Monday, January 14, 2008

"I don't think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it's not about race."

"I don't think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it's not about race."

What an interesting comment for Hillary to make. While I haven’t heard Obama support or justify his campaign based on race, his inspirational speeches do use African American history to drive his point home. He does use other examples too, but African Americans seem to always be included. It is like watching the original Star Trek. Kirk would use two earth based references and then through in the obligatory “like Bryn Caltach from Mylar-4.” African Americans are Obama's Mylar-4.

Hillary on other hand continues to make references about “making history” by “breaking the highest and strongest glass ceiling.” Gender has definitely drawn additional attention to Hillary. I’m not saying that women who support Hillary are just doing so based on their shared number of X-chromosomes. Some women do but I bet most do not. I would suggest that many won over by Hillary’s stance on issues may not have even been aware of Hillary’s existence had it not been for her gender. Gender has also made her democratic rivals attacks on her more edited. Not because they wanted to be chivalrous but because they were afraid of a gender backlash. All in all, gender has worked well for Hillary.

My fear of Hillary in the White House (again) is based more in her as an individual. She voted for giving President Bush authority to invade Iraq without even reading the security briefing. Hillary claims that she was thoroughly briefed about its contents but no one on her staff had the security clearance to read it on her behalf. Additionally, even if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the United States I wish to live in does not invade another country outside the confines of war. I believe Hillary’s vote for the war was based less on principals and more on the fickle public opinion polls. Since the polls have turned against the war, Hillary has come out against the war. To hear her husband tell it, he was against the war from the beginning. An honest review of history says otherwise, but Bill has never been very faithful to honestly.

Now, firmly in the anti-Iraq war camp, Hillary voted to label Iran’s national guard as a terrorist organization. This effectively gives Bush the same authority against Iran that she gave him in Iraq. I don’t know if there were unread documents for her to read on this one. She was probably reading “How to win friends and influence people” at the time. Ok, two errors in judgment on basically the same facts. At least she is more consistent the Romney. During a primary debate, when asked what response a president should have in the aftermath of another 9.11, Obama tripped over his own tongue a few times. Clinton calmly and confidently said that she would seek vengeance. Vengeance? Vengeance! Has she learned nothing from third grade playgrounds? Vengeance feels good. It can feel really good if done well, but vengeance only gains you more enemies. I would have applauded “justice” but “vengeance” is not goal I can support. While the media scored one for the Clinton camp due to Obama’s stumbling, her answer put me firmly in the anyone but Hillary camp.

At a more recent debate, Hillary waxed on about how she could prevent further terrorism by using our military to punish countries that provide safe haven to terrorists. We have no right to invade other countries. We have no right to militarily punish other countries unless we are at war with them. Going beyond simple principals, invading another country will only make us more enemies. Many of these countries are struggling to maintain their own existence and don’t have the resources or public opinion support to actively hunt down terrorists as defined by U.S. policy. Attacking terrorists in their own country could collapse their government and provide more anarchy in which terrorists thrive.

Hillary scares me. I don’t think she should be allowed to own a gun not to mention control the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen.

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