2008-02-08 / Letters

Enthusiastic About Clinton Vote

Dear Editor,

It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to the New York State Democratic Presidential Primary which takes place on Tuesday February 5, 2008.

As the father of teenage daughters it will be an immense pleasure to have my 15-year-old daughter accompany me into the voting booth as I cast my vote for Senator Hillary Clinton. I have respected Senator Clinton for many years and my daughters have idolized her since they were toddlers.

I have been fortunate enough to meet Senator Clinton. When speaking to her on a one-on-one basis, she is friendly, witty, warm, knowledgeable and very personable.

There are many reasons that I have decided to cast my vote for Senator Clinton, among them is her vast experience and leadership capabilities, especially when compared to the other candidates in the race. I feel she is prepared to lead our great nation now.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman in U.S. history with a strong chance of being elected president. Her run for the presidency is of significant historical importance, let's remember that New Yorkers have been at the forefront of the women's suffrage movement in America.

In 1848, at the Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York, women activists began a seventy two year struggle for what they felt was a natural right of all Americans to be able to vote. But, it was not until 1912 when New Yorker Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Bull Moose Party was the first national political party to adopt a woman suffrage plank. And, then it was not until August 26, 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified and women finally were given the vote.

Upon moving to New York in 2000, Hillary was elected to the United States Senate. This marked the first time an American first lady ran for public office and then she became the first female senator from our state. She was re-elected by a wide margin in 2006 with 55% of the vote.

She has consistently opposed the Bush administration in its conduct of national security and foreign policy issues and she has opposed the President on his draconian domestic policies.

In my eyes, Senator Clinton has performed excellently as the senator from New York whereas she has received an excellent rating on middle class issues from the Drum Major Institute, the American Civil Liberties Union has given her a 75% lifetime rating, NARAL Pro-Choice America has given her a 100% rating and The League of Conservation Voters has given her a lifetime 90% pro-environment action rating during her tenure. These are all consequential measures of her commitment to middle class voters like me.

It's important to note that women comprise 50.7% of our country's population

Letters and according to the U.S. Census Bureau since 2000 women voters have surpassed men voters in U.S. presidential elections.

In my opinion, the national media has displayed a misogynistic obsession with the senator and her candidacy. To me, most of the national press corps (ie: Chris Matthews, Bill O'Reilly, etc.) have reminded me as members of (Hal Roach's) The Little Rascals "He-Man Woman Haters Club."

I believe that in these dangerous and uncertain times, especially after the debacle of the Bush Administration, that it would be foolhardy and naive to trust any candidate without the necessary qualifications to lead on Day One of their term in the Oval office.

I think it is high time that America elected a woman president. I will proudly cast my vote for Senator Hillary Clinton and I would urge all democratic voters to do the same next week to get our country back on the right track.

Hillary Clinton has shown that she's ready to lead our nation now!


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Need to read Joseph Lane's letter in the Feb. 1 edition!

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