Vote. NOW.

Just about six weeks left to election day, and it’s getting scary.

Among a scattered few of my peers, I am almost sensing some Obama backlash. This is mostly anecdotal, friend of friend stuff, but I’ll hear something like, my friend’s biracial but he’s not voting for Obama because everyone expects him to. (really?) A bella I respect recently declared to me, “neither of the candidates inspire me. Imma just stay home November 4.”

I think the stakes are too high for people to just stay home. Not after the last 8 years, and the mess this country has found itself in.

Every so often, I still hear criticism about Barack Obama that I just don’t understand. Don’t get me wrong — I believe there are legitimate reasons to criticize any politician. No man is a messiah. I actually like hearing dissenting perspectives, when they’re well voiced and intelligent and give me something to mentally chew over. But what I don’t get, is the people who refer to the man as Hussein or Osama, or who say disparaging things about my BFF in the head Michelle (don’t talk bad about Michelle around me, I take it personally). I can’t abide that kind of ignorance.

I get angry at the idiots who still talk about Obama being a secret Muslim (despite the angry Christian pastor) or having a dodgy birth certificate, which has been roundly debunked by Snopes and FactCheck.org. As if religion should be an automatic disqualification for being leader of the free world. With the economy in the state it’s in, I personally don’t care about the faith of the person steering the ship, as long as they can navigate us out of this mire.

I still read comments from people who refer to him as a “stuffed suit” with “empty promises” — to which I say, show me a politician that HASN’T made empty promises. Show me a politician who has consistently delivered on everything they’ve promised, who has never said anything stupid or made a mistake or been greedy. Show me that politician, and I’ll show you someone who just hasn’t been caught at a bad moment yet. The kind of politricking that Stevie Wonder outlines in Big Brother , has been happening in politics since the beginning of the two party system. If not before that.

In my opinion, dismissing Obama as an empty hope promiser is just cynical. And lazy. Look, it’s easy — clicky click. If you care to learn more about Obama/Biden, start reading. If you don’t, then that’s your perogrative. Just keep it 100, and don’t deride him with jibber jabber like, “I don’t know what he stands for,” if you haven’t even tried to read and find out. Pick a more informed reason to dissent.

I sincerely believe in knowing and considering the policies of the candidates on every side of the fence — an educated voter would know the platforms of Obama, McCain, McKinney, and even Bob Barr and Ralph Nader, who were excluded from this year’s debates. But this election is so passionate, so heated, too easily swayed by emotions and anger. People are responding to non stories and half-truths instead of facts. Like I said, scary. And entirely too close for comfort.

I don’t mean to preach. I don’t consider myself an Obamabot. I actually really resent that term, and I am incensed by those who assume that just because I’m black, I’m backing Barack. I’ve been hearing people who I usually should respect talking that kind of mess, and it really irks me to the core. It assumes a lack of intelligence that I find incredibly insulting.

My reasons for supporting Barack Obama go deeper than our shared skin tone. I’ve read the man’s policies. I’ve watched his speeches. I support his health care plan. I think he’s got an astute plan to save our economy, and as someone who has lived in the USA for a decade while still keeping close ties to my island home — I believe that the impact his presidency could have on the world’s view of America would be incredibly positive. Those are some of the reasons why I’ll be dressed like a Smurf tomorrow, Tuesday September 30, for Obama blue day. It’s my way of making a statement without saying a word. And to pipe up for my BFF Lauren, the self-described “jewbella” who sent me this hilarious link, that’s also what The Great Schlep is all about – raising awareness and attempting to enter a dialogue with those who might not agree with you. (Sarah Silverman, LOL!)

Already rumors are swirling thick and fast about November 4 — can you, or can you not wear election gear to the polls? Newsweek claims that the GOP is working to keep eligible African-Americans from voting in several states. Is that true? Monday, October 6th, is the final day to register new voters. OMG, that’s coming up soon!

Regardless of if you share my political feelings or not, you can’t deny the importance of this election. After the debacle of the previous ones, with so many reports of questionable voting machines and uncounted votes, it’s expected that this year’s election day will be crazy. According to the Washington Post:

The crush of voters will strain a system already in the midst of transformation, with jurisdictions introducing new machines and rules to avoid the catastrophe of the deadlocked 2000 election and the lingering controversy over the 2004 outcome. Even within the past few months, cities and counties have revamped their processes: Nine million voters, including many in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Colorado, will use equipment that has changed since March.”

That sounds dire. But you can avoid Election Day drama, make sure your vote is counted, AND do it while rocking your Ojamas, Michelle Obama Wonder Woman tee, or Runway to Change designer shirt. (psst – LOVE that Tracy Reese!)

Click here to request a Vote By Mail ballot and vote early right now by mail. If you live in Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, or Texas, you can click here to find out about early voting in your state. What are you waiting for?

** I feel the need to end this post with a disclaimer, after some of the comments I got after my last political post.

I respect and welcome dissenting opinion, and I realize anytime I post anything political these days I am just opening myself up for comments from people who are so not Afrobella regulars who spend their days seeking out blogs where they can vent their political emotions. I know what I am getting into. Just please keep your race baiting, hatred, rage, and foul language off my comments thread. If you’ve got something to say, please say it with smarts and class. Aim to drop some knowledge. And if you can’t, expect to find your comment deleted with a quickness. Thanks.

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  1. Bella.

    I share your exact same passion in this post. Obama may not be perfect (Even though I think he is); but compared to McCain and Palin I’m really not seeing why he’s not the clear and obvious choice for most folks.

    I’m gonna put it out there and say that what disheartens me are black bloggers work their damndest to discredit him; almost to the point of salty-ness. Bloggers who have lost my readership cause I refuse to support that type of ignorance. I can’t.

    The Devil is a liar; but it’s all good tho. I’m voting and Barack because witnessing this miracle is a destiny type thing for me. I just continue to pray for him, his family and their well being.

  2. Ok, even if I ever considered voting for McCain (I didn’t) and even if I were on the fence currently (I’m not), the performance of his campaign recently has been abhorrent and contrary to any sense of decency, fair play, or honor. The deliberation necessary to misrepresent Obama with such consistency rather than focus on his own policies and platform rises to a new level of dishonor – one which, frankly, surprises me from a man I at least considered more honorable and forthright than the current occupant at 1600 Pensylvania Ave. Instead, Team McCain is mired in the extremely unattractive and deplorable quagmire of dishonesty and ugly politics that so many Americans are simple sick of. I’m so glad that Obama continues to stand in such stark contrast. I agree with you that some voters inability to see what is plain to you and me is very troubling. It’s easy to chalk it up to racism – and that’s not just because it’s the most obvious reason, but because so many white voters are dropping a dime on their bigotted coworkers and “friends”. They are equally sick of this typical Republican behavior and for once, we are going to come together to put an end to it. Let’s show these people the door. If anyone is the least bit uncertain about the status of their voter registration, go to voteforchange.com. If you are calm, collected, and ready to do what destiny has called you to do, then relax, get some Ojamas, and do it.

  3. All I have to say is Amen! Sista. I agree with you 100% and I respect and admire the fact that even though this blog is geared towards beauty, you have made it a point to get the word out regarding voting and being a responsible VOTING citizen of this country. Its so important and I commend you for always speaking (writing)your mind on the subject.

    Obama ’08!

  4. I understand and respect differing opinions. Really, I do.

    But we have a 72 year old senior citizen who vetted an inexperienced, incompetent mother of FIVE (an insult to the awesomeness that is Hilary), she’s under investigation, she has a special needs child, a preggers seventeen year old, and her personal life is a hot ass mess, and people are still considering voting the Republican ticket?

    Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a dream world. But Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving from the Gods; cause if McCain would have chosen Guiliani it would have been a rap for Obama.

    Yes, I’m proud of Barack cause he’s black; but he’s a great human being. I think people are just afraid of how inspiring he really is.

  5. This concerns me as well, all the voters who have had much poorer choices to select previously who are willing to not vote when this election is crucial. By not participating they are voting against having better leadership than we currently have. And it’s even more infuriating when my white friends who supported Hillary say they are making a ‘conscious choice’ to vote for Cynthia McKinney rather than stay at home. I really like and respect Cynthia’s positions but honestly, can she win? No so why waste a vote? Those people infuriate me more because it’s like saying well I’m not prejudice because I’m still voting for someone black just not Obama. And what’s even more insulting is there really is little difference between Barack’s position and Hillary’s on matters. Still I’m hoping that McCain’s recent behavior and his selection of Sarah Palin will continue to help Barack.

  6. I’m probably the most ignorant person when it comes to politics (I don’t follow it at ALL) but I do realize the importance of the upcoming election and have been trying to do my part in terms of watching the convention and even last Friday’s debate (I’m even looking forward to Thurs.’s debate ;-)
    Things have GOT to change: Obama brings about a certain innocence which is fresh & new and NEEDED in the white house…. Just my take on things.

  7. I had my friend, a sheriff, find out about wearing your Obama or McCain gear on election day. His advice was to either wear another t-shirt underneath or turn it inside out. There is a law that you can’t “campaign” within X feet of a polling place (every state is different; mine is 100 feet). A T-shirt or anything showing support for a candidate (key word here) CAN be seen as campaigning. He said all they can legally do is make you take off whatever it is- you can still vote. However, it’s ALL at the discretion of your local poll official. WOW. I’m not leaving anything to chance. Don’t my vote not getting thru b/c of someone else’s agenda.I’ll just wear 2 shirts. I have also been privy to seeing a video teaching folks how to do the “Obama Hustle.” LMAO at this dance; if I find the link again I’ll post it

  8. Bella Bella!

    You have articulated my thoughts EXACTLY. There are plenty of reasons not to vote for either candidate without having to resort to distorting/ outright lying.
    For a minute there, I too, believed that I was voting for Obama because he is brown like me but then I thought about it. If Jesse Jackson / Al Sharpton / Cynthia McKinney (oops she is) / several other brown politicians were running for POTUS … they would NOT get my vote. So I say all that to say this:
    GOBama! As soon as I receive my new DL in the mail – I am early voting!

    Thanks for all that you do (I’ve been blog stalking ya for a long time – you are partly responsible for my Miss Jessie’s addiction)

  9. I vote early because in New Orleans, since Katrina voting is not as easy as it used to be. Too much drama about dropping people from Rosters if they don’t think you live in your home any more ( sad but true 3 years later and some people still live in an apartment as they try to get their homes rebuilt, but they want to still vote where they feel they live. not change everything for what should be a temporary situation.)
    The line last Presidential election day! they announced LA results while half of the Dillard/ Xavier population was still in line. The line was very long and patience is not my virtue.

    Also it is NOT ILLEGAL to wear Obama gear ( or McCain gear) to the polls it IS ILLEGAL for them to turn you away ( if you are wearing a pin they can ask that you remove it or cover your shirt, or wear it inside out)
    The last day to register to vote is coming up so if you haven’t yet its not too late!

    Great post Bella!

  10. I AGREE WITH YOU BELLA, BUT I THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE SAYING THAT OBAMA SHIRTS AND AND OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE SIMILAR COULD BE CONSIDERED CAMPAINING (which isn’t allowed at voting sites).I don’t know if this has changed..but I say DO NOT WEAR ANY T-SHIRT OR OTHER ITEMS THAT CAN KEEP YOU FROM CASTING YOUR VOTE! We will have plenty of time to rock the T-shirts later.
    **Spread the word**

  11. do americans have to live under a totalitarian regime to cherish their right to vote?

    The level of spoiledness exhibited by people is sickening…

    people died for this ….BLOOD WAS SHED so we could walk our free and empowered asses to a voting booth and exercise our right to vote…
    why not embrace it?

    Americans who don’t vote need to live in Beijing for a hot minute so they can intimately know the difference between having a voice and being effectively muzzled.

  12. I’m with you, iamnotstarjones–I think Americans should be heavily taxed for not voting (and yes, I know in places like Australia where it’s mandatory people sell their votes). It’s criminal laziness, especially from black folks who fought so hard (in in such recent memory). There are actually more than 2 candidates, though mainstream media would have you think otherwise–your vote is not being wasted if you vote for what (who) you believe in.

  13. Excellent post, I am also miffed at people who still say “I don’t know him” or “I don’t know what he stands for”. Read the information on his website, listen to the debates, read dissenting and affirmative positions from others and then ask intelligent questions about what don’t understand or support – then, we have real discourse.

  14. I may be the lone dissenter on this board but oh well.

    I think Obama is a smart, capable, inspiring politician. I admire his life’s work and his devotion to his family. I think it is wonderful that he married a smart and talented woman as well. All those things are great and for some people I can understand how that identity makes them gravitate to Obama.

    But identity and political narratives does not turn into sound policies for African-Americans. For the life of me I do not understand how the black community can be so beholden to the Democratic party after seeing what liberal urban policies did to our inner city communities (and continue to do). But since Obama is a Democrat AND Black, it’s not surprising there has been so little dissent.

    Any politician that preaches about $$ for public schools but sends their children to private schools (because it is five minutes from their house??) makes me look at them sideways. These schools are obviously not good enough for your children, so why not support vouchers so other like-minded folks can send their kids to better schools. But vouchers undermine the liberal policy of waste when it comes to education. At least conservatives can admit that they wouldn’t be caught dead sending their kids to these schools and their policies back up that sentiment.

    Healthcare? A nationalized system of healthcare will lower the quality of care tremendously. Not to mention that fact that African=Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions which require specialists – something a universal system will make nearly impossible to manage. I don’t want to have to wait 6 months for an appointment. There are other solutions but again, liberals like to waste time and money.

    What is his plan to combat crime in inner cities? Oh I know, to give a SPEECH on the need for more fathers to be present. That does nothing for the millions of black women living in violently oppressive neighborhoods. Where is his talk on protecting women from physical and sexual violence in their communities? Why isn’t Michelle out there talking about this stuff? Oh, I know, because he doesn’t want to be the “black” candidate. He wants all the benefits of being black and 98% of the black vote but doesn’t want to cater to us because it will alienate white voters. That’s some backbone he’s got. And don’t give me that “he just needs to get in, then he’ll do it” talk. Please.

    His connections to Freddie and Fannie, he sued companies for not supplying enough subprime loans which basically robbed low-income people of their dreams, the cronyism during his time in Chicago, etc etc etc. I know no politician is perfect and many of them are just like Obama – so why are we anointing him as some great saviour?

    I am not a McCain supporter, either. The current Republican party is full of racists and opportunists. They are not the alternative by any means. But there are third party candidates out there that offer REAL change and even though they won’t win, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve votes for their hard work and effort. As far as choosing not to vote, that is an individual’s right. trying to guilt them into voting by bringing up slavery and jim crow is just wrong. My ancestor’s fought and died for me to live in freedom and to have CHOICES. Including my choice to not vote. I wouldn’t feel like I was making them “turn over in their grave” either.

    Sorry about the essay.

  15. Huemanity, I will say that a) even if I disagree you got me to thinking about a few things and b) I’m glad you did exactly as Bella asked — you dissented in an intelligent manner. And for that I thank you.

  16. Another reminder of why I love Afrobella. Politics, beauty, culture, cute hubby pics all in one.

    I, too, watched the debate Friday and, I hate to say it, everytime he pronounced Pakistan and Afgahnistan correctly, I knew the some Republicans “secret muslim” alarms were going off.

    It’s shallow, it’s minor, but I fear those non-issues lock in some people’s minds post-debates more than policy specifics.

  17. WARRIOR11209 says:

    Not voting has never been an option for me!!EVER! I remember as a child going to the polls with my grandmother and my mother – both explaining how our ancestors died for the right to vote in the elections of this country. As a result of this I was excited about voting and have voted in every election since turning 18( I am 53 – do the math) and my husband and I did the same w/ our children – we owe it to all who faught so hard to gain the right to vote – to do just that vote.
    I am so disheartened when I hear people say that they are not voting in this election and for the dunbest reasons – ei – my vote does not count or that “they” are going to steal the election anyway.
    Sure , the election will not be stolen – it will be given away if everyone that can vote does not.
    Another sore point that I have is – people that are not registered – what is up with that?? Time is growing near (Oct 14 in NJ) and if the 8million(that’s right 8million ) unregistered African American votes do not get themselves registered then it will be a rap.
    Do I agree with everything that Obama says, no but neither has there been a white candidate that I have vorted for that I have agreed with 100% but one thing that I do know – the future will be darned bleak for this country if McCain/Palin are voted into office.
    Whoever mentioned the tax for not voting – that was brilliant.

  18. I am 20 years old and I will be voting for the first time in November. I have gotten all my friends to register and I’m working very hard on the undecided ones. I understand Obama is just like any other politician; he panders, he might not do everything he’s promised he will do. However, he’s gotten this far and I think he is the obvious better choice for president. I am not proud of Sarah Palin, I really don’t understand what there is to be proud of. She doesn’t measure up to Hillary and she never will. I respect her accomplishments but I don’t want some random hockey mom running the country. I think my immigrant, non-English speaking mother would do a better job.

  19. I am not an American so cannot vote. I am very interested in this election because it matters globally.

    It is my observation that the most important difference between the candidates is political ideology. It is my understanding that McCain advocates controlling government spending on projects where ordinary disenfranchised Americans would benefit. In the meantime he doesn’t consider the enormous tax benefits he is handing to big business as an indirect form of government spending. He is presenting himself as the man with the plan with regard to military intervention in Iraq but fails to acknowledge that it is his party which led to the disaster in Iraq.

    It is the Republican party which has encouraged the rampant, reckless debt ridden financial sector. Look what it has led to. In the end so called democratic capitalism is rescued by the tax payer – you the people. In my book that is nationalisation, the very thing Republicans ideologically oppose.

    In Britain whilst the health care system is not perfect by any means when you are sick you don’t have to worry abut whether or not your insurance will cover it. You turn up you get treated. That is one benefit of higher taxes. There are some things a society needs which shouldn’t be left to market capitalism.

    I’m going to disagree that the choice to not vote is a real one. In my view that is a choice to wash your hands of your responsibility. You the people are ultimately responsible for your government. If you think the Republicans have done a great job then I think you should vote for them. If not vote differently. Otherwise you will get more of the same. I agree however that votes should not be assumed. The candidates have to earn your vote.

    And can someone explain to me why only Christian, married heterosexuals are considered legitimate candidates for the Presidency.

  20. @ Huemanity.
    When I was younger I remember my great grandparents speaking about voting, how they were put through 101 trails to vote, what could they define, spell or read, so that their children and grandchildren and me their great grandchild would not have this problem.
    I really think they would prefer I vote for someone who has no chance of winning just because I can walk to the polls and vote.
    I think people who don’t vote give a message to politicians they can’t help them get in office and they will not help take them out of office.
    So in their realm you less than matter. What you do is not what they care about. Why should they, you don’t vote.
    My only Savior is Jesus, but that’s just me, I think while no one is perfect I am voting for the person I think would be best suited to run the country.
    if you don’t think one person ( while not the 2nd coming) would be better than the next, then you should look harder into the candidates, but its America and yes, our ancestors did fight for your right to be ignored, but the funny thing is that’s how it already was, they wanted better for us you have to want better for yourself.

  21. Can I just tell you that you and I are right THERE. You said exactly what I have been wanting to say – thank you! And Michelle Obama is totally my friend in my head too!

  22. Huemanity… You really got me thinking, and you have wrote all of my thoughrs that have swarmed around in my head as I have been following this election since February 2008… I don’t know why we put Obama on this pedestal, as if to say he is the Black Community’s Savior, he is not the answer to all of our problems. The issues and concerns we have will not go away as soon as he is sworn in. It took Bill Clinton 5 years to fix the mess George Bush did, how long will it take for the next President to fix George W.’s crap?

    I wish this was not as difficult for us. A lot of people are going to refuse to vote, just because they have lost faith in the government.

    My vote is my CHOICE, however I am still going to encourage my friends and relatives to vote. Thanks Bella for this great post, very informative.

  23. @ nola girl

    I fully intend to vote, just not for Obama or McCain. Personally I will always find someone to vote for, especially in national elections and in my state (California) there are tons of other candidates. I prefer the fringe candidates because they have nothing to lose. Remember Mike Gravel in the Democratic primary? He was the only one that really said anything different – all the rest touted the party line.

    My point is, I never come down on people that say they aren’t going to vote in this election. Some people just aren’t inspired. And why should they reward someone with their vote when they really don’t believe in them? I hear so many Obama supporters speak out of both sides of their mouths – “He won’t be able to deliver on his promises” AND “I’m voting for him because of what he promises!!” How much sense does that make? Either you believe that he has the judgment and ability to effect real change or you don’t. And if you don’t, why not find a candidate you think can? Even if that person is a no-name fringe candidate. At least you voted AND for the person most in line with your beliefs.

    Black people are always willing to fall on the sword when it comes to politics. As long as there is a “D” next to the name, we figure they “got us”. And if they’ve “had” us for so many years, why are we the least politically respected group in America? Why do we not have a REAL seat at the table – not that BS congressional black caucus but REAL voices. Why are we not in the lobby areas along with La Raza and the Jewish organizations and the National Organization for Women? Because our vote is taken for granted because we throw it away to incompetent local black politicians that go to Washington and sell us out.

    Not voting can also be a symbol of protest. It can show these people that we actually have feelings and ideas and goals for our communities that are more than just waiting for Maxine Waters or Sheila Jackson Lee to run their mouths about there being no hurricanes with “minority-sounding names” (please google if you don’t believe me!)

    So please don’t guilt trip me about the not voting issue.

  24. kia from LA says:

    I actually feel that people will go towards Obama than McCain because of this entire Bailout, economy issue.

    And McCain, my goodness, the stunts he pulled last week were horrible. He feels that he puts country first and he picks a running mate that is more scarier than Bush. This is not a game, this is our lives.

    Obama is capable and McCain is not. That is just how it is.

  25. Gosh–amen, and amen.

    I’ve become really disheartened and a lot more cynical in general (as if that were possible…) after hearing all of the crazy, illogical, and sometimes downright vitriolic reasons people have cited as to why they either won’t vote at all, or won’t support Obama.

    I’m not an “Obamabot” either–and I hate the term too (as much as I do Brangelina, etc.).

    The appeal to me is that Obama is a thinker. We’ve had 8 years of a brainless presidency and we can’t afford any more wasted time given where we are at this critical juncture in our history–global warming, global relations and foreign affairs, advancements in education and technology, the economy, etc. Even if I had considered McCain (which was never a real possibility for me), all bets would have been off after his choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate.

    I’d even entertain the idea of voting for one of the other “not so popular” candidates, but that would end up possibly skewing things towards McCain and Palin, and I just can’t be a part of that. I don’t think there’s any real possibility any of the other candidates could even enter the zone of McCain and Obama.

    So, yeah, I totally hear you on this one. I just don’t get all of that crazy, sulky, broody, illogical, emotional stuff. Must. use. brain.

  26. Huemanity,

    You are not alone, I’m here with you.

    I live in the battleground state of PA and I will not be voting for Obama or McCain. I will be voting for either McKinney or Nader.

    I resent the insinuation that voting for a third party candidate is a wasted vote. Voting for someone you don’t believe in, is wasting a vote. Voting against someone (you know the legacy of Bush) is wasting a vote.

    It’s a bully tactic and I wish those who used it will stop.

  27. @ huemanity I misstook you saying your choice was to not vote meant you were not voting, sorry. I read more than blogs, I know who mike gravel is he was most inline with my beliefs, but now I will vote for who I think will be best suited for the job. I respect your answers. thanks for the reply

  28. I think that you will never find a candidate that fits everyone’s needs,but, I agree with kia, this is not a game. The choice of Palin is a stupid, insulting gimmick. Her personal life aside, the woman honestly believes that because Russia is close to Alaska it gives her foreign policy experience! Give me a break. The media needs to grill her on her BS so that the public knows what she stands for. This woman should be nowhere near the White House. I am looking forward to the debate on Thursday.

  29. heres my gripe with this entire election.
    (1)neither obama or mc.cain is well versed on the economy.
    im a supporter of obama but theres no way i take this who election personally. hes a smart dude, im sure with good intentions but at the end of the day hes just a politician.(2) i get scared when i hear black ppl saying “our time has come” or “things will get better”. why or why must we set our selves up. HE IS NOT THE SAVIOR! i dunno if its just me but i feel like we keep waiting for some great black leader to come from the woodwork. just move the hell on and claim ur own destiny!!

  30. Not to offend anyone, but didn’t Obama, at one time, offer his living in Southeast Asia as a child as evidence of his foreign policy experience. To me,that’s in the same vein as Palin making her statement about Russia.

  31. Bella,

    I’ve been a lurker for a while and let me first say that I love your blog!

    Thank you for such an insightful and thought-provoking post. I am an Obama supporter and have been since he tossed his hat into the ring. I don’t deem him the savior of me; I know who my Lord is. I don’t need him to save me…what I do need is a leader who thinks and who has a cool and calm demeanor about him that will not rush into decisions without knowing and examining all the facts. That is him.

    I get very offended when people suggest that I am voting for Obama because we are the same race. What people fail to realize is that Blackness does not necessarily guarantee support. Obama has to win Black folks over just as he has to win over everyone else. He will get a majority of the Black vote because he is a Democrat; not because he is Black. All people have to do is look at the numbers to figure that out…but that would be too much like right to do.

    What I credit Obama for is energizing new voters and millions of people to get involved that have never paid much attention to voting before in their lives! It has been absolutely amazing to be at campaign offices to see the number of college students, middle aged folks, and older folks come together under the guise of getting him elected. It has truly been an experience I will cherish…

    I have taken off work on November 4th to volunteer to drive folks to the polls…and to watch the election unfold. I’ll be ecstatic if he wins, and heartbroken if he loses. Because I honestly believe that if we elect Sen. McCain, we will be making one of the biggest mistakes we can ever make as a country.

  32. @Black honey
    Living in a place and mixing with locals gives you a better perspective than seeing a country from your backyard. Big difference!

    Voting for McCain will be the biggest mistake Americans will ever make. Is he dies then Palin will be in charge. If that does not send a chill down your spines nothing will.

    @Huemanity
    If you had a choice would you send your kids to private or public school. Obama talks about improving the system because he acknowleges that it is in bad shape. That will give all Americans a good shot at quality education

    Mccain plans to privatize healthcare. Sure the Quality of care will be high but minoroties would not be able to get treatment for minor diseases let alone chronic illnesess. Nationalizing healthcare is the best option.

    What do the other candidates stand for? and how different are they from Mccain and Obama? will they bring the change you desire?

  33. I don’t think that anyone would question rather or not Nader or McKinney are progressives. McKinney has always been an outspoken advocate for people of color, independent of the polls.

    As for a Palin presidency, why should I be afraid? Because she’s anti-abortion? Why assume that because I have liberal leanings, I’m in favor of abortion. I would never have one, especially now.

    Should I be afraid because she has five children and could very well have more? That’s sexist. Why should any woman of child-bearing age be in any leadership position.

    Because she’s believes in creationism? So do most people who consider themselves Christians.

    Because she’s a hunter? I’m from Alabama, most people I grew up with hunt/

    Smaller government with less regulation? That ship has sailed, the country is run by corporations that are working to put a stranglehold on oversight of any kind.

    In favor of the war? It’s not like anyone going to be able to leave Iraq, Afghanistan in the next 4 years anyway,

    She didn’t attend an Ivy League institution? Most people don’t. Should we not be qualified to be president. As far as I know, you only need to be 35, a native born citizen and not a felon to run. Going to Harvard or Yale shouldn’t be a requirement.

    So why be afraid of the pitbull Palin, she’s no different than any other Democrat or Republican standing for election the last 20 years. She’s a lot of nothing in a pretty suit.

  34. Great post Bella.

    @Huemanity, I’m really feeling your second post, excellent points you’ve made, just dead on about how we as a people blindly vote Democratic & that we need to have more of a voice in DC.

    But you’re wrong about not voting as a form of protest, because no politician pays any attention to a group that doesn’t vote. NONE of them. You’d just marginalize yourself even more by doing that.

    Now, your first post, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with just about everything you said.

    First, you condemn “liberal urban policies” applied by the Dems for the breakdown of the Black community. But then, you ask “What is his plan to combat crime in inner cities? “Where is his talk on protecting women from physical and sexual violence in their communities?” Umm, that’s not his job exactly. The President sets policy & law on a national level, Congress gives him bills that he either signs off on or vetoes. He can’t even submit a bill to Congress, he has to get a member of Congress to submit it for him. So while these are excellent topics that most assuredly need to be addressed, the President of the United States isn’t the first person you turn to when you’re asking those kinds of questions. It’s something you should be taking up with your local politicians first & foremost, especially since you seem to be a proponent for less federal gov’t spending anyways. Because anything the President would suggest as remedies for that would almost certainly require some more of the wasteful liberal gov’t spending that you’re against, right?…

    And how do you figure that universal healthcare would hurt the overall quality of care provided to people? Where did you get that? I’ve friends in Britain, Germany, & Canada, I don’t hear anyone saying that they don’t get quality healthcare. They’re actually incredulous that we don’t have a similar system here. And most of those “chronic conditions” that you say affect the Black communities in higher proportions, i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, are very preventable or treatable if caught early on, so having access to healthcare w/o worrying about how you’re going to pay would definitely improve, not harm, the overall health of all Americans. People could go seek care before a condition gets really bad. Medical bills are the number one reason that most people file for bankruptcy. Yeah, there may be a longer waiting period to see a physician (maybe) or more red tape, but I’m sure that most folks that currently have no insurance would find that preferable to the nada they have right now. Having no healthcare can eff up your whole life.

    I don’t feel that it’s hypocritical of him to support more/better funding to public education in order for everyone’s children to get a quality education no matter where they attend. He & Michelle can afford to send their daughters to LAB, which, by the way, is affiliated with his & Michelle’s former employer, the University of Chicago. I think it makes perfect sense for them to attend there if they can afford it. One has nothing to do with the other. You can support both of those notions independent of one another, there’s no conflict. He’s saying that the public education system needs to be fixed, not that it’s fine as it currently is. Also, the voucher system opens up a whole nother can of worms, in regards to how it’s going to be applied, who gets them, etc. The same types of kids, like special needs children or poor children, will be just as liable to fall thru the cracks as now.

    And no, he hasn’t been talking about any specifically Black problems(specially AIDS), but the ideas he has for universal healthcare, combating poverty, & providing better education most certainly would benefit our communities greatly. Those are inner city issues, big time.

    Also, he is no more guilty of “cronyism” than his counterparts. Actually, Barack is still considered somewhat of an outsider by most Black Chicago politicians, trust me, I know that for a fact. They were lukewarm even throughout his whole bid for the US Senate seat, & have just warmed up since he’s gotten to be a player on a national level.

    You say that folks are blindly embracing him as a savior? In particular Black people? I wholeheartedly disagree with you implying that he gets a free pass with Black folk just because of his race. If anything, he gets double the criticism. See, that’s what I mean, he’s held to a higher std. than his White counterparts. By them & by us. I mean, would you be asking these same questions of Hilary right now? Or another White candidate that has inspired the following that Barack has?

    The reason people are so enthusiastic about him isn’t because they think he’ll come into office & wave a magic wand, it’s because he inspires them to hope & expect better things from this country. He makes people believe in goodness again. And that’s nothing to be taken lightly. I hate when people are dismissive of his rhetoric as “just talk”. There’s real power in those words. Not to mention, that lately he’s just seeming more & more like the go-to guy. McCain is a wreck.

    And a lot of Black folks are happy because here’s a Black candidate, who clearly strives for excellence on all levels, who has a very real chance of being elected into the most powerful position in the world. For all the world to see. A Black man. That is mind-blowing. And it is an accomplishment of sorts, because how many of us would’ve ever thought that this could happen a year ago? There’s nothing wrong with us getting a sense of satisfaction about that. I don’t think he’s Superman but I am proud of him. Proud that he’s a Black man, but more importantly, because he’s a Black man who seems to be the best person for this job. Like Chris Rock said, it’s not just because he’s Black. If Flava Flav was running for president, I wouldn’t be proud right now… LOL..

  35. Why does my ancestors (or non-ancestors) struggle for the right to vote mean that I have to vote now? What they fought so hard for was freedom, a voice, equality. Not only the right to vote, but the right not to vote if you’re so inclined as well. What happens if none of the candidates suit your beliefs and more than the others. Flipping a coin is better than not voting? I have the right to vote and the right not to vote. I intend excercise it as I see fit.

    Obama has a very charismatic personality, that makes for a good leader. Sure, his plans might be a bit ambtious,

  36. “She didn’t attend an Ivy League institution? Most people don’t. Should we not be qualified to be president.”

    @BlackHoney, I’ll answer NO to that question. I’m definitely in favor of some IQ tests & educational standards being part of the presidential qualification criteria. Not that intelligence is exclusive to someone that went to an Ivy League college, but I do want my president to have some type of exemplary education or on the job experience to make me feel secure in their ability to grasp complex concepts. Palin has neither of these things. Did anyone see her interview w/ Katie Couric? It was inexcusable. She’s in so deep over her head that it isn’t even funny. Even her own party is starting to turn on her…

    In your post, you’re pointing out that Palin is the avg. Joe, & that’s the point, I don’t want the avg. “hockey mom” one bout of melanoma away from running the country. That is scary. Look at the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into with the C student wannabe cowboy we have now. Since he had no substance of his own, plus being not that bright, he got turned into a vessel for the neo-cons to further their agenda. I see the same set-up with her. And she’s a hell of a lot more conservative than Bush was back when he first started out. We’d be looking at WWIII for sure, trust…

  37. Sorry, accidently hit the button before I finished…

    …ambitious, but what’s really wrong with that? Shoot for the moon and if you fail you’ll land among the stars. And while there’s likely somethings that won’t happen, that’s bound to happen regardless.

    National healthcare will not necessary effect the quality of it. Many countries pull it off wonderfully, without ridiculously-long waits or drops in care. In fact, care improves since doctors are now pushed to help people, not insurance companies’ pockets.

    And I don’t see why he can’t support both public and private school. Private schools will most likely always be superior to public ones, but the public ones can certainly be improved.

    And I don’t think you can equate Palin’s statement about Russia being right by alaska and Obama’s about living in a foreign country. Living in a foreign country, learning it’s customs and to be open is diffrent than looking at a foreign country. I feel Obama would represent this country on the foreign front better than McCain and/or Palin. I don’t object to her because of her home life etc. Normally I’d want to defend her against these attacks that don’t have much to do with her politics, but she just makes it so hard.

  38. edessedesigns says:

    Hi Bella!

    I only get to visit your blog randomly as I am now is school and am working so I am very, very busy!

    What a heartfelt post. While we may be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, I respect your eloquent point of view.

    I am really against nationalized health care as I have experienced FIRST HAND its effects. First, It is EXPENSIVE. You will be taxed, and will be taxed heavily. Maybe there needs to be medicare/medicaid reform for those who can’t afford insurance, but not a nationalized system. At my part-time job I get great health benefits and my employer pays a significant portion of these benefits. This tax (based loosely on the same tax I experienced while living in France) is more than I pay for my insurance now. Why on earth would I want that?

    Second, a nationalized system means you get “free” primary care. You go to the doctor for a check-up, you get seen and you don’t get billed. You go to the emergency room and get seen you don’t get billed. You go to the doctor and need to be referred to a specialist, you got problems and it is not free. You wait for long periods of time, and again, you may have to pay out of pocket. And yes, if you are wealthy, you get moved to the front of the line and the poor get moved to the back. And, if you have money and live in a country with nationalized care, then you come to the USA for better care as you can be seen faster and have more options for treatment. I work at Mass General Hospital, patients come there from ALL over the world to receive care.

    Third, I just don’t think that our system of health care fits into what nationalized health care offers. Our health care system is HIGHLY research based. Many doctors evenly split time between practicing and researching (which leads to more discoveries, better alternatives,…). I wonder how much research and discovery will suffer as a result. Not sure it will be dramatic but I feel it will have an effect. I’m also curious about the shift in medical specializations. As a result of nationalized health care will doctors shift out of general practice and move into specialization (which is not really free anyway)? Will they quit practicing altogether and focus mainly on research? Will boutique clinics pop up offering supreme health care for people with money? Will doctors flock to those clinics instead?

    Fourth, can we as a nation afford this system? I feel like it’s one or the other. A bailout or health care but certainly not both.

    Fifth, Personal responsibility. Without sounding trite and condescending, many of the health care problems we face in our country are diet/exercise related. Yes, there are many that are not, but looking at the health care problems of African Americans (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer) these problems can be cured by healthier eating, more exercising, and a routine check-up you can get at your local free clinic. I live in Boston, there are free screenings all the time.

    My problem with the Democratic ticket is that they make promises that they can’t possibly keep and they promise you things that you don’t necessarily deserve. I don’t mean to sound harsh but it’s true. Did people who could not be approved for homes in the traditional sense really deserve the provisions granted to them in the Community Reinvestment Act? Do people on welfare (food stamps, medicaid, HUD, WIC) deserve MORE benefits for having MORE children? Do black students who have lower admission criteria DESERVE to be admitted over a white or asian student with excellent grades? Do rotten mortgage companies DESERVE to be bailed out because they screwed up? The Democratic party, in my opinion fails to address personal responsibility and only placate the situation with sugary sweet promises, paper thin band-aids and NO accountability.

    And all I hear from many of the people who have made bad choices is an entitlement to an equality made by those who made better decisions.

    Sorry for the long post!

  39. Edesse Designs,

    I agree with you, especially about being taxed to death in a national healthcare system. My husband and i have two young daughters and I stay home with them. We make ends meet on one income (for now) and pay out of pocket for our health insurance. We sacrifice (two bedroom apartment, one “good” car and one crappy one, no trips to the hair salon, no expensive clothes, etc etc etc) and try to stay healthy. We buy fruits and vegetables, go for walks and hikes, and just try to generally live a healthy lifestyle. I don’t think it’s fair that we would have to have more of our income taken to help people that sit on the couch all day and eat processed junk. That, my friends, is socialism at its core. People that truly can’t afford health insurance can already get gov’t assistance in most states. Most children under 18 can be covered by a subsidized state program in most areas as well. Those on the bubble need to learn to prioritize their income. If you want health insurance, vote for candidates that want to lower costs and open up insurance opportunities across state lines. This will make health insurance similar to car insurance. The more competition, the lower the cost AND the better the quality of care. Support the idea of clinics and urgent care centers that are staffed by nurses and physician’s assistants instead of doctors.

    As it stands right now we do not need nationalized health insurance. Many of the so-called uninsured are illegal immigrants (many of whom go to cheap local clinics and receive care at a very low cost. Granted the care may not be the best, but it is what it is) and young people that aren’t prioritizing health care because they don’t have a family yet and feel like they can just ride it out.

    @ FlyGirl

    In regards to Barack and Michelle’s CHOICE to send their daughter’s to a private school, it is that CHOICE that shows their hypocrisy. Should only rich people (or people who work at a school) have the option to send their kids to other schools? It’s funny that liberals talk about equality in education yet they are perfectly ok with not allowing lower income parents a choice in their child’s education. This has nothing to do with kids being “lost” in a voucher system, this is all about the powerful teacher lobby that has pretty much muted all discussion about alternatives to public, sub-standard education. They try to silence the homeschooling groups, the voucher groups, the parochial schools outreach to minority students, etc. Barack hasn’t made a single speech on education alternatives – just Charter schools which are public schools with more money. It is unfair to not allow thinking parents the option to decide how their own tax dollars should be spent in regards to their child’s education. Vouchers brings competition into the education system. If schools want to retain their students (i.e. their $$$$) they will shape up. They will get rid of poor teachers, students that don;t want to learn, poor security, etc etc. They will act as if they really give a damn instead of dragging their feet. Money is an incredible motivator for change.

  40. @ Nana

    If I had a choice -and I do have a choice because unlike a lot of folks I think I know better than the government about how my children should be educated – I would:

    1) send my child to a top private school with an excellent record of success with a diverse curriculum provided we have the money to do so. The “diversity” of the school would be a factor in my decision but not the main one.

    If we didn’t have the money then I’d….

    2) Send them to a mid-tier private or parochial school. Less expensive, not as good of a curriculum but still great

    If there were none that i felt comfortable with or we still couldn’t afford that

    3) I’d homeschool.

    But in my dream world, the gov’t would give my family back the money they would spend if my kids went to the local public school and we could supplement that to pay for the better schools.

  41. To Get Togetha: I’m gonna put it out there and say that what disheartens me are black bloggers work their damndest to discredit him; almost to the point of salty-ness. Bloggers who have lost my readership cause I refuse to support that type of ignorance. I can’t.

    I totally understand what you are saying. I asked one particular Black blogger (who has made it his business to refer to every Barack supporter as “Obamaholics”) if he would have a problem if Barack wins. He rejoices in every poll where Barack’s numbers go down, every report of race being a major factor with a ‘i told ya so, ya;ll need to wake up’ crowing. I finally stopped reading all that crabs in the barrel nonsense.

    Barack is the favorite candidate even GLOBALLY, and yet we have Americans who either don’t want him in office because of his skin tone, or just do not realize the importance of this election. Amazing, and if he loses it will be a prime example of how racism and laziness hurts everyone when we all have to suffer 4 more years of GOP lies.

  42. Have you guys even slept??? haha but this is a very interesting discourse; I have enjoyed everyone’s opinion & point of view. @ edessedesigns, I must say I agree with your healthcare perspective. As a healthcare manager, I do think more personal responsiblity is necessary in the community(black and otherwise). And insurance companies are taking notice: There has been a steady decline in reimbursemet for obesity-related and chronic diseases ( basically anything you can prevent by exercising and eating healthier) over the last 5 years. This results in higher costs being passed on to you. I think there needs to be a middle-class healthcare program for those who aren’t poor enough to recieve Medicaid and those who are rich enough to afford private health insurance.I feel that out of pocket healthcare expenses affect these people the most. So don’t expect someone, ANYONE, to deliver you out of a situation. Do your part, however small, and continue to vote for what you believe in.

  43. To those who might be considering NOT voting for any reason — and everyone else — PLEASE remember the low vote or down-ballot angle — all the important state and local elections which appear at the bottom of your ballot. These are important local elections which impact you directly. Many people don’t know anything about the names further down the ballot. when it comes to these elections, your one vote, and that of your friends, could really be the deciding factor!

    For more info, please visit this link to the story I heard about it on NPR (specifically on http://www.wunc.org): http://wunc.org/programs/news/archive/NLL0930_vote_low.mp3/view.

    God bless.

  44. edessedesigns says:

    dettygirl: Thank you for your input. I don’t mean to come down on the black community. I just used it as a point of reference. Every community has its problems.

    Huemanity: thank you for your brave and intelligent posts. I visited your blog and love your perspective and what you do.

    I have no doubts about Barack being an intelligent person, my problem is that he has based “hope and change” on the same promises that don’t change the problem.

    Capitol Hill needs to be gutted, those senators and congress men have been sitting up there for years ripping you and I off–Barack Obama and John McCain included and are in bed with those very mortgage companies they are trying to protect. Somebody needs to turn the light on in that roach-infested apartment and Obama nor McCain can or will do it, because, they would be scurrying about just like everyone else.

    I will admit, I was very excited by Mrs. Palin–given that she could possibly be one of the ones who could “turn on the light” Unfortunately, she seems to be……blah. Also, I was disappointed that both candidates WANTED a bailout. Let free markets adjust themselves. Let the bubble burst and let’s make decisions from a realistic point of view.

    I’m totally voting third party–end of discussion. I don’t want the blood of the incoming regime on my hands as I don’t believe that at this time, either one of the primary candidates have what it takes to truly change this country.

    As an aside–It was really nice to hear everyone’s point of view. I hate that term Obamabot too just like I hate the term “sell out” when I tell people I don’t support Obama.

  45. @edessedesigns

    I agree that there should be a personal since of accountablility, but I tend to look at the black community and the problems retrospectively. What people so soon forget, is how things got the way they are. Yeah, I shouldn’t be able to get into a school if my grades are not as good as a white counterpart. This just makes me wonder…why was such a system as affirmative action even necessary(and other bailout plans)? I look around at my classmates at school and see why daily..many of them are the first to even go to college due to an inherently racist and prejudice system that is the U.S. Lucky me, my mother had a chance to got to school, but she had to do it on her own(much like myself) because her mother only and a highschool education, which only stressed home economics..basically setting her up to be a maid. In fact, I’m sure many bella’s on here have family members who have all contribute to our rich history just being ‘the first black to do something’. The point is we were not allowed to do so much here and while our privileged counterparts were allowed to move ahead black people were trying to catch up. This country asking us to be ‘accountable’ is kind of like asking a Spaniard or any other foreigner to learn English, meanwhile they are hiding the books and they move them when you do find them. No offense to anyone at all.
    It isn’t just recently that we have been trying get the same jobs, education,finances etc etc etc, as our counterparts….the black wall street in Greenwood Tulsa, Olklahoma was full of ambitious/ entrepreneurs. But due to I guess, jealousy and a crazy since of entitlement, the city was burned down by angry whites…I guess that was the way you got an equal playing field back in the day. To stop this race riot, the government dropped a bomb on this city (1 of 2 domestic bombings). How about we hold this country accountable for the effects of situations like Greenwood that they just swept under the rug.
    I’m sure you have heard about R. Donahue Peebles, the black Donald Trump, which he hates being referred to as. He is rolling in wealth but he didn’t get there with the help of his parents money, unlike Donald Trump. His father was the bellman at the very hotel he (Peebles) owns today in DC and his mother was a realtor and poor. Sociolgy does not even teach you that moving from one social class to another is possible. Usually, whatever class a person is born into is the one in which they will remain. Thank goodness he didn’t believe this or maybe just never even heard the notion. He must of had one of those sugary sweet dreams that you spoke of and succeeded against all odds. Thank goodness the Democrats/Independents are visionaries!

    That is why the whole accountablility thing is shaky for me. There is an individual since to the word as well as societal. We have made a lot of progress and mind you without the same resources as others which is astounding with in itself. All those “bailouts” were put into place because someone got slighted because someone else was effin up or effin somebody over….to fix screw ups out of guilt or change of heart(or maybe just policy).

  46. Great Blog Afrobella! I actually just blogged about folks not voting, it’s been on my mind for a while. Anyway, I just wanted to slip in and say that I will be voting for the first time in November. And, the vote will be for Obama. And if I hear one more person say that they’re not voting for him just because OTHER PEOPLE will think they’re only voting for him because they are black I will SCREAM! lol.

    Why am I voting for Obama? Because his ideals align with my own. I’m black but, please believe, I would not be voting for him if he thought like McCain or Bush. I’m also a democrat, but if I didn’t agree with his plans or opinions I wouldn’t vote for him. Shoot, I wouldn’t be a democrat if I didn’t agree with their general ideals and goals. Am I proud that he is a black man? Of course. He’s setting a great example and making history to boot. Am I supposed to be ashamed of that? I’m sorry, but I’m not. Is he the black savior? The next MLK? New age Malcolm X? Of course not. He’s just a man that wants to affect change as the President of the US and I have faith in his plan. To say that people like me are only voting for Obama because he is black is so insulting. So, because I’m black and voting for him makes me stupid now? A sheep? Spare me.

    I only seem to hear this, “Blacks are voting for Obama b/c he’s black” thing from other blacks, lol. Everybody is so worried about black folks (all 12% or so of us) voting for Obama b/c he is black but nobody is worried about the other folks who are not voting for him because he’s black. Or the people only voting for McCain because he is white? Are folks questioning McCain supporters? What about the women that are supporting McCain/Palin just because Palin is a woman? The disgruntled Hillary supporters that jumped on the Palin bandwagon even though alot of her opinions oppose Hillary’s and their own? I guess they all get a free pass, huh? Shame on you black people for voting for a black man that you actually agree with! LOL. Once again, spare me.

    I tried to skim through the discussion here and will probably sink my teeth into it after I leave this comment because it seems quite interesting. Nothing in this comment is in response to any comments, just the blog post. People have their reasons for voting (or not) and who they’re voting for (or not voting for) and I am sure that ever poster here is already set in their opinions and decisions. I’m not trying to debate anyone on this, I honestly don’t think I’ll be coming back and sifting through comments looking for responses, lol. Just throwing my two cents in on the subject!

    I just want to echo that more than just the presidential tickets will be on the ballots! What about the other smaller elections and issues? You may not want to vote for president but don’t forget about everything else!

  47. I love that this is such a respectful forum. Well done Bella!

  48. I wish one of the third party candidates would speak the truth about what has to truly happen to change our current system.

    I saw their convention on CSPAN and I was flummoxed by how they were aping the Republican and Democrat parties with their marketing of their various brands and I have to say I was turned off.

    Ummmm
    Nader, McKinney, Paul need to get up and tell the American public the truth repeatedly and explain honestly that we will need a major shift in consciousness to change our current way of life (i.e. Americans should never have to pay the price for their conspicuous consumption).

    Take the discussion of oil…
    why is it heresy to advocate for championing and funding alternative fuel sources before drilling for oil in America? Because candidates are funded by lobbyists for oil companies and are terrified of voicing the truth.

    I want an independent candidate to make those things plain and put the onus back on the American people to be responsible and proactive about getting our country back.

    I have not seen that and if I did, I would definitely vote for a third party candidate.

    Quite possibly 2008 will be my last time voting for a major party candidate and I can live with that.

  49. Claudette says:

    As an educated African-American woman, I feel that people EXPECT me to vote for Obama. Well, guess what? I refuse to vote for him and will definitely stay home on Election day. Why? Because I think that OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT. I refuse to fall for this sweet talker in a suit.

    So what if the man can deliver a speech? Who cares? Can he save this economy? Will he do the right thing in Iraq? Will he put money back into my 401k? I doubt it. He’ll probably follow the advice of his more experienced Cabinet members and follow their lead. What experience does he bring to the table? None whatsoever. He had time to pen two memoirs and couldn’t vote decisively in the Senate or write a bill to benefit his fellow Americans. Why? If he was so great, why didn’t he do anything notable in his two years in The Senate? Biden would have made a better president. Clinton would have made a better president. Paul would have made a better President. With his experience, McCain would make a better president (too bad he’s a Republican).

    I feel that Obama does not represent me as a Black American and I would not like him to represent America as the president.

    Sorry Bella, but Michelle Obama is over-rated in my opinion. She has a bitter disposition, an unhappy tone, and has an underlying resentment that I find unappealing as a woman. I also don’t think that she’s First Lady material. She is not and will never be the next Jackie O. :(

    I think that if Obama was 100% white, most of us wouldn’t have given him the time of day. Blacks are voting the race card, and I refuse to do that. Obama does NOT have this black woman’s vote in his pocket. I’m not going to fall for it. Black or not, Obama is not ready.

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