Don’t Believe The Hope (Hype)
I am borrowing this phrase and ideology from one of my favorite groups from the 80’s and 90’s - Public Enemy because I believe it fits so perfectly. We as a people have to be careful of those that come bearing gifts that we all may want.
There are two real reasons why I will not be voting for Barack Obama.
1. Let’s be clear experience and a solid record matter.
His lack of experience is transparent and troubling. I rarely agree with the New York Times but on this point they are correct. Most Americans just met him in 2004 at the DNC national convention, he does not have a deep enough record and it is not a coincidence that Republicans from Tucker Carlson to Joe Scarborough think “he is the best candidate the Democrats have had in 30 years.” We as Democrats should all be careful when we take advice from wolves.
Hillary Clinton, compared to Obama, is a stronger, more experienced leader with superior ideas for solving the problems facing America and advancing human rights, including the welfare of African-Americans.
2. I don't like talking loud and saying nothing.
Barack Obama his a exceptional orator, who makes sentences sound like beautiful music. Now that I have said it, what exactly is he saying, not that much to me. “New Politics” and “bringing Democrats and Republicans together” sounds great but his record and his rhetoric do not match. Not because he may not believe what he is saying, but that he has not done it consistently over an extended period and has no track record of accomplishing it.
Barack Obama has never won a street fight – he lost the first real contested election he was ever in versus Congressman Bobby Rush… badly. And in 2004 he never had a real opponent and coasted to victory in the Illinois Senate race. He is not battle tested and the Rezco incident is just the tip of the iceberg, the Republicans and the media are waiting if he were to be the Democratic nominee to tear him down before the General Election.
In summary I believe that solid leadership experience is important, and if America is to get back on track after eight years of disaster under George Bush and Dick Cheney, and if the welfare of African-Americans is to be advanced, then Hillary Clinton is the only logical choice for US president this time around. The economic success and African-American advancements of the Bill Clinton presidency speak for themselves; and Hillary's leadership in the White House then was commendable.
The Clinton record is clear:
More African-American appointments throughout the whole range of appointments in the administration and when you have so many people in important positions throughout government dealing with a broad range of issues that impacted the ability of African-Americans to achieve in almost every area it leads to many success including:
African-American unemployment went down
African-American poverty rates went down
African-American homeownership went up
African-American business ownership grew
On February 5th don’t believe the hope or the hype. I will be standing up and voting for Hillary Clinton and I hope that you will join me.
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