My Co-worker asked me this question, "Are you going to vote for Obama because he is black?" I was offended by the question! Part of me felt like answering him back sarcastically, "Are you voting for the other guy because of his race"? I decided against my first thought, only because I believe an ignorant statement leads to an ignorant foundation, if one chooses to dwell within an ignorant mind state. Now, the co-worker in question is Caucasian and until this point, I've have had respect for him. Yet, I was offended by the implication. Did his remark imply that I had not studied the six major candidates hoping to be elected, November 4th, McCain (Republican nominee), Obama (Democratic nominee), Barr (Libertarian nominee), Baldwin (Constitution nominee), Cynthia McKinney (Green party nominee) and Nader (independent)?
I truly believe in the United States and I've never desired to live in any other country. "Jim Crow" ended in 1965 and only forty three years later, this country may elect a man of color as its leader. I have read the policies of Mr. McCain and several other candidates, so why didn't my co-worker pose his question in a more intelligent fashion and if I were not able to articulate a sound response then he could have formulated his own answer. Later that day, the same co-worker made reference to Obama's middle name "Hussein" and implied it negatively to Saddam Hussein. I wonder if that co-worker of mine knows that Hussein in Arabic means "Good Boy and or Good Looking Boy". I personally do not see anything wrong with that name. Yet, I believe a foolish man would judge one prematurely for various reasons.
At this point in my life I want to establish a strong spiritual and financial foundation for myself and a future family! Yet like most Americans today, times are truly difficult for me financially. I've always believed in business and felt like "Big Business" is the rock which sustains America's power yet the "Love" of money seems to crack every brick and steel pipe produced in this country by "Big Business", for those reasons I've been undecided regarding my political affiliation for several years. Now, regardless of my ethnicity or that of either of the top two candidates for this 2008 election, my decision will be based on an educated choice regarding political policy and what I believe the next president can do for me personally. I hope every one else makes a similar decision, as we all have a single vote that will change history no matter who takes power over our country.
So, would I vote for a person based on their ethnicity alone? I think that type of decision is foolish. It just so happens that the person I'll give my vote to deserves it for reasons much greater then race!
Why and for what reasons do you vote?