unastronaut*

Feet on the ground – head in the clouds.

The election storyline America doesn’t want to tell

with 4 comments

A lot of hype and excitement is surrounding this historic election, and the potential for the first woman or first black man being elected president.

What isn’t told is the potential for this storyline: America returns to rich, old white man and balks at the notion of making history. America is given two choices that say much more than any single presidency in the history of this country but chooses to return to the familiar. No matter how you try to spin this outcome, it will appear to many Americans, and the rest of the world that we haven’t changed or learned a thing.

Forty years after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed we still have surprising work to do in the way of civil and worker’s rights. Before Dr. King was assassinated he was set to begin working for jobs and worker’s rights. He delivered his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. After years working for freedom, he was preparing to work more for jobs and gaining economic independence. Much of that work is yet to be done.

What would speak volumes to the effectiveness of the March…for Jobs and Freedom, would be for the American people this November to give the most important job in the land to Barack Obama, or even Hillary Clinton. In many ways the histories of the civil rights and women’s rights movements have been intertwined. Less than half a century after de facto freedom was earned in this country, a black man could be given the most powerful job in the world. As a lifelong student of history, as well as someone who has heard “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” ad nauseam, I believe this opportunity must be seized.

Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are great candidates who would do a lot within the first 100 days. Neither would destroy the fabric of our nation, or even approach the kind of damage done to our Constitution by the Bush administration. Both would help average Americans who want only to work and send their kids to college and be left alone. Neither would threaten or challenge the rights of responsible gun owners or sportsmen. Most importantly, both would initiate the withdrawal process from Iraq.

Doing this alone would spur our economy, rejuvenate our troops looking for Bin Laden in Afghanistan and improve American favor around the world. I can get behind that.

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  1. Amen!

    kip

    April 15, 2008 at 5:56 am

  2. It is easy to forget in the heat of Clinton vs. Obama that the damage to our Constitution by Bush is perhaps the greatest tragedy of the last 7 years, and the one the new president will have to address. McCain won’t do it.

    couldabeen

    April 15, 2008 at 6:43 am

  3. You forget that McCain isn’t Bush, and has been at odds with him most of the last 8 years. He wanted a different strategy during the war and has reached across the aisle, which Obama and Clinton have not done in the senate (look at the facts), which killed his conservative support so he now needs to act like he likes Bush for fundraising. And apart from that, Clinton and Obama wouldn’t immediately pull us out, and that is because they are smart and know it would be a logistical disaster. Obama said he would look at conditions on the ground after taking office. McCain would boost the troop morale because he is one of them. Unlike Bush, Cheney, Obama, or Bill Clinton, he is a war hero whose main non senate salary is his Navy pension, unlike his 2 democratic rivals. McCain has recognized the recession, and is speaking in Pittsburgh today and he will describe how he will punish large companies who take advantage of the system like Bear Stearns. I would vote for Colin Powell, but he isn’t running, and the african american running has policies I don’t agree with. If I could put a black man or a woman in office and their values and positions were close to mine, I would in a second. But I don’t think affirmative action should be applied to the most powerful position in the world. Name 3 accomplishments of either Obama or Clinton. The democrats should have nominated Richardson if they wanted someone ready to be president.

    Casey

    April 15, 2008 at 8:05 am

  4. No, you look at the facts, they have reached across the aisle. McCain has as well.

    1- Death Penalty Reform – http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/12/obama.death.penalty.ap/

    2- Demilitarization and Weapons Reduction –
    http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2005/November/20051101170118adynned0.8910791.html

    3- Ethics Reform –
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/21/AR2007082101420.html?nav=rss_opinions

    I could go on but I’m interested in the idea for a whole post. I’ll be getting back with lots more.

    I admit the there are hundreds of worse choices among the Republican party, so for that fact I guess I’m happy he’d be my “worst case scenario” in this election.

    unastronaut.

    April 15, 2008 at 8:51 am


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