Summary: At the end of my considerations, I couldn’t see the differences between Clinton and Obama. All I can see is the goodness in both. The hope each brings to this election. How desperately we need them, both of them. Whatever each has done in that past that I don’t like is not as important as what I believe they will do for us in the future. I thought to myself last night, “Which of all of the presidential candidates will best represent me in the next four years?” I then got a call from a state representative hawking McCain, and found my answer.
I spent the last week looking at differences between Clinton and Obama. I thought about what they’ve done in the past, what there was about each that I didn’t like. I focused on their weaknesses in an attempt to determine which deserved my vote.
During that same time, I received call after call from the Republican party about Huckabee, McCain, and Romney. In the end, I couldn’t “see” the differences between Obama and Clinton, because of the huge gaps between both of them and the Republican candidates.
The Republican candidates all emphasize their ‘strength’, and determination to fight terrorism. I look around the country today and frankly, terrorism is the least of my long list of concerns. Clinton and Obama, on the other hand, emphasize the issues that do worry me. More importantly, they talk of the people, as a whole, while the Republicans talk about groups: the Christians, the pro-lifers, the terrorists, other governments.
The Republican candidates promise change, but bring the same thing to this election that they brought to the last: keep the people focused on the differences between us, so that we’re blind to what’s happened in this country to all of us. All of the people. We the people.
We the people…words we’ve heard before. Words we don’t hear enough, now. Regardless of religious beliefs, region, country of our birth and our ancestry, sex or sexual preference, even income, we have forgotten in these last eight years that we are a people united by the same concerns and worries. What impacts any one group of us, impacts all of us.
One out of five of us doesn’t have health insurance. Both Clinton and Obama have promised universal health care, and though there are differences in the implementation, in the long run, both have promised to take the steps necessary to make this happen. None of the Republicans have even made this attempt.
Both Obama and Clinton have promised an end to the current state in Iraq, and though their methods are different, at least they have promised to take the first steps necessary to make this happen. None of the Republicans have even made this attempt. The opposite in fact: there isn’t a Republican candidate I trust not to do the same thing in Iran that we’ve done to Iraq. This thought terrifies me.
The Republicans talk of building a 2 billion dollar fence between us and Mexico, and I think what has happened to us that our biggest concern is placing barbed wire between some poor soul and a job picking apples for 8 dollars an hour? This, while we condone torture, indiscriminate wiretapping, and a bloated, useless agency that can’t even handle the natural disasters we do face every year?
Neither Obama nor Clinton have declared open war on corporations in this country, but each has said that the free ride corporations have had in the last eight years is over. On the other hand when the Republican candidates are asked about holding corporations responsible for their actions, they respond with assertions about how they are pro-life and have a belief in God, as well as promise to continue the fight against terrorism. The same fight against terrorism that led to companies like Blackwater thinking themselves above the law, both inside and outside our country. The same fight against terrorism that led us to invade a country, not because it was a threat but because it had oil. The same fight against terrorism that led to laws benefiting corporations at the expense of the environment, our privacy, and our rights under the constitution.
In eight years, the only “trickle down” I’ve seen of the economics practiced by the Republicans are the tears on the faces of those who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their hopes.
The Republican candidates point, with fear, to socialism. What about corporatalism? Why is it so much better to give to the corporations than to the people? How much more of our national soul will we give, so that corporations can reap obscene profits with little oversight?
What an election the Presidential election of 2008 will be. For the first time in history, we go into this presidential election with a candidate who is not a symbol of the ruling elite. Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination–Obama or Clinton–his or her fight for the presidency will be long and difficult. Too difficult to start it with being disappointed because the candidate we have is not the other.
At the end of my considerations, I couldn’t see the differences between Clinton and Obama. All I can see is the goodness in both. The hope each brings to this election. How desperately we need them, both of them. Whatever each has done in that past that I don’t like is not as important as what I believe they will do for us in the future. I thought to myself last night, “Which of all of the presidential candidates will best represent me in the next four years?” I then got a call from a state representative hawking McCain, and found my answer.
Tomorrow, people will talk about the primary results and what they mean, and ask each other whether their candidate won. I’m lucky, because I don’t have to wait until tomorrow. I already know my candidate has won