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so why are you voting for obama?

November 5, 2008

The 2008 Presidential election has been causing quite a stir (in case you haven’t noticed), and unless you live under a rock – this event is attracting more attention than a ford bronco racing down the highway.  Although the star of this story isn’t this guy, it does however belong to another african lead, barack obama.  Now, the general consensus, amongst those most heavily influenced by the media (ie. young people) have already declared him as their saviour.  Don’t get me wrong, i do support his campaign, but i fear most people out there have committed to more trivial reasons as to why he should be “dubya’s” successor.

let’s start out with the obvious:

barack obama is black,  ergo, he has the potential to be the first black president in U.S. history.

although this does make a great story, realistically, it shouldn’t be why he has captured your vote.  it shouldn’t even be a reason, period.  what does race have to do with being a great candidate?  Does his skin colour make him a better candidate?  does it make him worse?  or really, should it mean nothing at all, because we’ve learned through great leaders such as martin luther king jr. that race shouldn’t affect how you see someone.  voting for obama because of race undermines the work of all those who fought so gallantly to eliminate judgment by colour.  rosa parks sat on a bus because she felt she deserved to be there, that her right was beyond the hue of her skin.  don’t cheapen obama’s running.  i know what some of you are thinking, and i’m aware this subject is touchy, but ask yourself this:  if both a white person and a black person were fighting for the same promotion at their company, and the white person won because he was white.  would you call that company racist?  i would.  so why then, when reversed, its considered not?  shouldn’t the best man for the job get the promotion, regardless of race, because when considering all facets of their attributes, he’s the better man for it?

if you are serious about voting, and you’re serious about voting right.  do your research.  avoid the media and the mob.  filter the noise, and find out what’s the best decision for you.

ask a young casual voter who they’re supporting, and there’s a good chance it’ll be obama.  fair enough.  now, ask that person to explain why without using vague adjectives and watch them struggle.  really?  you’re an avid supporter of obama.  okay, name one of his policies?  okay, now how does that differ from mccain’s?

here, try this:

if obama was white, and mccain was black – does your vote change?

if obama was republican, and mccain a democrat – do you switch sides?

ask yourself, what are you rooting for?  dig deep.  is it their charisma?  their policies?  their party?  their “cool” factor?  what, what is it?

take heed, for this is not an anti-obama rant, nor is it pro, rather, this is an anti-ignorance, and pro-knowledge message.  turn off SNL.  ignore youtube.  consider the power of your vote and make the best decision you can.  300 million people depend on it.  it’d be illogical to give someone the power of nuclear options over something as trivial as race.  if you support obama, it should be for all the right reasons.  you should believe in his integrity.  that means, he has your vote whether he is black, white, mexican, asian, male, female, disabled, short, over-weight or skinny.

let’s make the best decision we can.  we’ve come too far not to.

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