Obama Endorsement

So Kyle is writing an endorsement for Barack Obama which reminded me that I wrote one last spring for Obama on Scott’s blog. I thought I would share it with you. Click “more…” to view it.

Throughout the Republicans’ eight year control of the White House we have seen two mishandled wars (one of which should never have happened), a shocking decline in our personal liberties, an increase in corporate handouts, and a blatant disregard for the environment. All of this needs to change. Last November, we moved towards that change by electing Democrats into majorities in both the House and Senate. Now, with the presidential election in 2008 we can take another giant step towards the change we need to see by electing a Democrat into the presidency.

Who should we nominate as the Democratic candidate? Well I’m glad you asked. We could go through the entire field, but we all know it is going to come down between Hilary and Barack. So why not Hilary? Again, I love that you’re asking all the right questions. For one, she is one of the most disliked politicians in the country. I mean, those that hate her HATE her. There aren’t people who are like, “Eh, she’s alright.” Either she’s your savior or you loathe her. This means that all the moderates will vote for the Republican candidate and all the left-leaning independents will vote for their candidate. Many people don’t realize that when there is a strong third party candidate, they usually take votes away from the Democrats. The amount that the third party candidate gets is often larger than the margin between the two major candidates, so even getting some of the independents to vote Democrat is crucial. This will not happen with such a dividing candidate such as Hilary. Senator Clinton voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution and has refused to admit that it was a mistake to do so. Not only did she make the mistake of voting for the war in Iraq, but she will not admit that her vote wasn’t the correct one. This is a vote that led to the killing of 60,000 innocent Iraqi civilians and over 3,000 American soldiers. I can understand why she may have voted in the first place, many people were fooled by the Bush Administration’s clever ruse, but to refuse to admit is was the wrong decision? Come on. It is not so much that Hilary is a bad candidate, just that she isn’t capable of winning. Every poll thus far has her losing to nearly all of the major Republican candidates. By 2008 it will have been 20 years of Clinton’s and Bushes holding the presidency. If we want a change, not having the same two families in the White House for over two decades is a pretty good start if you ask me. Republicans hate Hilary. With her in the White House partisanship will only increase, which is exactly what the country does not want. We have wasted to much time bickering in Congress and Hilary Clinton will certainly not help increase bipartisanship.

So, with Hilary eliminated, that leaves us with only one choice, Barackstar Obawesome (courtesy of Benjamin). One of Barack Obama’s most promising qualities is that he hasn’t been around long enough to have any major dirt on him. This means when it comes down to the wire and the negative campaigning starts up, they ain’t got nuttin on him. Many also feel that with only ten years of political experience Barack hasn’t been around long enough to have become jaded by politics. But, at the same time he has enough experience to be capable of being President. During the 109th Congress, his first, he sponsored 152 bills and resolutions and cosponsored another 427. So it is clear that has been making use of his little amount of time in the Senate. Also, unlike Hilary, he has the ability and desire to actually unite the country. When delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention he said:

The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

Because of this, Barack will be able to get moderates who want a change to vote for him, because he pushes for bipartisanship and has minimalized alienation towards him.

So now that we’ve decided that we can elect Barack, we will move onto why we should elect him. Although Barack was not a member of the Senate when the Iraq Resolution was introduced in 2001, he spoke out against the Iraq war once while a member of the Illinois State Senate in 2002. This shows that Barack has a clear head and knows where the country’s priorities should have been, in Afganistan, not Iraq. Also, Barack is from a middle-class family which means he will be able to sympathize with the majoritiy of the nation’s people instead of coming from the richest %5 of the nation like almost all presidential candidates do. Barack’s minority status also means that he can relate to a large portion of the nation that no other President has. But, he was raised mainly by his white mother so he knows both sides of the story.

Barack Obama is the most electable and the most fit option of the Democratic candidates. He pushes for uniting instead of dividing and is relatable to with the majority of the country. He is one of the few people I believe is capable of the change America desperately needs today.

So everyone, if you could, please take some time today to get to know the next President of the United States of America.

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