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American politics are interesting this time around. The cynic in me is working over-time.
I don’t yet know for whom I will vote, but I have a pretty good idea for whom I won’t.
I see this as the way the old men get us hood-winked time and again to do what they direct us to do through their subtle manipulations.

The scenario is something like this, right now. It was pretty certain the masses were ready to change horses. The conservatives have gotten us fairly well screwed in the last eight years, on all fronts. Unless the Republicans could come up with someone like Ronald Reagan again, in all likelihood the next president would be a Democrat.

The more the scene played out, the more apparent it was that Hillary was the most likely candidate for the Dems. Edwards was around for a while, but the time seems right for a woman to be in the running (after all, look what condition a “good-ole-boy” has left us in).
This turning tide seemed to be overwhelming, even for a good natured, young, boyishly- handsome, southern gentleman lawyer/senator with a heart wrenching history of personal tragedy and triumph.
Perhaps if Gore had tossed his hat in, it would have been his time. Seemed with all the green thinking that’s beginning, and his role in that, it may have been an opportune time for him. But the way he got the shaft in 2000, who can blame him for passing?

I don’t know where Obama came from, but talk about opportune. Seems to me that the only way to make sure Hillary doesn’t make it to the White House is to have the competition be a black guy- (I can hear the old cronies -much like the “Duke” brothers in the movie “Trading Places”- “Yeah! A Black guy!”). This could only be accomplished by the Democrats, because the Republicans probably won’t be ready for a black guy for president for at least six or seven more elections anyway. Maybe a veep, but not a president.
Barack certainly has found favor with the stars-
a lot of celebrities seem to be jumping on the Obama band-wagon... and I don’t know what these “celebrities” opinions are supposed to mean to me. I’m confused.

I have absolutely no issue with a black, or a woman, or any other way you want to slice it up. I’m just looking for someone who can help lead us through the entanglements of our world with compassion, and respect for all, -and wondering who suggested Obama to begin with (cynic that I am sees one of those Duke brothers as being a conservative with a plan to foil the Dems again), and what exactly IS Obama gonna “change”. He’s very personable. He’s charming. He’s witty. He’s good-looking. He’s smart. He’s not the blackest man I could picture for the job, but again, that really is neither here nor there to me. I keep hearing him say it’s time for change, and I do agree. I am still unclear as to what he intends to change and how he intends to implement these changes.

The Republican race is also interesting. My vote will not go to Huckabee. I don’t have anything against the guy, I just have more liberal politics than he does.
I’m not sure how I feel about Romney yet. I know he is a very good businessman who has pulled a lot of wealthy asses out of bad fires. He might be able to do something for our government and the mess Bush has created. But he’s too much of a “pretty boy”, and we have a lot of issues that can’t be fixed by a just a good CFO.
I like and respect McCain, although I don’t stand in the same camp with him on a lot of issues. Still, he may wind up with my vote yet.

Which brings me to my last, very cynical point. If it comes down to Whomever against Obama, how long will it take the “Dukes” to get the media to influence the masses about religion again? Look at the big brouhaha that erupted about Romney’s Mormonism! Is there anyone hedging bets? America MAY be ready for a woman, or a black man, but does anyone really think a Muslim, even a charming, personable, smart Muslim really has a chance in the USA?

I guess I just don’t have that much faith in my fellow, bigoted, bible-thumping, NRA or platinum card carrying American brothers and sisters. It looks to me like this race shouldn’t have started a year early. It gave the real players a chance to set up their games.


May we all win-


*A/N -I only know that Obama was raised by Muslim parents and speak nothing to his religious affiliation. I only raise this question at all because I'm sure it won't be long before SOMEONE does.

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Elizabeth Maksymiuk


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The following comments are for "American Politics"
by emaks

Politics, -Desvelado
Oh can we talk!
I'm excited for my daughter who will be able to vote in her first presidential election- she turned 18 2 months after the last election and she was mad at me for not "planning" better!

IMO we have witnessed a turning point in history with the events of the last few years, and who we elect will bear greatly the burden of what will turn in the near future.

As far as I can tell, a Muslim in the house would probably do us some good.. maybe. NOTHING can be worse than what we've had-


Good Luck with your citizenship :)!

-I'm sure we'll be talking.

Thank you for your very thoughtful comment. Much appreciated-

Elizabeth

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: February 6, 2008 )





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