Today, for the first time in my life. I contributed to a presidential candidate. Looking at the current state of affairs in our country, and the choices we have for presidential candidates, I felt that it was time to put my money where my mouth, and heart is. The more I listen to this man, the more I believe that he is genuine, honest, and dignified. The republican party has not one front running candidate, not one, that I trust and feel is credible. Each of them have flip-flopped and pandered. Each of them have way too much excessive baggage and no clear intention to do what is right for America. But a quick mention to Rep. Ron Paul, who’s party will not nominate because he’s too much of a leader, and honest.
So on to the Democrats. Hillary, simply cannot be trusted. Nor can she ever admit that she has ever made a mistake. When asked if she made a mistake regarding voting for the war, her response is simply that we need to look to the future. Well, if enough senators and representatives stood up and voted their conscience, our future would have been different. Instead, they cowed down, always putting their re-election bids first, and sent our sons, daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers off to war. All the while, not providing a clear mission, timeline, resources or training. All they did was get on the bandwagon of giving Nero absolute powers.
Senator Obama had the courage to vote against the war, not because he didn’t believe in America or that he’s soft on our enemies, but because he know the true cost of war. That it’s an absolute, that it is the loss of all civility. And because he didn’t believe the stories coming from the administration due to lack of evidence. He wasn’t concerned about his constituencies vote back home, he was worried more about his country, a sign of a leader. Sure he doesn’t have a lot of experience in government, or in foreign policy or national policy. But what he has character, dignity, and is trustworthy. I am confident that he will surround himself with quality advisers , and hopefully, from both sides of the aisle. I would LOVE to see him include Colin Powell and Ron Paul in his administration. So what if they’re from the other party. We’ve had "experienced" politicians and advisers in the office before and now, and look where it’s gotten us.
I’ve been a republican for over 20 years now. So while I cannot lend my support via a vote during the democratic primary, sir, you’ll have my vote in the general election on the second Tuesday of November 2008. And I will watch the swearing-in in it’s entirety.
So why is a black republican supporting a democrat? And why am I a republican being black in the first place? I guess it has to to with my upbringing. My parents didn’t have much, they were immigrants, proud, and hard workers. They instilled in me a work ethic, and dignity, and that I must provide for myself. But they also taught me humility and compassion, and that as a Christian, it’s my responsibility to help and take care of those who cannot help and take care of themselves. Those that choose not to help themselves, well, you’re on your own.
On a side note, is America ready for a black president? Probably not, but this country needs to grow up sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.
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