Well it’s official.  I am voting for Sen. Barack Obama in California’s February 5 Primary Election.

It was a hard decision to narrow down the field.  In the running were Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who I may add, I think is amazing and is being treated unfairly by the media.  And then there was Obama.  And while Obama pissed me off when he followed the advice of HRC and invited that white gay pastor down to South Carolina to that Donnie McClurkin event after all hell broke loose over him even doing an event with McClurkin, I think him and his campaign have learned a valuable lesson.  And if not, we’re here to always remind them and to make sure it never happens again.

I could go into some long drawn out analysis of the current state
of politics using big words and complicated phrases, but I won’t bore you
or myself with the details and keep it short simple, to the point, and
most importantly real.

Politics is a game and it’s all about who plays it the best and who is playing to win.  Don’t hate the player, hate the game.  They all take money from corporations.  They all make promises.  They all miss votes.  They all vote one way and then go back and vote another way.  They’ve all done something questionable in the past.  They all make you feel like you’re the most important person in the word when you’re in their presence.  That’s the definition of a true politician.  We’ve had some great one’s and we’ve had some doozies.  It’s all in how you play the game and whether or not you let the game play you.

After careful thought and consideration, I choose Obama for myriad of reasons, and yes, one of those reasons, but not the only reason, is because he is Black.  I’d be lying if I told you differently.  When you’re Black and female, race and gender do play a role in decisions like this and people that tell you differently, well, they’re wrong.  But aside from Obama being a brotha, I also like his ideas for America.

Yes, I am a lesbian, but I am also a 30-year-old Black female living in the homeless capitol of the United States of America and because all politics are local, for ME, the top issues in this election have nothing to do with gay marriage and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s all about the domestic war on us here at home that has the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

At the current rate we’re going on, we’re going to end up like England in the film V for Vendetta, living under a complete dictatorship where our every move is watched and subjected to censorship.

I want to see an America that provides health care for all, regardless of the ability to pay, employment status, and yes, even citizenship status.  I don’t care if someone is not an American citizen when it comes to the basic rights of life and health care is one of them.  You go and spend a week abroad in a third world country and come back home to America and tell me if you feel any differently.  There’s a reason why in addition to a liquor store, motel, and church, there’s a pharmacy on every corner in urban communities…

I don’t know about you, but my neighborhood looks more and more like the board game Monopoly…and the Bank is winning.

I’m tired of it being more economically feasible for most to by a fast food meal than to buy all of the ingredients to make the same meal at home.

I want to live in an America where our elders and veterans are well provided for and currently they are not. 

It’s been said this country changed dramatically after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I wasn’t around for that.  But I can tell you that this world changed for the worst after the fraudulent election and then re-election of President George W. Bush.

Whoever gets the Democratic nomination this year for President and then hopefully wins the election is going to have a big job ahead of them in just cleaning up the mess that Bush is leaving behind.  A job that I personally wouldn’t want to be responsible for, but one that I feel Obama can handle.

Make no mistakes about it.  America isn’t my country per se, I just live here.  My people were brought here to serve as slaves and that should never ever should be forgotten.  The damage that’s been done to the Black race is irreversible and the assault continues.  It just seems like a bit of poetic justice to put a Black man in the White’s house.

Someone mentioned last night the hanging of gays in Iran in a public square and how that’s wrong and we can’t allow that to happen.  Two things.  One, America should get out of the business of telling other countries how to run their country.  Just look at the underdevelopment of Africa by the West and Europe.  Hello!  That’s why I refer to President Bush as the President of the World, not just the United States because that’s what it feels like.  And you wonder why we’re the most hated country in the world…

Second, as an elder so poignantly pointed out, at least Iran is public with their hangings.  Hello!

Obama has a solid platform with good ideas for change.  I support that.  And while I don’t agree with everything, I agree with most of it.  And one thing I don’t ever have to worry about with Obama as President is being forgotten about as a Black person.  Obama doesn’t need to explain how he’s a friend to Blacks, he is one.

President Bill Clinton was not the first Black President but with any luck Sen. Barack Obama will be.

Go Obama!  And you know this!