Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Politics as Unusual

I don't generally talk about politics on my blog but with all the hulabaloo going on with the Democratic primaries, it's hard for me not to think about politics.

I've always been a bleeding heart liberal. Any red blooded Republican would despise my views on welfare and immigration (after all, I wouldn't be here if my parents had never immigrated from the Philippines). Since the start of my voting career, I've always voted for the Democrat Candidate. Things may change though.

I can't quite pinpoint the reason why, but as of late--I really don't like Hillary. I was a big Bill Clinton fan, but I just can't get excited about Hillary. I think the main reason why I don't like her, is because I don't like how she runs her campaign. Yes, sure I feel sorry for her sometimes because it is difficult running for a president as a woman, but she isn't the kind of woman that I ever expected would be the first female president.

I think that I've always envisioned the first female president being more like Oprah. A woman that is powerful and influential in a much different way. A woman that gives to good causes both anonymously and publicly. A self made, strong woman. I may get in trouble for this-- but Hillary doesn't really come off as feminine to me.

I don't know. I don't think she'd win the election either. I think she would cause a lot of people to go out there and vote for McCain. Including myself.

I also really like Obama and I want him to win. He carries himself with such poise and he has the ability to inspire. I remember seeing on TV a panel of Americans being asked to site an accomplishment of Obama's and no one could except one African American woman said that he's the first African American that has gotten this close to the Presidency. Now, granted, I don't think that Americans in general could site the accomplishments of most politicians, let alone point to where Belize is on the map. Only two came to my mind-- truth be told:

-I believe he was the first African American to be the president of the Harvard Law Review.

-He ran and won a seat in the US Senate.

At any rate, I hope that the remaining Democratic Primaries give Obama the remaining delegates he needs to clinch the Democratic Candidacy. If he does, it would make me feel like I can truly say to my children that they could one day become President. When I said that to my husband, he said of course they could be president, even if Obama didn't win. I said-- yes, technically they could, but would Americans actually elect an Asian American into the White House? We don't know that-- yet.


Florinda said...

Good, thoughtful post. It's hard NOT to have politics on the brain these days, I've found. Have you checked out this one?

Don't know if you've noticed that we live in a pretty "red" town - I'm glad to locate another person who leans "blue"! I do agree with you about Hillary and the "electability" question, though - she's very polarizing, and always has been.

chersdyls said...

Well said!

OBAMA IN '08! I'm tired of politicians who are just talking heads and make decisions based on what will keep them in power the longest instead of what is best for the people of the US of A.

Butrfly Garden said...

:) I don't have a lot of comments on the democratic front. Except that I agree that McCain will pull a lot of votes if Hilary makes it.

Missed you!

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