Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Truth is Bad for You (Obama vs Clinton)

¡Hola! Everybody,
Today, it’s political! LOL!

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Obama vs Hillary
(Or: The Truth is Bad for You)

For the life of me I can’t figure out the rationale of (white) women who are now saying they will not vote for Obama (essentially giving their vote to McCain).

We’ve all heard the numerous untruths, disinformation, and outright lies regarding Obama.

for example, there’s that infamous email that’s been going around forever “showing” that Obama is a terrorist (or was raised in a Islamic terror camp.). That’s an outright lie.


But there are other more subtle (and not so subtle) lies and disinformation going around regarding Obama, many perpetuated by Clinton supporters. There’s the one lie that Obama lacks legislative experience when in fact Obama has had more experience in formulating, sponsoring and passing bills than Hillary.

Yup. You heard that here today, folks: Obama has more legislative experience than Hillary.

Here’s a neat breakdown:


Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term - 6yrs. - and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law twenty (20) pieces of legislation in her first six years:

· Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site (wow!).

· Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

· Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (DANG!).

· Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall (Holy Cow Batman!).

· Name courthouse after James L. Watson (astonishing!).

· Name post office after John A. O'Shea (Yup, this one changed the very way I live and breathe).

· Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

· Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

· Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.

· Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship

Please tell me how substantive (or difficult) it was to pass the above?

::blank stare::


During the first eight (8) years of his elected service in the Illinois Senate he sponsored over 820 bills.

He introduced:

· 233 regarding healthcare reform

· 125 on poverty and public assistance

· 112 crime fighting bills

· 97 economic bills

· 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills

· 21 ethics reform bills

· 15 gun control

These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress:

· The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (issue addressing ETHICS: became law)

· The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act (substantial issue, don’t you agree? became law)

· The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate

· The 2007 Government Ethics Bill (Again, dealing with legislative ethics an issue relevant when People start talking about CHANGING the DC mindset: became law)

Another myth going around is that Obama can’t beat McCain in a head to head match-up. Well, polls taken over a period of time have consistently shown that Obama beats McCain. In fact, polls show he puts up numbers similar to Hillary’s across the board. More importantly, Obama shows strong support by people who would not normally vote. In an election (as in the previous two) that will be decided by a narrow margin, this is no mean feat. Let’s not forget that arguably the most powerful women’s coalition, NARAL, endorsed Obama, not Hillary. You can’t levy the charge of “sexism” on that one.

Let’s not forget that when all this started, Hillary was considered a shoe-in for the democratic nomination. A lead which she squandered, a lead Obama’s campaign eviscerated. Doesn’t that stand for anything regarding Obama’s "electability"?!!

Another issue, probably the most important, is the issue of principles. What will Hillary’s response be when McCain looks her dead in the face in front of a national audience and call her on her flip-flop on Iraq? A blank stare?

::blank stare::

Yes, folks, Hillary supported the war in Iraq -- voted for it, actually. In fact, she supported the war until her advisors pointed out the war was no longer popular with the American people.

Obama? Obama opposed the war from the beginning.

Not only is this fact an important debate point, it also goes to show that Obama, unlike Hillary, stands for something.

Finally, what do you make of the fact that when Hillary came to NY (the state she represents, btw) there were about 2,000 people. When Obama came, there were over 25,000 people!

The record shows that Hillary would lead an administration based on focus groups. It’s the way the Clintons do things. She’s already on board with invading Iran, for example. She has also voted againsttransparency. Meaning, she wants to continue operating a government steeped in secrecy. She voted so her own records as the First Lady will not be available to the public until at least 2009. More scary is that she’s in favor of expanding executive power. After two terms of Bush II and its evisceration of the constitution, do we need another power-mad individual in the White House?

But here’s what really gets me, what I believe is at the core of this issue: the fact that hits me is how some women won’t vote for Obama whose voting record is 90% similar to Hillary’s.

That just doesn’t make any sense.

Well, it does make sense if one were to bring in the issue of race. Is it because Obama is black? I mean, to state that you won’t vote for Obama, though his politics are almost identical to Hillary’s and he has more legislative experience as well as a documented history of standing for his principles, boggles the mind. I tend to believe that Hillary supporters who will not vote for Obama really need to take a good hard, look. First look at the facts, and then look within because I just can’t find a rational reason why a Democratic supporter would not vote for Obama.



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