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I'm Voting for Barack Obama

I'm Voting for Barack Obama

Today, my vote goes to Barack Obama, someone I believe has the inspirational qualities of a natural leader seldom found, but urgently necessary to elevate America's spirit. Barack Obama appeals to voters across party lines and rejects the notion that we are in a zero-sum battle against each other. With President Obama, we will no longer be constrained by detrimental dichotomies like Christian vs. Muslim, good vs. evil, Democrats vs. Republicans, black vs. white, us. vs. them. We all want to believe in an America characterized by opportunity, prosperity, innovation and leadership, and Barack Obama will help us heal as a nation and a world.

I support Barack's platform. I am for tax relief for lower income families, investing in job training, health care reform, energy independence. Barack's Iraq vote offers the starkest contrast to Hillary in my mind. He called Iraq exactly right. Barack had the clarity of judgment to see the folly of an unprovoked war, and the leadership to publicly take an unpopular position. Hillary's Iraq vote, coupled with her recent vote for labeling Iran's national guard a terrorist group, makes me fear her potentially hawkish tendencies. It's time for a fundamentally different foreign policy approach.

At last the Democrats are unapologetic and ready to confront and dispel charges of being weak, unpatriotic, or fiscally dangerous. I hope the enthusiasm surrounding the Democratic party continues to spread, and we convince all Americans that responsible progressive policies are in their interests! Even so, this has been a difficult primary season for this (formerly) undecided democrat.

One issue, universal health care, has kept me from declaring myself an Obama girl from day one. Barack's lack of mandate causes me pause. But in the end, I realize that while promises are important, what will happen once a candidate is elected is unknowable. Thus, Barack's commitment to affordable health care appeases my worries, and I am confident that he will be great leader on all important issues. I must also say that I wonder if this is my gender's one shot at breaking the ultimate glass ceiling. I admire Hillary Clinton for all she has accomplished, and the fact that she has done this as a women, against tougher odds, makes me respect her more. Nevertheless, I put my faith in future female candidates and the electorate, when I hope that it won't be long before we see another strong female candidate.

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Sugar Inc. Check out CitizenSugar's post for the Republican take.


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Advah Advah 9 years
Allytta, I'm European too and I often feel a bit confused by the amount of American topics in the different sections of the website. But as Tiabia said, the website is American, and most of the members probably are Americans as well so I guess that makes sense. :) I also find it super interesting to get people's opinions about current topics than reading a long super intellectual article about it in a newspaper (I'm afraid I don't know a lot about politics). Finally, even if it's about American elections, I think the rest of the world should know about what happens abroad. But that's JMO. :)
tiabia tiabia 9 years
The Elections are pretty big business here in the well as the rest of the world. On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, the entire world will be watching to see who will take the reigns over the "World's last remaining Super Power". And Liberty and Citizen don't only focus on the elections, they focus on other world issues and I commend them for a job well done. But this site is an American site, and your statement would be the equivalent of me visiting a French site wondering why the focus is on the President Sarkozy and his recent romance!!! At this moment in the USA, the elections are were it's at!!!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
is this blog called "The Ellection Sugar"? I was so excited there's gonna be a news sugar soon, but it's BS, what is here for us europeans?
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
He's a breath of fresh air. Go Obama!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I don't understand how people use "experience matters" as a reason to justify voting for Hillary over Obama. She was a senator from 2000 to the present. That's just 8 years. Obama has experience at all levels of government, most notably serving in the Illinois senate from 1997 to 2004, and then in the US sentate from 2004 to the present.
Fab84 Fab84 9 years
I agree with all that you say about Barack and Hillary. I really do admire Hillary for all that she has done and the borders that she has and will continue to cross but I think that at this point in time Obama is what our country needs. From day one I have supported him and the more I looking in to who he is, what he stands for and what I think he can and will do for our country... the more I believe that Obama does equal change and change is the number one thing that our country needs. Especially now! If not NOW, when???
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
has expertise
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I agree with what Jillness said, the economy is the issue where Obama as expertise, he used to be an adviser and his plan has been graded the highest out of any candidate on either side. The Clinton campaign has touted health care and the economy as her strongest fields, but it doesn't make it the truth. Well, not for me any way. One thing is for sure, and that is that you really got to pay attention and do your research in this election to get to the facts.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Additionally, he is not as strong on the economy as Clinton is." I disagree. His plan is actually better than Clinton's. The Washington Post graded all of the candidate's plans (Democrat and Republican) and Hillary's plan was graded a C-. Obama got an A- because his plan would get more reinvestment bang for the government buck. His health care plan is also more realistic. Hillary boasts a lot, but she hasn't actually done that well with her policies.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I have to say although I disagree with most of what she says and I find that website to be...slanted to say the least, I respect Kaysnowboarder's passion for her candidate. Same can be said for Jillness. Wish I had someone running that I felt that passionately about.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I agree with you Freegracefrom, and most outlets have leanings. But For the record I will say that CNN is backing Obama and McCain. And the New York Times are endorsing Clinton. It goes both ways. So I read both, pro-Hillary and pro-Barack coverage. And I compared to most don't get too angry by it. But it is my right to speak my mind about it, especially on a political site, as it is for any of you.
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
I like Obama... But I voted Clinton. Experience matters to me. He's inspirational... But so is Clinton. And I would rather have a president who knows what mistakes they have made in the past, and can learn from them. Obama is campaigning on the idea that he has made no mistakes. To me, that is arrogant. Additionally, he is not as strong on the economy as Clinton is... And I'm sorry, but if you don't believe that the number one issue for the next President to deal with isn't the economy, then you're not very bright. Iraq... Well, that was a bum deal. But let's figure out how to move on from it. The biggest problem will definitely be the economy for the next year.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
kyle...that would be the HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!!! Barack-Clinton...:woohoo:
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Okay, let's be fair. I have yet to find a political blog yet that wasn't at least little biased and yes, this includes even citizensugar. That being said, I think citizensugar and libertysugar both have actually done very well reporting both the good and bad of most candidates. Also, they have not made nasty, personal attacks against candidates like many other political bloggers do. I think they've provided a fairly welcoming environment for us to share our wide range of opinions and discuss our reactions to various events going on in the world. Even if you do get blasted for your opinions by other sugar readers, you will almost always find at least one other person in the sugar network to defend your view as well. If you want the best possible information, don't go to ANY political blog or lobbyist organization. Get your news from a variety of news sources and use fact checking organizations.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Seriously Kay, do you have any other link to give us to look at?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think it is completely absurd to suggest that the only person that can help women's issues is a woman. That is reverse sexism.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"That's great that Obama would like to help people and provide health care for everyone, but how does he plan to do it?" He is going to provide oversight to the industry to make it affordable for everyone. He explains it in full detail on his website. It is a multi-faceted approach. Hillary, on the otherhand, said she would garish wages and make enrollment automatic. That plan WOULD force Americans to pay for the uninsured, unemployed, undocumented.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
You don't agree with what it says? I mean, I'm not going to go around posting it in all the comments for every blog; nor do I begrudge anyone that believes in Obama. However, if Obama were being shown the same disrespect that Hillary has been, we would all be outraged and sickened. I like Obama, but sexism is alive and well and has reared it's ugly head during this campaign. And I find it funny that people only think sites are biased if they're supporting Hillary. /rant. Sorry. I wasn't going to go into that, especially in this post.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
The sounds like a completely biased site. I mean, maybe there should be a site called
ladybuggg ladybuggg 9 years
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I'd be happy with either candidate; I still believe in Hillary. I think Obama is a great orator, but I'm not sure all the hype around him is a good thing. People seem to think he's going to save the world; he is only a man. He's not going to rid the world or racism, sexism, religious differences, and poverty in one shot. He's only human and he'll still be working in the same system that everyone else is. But I respect him and I would certainly vote for him if he wins the nomination.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
"In the unlikely story of America, there has never been anything false about hope." I love that quote. He's a great leader. I also admire Hillary for what she has accomplished being a woman, but I think Barak is the only one who can bring real change.
juju4 juju4 9 years
Buffy -- have you looked at his website? He clearly explains exactly how he would make insurance affordable for every American. It is extremely detailed and far too long for me to condense, but for me (as an HR adminstrator who deals with insurance every day) the most important point is: "The insurance business today is dominated by a small group of large companies that has been gobbling up their rivals. There have been over 400 health care mergers in the last 10 years, and just two companies dominate a full third of the national market. These changes were supposed to make the industry more efficient, but instead premiums have skyrocketed by over 87 percent. His plans include: Lowering Costs by Increasing Competition in the Insurance and Drug Markets. Prevent companies from abusing their monopoly power through unjustified price increases. His plan will force insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care instead of keeping exorbitant amounts for profits and administration. I believe that both plans would cover American citizens or residents...these benefits would not cover illegal immigrants. Hilary can't garnish your wages if you aren't paying taxes and are getting paid under the table.
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Woo hoo, Obama gets my vote! I've got to drop off my absentee ballot after class today (and make a copy first).
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
This is really over the top and all I can say is Jim Jones talked about change and how great the new life would be with no proof and then they all drank the Kool-aid. I am not saying Obamama is Jim Jones but come on people what has he really proven. This reminds me also of all the poor people that voted for George Bush - they voted against themselves. You are young women - if you care about women issues then go with the candidate that has fought for years for them. Please read. I for one think that all the coverage that citizen has put out has been really biased so - this is not a place to really get news - because it is too slanted.
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