ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (save the universe in low-tops)
Lately I've been rocking AlterNet, specifically this piece on why nobody should be able to make fun of Obama supporters. There's a sad piece about Samantha Power being forced to resign, and an even sadder piece about the effect the Clinton campaign's mudslinging is having on the Obama campaign.

In case anyone's still undecided, and has yet to vote (the only good thing about all this Democratic division is that PENNSYLVANIA MATTERS), I urge you to check out dailykos's recent 25 Reasons to Vote for Barack Obama and 25 Reasons I Cannot Support Hillary Clinton. Especially if you still believe that Obama is inexperienced, that Clinton is not divisive, or that we will see actual change from either McCain or Clinton. That just isn't true.

The Economist magazine said it best recently: "The best presidents are like magnets below a piece of paper, invisibly aligning iron filings into a new pattern of their making." Most of the presidents in American history who have been transformative have been charismatic figures with exceptional oratorical skills who persuaded Americans to share in their larger vision. I am not able to imagine a President Hillary Clinton or a President John McCain being similarly transformative, or being such a magnet. ...

There is no question Obama is an icon of hope. And despite ridicule to the contrary, hope does matter. When people join movements to realize raised hopes, our nation has a chance of changing for the better. When they damp their hopes, as Clinton suggests, the status quo is preserved. Hope and fear, future and past are the determining factors in this election. Not gender, not race. Will grouchy and divided Americans be driven primarily by their fears, or by their hopes? By their nostalgia for some "better" past, or by the courage to face a new future? The possibility of a new president named Barack Hussein Obama hangs on the answer.

I've seen a lot of people discuss voting for a president as though it were a race to reference the most media labels and nitpick the most idiotic, inconsequential details. For instance: a friend read one article on Obama's campaign taking away from his senatorial post, and suddenly was the authority on his "inexperience" and his "bad habit" of voting "not present." First of all, I don't recall this friend being a constitutional scholar. Second of all, Obama being "inexperienced" is a complete media fabrication -- how many years of experience has Clinton had as a senator? Is being a senator, in fact, anything like being a president? If Clinton wants to claim her time as First Lady as presidential experience, well, is Bill Clinton also going to be a Co-President First Gentleman?

Basically, I am sick and tired of people not bothering to look beyond empty stereotypes and think for themselves. The fact that Obama's middle name, for example, or a photo of him wearing a turban, can even begin to affect someone's vote shows that something is seriously wrong. If people are really that stupid, I honestly don't know what to do for them.

We all agree that the place our country is in right now sucks. And yet instead of jumping at a solid candidate with an incredibly impressive pedigree and an amazingly inspirational effect -- someone, mind you, who has pretty clearly been handed the mantle of John F. Kennedy -- so many voters are content to get caught up in useless mudslinging.

No, I don't agree completely with everything Barack Obama does. But it's obvious that he cares about the same core values that I do: Human rights (like affordable health care and equal opportunities for everyone). Environmental responsibility. Peace (the importance of negotiation as a FIRST RESORT and war as a LAST RESORT). Honesty, accountability, and truth. Obama is consistent -- and being consistent doesn't mean remaining glued to your initial beliefs even when new facts fly in the face of them. Being consistent means not changing your essential core values. Obama is compassionate; his diverse background and exceptional mind allow him to understand the position of every American he meets, and have a decent chance at making our lives better.

I'm not going to get caught up in whether or not Barack Obama sat on the floor of the Senate on February 11, 2005 at 3:04 p.m. (or whatever). I'm not going to reward other candidates for having Iraq exit strategies NOW, YEARS after the fact, when in the midst of all the initial fearmongering and panic, Barack Obama was the one who advised Americans to stop and think before deciding to waste precious lives in a misguided war. I'm not going to nitpick his (or his wife's) fashion decisions, I'm not going to instantly switch allegiances when his (admirable, educated, and capable) campaign advisors show signs of (perfectly righteous) frustration, and I'm not going to let people tell me that I support him just because I'm part of a "youthquake."

Barack Obama is the only candidate who both recognizes the gravity and the difficulty of the United States' current situation, and he is the only one with the judgment and education necessary to begin the complex job of turning it around.

And if you don't agree, I'd be really interested to hear how you back up your point.

"You're fired. S. Seaborn."

  • Jul. 11th, 2007 at 4:50 AM
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (romana ii kicks fucking ass)
Lo and behold! Another public post!

My hero of the day is Waris Dirie, who has led a life filled with the kind of trauma that I can't even imagine (see her Wikipedia article). I love it when fashion models turn out to be completely kickass. Also, did you know that the BBC is reporting that approximately 7,000 girls IN THE UK are at risk for female genital mutilation right now? That's just in the UK, mind, and if you'd asked me yesterday I'd have called that number ridiculous. Shows how naive I am.


We celebrate peace. Yet we pay no attention to the ways of curing aggression in human beings. And when one sees in psychoanalysis hostility disappearing as people conquer their fears, one wonders if the cure is not there.
The Diary of Anaïs Nin; August, 1945

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