Saturday, January 05, 2008

American Presidential Candidates: Who Is Breaking Which Ceiling?

American Presidential Candidates: Who is breaking which ceiling?

"I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I am equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people."
~Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, on January 25, 1972, announcing her candidacy for President of the United States of America.

Beyond Skin Deep Presidential Egos Versus Feminist Presidential Eros

After the Iowa Caucuses, the psyche of frontrunners in the American presidential campaign became transparent. I analyzed the victory speeches of Senator Barack Obama of the Democratic Party and Mike Huckabee of the Republican Party. I am more interested in the sensibilities of the Democrats. I have been hearing echoes of feminist and racist heroics all over the place.
Who is breaking which ceiling?

“He’s demonstrated that a mixed-race guy with a Muslim name can get far,” said Tony Clayton, 43.“He has crossover appeal,” Mr. Clayton said, “and because of that he could win in a general election.”
~ The New York Times, January 5, 2008

Lest we forget, Barack Obama is not the first African American to win a presidential caucus, In 1984, Rev. Jesse Jackson became the second African American to mount a nationwide campaign for President of the United States, running as a Democrat. He won five primaries and caucuses.

The first African American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm (November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005) was the first African American presidential candidate and she won 151 delegates’ votes.

If the goal of either Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton or Senator Barack Hussein Obama is all about breaking feminist or racist ceilings, then neither of them deserves to be the President of the United States of America.

Should black and colored American voters support Senator Barack Obama, because he is black and now the flag bearer of their race to fulfill their dream of having the first black President of the United States of America or because he is the best presidential candidate for the office of the President?

Should the women in America vote for Senator Hillary Clinton, because she is a woman and their hope to elect the first female President of America or because she is capable to lead the United States of America?

The President of the United of America should be superior to any feminist, racist or religious equation.

America deserves more than an ego-tripping or daydreaming President.There is a higher ceiling to break than color, class, or creed.
The ceiling of the ignorance of the universal truth that our destinies are not in the stars, but in our own hands, therefore, we should no longer be misguided and misled by the fallacies and hypocrisies of class, sex, race and religion.

We can achieve as much as we believe, because every human has the right to live and work for his or her survival and welfare on earth in love, peace and unity without fear of any form of man’s inhumanity to man.

As Thomas Jefferson said:
“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.”

The same truth stressed by Bishop Ajayi Crowther that, “only the best is good enough for us”.
Therefore, we should elect the best, regardless of their sex, color, or creed.

The goal of the American presidential election should neither be for the narrow-minded dream of electing the first black president nor the first female president of America, because the election of the President of the United States of America should not be a battle of the sexes or a race contest, but the quest for what is best for America.

Human judgment should be based on good reasons and not swayed by their skin-deep sentiments or hormones.

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