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This past year, the political ambitions of Barack Obama have been under constant attack. Although the number of Obama critics has steadily declined, due in part to his caucus victories in Iowa and South Carolina, the use of race rhetoric has soared to ridiculous heights — fueling voter reservations about the viability of his campaign. While the criticisms launched against Obama are expected and purely a part of the political process, they have unearthed, without intention, a host of issues that America has struggled to resolve, yet still uses to define her national politics. Unsurprisingly, the issue of race stands front and center.
From the stockpile of political missiles launched against Barack Obama’s campaign, five have been deemed as “silly reasons” to vote against him. One reason addresses concerns about Obama’s limited “Washington experience,” while another critiques his “blind optimism.” The remaining three revolve around the issue of race, with the final two addressing reservations held by members of the African-American community.
No matter your background or political affiliation, if voting against Barack Obama, let not your decision be based on one (or more) of the following “silly reasons”:
1. Barack Obama lacks sufficient political experience.
Since it is quite clear that Barack Obama has adequate political experience, when looking at his background as a community organizer, civil rights lawyer, and representative in the Illinois Senate, it is quite clear that this statement only calls into question Obama’s “Washington experience,” as an elected official, which would only reference his time in the Senate. At what point did a politician’s proximity to (and experience in) Washington guarantee their viability and credibility in being a presidential candidate?
If one were to judge the past ten presidents, using the same measure for success, former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan would not fit the bill. That being said, there is no denying that each of their respective political experiences, while limited to the contexts of their states, helped to shape their national platforms and amass their political fortunes.