone to donate to Obama’s campaign at https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/main?source=mainnavbar. Also, a good place to view his issues on a wide variety of topics would be here.