Monday, February 18, 2008

One Republican for Obama

I think I have slipped over to the dark side (no puns please). Last night, I looked lovingly into my husband's eyes and declared that I think I am going to vote for Osama, then I remembered that he is the bad guy, and quickly corrected myself, "No, OBAMA"...

I know that Obama and I don't share the same political views on many major issues (except Affirmative Action - Jerms once told me that Obama and I have the same view on that - which confirmed his intelligence), but honestly, I am thinking of voting for him because he's black (well, half black). ...and no, that's not wrong. Get off your high horse, I do have actual reasons. Plus, my vote will be countered by someone who won't vote him purely because he is black, so relax!

I will clear the record here by telling you that I have not been brainwashed by Audra (who is voting for him based on the fact that he signed the Kyoto agreement in support of God's creation, aka: the environment), my brother & Wendy (who refuse to tell me who they're voting for, but I secretly caught them doing a covert fist pump upon hearing the Obama took Maine), or Sylvia (who is voting for him solely because he's black, but asserts that he is also a Christian - and not just the type who is only a Christian during an election).

If you know anything about me, you know I'm not about conforming - so truly believe me when I tell you, none of these people have influenced by decision. Here's how it really went down:

Shaun posted the Will.I.Am video of Barack's speech and I watched it with tears rolling down my cheeks (not a lot, but a few). Once I composed myself, I called the kids over to watch it. I wanted them to see that a black man was running for president. I was excited for them to see the success of someone "like them". In a world where there are so many negative stereotypes for black men, I loved showing them a video clip of a black man that I could say, "may be the next president of the United States".

Explore that.

This next president is going to be the first president that my kids remember; they will grow up under this president's reign. Avery will be 9, 10, 11, 12 and possibly 13, 14, 15, & 16 and 0bviously Amelle will be trailing right behind him. My bi-racial children, who the world will try to force their affirmative action on, even though my kids are brighter and "more priviledged" than average (sorry if that sounded vain, it wasn't meant to), will see that the most powerful man in the world is bi-racial, just like they are! How sweet is that!?!? What pride for my kids to identify in a special way (in a way that they can't with either of their parents, their cousins, or their friends) with the president of the US!

That excites me!

The other thing about having a black president that really excites me is the notion of black people not being suppressed by "the (white) man" any more. Oh how I love this idea! "The man" will now be black, so we won't have to continue to hear Sharpton and his cohorts perpetuate the notion that black people continue to be held back. Wahoo! Liberation!

I am deeply passionate about this concept.

Lastly, in looking back over the last eight years - Bush hasn't really furthered the causes that I am passionate about, he probably blocked some progress from the "other side", but the world isn't necessarily better because he was in office (I know many would argue that it's worse). So I think, how bad could Obama mess things up in the next 4 (8?) years? I mean really?

I just picked up his autobiography today so that I can glean some insight into this hopeful. Then I'll check out his campaign to see what his promises are. As long as he's somewhat moderate and it looks reasonably promising that in 8 years we won't be a socialist country, and I won't be paying tax dollars for abortions for 14-year olds, then I may cast my vote for him in November.

I'm all over this. I'll keep you posted on my research.


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T5M said...

I just looked him up on - but I wish I hadn't...he was much more appealing to me before I knew what he stood for....

Uhg....politically he's my polar opposite - I don't know what to do!

Maybe after I read his autobiography I'll like him again?

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T5M said...

I'm getting a DNA test - you and I couldn't have come from the same place...

T5M said...

Just a few minutes ago I read a portion of the preface to Jerms out loud, it was a beautiful tribute to his mother, and of course, my voice cracked and eyes filled up as I read the last two words. This caught the attention of the kids and Avery said,
"so, are you going to vote for him?"
Me: I don't know...I'm thinking about it
Amelle: I am!
Avery: You can't vote, you're not allowed to vote until you're like 15 or something.

Audra said...

i am so confused by this string... KC5 is that a speech Obama gave? Then why are you saying she WILL pull her endorsement? Her endorsement of who?

and for the record Erin it wouldn't be the worse thing in the world to be influenced by someone you love and trust

Jermaine said...

This is an interesting post. Politics are a very touchy subject (evidenced by people not feeling comfortable discussing it). Erin is not shy about these things. That is one of the reasons why I love her.

Barak being a black man does not influence me one way or another. The bible teaches that God is not a respecter of persons (race, culture, economic status, etc.) and neither am I. At least I try not to be. I don't judge a stranger by the color of his skin, so logically, I can't vote for someone for that reason. I am a part of a family that transcends skin color...

Gal 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.

If Barak were president, his role in my children's life would pale in comparison to their parents. I wouldn't have it any other way. Barak is a politician first and whatever else second.

I am held accountable to God for my decisions here on earth. My vote will be cast with this and only this in mind.

T5M said...

Shaun - what's up with the deleted comments???

MOM said...

I can't believe that anyone would vote for a person on the color of their skin or their gender or religious beliefs without getting the facts about their candidate. This is the most publicized presidential race of all time. A mole in the ground could get information about the candidates if they were so inclined.
The RIGHT vote is the informed vote!

T5M said...

I am the mole.