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Scott Francis Baker


June 6th, 2008

Bad song choice. @ 11:05 pm

As I'm driving home tonight I'm listening to NPR do a story on Hillary Clinton conceding the nomination to Barack Obama. The song "Ebony and Ivory" comes on and proceeds to played intermixed with clips of the two. On some low level this really offended me but I couldn't put my finger on it. I mean why should it be offensive, he is black, and she is white. A simple and true comparison.

After I got home it occurred to me! That is a very simple, low level, and easy to make contrast. It's not important that he's black and that she's white. Just like it's not important that he's a smoker and she's a non-smoker. Nor is important that he's a man and she's a women. Those fundamental differences don't matter in a presidential candidate. Things like: race, religion, gender, sexual preference, hair color, etc don't matter either! What matters is that the person would make the right decisions should they make it to the White House.

The fact that Mitt Romney is Mormon should not have mattered either. Just because he's Mormon doesn't make me worry that he's going to make everyone wear those weird underwear. Nor am I worried that Barack has a pro smoking agenda, Hillary had a pro-woman agenda, or that McCain has a pro retiree agenda. It just wouldn't make sense for a candidate to do that.

What does matter is stated policies, candidate believability, and past track record. It's silly to focus on the little differences when there are much more important things we should be talking about.
 
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From:aquatwo
Date:June 7th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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well said and thank you

in related news, one of my favorites...
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From:skeets
Date:June 7th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Amen to this! I've griped about this before, but I think you said it better :)
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From:muerte
Date:June 7th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Really? I'm a terrible writer, I wasn't sure it came off right.
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From:themabbi
Date:June 11th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
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When did you become Captain Civics? Didn't I have to hand in your ballot a couple times?
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From:muerte
Date:June 11th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to pick up your slack. I think your last political motivated post was back in '02!
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From:kyzumi
Date:June 13th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
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You're right

Scott Francis Baker