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Why I Voted For Obama

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I am against war. I am against this war in particular. The wheels are starting to come off the cart in regard to this administration's activities--across the board--and a new scandal seems to surface daily. For years people have talked about the "no-bid" profits and over billing by Halliburton. Now that company is moving its headquarters to Dubai. It's nice when the CEO of a war-mongering corporation becomes vice-president. But I would recommend that our government stop doing business with all Dubai-based corporations, now, including Halliburton.

I am Pro-Choice. A woman has a right to decide her own future. When there are 26 women senators; 218 women in the House; and, five women on the Supreme Court--which would reflect our population - then they can revisit Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, it's the law of the land, and one gets tired of the whoremongers, adulterers and so-called preachers talking about abortion in between homosexual liaisons or whatever drugs they are snorting these days in motel rooms.

I am in favor of equal rights for gay people. I'm not gay, but then again I'm not Black, Puerto Rican or Catholic. Anybody who opposes equal rights for all people should have their rights revoked--in my opinion. I think they should be able to become "partners" to protect their relationships in the eyes of the law, if they so choose. I oppose the wholesale guns ownership. "Widowmakers" will be gone someday. It's a certainty. But how many Columbines need to happen before people are no longer willing to let millions of handguns get traded at gun shows; on the Internet or in the black-markets of a dark alley? Hunters can own and use hunting rifles. The recent federal court ruling overturning by a vote of 2-to-1 the ban on such guns in D.C. will only cause more murder and many, many more innocent bystander deaths. Many small children get killed each year right in front of their homes by stray bullets. It's sick, sad and something that doesn't exist in any other nation. In my family, there was a terrible tragedy involving a handgun in 2006--resulting in a death. Philadelphia leads all American cities in murder. I've seen enough.

I am against pardoning men like Scooter Libby. I am in favor of investigations of the president, this war and everybody involved with the past administration. I would like to see all guilty people charged and imprisoned. I am in favor of environmental issues being funded and addressed. Furthermore, I am tired of every issue--global warming, for instance-- being politicized. There are polar bears floating adrift in the ocean on broken-off icebergs and there's a hole as big as a continent in the Ozone layer. No debate.

For these reasons, and because there are far too many questions about "signing statements" and a lack of any interest to govern by coalition with the Loyal Opposition I have come to one certainty: I've seen enough of the GOP, forever.  However, I must say, I am not happy with the way Pelosi and the Democrats have handled their "mandate" since 2006 and if that doesn't change now, I'll be happy to see her go, too.


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My career in journalism began as a stringer at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner before making my way east to write at the Washington Star. I toiled for more than a decade as a columnist for Gannett, the world's largest newspaper chain. As (more...)

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