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Why I would have voted for Ford

Let me start by saying briefly that I did not vote for Ford or Corker in the Tennessee Senate race. I think the bi-partisan government is horrible for the people of this country and given the opportunity I’ve decided not to vote for Republicans or Democrats.

I don’t watch TV so I didn’t see much of the smear campaign that occured back and forth between Ford and Corker before the election. From what I’ve heard though, both the gentleman seem like pretty poor candidates. But if I had to choose between the two, I would have voted Ford. And here’s why: Because he is black.*

“But, what if he’s not as good of a candidate? Race shouldn’t matter anymore! Isn’t that reverse discrimination?”
Those are just some of the things you might be thinking in response, and you might be right (I haven’t totally settled my mind on this).
The reality is media, I’m beginning to realize, is ten times more powerful then our government and senators. The reality is that even if Ford wasn’t the best candidate, A hundred more young black youth will rise up behind him with aspirations to be a senator. One reason I believe there are so many great athelete’s of color, is that sports was one of the first places young children saw heroes that looked like them.
With Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female speaker of the house, thousands more young girls will grow up with aspirations to be politicians, and they’ll be darn good ones too.

If 2008 brings us a President that is not a white male, I think it will be one of the best steps in our history. And if they don’t do the best job in the whole world (can you do much worse?), so what? The impact it would have on the youth of this country would change our world. I truly believe that.

*Harold Ford, Jr. is actually mixed race, but for the purposes of this discussion, I’m going with the word that most people, including the youth that I am concerned about will describe him as: black.

Tennessee 2006 Election

Well folks, across the country, Election day is just around the corner. I’m amazed that Tennessee is as progressive as they seem to be in their effort to give everyone a chance to vote. Early Voting has been available for anyone and everyone to go to a number of locations throughout the city and cast their ballot for the two weeks leading up to election day, including Saturdays. Considering how un-democratic our Presidential elections have been, with one day, a work day, not an official holiday, most polls closing after business hours, on top of all the terrible fraud and deception you hear about across the country.
So, my hat goes off to Tennessee who I think our doing an excellent job of making this a truely democratic election.

I don’t want to write too much here, I’m hoping to encourage some discussion in the comments about the election and who folks are planning on voting for and why. I’ll give some material to start us off…

  1. I’m torn between voting for Ford and Lugo. Ford is your standard politician and I honestly think he won’t bring about much change from the status quo. Yet, the possiblity that he might have a chance of getting elected and actually set a precedent or new standard for African Americans in the Senate from southern states seems worthwhile.
    Chris Lugo, seems like the ideal candidate for me. I know him, he’s down to earth. He has an agenda of fighting for peace, promoting many great causes, and challenging the status quo of politicians. I have to believe in the world I want it to become and so I’m definitly leaning towards voting for Lugo. Some will say I’m throwing my vote away, but I believe you have to start somewhere.

  2. I’m disgusted that the Marriage Amendment thing even made it on the ballot. I’ll say it loud and clear, all you Christians who have been promoting and advocating for this amendment, you sadden me. I’m really ashamed to be affiliated with you. I don’t understand what you see as Christian about pushing your moral agenda on other people. The government can never be the means by which we promote or relugate our religious beliefs. You talk about Freedom in this country and yet you advocate it only for those who think and believe like you. That’s not freedom at all. Vote NO on 1.

Any thoughts on my thoughts?