Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Race for the White House

The race to the White House has gotten a little testy of late, but I'm going to hold off a lot of real comment pending further research.
What I can say is that the discourse over the last 14 days or so as been brilliant if you are a member of the Bush White House because conversation has left the economy and the War in Iraq as we have focused on whether Hillary is strong enough, Barack is "black" enough and whether Bill is "as black as Obama"!
Give me a break! Hillary's crying game (well, almost crying game) offended me as a woman! If we are to show men that we are just as competent as they are and more importantly - if we are to prove to this nation that a woman can run the show, her antics have set us back.
It's almost like the adage that black children have been raised with all of there lives - you have to be twice as smart and work twice as hard to achieve in this world. In the case of Senator Clinton she must - to take a phrase from Minister Louis Farrakhan - have the testicular fortitude to stand up to whatever is dished out!
The statement that galled me the most was from Andrew Young when he professed that former President Bill Clinton was "as black as Obama". What! Here you have one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement proclaiming that this son of Arkansas is as black as Barack Obama - a true African-American!
The conversations in offices around this country have steered away from what is most important and that is where do these two candidates stand on the issues that are plaguing this country. We have been in a near recession longer than we haven't, but this is not at the forefront of conversation! Children and seniors are still dying because they can not afford health care and daily we have soldiers dying in a war that will never end!
Let's get this never ending campaign back on track. Let's debate the issues relevant to the strength and vitality of this nation and not the sidebars that do little more than to continue the divisiveness we have known for too long.

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