I have been wanting to post something here for awhile but wasn't sure about adding politics to the mix here. But, putting politics aside as much as possible, I have to say, as a mother of two little girls, and as a professional who spent 15 years working with primarly low-income african americans, I am thrilled that the one of the of two is going to be the democratic nomaination. It's been 234 years. That is a long time to wait. I hope when my girls are old enough to vote that it won't be a big deal that a woman is running, or an African American, or a Jew, or a Morman, or whatever but that each person will be looked upon for their own merit, not the color of their skin, or which restroom they use, or which chuch they go to.<br><br>
Kristine, I hope when your girls are old enough to vote, people won't say, we have to vote for a black president, or for a woman president and so on. People should just vote on the candidates ideas and experience, and ignore gender or race. As long as people point out one of them, it means there still is sexism or racism.
Exactally Chris! The problem is, in this day and age, people are going to acknowledge their race and gender because it is a big deal. Nobody can tell me that this is the first time in US history that a black man or a woman just might be qualified for the job. They just hadn't gotten a chance. When I was born (and I'm not that old) blacks didn't have all the same rights. When I was in highschool, a woman was not allowed to run the marathon in the Olympics. Equality has to start somewhere.<br><br>
Then on the Republican side you have a Morman running. People are saying they wouldn't vote for him because of his religious beliefs. At least JFK was able to break down some of those barriers as the first Catholic president. It's all got to start somewhere and the first time, it's gonna be a big deal.
I can't remember the last time I wasn't disappointed in the candidates from both sides. What a bunch of phonies politicians are. It's gotten to the point that I don't trust anyone who wants the job. It seems to me, that in order to get to the point where you are a viable candidate, you've sold out long ago. It would be nice to see politicians who cared more about doing the right thing for the country than advancing their party. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
I voted in a primary for the first time. I knew my vote is quite hopeless, but interesting thing happened to me:<br>
I was trying to select my candidate, and the selection wouldn't work. The green light would be on for a fraction of a second and then go off. I complained, they did something to the machine, and it worked. I wonder... Was I the first who tried that option in that booth? Were there people who didn't pay attention, hit the button and left (leaving the vote ignored)? Or maybe it was a temporary glitch?<br>
I'm coming from Eastern Europe, where voting irregularities are the norm, and always laughed at people who complain about voting problems here... well, until it happens to yourself.