It is 2008 and yet this country still has a large amount of xenophobes and racists; most of who will come out of the woodwork should Barrack Obama get the Democratic nomination. Jonah Goldberg and Glenn Reynolds both wrote blogs yesterday warning of the “social unrest” among “certain segments” of our population should Obama not get the nomination. I know I’ve only been around for seven presidential elections, but to the best of my knowledge there has never been a black nominee and this has led to exactly zero riots or social unrest. As much as I want to vote for a third party, I have a feeling that the tactics the Republicans are guaranteed to use during the few months before elections will get me to vote Democrat. Just sitting around listening to people call Obama a “secret Muslim” or Hussein Obama like either of these things means he can’t run our country, makes me want to do everything I can to make sure the Republicans do not stand a chance to further ruin our country. I wish I had faith in my fellow citizens to put the race thing behind them and vote for the person they feel will lead our country the best; isn’t that why we vote?
In a short post today, the Anonymous Liberal talks about how John Edwards has decided to align himself with Barrack Obama while distancing himself from Hilary Clinton. Usually the second place finisher would go after the person who finished just ahead of him, but not this time; Edwards is (correctly) saying that people want change, and that him and Obama are the people to give it to them, not Hilary Clinton. This is the truth; I think it’s time that Clinton starts slowly slipping into the background. Change is not having two families in the White House over at least a twenty-four year period, change is not electing someone who not only voted for the war in Iraq, but also voted for the bill condemning the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Crops as a terrorist organization thereby giving the administration the green light for any future attacks. I don’t think Obama or Edwards are much of a change either, but the voting population will surely see them as more than Hillary Clinton.
Speaking of change, Helen Thomas wrote an op-ed piece today about how none of the candidates have made it clear exactly what they want to change. Obama talks about change and a new day, but rarely talks about specific things he wishes to accomplish or how to go about anything; Clinton obviously does not plan to change anything, she has even stopped talking about a single payer healthcare system; John Edwards talks about wanting to bring all the troops out of Iraq within ten month of taking over the presidency, but (as far as I’ve read) has never exactly said how. Do we know specifically how any of them feel about Iran (besides keeping all options on the table), waterboarding, warrantless wiretapping, or immunity for the telecommunications companies? Instead of having the candidates debate each other, I think someone like Helen Thomas or Thom Hartmann should sit down with each on of them for an hour and be allowed to demand answers for all these important questions; then we would be a little closer to knowing exactly where they stand.
It seems that violence in Kenya has taken a short hiatus, as talks are under way to form a coalition government. Desmond Tutu and a US Ambassador are both in Kenya talking to government leaders and while things look good, there are some catches. The active president, Mwai Kibaki, says that he will only agree to talk about a coalition government once the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, admits defeat. However, Odinga says he will not even begin negotiations until Kibaki admits he rigged the elections, and steps down. Things are getting pretty bad for the few hundred thousand people who have been displaced by this conflict; makeshift homes usually lead to mass diseases and no aid workers are able to reach the refugees due to safety concerns. There has to be some kind of middle ground when it comes to reactions over election rigging; it seems like people either bend over and take it (as in the US) or take to the streets and begin killing each other (as in Kenya). Maybe we should be thinking about the proper way to go about things just in case something fishy occurs in November.
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