Sunday, February 10, 2008

Do Your Homework, Kiddies...

The upcoming election is a historical one: for the first time, there is a chance that either a woman, or a black man could become the next "Leader of the Free World." And while this should be very exciting to me, I'm finding it to be more bittersweet than anything else.

Senator Hillary Clinton is a strong, eloquent, and inarguably intelligent woman. It has even been said that she was the driving force behind many of husband, Bill's policies. However, she has painted her self out to be unreliable when it comes to the issue of holding steadfast to her principles; although being a major proponent in the movement for socialized medicine, and against health care providers, she was silenced by a substantial bribe.

Obama, on the other hand, is far too left, even from a Democratic standpoint. His voting records show over 100 "present" votes-- some on issues that should take little to no thought. For instance, allowing sex shops to be located in propinquity to schools and places of worship (as if that's not easily a "no"!) Additionally, he voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and the Induced Infant Liability Act. These acts would have given care to babies who survived late term abortions. The odd part is that in the case of the latter of the two, not even NARAL Pro-Choice America was opposed to the Act. But then again, most people aren't opposed to letting babies literally sit in a hospital and die of neglect (but then again, this is coming from the man who said on NATIONAL TV that his preacher uses "f***" in his sermons.)

I'm sorry, but I believe that no matter what your stance on abortion is, no person with any sort of conscious or morality can advocate that a CHILD can be left to die once born into this world. He even voted against a bill defining "born alive" infants as infants born at "any stage of development." So does that mean that now premature babies are not alive? Should we leave them to die, too?

Frankly, I don't care what ethnicity the President is, as long as he (or she) is qualified. Sorry, but we don't need another Clarence Thomas. I'd suggest you read what The Washington Post's Fact Checker has to say on him, and all the other candidates as well. Websites like Project Vote Smart will give you some of the voting history for each candidate, but I'd suggest we be mercenary in making sure we research what stance each candidate takes on specific issues well before we cast in our ballots. In the past, the greatest boundary we as minorities have had is a lack of knowledge. Let's not get caught up in the hype. Educate yourselves. I'm not telling you how to vote, but what I am trying to do is get you to think about the real faces behind the candidates-- because those campaign speeches have been filled with a whole lot of fluff! -Virginia Jackson-Reed

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