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Our dear friend and reader Tracy E. Williams asked in a letter to the editor Tuesday whether the nation is ready for a black or woman at the top of a presidential ticket.

The question, unintentionally we believe, presupposes that if you are against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, you must be a bigot unwilling to vote for a woman or a black.

We beg to differ with that premise. There are many people who simply don't agree with either candidate's politics.

Further, we submit that their very candidacy is proof that the country is, indeed, ready for a black or a woman president, because one of the two will be a major party nominee this fall. In other words, Democratic voters who agree with their politics have not let their race and gender get in the way.

But just because one doesn't support those two candidates does not mean one is averse to diversity. With all due respect to our friend Mr. Williams, it's offensive to even suggest it. You can't make one or two candidates a litmus test on race, and in the process totally divorce them from their political positions.

Especially these two. Hillary Clinton is one of the most unpopular people in this country, and has a documented socialist bent going back to her college days. Barack Obama, while exciting and charismatic, is largely untested and inexperienced, and is verifiably one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate -- rated as the most liberal in 2007, putting him to the left of even Ted Kennedy.

Isn't it just remotely possible that a vote against either one of them is not a repudiation of their race or gender, but of their politics?

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/14/08 - 06:49 am
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This editorial states the

This editorial states the obvious, which means it'll pass over the head of a large number of readers.

christian134
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christian134 02/14/08 - 07:11 am
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I throughly agree with the

I throughly agree with the article. Great insight...Thanks for the truth.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/14/08 - 07:51 am
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I heard people voted for Bush

I heard people voted for Bush the second time (to quote them) "He can't make it any worse than what it was the first term". What a bunch of CROCK! Can it possibly get any worse now??

Mrs Genevive Bait
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Mrs Genevive Bait 02/14/08 - 09:24 am
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Yes it could get worse if

Yes it could get worse if Shrillary is elected and unleashes her own personal NKVD on the kulaks of America. You think things are bad now? Imagine when she takes your house and moves you into barracks and makes you farm wheat or soybeans. Imagine when she ships all the beef over seas and makes you catch deer and eat nothing but deer jerky. Imagine when her hospitals open up and it takes you two weeks to get your broken leg splinted because all the doctors have been shipped out to indoctrination camps!

Yes, indeed it could be worse. It could be much worse!!!

getalife
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getalife 02/14/08 - 09:41 am
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I am voting for the least

I am voting for the least worst candidate this year. No good clear choice!

dani
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dani 02/14/08 - 11:29 am
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Retired Army...Are you saying

Retired Army...Are you saying that things remain the same? The country has gone though tremendous changes in the last 50 years.---> I voted Democrat until Jimmy Carter. That taught me a costly lesson. When I changed to the Republican Party it was because I am a Concervative.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 02/14/08 - 11:38 am
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Mrs GB is your typical

Mrs GB is your typical conservative right wing irrational hysteric.

jack
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jack 02/14/08 - 12:13 pm
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Retired Army, name one

Retired Army, name one Republican in the Senate (or House) who was a grand kleagle of the KKK and has used the N word on the Senate floor in recent years? If you said Robert KKK Byrd, who has more buildings, bridges and you name it named after him in his home state than Thurmond ever will. The only questions about blacks in the Republican Party are asked by DIMocRATS, who demonize such great folks as Condileeza Rice, Colin Powell, Walter Williams, JC Watts et al, all Republicans. Name us a DIMocRAT President (include the "first black President", BJ Cliton who has named blscks to as many high, cabinet level positions in their administration. Were a Margret Thatcher or a Golda Mier running, I would vote for either of them. I can't think of a black leader to compare Osama with other than African tyrants, which he isn't.

dani
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dani 02/14/08 - 12:15 pm
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Retired Army..I don't know

Retired Army..I don't know about trent Lott but the criticism of the remark by George Allen was ridiculous. I don't believe he ever intended for his remark to be a racist comment. It was made to sound that way because of politics. The opposition party should be ashamed of that one. .The thing is, remarks are made from the Denocrats that are even worse, but that's okay. They don't "intend any harm". Outrageous..bias!

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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:51 pm
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"Concervative????" I think

"Concervative????" I think you mean 'conservative'. Hee hee!

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constitutionnow 02/14/08 - 02:59 pm
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What a shame it is to see how

What a shame it is to see how far out of touch the democratic party has become since my fathers day. Instead of quoting the famous words of John F. Kennedy "ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country", todays democratic party anthem shoud be "Ask not what you should do for your country, but sit back, relax and let us show you what your country can do for you".

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