Alright, so the
2008 Presidential elections are finally upon us. Personally, I'm really not crazy about either
candidate. I'm not crazy about John McCain wanting to keep our troops
overseas...and to be honest, I was really leaning towards Barack Obama
until I heard that he
supports live birth abortions (he's one of the ONLY politics-democrats
included-that does) and I KNOW that he wants to keep abortions legal.
And anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about that. Basically, there
are things I like and dislike about both men, but I don't like either
of them enough to stand in line for 6 hours with a toddler to vote (had
Hillary Clinton won the democratic ticket...I'd be camping to cast my
vote!). But I'm SO sick of all the rumors swirling around Barack
Obama...specifically all of the e-mails that are overwhelming my inbox
(and I'm sure a few have come your way as well). Any of us that have
any common sense realize that Barack Obama is not...I repeat...IS NOT the
anti-christ. I can't tell you how many times I've read this same
ignorant attempt at someone trying to justify their racism (people, if
you're gonna be racist, at least have the balls to own up to it). This
election is undoubtly one of the most historic that we'll ever have as
a nation. A woman ran for a chance at the position, and a man of color
(some of you say black, some of you say muslim, some of you don't care
because he just isn't white!) is running for, and will probably win,
the Presidential nomination. This doesn't mean it's the beginning of
the end (if it is, it has nothing to do with Barack Obama)...it doesn't
mean that our nation is completely out of control...and it's not part
of some huge conspiracy. It shows our development and progress as a
country (and has defenitly brought out certain areas that are
lacking...). Some years ago, a person other than a white man running
would be unheard of. Silly, even. But now, all the little girls, all
the poverity stricken kids, all the children that just so happen to not
be "white"...whose parents told them that they could be anything they
set their mind to...can actually believe their parents. I can take
comfort in knowing that when my own daughter is old enough to ask me, "Mom, what should I be when I grow up?", I'll be able to tell her honestly..."Anything that you want".
We pride ourselves on being a free nation of progress, and yet so many people are doing everything in their power to ruin Barack Obama's name just because he isn't white, and because his religious beliefs may not be what we deem "appropriate". Well, in America, I can worship how I want. I can worship who I want. Every American citizen has that power...so why doesn't he? If an American-born man with an Irish history was running, it wouldn't be an issue...because hey, as long as he's white...right?
The most recent thing I've seen bashing the Obama family is a reciept that may or may not be real that's "signed" by Michelle Obama...for a lunch at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The total was over $400. Well, nothing overloaded my inbox when it was CONFIRMED that Cindy McCain wore a $3,000 designer suit to the republican convention. They're POLITICIANS, people! Of COURSE they're gonna have money...and as long as it's coming out of their own pockets...who gives a shit? I know I've got much more important things to worry about than what politician's wife spent how much on what.
The bottom line is this:
The people who keep circulating this stuff are scared. Fear is powerful. And apparently it's causing people to lie...anything to keep change from coming. Well, I hate to use this in this specific post, but hey, CHANGE is coming. Whether we want it to or not. It's coming in one form or another. And there's nothing we can do to stop it. I'm sure if Hillary Clinton had won the democratic ticket (I wish!), people would be equally as scared to be handing the reigns over to a woman. So, if you're one of the fearful, try to relax. Just because he's not white doesn't mean he can't do the job (and one hell of a job, for that matter). Cast your vote and move on knowing that you've done whatever you can do. Obama supporters aren't going to put a whole lot of stock into an e-mail claiming Obama to be the anti-christ.
Fear of the unknown is to be expected, but no more than should be expected with ANY new person taking office. Don't let fear consume you or your rational thought process. Instead of forwarding that next e-mail to everyone on your contact list, try forwarding it, along with your questions and concerns, right to the source? You never know...Barack Obama himself could give you a call! (Hey, if he really is the anti-christ, anything is possible!)
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