Hillary Clinton is smart, hard-working, and politically savvy. There are two main reasons I cannot support her.
First is censorship. She introduced the “Family Entertainment Protection Act,” an unconstitutional bill designed censor videogames. I’m opposed to censorship in general, and her constant tirades about the evils done by the gaming industry are offensive to me. It’s fine to criticize some games as being overviolent, but putting laws in place to make it even harder for small game companies to get their products to market is a huge mistake. Under her law, anyone who sold (unrated) Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire to a minor could face a fine of up to $5000 and 500 hours of community service.
Second is divisiveness. Through little fault of her own, she has been a lightning rod for hatred for a large portion of the country for a long time. The disgusting partisan politics our country has been enmeshed in for the past decade seem certain to continue, and further tear the fabric of our country. I think we’re all tired of the bitter politics of the past.
I do not fault her (much) for supporting our entry into the Iraq War. Everybody was doing it, and going against the flow is not one of her strengths.
Barack Obama opposed the war from the beginning, and for all the right reasons. He can stand against the flow to do what’s right, but more importantly, he can turn the flow. Instead of dividing America with Us Against Them politics, he brings us together. Instead of limiting politics to degrading his opponents, he brings a sense of hope and unity. I have not been inspired by a politician since Robert Kennedy, but I am inspired by Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton has massive name recognition, and that can get you a long way in the primaries, especially with older voters. But the more you learn about Barack Obama, the more there is to like. He elevates the discourse, and he can make an America we can all be proud of again.
Right now Hillary has what appears to be an insurmountable lead in most of the Super Tuesday states, but I believe that the more people know about Barack Obama, the more that can change. I’ve never supported a candidate before, but I encourage you all to not only vote for Barack Obama, but to join the grassroots movement that’s the core of his campaign.
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We stand at an exciting crossroads for America, and you can help us change for the better.