Earnest Pettie, comedy writer
While scanning WordPress blogs today, I came across a blog entry that made me proud.Koreanpower9999 writes:
Hillary is the strongest, best candidate. Hillary can beat John McCain. Hillary is my Democrat.
Even if party bosses tell me that we must get behind the nominee and that the nominee will be Obama, I have a choice. Even if family, friends and colleagues tell me I’m wrong, I have a choice. Even if you hate my decision, I have a choice.
And I will use it. To do otherwise would violate the principles I work hard to uphold. I’ve made a decision – a well-thought out, reasoned and rational decision.
Besides, I’ve been here before. I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 and endured the scorn of others who blamed me for the Democratic loss. Don’t blame me, I said. Blame yourselves for not being able to convince enough people to vote for the Democrat.
Although it’s the pro-Hillary sentiment that caught my eye, it was the last sentence of that fourth paragraph that made me weightless with joy. Someone else gets it. Any candidate is electable. You just have to make a compelling case for that candidate, a case that will sway those who would be otherwise unenclined to vote for the candidate. That’s what makes passionate support of your candidate, no matter who he or she might be, so important. It’s why I’ve never ridiculed Nader supporters–at least they were trying to vote what they believed. When Democrats made John Kerry their candidate, they were second-guessing themselves all the way to the ballot box, and that insincerity undermined their candidate’s chances.
This election cycle, I’ve seen my primary choice for President go down in flames early, John Edwards dropping out very early this year. After some consideration, I shifted my support to Hillary Clinton. She’s been hectored in the press for months and may soon lose her bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination. I still don’t buy Obama’s “change” as something I ever will support. If there were specific changes, maybe I could get behind them, but, as it stands, “change” barely even rates as an empty promise. I’m not a Democrat so I don’t feel obligated to vote for Obama in November should he be the Democratic nominee for President. It’s likely, though, that I would vote for him as a vote against John McCain. I just want you readers to remember this: Your vote is your vote. It doesn’t belong to your party, your family, or your social circle. It’s yours to use as you please.