Reporting from Washington.
Most contributors to the Independent
Media Centers are of two types: Those
here for experience and others to make
a difference. First, to those who are
only for the experience. You do yourself
some good by hitting two birds with
one stone. For example, this years
2008 election, which will include voting
for President of the United States in
the Democratic or Republican nomination,
will be significant. Many Americans want
change. The war in Iraq reflects that
anger, including the slipping economy.
Mainstream press has already
dropped that voters are more
concerned about their personal
finances than the conflict in the Middle
East. I, on the other hand, know that
the public is more intelligent than
that. For it is the taxpayer---the public---
who is footing the bill for the war in
Iraq, not withstanding Afghanistan,
and this is with no exception to a current
temptation to do the same with Iran.
Rival news agencies to the Independent
Media Centers have additionally
endorsed two candidates for the
presidency---Senator Clinton of New
York for the Democratic nomination
and Senator McCain of Arizona in
the Republican slot. Some have even
gone onto pick Senator Obama of
Illinois on the Democratic ticket.
Though all three candidates do not
sit well on the IMC platform, and that
is anti-war. Unlike his collegues
who voted for war with Iraq in
2003, Senator Obama voted for the
Patriot Act, which Senator Clinton
slammed him for during debate in
New Hampshire. Regardless of
that, as a 42 year old Black man
Army veteran and Independent
voter, Iam not going to vote, nor urge
anyone with brains to select Obama
for the Democratic nomination. His
entry into this race disrespects the
sanctity of this process. He just got
elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and
all of sudden wants to be president.
Federal lawmakers in the upper house
are obligated to be in office for six
year terms, not three. That is by law.
And this includes other members of
Congress, as well as Senator Clinton
who was re-elected to the Senate in
2006. Obama's entry into this
campaign as a freshman senator is
too ambitious. And the organization,
Unity '08 needs to be ignored. That
group of people, hoping to vote online
bipartisan candidates to the White
House is another shameful disgrace.
The public does not need more
contenders shoved down it's throat.
Either way, when the November election
comes down to it, there will either be
a Democratic or Republican victor.
It will be in the proper interests of voters
in these United States to endorse, like
mainstream media has, to send a
message. Front runners Romney and
Edwards are the only two clear choices
who are not using current public office
to get elected.