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Trapped in a 'historical sense'

Sunday, April 20, 2008

So, are you as tired about the presidential campaigns as I am?

The Brazil Times has conducted online polls asking that question and the majority of respondents said yes, they were tired of the campaign.

The campaign started more than one year ago.

No wonder people are tired of seeing Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama on television.

Clinton announced her presidential run in January 2007 while Obama came next in February. McCain announced his bid in March 2007.

The Democratic party is currently in the throes of arguably the most historic campaign season it has ever seen.

When the debates began, several people had thrown their hat in the ring.

Now, with only two months of primaries remaining, only two remain: Clinton and Obama.

A woman and an African-American.

I'm beginning to believe that some people have gotten caught up in the historical value of this campaign.

Rather than actually listen to issues and solutions, some people (and not all, mind you) are voting for one or the other on the Democratic side because of gender or race.

I think that's sad.

Both Democratic candidates have said during this incredibly long campaign that they intended to bring their party together.

However, through this entire process, it could be argued that the Democratic party is being torn apart.

On one side, you have supporters for Clinton. Many have already been polled stating they would not vote for Obama if he won the nomination.

Same goes for supporters of Obama. Polls have shown if Clinton wins the nomination, they state they will not vote for her.

Staunch Democrats indeed?

Let's take a look back at some of the things that we have learned about these candidates during the past year as the campaigns have progressed.

Let's examine Obama first.

One thing we've learned is several Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, when in fact, he is a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. We've learned that the former minister of that church has made statements that most disagree with.

We've learned that Obama has ties to the Weather Underground, a violent radical left group that at one time, proposed overthrowing the government and bombed government buildings.

We've learned there might have been shady business dealings with how Obama and his family purchased their Chicago home.

And we've learned Obama isn't a very good bowler.

The list is endless.

Now, on to Clinton.

We've learned that Clinton has "35" years of experience in government.

Not to be nit-picky, but -- and I'll show my age here. I'm 34 heading toward 35. In 1973, the year I was born and 35 years ago, Clinton had just graduated from Yale Law School and began work as a Congressional legal counsel.

We've learned Clinton now does not support the North American Free Trade Agreement.

We already knew a lot about Clinton, didn't we?

Oh, I almost forgot. We've learned that Clinton also isn't a very good bowler.

Ultimately, we've learned that most politicians will do and say anything in order to achieve success.

The ultimate goal is to get elected.

What those politicians do after they get elected is the most important thing.

We really haven't learned enough yet regarding either of these politicians.

A said affair indeed.

The 2008 presidential campaign may and should go down in American history as a turning point. A time where all were viewed as equal.

But what I fear is history will view the election as another division among people in the country.

A quick plea to the candidates: Stop the bickering, please, and get on with solutions to the issues. The country needs that more than it needs to hear about all the bad, horrible things each of you have been involved in, either recently or in your past.

Just campaign and prove to us why you should be the country's next commander-in-chief.

This nation needs a leader, not someone who will cry foul all the time, so be the leaders you say you are and can be and help move this country forward, not backward.