Saturday, February 23, 2008

4 reasons 4 obama

posted by earthwirehead @ 7:25 AM


I'm both voting and caucusing for Obama. Here's why:
  1. Inclusion- Obama has a proven track record for creating a broad electoral coalition and being able to reach across partisan divisions to work in legislative consensus with Republicans and Independents. Both are essential for this country to effectively turn the page after George Bush. In presenting her credentials, Hillary Clinton never fails to reference her capacity for taking on Republicans in a fight. She has also never once demonstrated a capacity for transcending those fights.
  2. Accountability- Obama has consistently pushed for greater transparency in government. A principal reason why Hillary Clinton failed as her husband's 'health care czar' is that she insisted on formulating her plan behind closed doors--up to the point of excluding members of congress within her own party from deliberations. The Clintons refuse to release their tax returns or make public the documentary evidence of Hillary's supposed 'experience' gained during her husband's presidency. One of the most troubling aspects of George Bush's presidency has been the degree to which he has made secret what goes on in the White House. There is no evidence to suggest that a second Clinton presidency would reverse this trend.
  3. Electability- With the exception of Arkansas and New York, every primary that Hillary Clinton has won has been by a thin margin based on the Democratic Party's core constituency. Every one of the primaries and caucuses that Barack Obama has won has been a landslide victory. Hillary Clinton enters the general election race with the highest name recognition and highest negatives of any politician in America. Short of improbable landslide victories in every remaining Democratic contest for the nomination, it is impossible for her to achieve the Democratic nomination without resorting to back-room deals and chicanery, the net result of which would be to cause the voters who have been turning out in droves to support Obama to sit out the general election--while Republicans and right-leaning Independents, united in their contempt for Clinton, turn out in droves.
  4. Change- It isn't just a campaign slogan. The day that a brown-skinned man with an African surname and an Arabic middle name takes an oath to "...execute the Office of President of the United States, and ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States..." the perception of America changes utterly--both in the World's eyes and to America itself. While electing a woman president would also be a landmark event, the implications are not as great--particularly not on the world stage, particularly not with regard to this woman.

America and the world need a fundamental break from the practices and policies that resulted in and are exemplified by George W. Bush. Barack Obama would be this country's first truly 21st century president, someone with the multicultural background and broad understanding to heal the many divisions that exist between America and the rest of the world, as well as those within America itself.

Hillary Clinton voted to authorize and has failed to show the slightest shred of remorse for what she continues to call "George Bush's War." That inability to admit error and failure to show judgment that surpasses political expediency squarely places her along side George Bush--stuck in a "post 9/11 mindset" that cannot possibly transcend the promises and failures of the 20th Century.

America and the world have an absolute need for moral and political leadership that will lead us forward... and that's why I'm voting for Barack Hussein Obama.

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15 Comments:

At February 23, 2008 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it OK to vote for Obama strictly because I hate Hillary? My hate for her seems to be a stronger motivation....

 
At February 23, 2008 at 1:27 PM , Blogger b.s. said...

let your hate consume you... now you can feel the dark side...

 
At February 23, 2008 at 2:42 PM , Anonymous Omar! said...

You will know the true power of the Dark Side!

 
At February 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason Obama is winning this Primary. He is winning in states. He is winning in popular vote, from liberals to independents to even some Republicans. He is winning on delegates, even taking into account those "Super" establishment delegates. The reason is simple. He is the better candidate who can bring us all together to work towards real and lasting change.

Obama is the most electable Democratic candidate by far. He is the way we take back the White House. The proof is in the polls. He averages 4 points better against McCain than Hillary does. Obama beats McCain in polls. Hillary only ties.

One of McCain's own top strategists even said he would resign if Obama is the Democratic nominee because he doesn't want to attack Obama. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/13/top-mccain-adviser-ill-_n_86578.html

And, contrary to popular belief, Obama is tougher than Clinton. Of the two candidates, only he had the guts to oppose the Iraq war from the start. Hillary Clinton still hasn't come to terms with the most important vote of her relatively short-lived political career as an elected official. She still won't admit she made a mistake on Iraq. She said Bush duped her.

Just last Fall Clinton voted for Bush's bill to declare Iran's military to be "terrorists." This was the equivalent of an unnecessary declaration of war. At the same time Bush was waiving around the image of World War III with Iran in support of his bill, Bush knew about a secret National Intelligence Estimate prepared by the CIA which found that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons development program in 2003 and probably hadn't restarted it. Hillary Clinton was duped again. And again she wouldn't admit she made a mistake. Instead she sent a letter to the White House "clarifying" her position.

Yes, there is a reason the McCain is hoping that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. McCain is hoping he can keep independents as well as his own campaign managers from jumping ship because they like Obama. And McCain is hoping he can debate Hillary Clinton on Iraq because her spinning on that issue just is not very convincing.

And Hillary Clinton says she is more prepared and detail oriented than Obama. Once again the proof is in the pudding. Her campaign ran out of money, was unprepared to deal with caucuses and has had to fire a whole bunch of people for poor performance and political low blows. In contrast, Obama's campaign is well run, well financed (even though they don't take money from lobbyists while Clinton does), and consistent in its message.

It's time to vote for the Democratic nominee who is most electable and will make a great President. It's time to vote for a President who can unify America. Without unity, without hope, there is no chance of real change. Without hope there never would have been civil rights reform. Without hope we never would have come out of the Great Depression. Once again, we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Obama '08.

Yes we can! Yes we can in Texas!

PS Here are two interesting articles about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama today:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/opinion/24rich.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/opinion/24dowd.html?hp

I also came across this post on the Internet written by someone else and thought it was good so here it is:

Let's take a closer look at who's really qualified and or who's really working for the good of all of us in the Senate. Obama or Clinton.

These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress www.thomas.loc.gov

Please pass this on

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Clinton
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Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term - 6yrs. - and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law - 20 - twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.

These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress www.thomas.loc.gov, but to save you trouble, I'll post them here for you.

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton's bills are, more substantive.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.



There you have it, the fact's straight from the Senate Record.


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Obama
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During the first - 8 - eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced

233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.

NY TImes Obama's record in the Illinois Senate
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These inculded:

1. The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 - became law,
2. The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, - became law,
3. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
4. The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, - became law,
5. The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee, and many more.


In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no record according to some who would prefer that this comparison not be made public.

 
At February 24, 2008 at 12:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And let me just say "Do you really know what you're getting?"

http://obamasdeckofcards.blogspot.com/2008/02/obamas-voter-manipulation-its-called_23.html

 
At February 26, 2008 at 6:01 AM , Blogger lauralyj said...

Why do you hate Hillary so much?? Do you know her personally? Do you know what all she has done for us (the American Public). She has spent most of her adult life helping those that are less fortuante than she is). I have met her personally and can say that she is a compassionate brilliant woman. She takes a lot of heat because she is strong but she would have to be to have endured living under a microscope for the last 16 years or more.

 
At February 26, 2008 at 6:03 AM , Blogger lauralyj said...

PLEASE PLEASE VOTE and VOTE for who you truly believe can do the best job. McCain is NOT going to be elected President---he may have some good ideas but he is too old and his speeches show that.

Do not let the media play in to your decision. Check out the FACTS about these candidates.

 
At February 26, 2008 at 6:27 AM , Anonymous Shelby said...

Gender voters can go to hell.

 
At February 26, 2008 at 8:22 AM , Anonymous Omar said...

The Clintons are responsible for more Iraqi deaths than both the Bush's could muster. 1 Million dead from sanctions where milk powder, penicillin, and basic neccessities were not allowed in the country. She shows her hypocrisy has no bounds when she speaks against a war she personally authorized. With 'compassion' like Hillary, who needs the cruel...

 
At February 26, 2008 at 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every single candidate listed here is a BIG FUCKING LIAR who only represents corporations and elites. Funny how people will believe anything their told when the guy (or gal) has a smile on their face!
Does anyone remember Bush Jr. running his campaign on a non-interventionist foreign policy?

Does anyone remember the Clintons lying to the public? Particularly Bill? UNDER OATH?

DO your research. Anyone can speak IDEALISTIC ideas to you but who has the credibility, the record and guts to actually take action?

CERTAINLY NOT THE DEMOCRATS!!! DIDN'T WE SUPPOSEDLY ELECT THEM TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND END THIS WAR? WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SINCE THEN? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! WAKEEEE UPPP!!!!

 
At February 27, 2008 at 10:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is NOT Change! He is just another MAN with very little experience like Bush. We need a woman as president to show the world that the US has emerged and it is not business as usual.

 
At February 27, 2008 at 11:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, what a fantastic reason to vote for a woman! I dunno about the rest of you all but I'm sure convinced!

HA!

 
At February 28, 2008 at 9:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barrack is ALL AMERICA black white and in between 'UNIVERSAL' and 'INTERNATIONAL' because his vision is both national and international - based on issues that are first human that transcend ethnic differences, economic status, religious orientations etc, etc, etc. He talks AMERICA-USA and what it has to be for US and the world to see. USA walks the talk.

 
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