The Case for
Barack Obama; Hillary and the Smell of Mothballs
by: Alex Sandell
Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 03:52:55 AM CST
Hillary Clinton supporters must enjoy the smell of mothballs. Either
that, or they're so enamored with the prosperous 90s (prosperous in
large part due to an Internet stock bubble that Bill Clinton can hardly
take credit for) that they can't see the forest through the trees. So
enamored these supporters are that reality no longer matters to them
and they've instead chosen to use nostalgia, delusions and illusions as a crutch come February 5th, 2008 (Super Tuesday).
One of the main reasons our economy is currently in the dumps is
because President Bill Clinton succeeded where his Republican
predecessors failed -- in passing NAFTA and, ultimately, WTO. Back in
'91 and '92 third-party candidate Ross Perot warned us that the "large
sucking sound" we'd hear would be our jobs leaving the country if
George H.W. Bush were re-elected OR if Bill Clinton were elected. He
was right. And he even did it without jokingly referring to that "large sucking
sound" as coming from Monica Lewinsky. The sucking sound of lost jobs will continue
if the Clinton dynasty is allowed to move forward and this is one of a
number of reasons that Hillary is oh so
wrong for this country.
Look at her voting record in the Senate. As a United States Senator,
Hillary Clinton has been a rubber stamp for George W. Bush (Pre-emptive War
in Iraq, 2001 Bankruptcy Bill, designating the Iranian National Guard
as a Terrorist Organization) in much the same
way her husband played rubber-stamp to Newt Gingrich and his
conservative cronies ("Free" Trade, Contract "for" America, Welfare "Reform").
Senator Barack Obama pushes us forward without forgetting the past and
he's not playing as anyone's stamp -- rubber or otherwise.
Senator Obama belongs as much to the future as he does to the
Democratic party. The great party that left so many feeling proud and
so many more achieve their dreams. The party of JFK and FDR. This
should not be forgotten and the politics of hope truly need to replace
the politics of cynicism and fear that have ruled over the U.S. for
I am not overly excited about how Barack's voted in the U.S. Senate, but am
very enthused with the way he's inspiring a nation and a world. JFK's words
have lived on much longer than the bulk of his voting record. They
continue to inspire and will continue inspiring for decades to come. I
think lifting the people of the world up and bringing out the best in
them -- even if only through rhetoric -- is powerful and meaningful. It
is what a leader must do and what a leader must do well.
With the corporate mainstream media blocking alternative voices at
every turn, we're never going to have a President Kucinich or a
Wellstone, and I truthfully think Obama and his "poetry" is the next
best thing. And I do think that, side-by-side, his ideas for the future
of the U.S.
and the world are a step beyond Hillary's "politics as usual." Just
last night in
the CNN debate, Barack talked substance and proved that there was a
plan behind the smooth-talking man in the suit. This man has a vision,
but he has also proven to
citizens of the world that he has plenty of policy to back up his
After 8 years of George W. Bush we need to heal as a nation. We need to
heal as a world. I think Barack Obama is the one that can heal us and help us heal ourselves.
Through both words, wisdom and substance.
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