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Thursday, January 31, 2008

2008 Elections: Apologies


Apologies, folks. We were so upset when writing the preceding post that we didn't make sense at all. What we meant to say was: We wish Dennis Kucinich was going to be our next President. However, once he stepped out of the race, we elected to support John Edwards because his positions on issues such as the rights of workers, women, minorities, and the poor were similar to ours. When he stepped out of the race we were greatly disappointed, but seeing that we were down to two candidates, we elected to throw our support to Barack Obama because we feel that he is somewhat more progressive in his political positions than Hillary Clinton. Which is not to detract from Clinton's admirable skillset, nor to waver in our firm commitment to feminist principles.

We feel strongly that the preceding blog post makes the case for Obama. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the longer someone has held on to power, the greater the likelihood that their very thought process is corrupted by their power. Obama speaks to this quite stirringly in his book, The Audacity of Hope. He recounts his effort to live his principled belief that a Senator or other Representative of the people should not lose touch with the people s/he represents. As part of this, he voluntarily ceased accepting flights on private or corporate planes. He recalls the first time he took a regular flight again, adding that some child threw up on his shoes, but that the experience reminded him that this is how regular folks travel.

With the possible exception of Senator Barack Obama, all the other candidates have been powerful for so long that they no longer even know how out of touch they are with their constituents. We believe that Senator Obama is a person of goodwill, and that he is honest. We believe that he is principled and ethical. Finally, we believe that his years of work as a community organizer outweigh the relatively few years that he has held a position of any power. He has not yet been corrupted. Unlike our other candidates, he shows a genuine, human warmth and concern for other people.

Please cast your vote for Senator Obama for our next President. If you belong to a political party or faction that precludes such action, please consider these arguments very carefully. Consider what a rich, spoiled, irresponsible, unethical person and his friends have done to your friends, neighbours, and country.

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