3 Nov 2008 7:57 am   //   Filed under: In the news

Why I’m voting for Barack Obama

This has been a long campaign, but it had to be. Because he is black, Barack Obama had to prove himself twice over any white male candidate. Consider how long it took this country to sort out that his name alone doesn’t indicate a lack of patriotism!

All the while, Obama has proven himself worthy of the office with a graceful campaign that has stayed true to his message of hope. He has played fair. In his public speeches, he has elevated this country’s discourse on politics, especially on race relations. If he wins, Obama will stand for more than just the Democratic party in the White House. He’ll be a symbol of things going right in America. Every kid who’s growing up a minority, or gay, or poor, or unfairly marginalized for any reason, will be able to look to Obama as an inspiration. This is more important for America than any tax policy or war strategy. That’s why I’m voting for Barack Obama tomorrow.

You haven’t heard many people on TV making this argument because it welcomes the charge of being an affirmative-action voter, picking the black candidate because he’s black. Voters are allowed to do that of course – and the chance to make history is a fair motivation – but that’s not reason enough. Because Obama has demonstrated good judgment, intelligence, a spirit of cooperation, and a willingness to use our government to help the less fortunate, he deserves our votes. And if that doesn’t work for you, consider the alternatives. There are no signs that Obama would make a worse president than George Bush, or John McCain, or Sarah Palin.

America was built to be run by representatives of the people, not by dynasties. The spirit of the country is encapsulated in the cliché that anybody can grow up to be president. For much of our history, that promise was a lie. I’d like to think it isn’t any more. A vote for Barack Obama tomorrow is a vote for that basic principle. In that respect, it’s probably the most conservative vote you can make.

(P.S. – Obviously this is my personal opinion. Per my standard disclaimer, this blog is separate from my full-time job and has no connection to the company where I work.)