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Obama will lead our nation with pride

I said I was gonna start posting my columns so here’s the first one. I’ll probably go back and post more just to get my posts up and put more content on here. I would encourage you all to read more than just what is on the front page. Also, peep what the people said on the Kernel website about this column. Pretty funny! Somebody pulled out the flag pin, another individual used the uber liberal colleges as the reason I think Barack is good, there was the experience thing, the old pallin around with terrorists argument, and get this, education doesn’t matter when you’ve had executive experience in a state with less than a million people. It’s been edited down about 130 words, so it’s easier to read. Still, I am happy to report that I don’t think any meaning was lost. Anyways, have fun:

It is nearly impossible to overstate the significance of what will happen next Tuesday if Sen. Barack Obama is elected as president of the United States. Obama has a lead in most polls heading into the election.

Obama is more than a symbolic figurehead representing true political change in America. As a black man, he is paving the way for a new wave of politicians and a less apathetic population. As a future world leader, he is viewed as a relief to traditional U.S. politics, as his popularity extends far beyond our borders.

As commendable as John McCain is as a true American hero through his military and political service, he is an inferior candidate to Obama. He lost the credibility of being a “maverick” when he positioned himself toward the center to gain the Republican nomination.

Instead of selecting a recognizable and more respected elected official like Eric Cantor or Bobby Jindal, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. An unknown and inexperienced politician, Palin completely negates the argument that Obama was too inexperienced.

In regards to major issues, McCain has essentially allowed Obama to set the agenda and is caught reeling every time a big issue comes up.

Many people have different reasons for being inspired by Obama. Personally, I have been inspired because of how much the voters have been influenced and how the political landscape has changed. But the system remains imperfect.

I can recall an occasion when a person close to me did not vote, and as a child I remember thinking: Why would you not vote? It is your only opportunity to have a say in the politics of your country. This person employed the logic that their vote did not matter.

In this particular election, another individual I’m close to said they aren’t voting — and they reside in a state where their vote actually matters. I would rather someone vote for McCain and participate in the democratic process than not vote, especially considering the arduous fight that gave suffrage to women and ethnic minorities.

On Monday, columnist Tim Riley referenced the many problems with the information and electoral civics, or lack thereof, which people use to decide who they will vote for as president. As much as I agree with these thoughts and see evidence that this is still occurring, I am optimistic and feel that with this election things will change.

The predominant belief is that one vote doesn’t matter, especially in a flawed system with the Electoral College. However, people are more confident with this election that what the majority wants will happen, as seen by the increased voter registration and large turnouts for the primaries.

Race and culture have played an important factor during this election as identity politics have long been a tool of the right to ensure a positive outcome. Obama has to deal with all of that garbage from being an Arab terrorist, an angry black man and on and on. None of these things speak to his credibility but are reasons for people not voting for him.

Growing up, I wanted to be the president of the United States, so I started off politically as early as I could. I successfully ran for class president, paid attention to politics, tried to understand issues and gain knowledge of the democratic system.

Somewhere along the line it dawned on me that the chances of being president were only as good as the acceptance of blacks in America, which from my view was far from positive. I watched leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on the left, and Colin Powell and Alan Keyes on the right, none of whom have provided significant hope that a black politician could successfully be elected the president of the United States. With Obama as the trailblazer, people like me now have proof that it can happen.

This scatterbrained and brief glimpse into some of the perspectives of this election shows the wide lens in which this election should be viewed. I do not claim to know all the ins and outs of this presidential race, nor the views of all people, but I do understand that more people have opinions and are invested in this election since John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were elected to office. Obama is the figure that will be responsible for fixing this country, and what he does well or poorly will live on in infamy because he was the first black president.


Let the pic speak for itself

Let the pic speak for itself

  1. gabrieloneverything
    10/28/2008 at 11:15 am

    This was a very good column that you did. Mind if I feature it in muy blog?

  2. gabrieloneverything
    10/28/2008 at 11:15 am

    very blog….I meant my blog.

  3. 10/28/2008 at 6:55 pm

    you dont even have to ask. i dont mind being branded….look at what it did to nike– post coming soon!

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