Am I ever glad that the Democratic Primaries are over. I've had some serious mixed feelings in regards to whom I would rather have as the presidential nominee. But, I'm satisfied with either, as either would make a far better choice than McCain.
And, I definitely think Obama would be foolish not to choose Clinton as his running mate.
Now, there was something a little sticky in the end of what you wrote, though, that I have some difficulty with:
"Americans have spoken that they want change. Well an Obama/Clinton nomination would certainly help to make such changes. That paints a rosier picture of the future."
This statement, read on it's own, could speak nicely of their merits, of how their leadership could give us the change we've sought for some time now. However, it was preceded by commentary on sexism and racism, which is the part that starts to rub me wrong. Hear me out here...
I view a vote for a black man or woman insidious and poor citizenship on the part of the voter. Why? Well, it's the same as voting based on party.
If you're voting for a candidate solely based on what party they belong to, you're not looking at them as candidates. Instead, you're simply voting in your party. The same goes for voting in Barack. If you (not you folks in Canada, of course ;)) vote for them because it means putting the first black president in office, you're not being a responsible citizen.
A responsible voter looks at the candidate based on their past record. What has the candidate done with their life up until this point, what have they done with the power they've been granted up until now? They should also look to any signs that the candidate will have their best interest at heart.
I just hope that most voters this November will view a vote for Obama not as a vote for "black," but as a vote for "Barack."
2008-06-04 08:42:56 Posted by roguewriter ()
Barack should be judged more for what he says and does and less for the colour of his skin, and the same goes for Hillary. She should be judged for her actions/beliefs and not for her breasts and her crotch.
But we simply cannot ignore these factors. They will certainly weigh in frequently in the coming months.
For example, ever heard the comment that "Barack isn't black enough"? The comment is usually coming from someone who has a stereotype of what they think black people should behave like (ie. Have an afro and talk with a Jamaican accent).
The same goes with Hillary: "Is Hillary feminine enough or too feminine?" Some people will doubtlessly argue she acts too masculine or the reverse too feminine.
As a feminist ezine its our responsibility to pay attention to these ideas.
I imagine by the time the election rolls around we will be very bored of discussing the whole race and sex issue and get down to more important issues like whether to take troops of Iraq, should we attack Iran, and whether we should finally put troops in Pakistan along the border to catch Osama bin Laden.
And while we're at it we should also be discussing the economy, the environment, high oil prices and skyrocketing food prices/food shortages.
2008-06-04 18:08:02 Posted by Charles and Suzanne ()
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2011-04-20 14:35:33 Posted by June 2008 ()