I am writing to congratulate myself for voting for Barack Obama and being part of his 28-vote victory in Newburyport in the Democrat primary.
My vote was not based on Mr. Obama’s skin color because I’m not a racist. I do admit,however, that I do not watch BET (Black Entertainment Television) or support the United Negro College Fund because they’re racist.
My vote was not based on Barack’s middle name, “Hussein.” That middle name is part of his Moslem background. If I let his background factor into my vote, I would be a racist and I’m not. However, if I learned that his hand was going to be on the Koran instead of the Bible when he was sworn in to the presidency I would vote against him. That’s not being racist. That is believing that the Bible, not the Koran, contains the truths that I want my leader to pledge allegiance to.
My vote was not based on Barack being against the war in Iraq. Barack was in the State Senate, not the US Senate, when the vote for that war took place. If he had been confronted with the same evidence that President Bush and Hillary Clinton were confronted with he would have voted to go ahead with the war.
My vote was not based on Barack’s belief that abortion should be available in all nine months of pregnancy. I am opposed to abortion and consider the slaughter of unborn children to be a horrific tragedy.
My vote is not based on Barack’s willingness to put an end to some of the tax cuts that have been enacted during the current administration. I defy anyone to explain to me how sending me out into the buying world with less money is going to help the economy.
My vote is not based on Barack’s talk of unifying the country. I believe that his idea of “unity” is for me to change my previously held positions and switch to his. I have a right to my opinion even if it disagrees with his opinion. Labeling opinions that are different from his, “divisive,” is a step toward trying to shut off constructive dialogue.
My vote is not based on the endorsements of Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy. Those two are the punch lines of jokes in any comic setting. Kerry was offered $1 million to clear up the controversy surrounding his service in the Vietnam War. He proved that either he didn’t need the money or he couldn’t clear his name by taking no action. Kennedy looked out his ocean-side window and decided that his view was more important than a wind energy program that would lower electricity rates on the Cape.
So why did I vote for Barack Obama? Quite simply it was a vote against Hillary Clinton.
At a dinner party recently, I heard someone say that they were voting for Hillary because, “she was the only one that they could trust.” You’re right, it stunned me too! If past performance means anything, Hillary is the one that can’t be trusted.
Let me make a prediction: Barack Obama is going to get the Democrat nomination but during the trip to also-rans, the Clintons are going to tear that party apart. It gives me pleasure to think that I may have had a hand in that process in a voting booth at the Brown School.
( Appeared in both the Newburyport Current and the Newburyport Daily News on February 15, 2008. )