Super Tuesday is now!

by santoki

My friends, it’s Super Tuesday. It’s the day where 24 of these United States will do their part in the democratic process. It’s the day where huge percentages of party members will sound their voices for their candidates of choice. Traditionally, the outcome of Super Tuesday determined the next presidential candidate. This year, it is just one more step in the long journey to the presidency.

The pundits say that for the first time in many years, the winner of Super Tuesday will not reveal the possessor of the Democratic nomination. With two excellent candidates, I can see why such is the case. Rather than fearing the dilution of the Democratic message, let’s be thrilled that we have such astonishing options. Let’s be energized that either will offer the change that we so desperately desire. Let’s be hopeful that the moment is now.

With that said, on this Super Tuesday, I would be remiss if I didn’t take one last ditch effort to persuade my nearest and dearest to cast their vote for my Illinois senator, Barack Obama.

On the huge issues:

  • Iraq – Quite possibly Barack’s strongest plank, his position on Iraq has been clear and on record as early as 2002:
  • “The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not – we will not – travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.”

  • Foreign Policy – He is realistic in the knowledge that our relationship with the global community is critical in securing the safety of our country:
  • “I believe [the American people] will also agree that it is time for a new generation to tell the next great American story. If we act with boldness and foresight, we will be able to tell our grandchildren that this was the time when we helped forge peace in the Middle East. This was the time we confronted climate change and secured the weapons that could destroy the human race. This was the time we defeated global terrorists and brought opportunity to forgotten corners of the world. And this was the time when we renewed the America that has led generations of weary travelers from all over the world to find opportunity and liberty and hope on our doorstep. We can be this America again. This is our moment to renew the trust and faith of our people—and all people—in an America that battles immediate evils, promotes an ultimate good, and leads the world once more. “

  • Economy – A large part of Barack’s plank involves federal fiscal discipline. This includes a federal pay-as-you-go spending, disclosure and transparency of special interest funding, and an end to tax shelters for the wealthy few and corporations:
  • “The cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and states of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. . . . If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we’d see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.”

  • Health Care – Probably the greatest difference in the health care initiatives proposed by the two democrats are that Obama is the method of implementation for universal health care. While he is for universal coverage, including mandated coverage for children, he proposes this largely by making health care affordable. This means that those in need will be offered subsidies, small businesses will be offered tax exemptions, and the cost of insurance will be reduced by limiting the profit margins of the insurance companies. Further, he proposes to keep costs lower by changing the way we purchase medicine, discounts for preventative treatments, and yes, trimming down the fatties.

“My mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 53 years old. And I remember in the last month of her life, she wasn’t thinking about how to get well, she wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality, she was thinking about whether or not insurance was going to cover the medical bills and whether our family would be bankrupt as a consequence. That is morally wrong. It’s objectionable. That’s why I put forward a comprehensive legislation for universal health care so that all people could get coverage. My attitude is, that since you are paying my salary as taxpayers, you should have health care that is at least as good as mine. And the key to that is not only a good plan, but we’ve also got to overcome the drug & insurance company lobbies, that spent $1 billion over the last 10 years to block reform. As president, I am going to take them on.”

Yes, there are many more issues that can probably be covered. He was a supporter of care for our veterans before it was a sexy issue, is pro Roe v. Wade, he is pro gun control, and he is so many more things. He is a devoted civil servant and family man, he is an orator and intellectual, and he is a shining example of the American Dream. I can try to outline it for you, but I think that I am done for now.

If this doesn’t persuade you, perhaps this very incomplete list of endorsements might:

Bill Bradley
Ken Burns
Warren Buffet
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
George Clooney
Kent Conrad
Tom Daschle
Robert DeNiro
Richard Durbin
Arianna Huffington
Garrison Keillor
Caroline Kennedy
Edward Kennedy

[EDIT: You know, I started doing this list, and then came across this far more complete list on Wikipedia. I stopped with the links, but you get the idea. I will finish with the links soon.]

Ethel Kennedy
John Kerry
La Opinion
LA Times
Ned Lamont
Patrick Leahy
Steven Levitt
George Miller
Toni Morrison
Janet Napolitano
Ben Nelson
Ed Norton
NY Post
Deval Patrick
Federico Peña
Philadelphia Inquirer
Kathleen Sebelius
Maria Shriver
Will Smith
Theodore Sorensen
Paul Volcker
Oprah Winfrey