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Voting for Barack Obama? February 8, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry, USA.
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Came across this post from a fellow voting in California, where he quoted a phrase from Barack as one of his reasons for voting:

When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.


He also quoted Patrick Nielsen Hayden:



I’m for Obama knowing perfectly well that, as Bill Clinton suggested, it’s a “roll of the dice”. A roll of the dice for Democrats, for progressives, for those of us who’ve fought so hard against the right-wing frames that Obama sometimes (sometimes craftily, sometimes naively) deploys. Because I think a Hillary Clinton candidacy will be another game of inches, yielding—at best—another four or eight years of knifework in the dark. Because I think an Obama candidacy might actually shake up the whole gameboard, energize good people, create room and space for real change.


Because he seems to know something extraordinarily important, something so frequently missing from progressive politics in this country, in this time: how to hearten people. Because when I watch him speak, I see fearful people becoming brave.


The phrase “knifework in the dark” is a perfect summary of the Clinton years. Bill Clinton was doing the same things as George Bush, except it wasn’t emphasized in the public as much. Being first lady, there’s no doubt Hillary was aware of such on-goings, and there’s no reason to believe she’s going to do anything drastically different to pave the way for a better future if she does become president.


I’m all for Barack and hope he does win. After 8 years with the Bush administration, it’s time for changes. Big changes and new faces.

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