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How I Voted and Why

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

At every election, I am always disappointed by the options that are on the ballot. I don't claim allegiance to any particular party, which is why I dislike primaries. I want to pick the best person, regardless of their party. As a business owner, I like the ideas of some Republicans. As an Echota Cherokee and a human rights activist, I also like how the Democrats take care of the little guys. The person that I really want to be President is my former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She is now in the Green Party, and I don't have the slightest idea on how to cast a ballot in her favor. The Georgia site is full of broken links, and the main site has old information.

I know that pretty much all of them running are f***ing crooks, and I can prove it. If I offered you a job that paid $150,000, most people would say Wow - I'll take that job. If I told you that in order to get this job, you would have to pay millions of dollars - you would flip me a bird and tell me where to stick it.

I wish that Congress got the exact same benefits as our military! They should live in barracks, eat government prepared meals, and have to visit the same hospitals. They are all serving our country - Right?

It seems like each election, it never comes down to a good candidate. It almost always a choice of "the lesser evil".

Just a few hours before my polls opened, I finally made a decision:

I have had a difficult time deciding whether to vote for Clinton or Obama. Both have similar views on LGBT issues. Both have similar voting records on other important issues.

Tonight, just five hours before the voting machines open - I have decided to give my full support to Obama.

Here were my deciding factors:

Obama wants full repeal of DOMA, Clinton only wants a partial repeal. Obama recognized the LGBT on his web site, and had a special section (pride.barackobama.com) to address gay issues. Clinton seems to have taken gays for granted.

I am an Echota Cherokee. Obama has addressed the sovereignty and plight of Native Americans. He acknowledges the poor relationship between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal leaders. Obama created a special section of his web site to address Native American issues. Again, Clinton seems to have taken this group for granted.

Finally, Obama acknowledges the poor civil rights record of our country. You have to recognize our mistakes before you can correct them.

After careful consideration of all of the issues, I can come to only one conclusion: Barack Obama deserves to be the next President of the United States.

Best regards,

-- Gary Wright II

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