Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

Election 2008: An Election for the History Books & A Mockery of the US Political System

29 August 2008

This election year is proving to be one for the history book.  Senator Barack Obama is the first African American male to be the Presidential nominee for a US political party and has a chance to be the first African American President of the United States.  Governor Sarah Palin has the chance to be the first woman Vice President of the United States (and also the first woman President of the United States if McCain is elected and something, God forbid, happens to him).

Despite what will be a historic event no matter which party wins, the media and the people are putting too much store in this.  Although not all voters do this, many people are excited by the idea that they can help make history and are basing their vote on that instead of a candidate’s qualifications.  Hopefully with both parties now have a chance at history this will not be an issue, but I fear that it will be.

The media, and the candidates should not pay attention to the race, sex, or any other unique factor about a candidate’s personal life but instead what Americans NEED to hear about, the policies.  Having the first African American President or female Vice President would be great progress for the United States but not at the expense of putting a person into power who does not have the skills or qualifications to do the job.

I have heard people make the claim that if you are against Obama you are racist and that Senator John McCain is running ads against Obama because he is racist.  Both of these ideas seem absurd to me.  Political elections always have ads about the other candidate, not to discriminate but to try to increase poll numbers and give facts to the public.  I heard a similar claim was made about Senator Hillary Clinton, if you didn’t vote for her you were sexist. 

Disagreeing with a politician’s views should not earn people derogatory titles such as “racist” or “sexist.”  Everyone needs to get over the history of this election and look at issues.  I honestly believe that although the majority of people are probably doing that, the most obvious people, the media and politicians, are not and are instead promoting records that go against the ideals of what the United States political system was suppose to be.


AOL Straw Poll has Ron Paul in Second. McCain in first.

28 January 2008

As of right this very second Ron Paul is in second to McCain on the AOL Straw Poll with 24% (McCain has 27%).  Ron Paul is winning 24 of the 50 states and Washington DC.  McCain only has 12 states.

Using the electoral college method, Ron Paul would actually be winning the election so why are the votes so far so drastically different than what it says?

Ron Paul didn’t get first in New Hampshire in the primaries, yet in the Straw Poll he is winning NH.  Is every person not voting for Ron Paul also not participate in on-line polls?

It is also ironic to me that on-line Ron Paul keeps topping polls as does McCain, yet up until recently McCain was not even considered a front runner.  I hate the way the media has been paying so much attention to Romney and Giuliani when they are not the front runners.  I feel like the media is pushing the candidate they want to win.

At one time the media was suppose to give equal time coverage to all the candidates but it does not seem like that is happening anymore.  I open the newspaper and I very rarely read about Ron Paul but there are plenty of long articles on Giuliani and Romney.

I really wish the media would start covering candidates equally.  The media has such a large influence on everyday life that on a major life effecting decision I think every candidate should get equal press time regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sex, or party affiliation.

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.

Ron Paul:People are now paying attention to him

October 29, 2007

On the front page of WordPress I just saw something very exciting!  GOP leaders and the media are starting to take Ron Paul very seriously.  I am glad.  Some people have probably never heard of Ron Paul.  He is a Republican running for president.

He may not be well known, but he is good at raising money.  He currently has about $5 million to spend on his campaign.  Personally, I would love the US in the hands of Ron Paul for the next four or, even better, eight years.

I first heard of Ron Paul, out at the national matches in July at Camp Perry, Ohio.  I was shocked since many businesses will not publicly support a candidate for fear of controversy, especially so early in a race.  But I was reading his brochure and web site.

Not only is he for reducing the government size (which will save US tax payers money), he is pro gun.  No matter what they say, Giuliani and Romney will never be truly pro gun.

I’m glad someone is finally noticing that Ron Paul may not be a wealthy candidate, but he has a lot of support from AMERICAN CITIZENS.  Just remember when you go out and vote, you’re not throwing your vote away by trying to elect Ron Paul.  You do have a say (no matter what you think) and Ron Paul may be the change we have been looking for in America.

By the way the article I first saw was at: