Jessica Mondillo’s Blog


Obama’s “Change” not Evident with Biden

29 August 2008

Although I do not support Barack Obama, I do know a bit about his platform.  I have heard lots of claims about Obama but the more I learn about him the more false the claims seem to be.

Barack Obama promised change.  Although it is unclear what change he is trying to accomplish, I do not believe he really stands for that.  He may stand for change of racial standards, but not of the political system. 

First of all he is a product of the corrupt US political system, just like Clinton, McCain, Romney, and just about every other politician to ever exist.  Granted he has not been in office long and therefore there may be hope that he could be different.  But then he picked Biden as his adviser and right hand man. 

Biden, has spent longer in the US Senate than even McCain.  Biden has been a US Senator for 35 years, while McCain has been for only 22 years.  Considering Obama attacks McCain for his long standing political background and claims that it will not create change, it seems hypocritcal to pick a man who has been in the US Senate even longer than McCain has.

I have heard speculation that Obama chose Biden because Biden has more experience and has a stronger foreign policy background.  This would lead to the idea that this experience is suppose to help build on the weak points that people criticize about Obama.

My question is, if you are looking for change away from modern corrupted politics, wouldn’t more experience in the United States Senate be a drawback not helpful?  To me Obama has contradicted himself.  It makes me feel as if Obama is just saying what the people want to hear and people pleasing to get into office, regardless of if what he will really do.


Can Clinton and Obama talk about the issues, not talk about racism?

14 January 2008

I’ll be honest I don’t know much about the major headline today because I haven’t seen every report on the issue and I wasn’t there.  But right now the news of the day according to Verizon’s homepage news blurb is “Clinton, Obama Clash Over Race.”

I want to know why  both of them are trying to play the minority card.  I have heard more about Hillary is a women so women will vote for her.  And Barack is an African American so African Americans will vote for him.

This is sad and twisted logic.  People shouldn’t be voting for people because they have a similarity with the candidate.  I thought picking a PRESIDENT was about issues.

I don’t care that Barack Obama isn’t white or that Hillary Clinton is a women.   I care about the candidate’s past voting record.  I care that the candidate is against gun control and for abortion.  I care that they are pro gay rights.  In short I care about the issues.

Why is the media covering race issues, that have nothing to with a person’s policies, instead of important hot button issues?  If the media didn’t focus on minority aspect of the presidential race (using a gossip style coverage) and covered issues, I would feel much more confident that the US’s next president was one people actually believed could accomplish something within their four years as president.

I want to know why people think that because I am a women, I should vote for Hillary.  This is a flawed logic.   If you agree with Hillary Clinton’s political beliefs or Barack Obama’s AND believe that HE or SHE would be the best candidate for the job, please by all means vote for them.  But I don’t want our next president chosen because they are a minority.  I want a president that people feel is capable of doing the job.


Barack Obama: If the American flag isn’t patriotism, what is?

October 5, 2007 

October 2, 2007 Barack Obama publicly commented why he was not wearing a United States flag pin.  According to CNN, Obama said, “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great. Hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

Maybe it’s just me but that statement seems to contradict itself .  Isn’t the flag a symbol of America and patriotism?  I always thought it was.  What a person thinks will make a country great isn’t patriotism, it’s a belief that may or may not be wrong.

Obama also said, “My attitude is that I’m less concerned with what you’re wearing on you lapel than what’s in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve.”  I do agree that it is what is in your heart that counts and how you treat a person shows your patriotism. 

But I do not think democrats, in general, show much patriotism or respect towards those who serve (contradictory to Obama’s statement).  Democrats want to withdraw US troops from Iraq, but they estimate that won’t be for at least another five years.  At the same time, they do not want to give additional funding to the soldiers who are ALREADY in Iraq.  That is no way to respect a soldier.  Not enough people tell soldiers thank you for selflessly putting their life in danger to protect Americans.  Those men and women voluntarily risk their life, but democrats in Congress just shot down a bill that would give them money that would make their job easier and safer. 

So Obama is saying that you show your patriotism by the way you treat American soldiers.  But what makes him different from the other Democrats who have been making it harder for American soldiers to do THEIR JOB?