A DJ on a popular Charlotte radio station said yesterday when talking about the history that Barack Obama would make by being elected to the United States Presidency, “I have a black friend who doesn’t know who she wants to vote for but, is going to vote for Obama because he’s black.” Martin Luther King, Jr. would roll over in his grave if Barack gets elected based on his color. Remember the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” If you’re going to vote for Obama, then do it for the right reasons-vote for him because you think he’s capable or because you share his same values or because you like his policies but by all means don’t vote for him because of his color lest the great work of Martin Luther King, Jr. be in vain.
Likewise, ladies, don’t cast your vote for Sarah Palin based on gender. I know it would be vogue to make history by electing either of these candidates but a decision based on traits as superficial as color or gender might create a history that we’ll later regret.
Just as absurd, I work with an MD who said, “I was considering not even voting . . .” Don’t do that. Don’t check out of this election because you’re on the fence; don’t put the history of this election in other’s hands by “wussing” out. This election is not the election to surrender your right to vote. It’s historical, it’s volatile, and it’s arguably the most important election of modern times. Weigh the sides and make a decision. Get out and vote for someone; write in a candidate, vote Ron Paul, vote for Fred Flintstone for all I care but, whatever you do, don’t sit idle on the sidelines with so much at stake.