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Is It Barak Obama or Oprah Wynfrey That You Support?

The other day I wrote a rather "exciting" post that got a reader pretty, well, excited. All I talked about was Barak Obama's and his questionable views on live abortion and pro-choice. I also talked about whether or not the Black community endorses him as a candidate simply because he is Black, and not because he is qualified. I stand by my opinion, but I would like to also offer another take on the subject.

This YouTube video of Oprah Wynfrey on Larry King Live shows Larry King interviewing Oprah and giving her full endorsement of the candidate. If you will listen closely as you watch the video, you will notice about a third through the video Oprah mentions that she likes "what he stands for" and "the things that he has to say are good." Well, what does that mean? What does he stand for? What are the things that he has to say that are good?

Oprah has an immense following and most people listen very closely to what she has to say. Therefore, if she supports Obama, then her followers would probably support him too. After all, if it's good enough for Oprah then why not try it?

The only point that I want to make here is to give people a reason to think for themselves. Do your homework on your own candidate of choice. Have allegiance to a candidate for more than the color of their skin. Find out what they stand for. Find out what they believe in and have a passion for. Listen to them, closely. Then after you feel comfortable enough with them representing you and what you believe in, go with that.

You have to live with it for the next four years.

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I absolutely agree that people need to think for themselves. Maybe Oprah has good reason for supporting Obama - she's never endorsed a political candidate before - and that's all well and good. However, the fact that she is a relatively influential opinion leader means that there will be certain people who will "follow" her lead.

If people are supporting Obama because of race, it just makes it clear to me that our society is no where near post-racial as some would have us believe. However, I can say with absolute certainty that there are plenty of people - race notwithstanding - who plan to vote for Obama because of his position on certain issues. The truth is that when you do a side-by-side comparison, Clinton and Obama are very similar in their platforms so I believe the ultimate deciding factor comes down to character; whose character do you believe is stronger?

Of course we should always remember there are other candidates besides those in the two main parties. People just need to do their research and vote for the person they think would be best for the job.

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