Affirmative action in the Oval Office

The underlying theme of the 2008 elections: Affirmative Action ‘08.

Though everyone deserves the right to a job, affirmative action has run its course. The closure of this program is long overdue. The inception of this program was set into place by Kennedy in 1971, and it helped America at the time. But as time passes, there becomes very little need for affirmative action to continue.

This country will find a complete change when people forget about race and color. Affirmative action seems to be a firm reminder of the differences in people’s skin tones. The left has taken this idea, and they are using it to the fullest advantage in the presidential race.

There were several candidates on the Democratic side that were in the race for president. Most of them were more qualified than the two left standing. Dennis Kucinich has been in the House of Representatives since 1997. He was in the Ohio State Senate from 1994 to 1996. Then there was Christopher Dodd, who has endless experience—U.S. Senator from 1981 to present and a Representative in the House from 1975 to 1981.

Both of these men had the experience to be viable candidates for president, but who is left on the Democratic side? Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

When hearing that Barack Obama was running for president the first reaction I had, along with many others was, Obama who? He is a junior member of the Senate with very little experience otherwise. This candidate keys the idea that it is time for change. We all want change; he acts like this is something new. But he is lacking the ideas to back this statement.

Then there is Hillary. Apparently eight years as the president’s wife gives one enough experience to run the country. She’s a New York senator, but, again, this is all new to her, as well. Neither of these candidates has the experience under their belt to handle the extreme situations they could face.

It has been said time and time again. It is time for a woman president or a president of another race. I am not disagreeing with this fact, but they should have the experience to back their candidacies. It is a sad fact that some people will be voting based on race or sex, further supporting affirmative action.

The idea that one of these people deserves to become the next president of the United States of America because they were born a certain way—not because of their beliefs—is a scary thought.

Society is following this rule of affirmative action in the way that it is trying to fulfill the quota of minorities in power. Seeing as how the job of president has never been held by a minority person, there is some idea that there is a great need for one of these people to win the election.

There should be change in the White House, but for the right reasons: Because the person running deserves to become the next president and will do this with their policies and hard work.

This election is frightening. People are voting to fill the quota, to give the minorities a voice, which isn’t wrong, but society needs to stick to ideas, not sex or color. If a person is qualified, which these candidates are not, then they deserve to be the president. But this is an affirmative action election, one to fill a quota. This is not only wrong, it’s scary.