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.


Super Tuesday Article on the Political Candidates is a Waste of Space

05 February 2008

In honor of Super Tuesday Boston University decided to put in a full page article in the school newspaper, the Daily Free Press, outlining the positions of the top 3 or 4 candidates in each party.

In one sense this is a great help outlining issues and creating informed voters.  But at the same time it only helps people who registered to vote in Boston, Massachusetts.

Since the majority of the students at BU come from other states it is fair to assume that a large portion of the students are registered to vote in other states.  This means that they must have filled out an absentee ballot to vote and thus voted a week or more ago so that they filled out the ballot and had it returned in time to be counted.

It also does not help any “early bird” students who are registered to vote in Boston since the Daily Free Press usually does not come out until 10 or 11 in the morning.

I think the Free Press wasted space by waiting until the last second to run this article.  If the article was published a week ago students would have been able to read the information and consider why they should or should not support a candidate and still have time to vote in the election even if they were using an absentee ballot.

Boston NOW was another paper who ran information about candidates stances today.  Since Boston NOW does not just target college students but includes an audience consisting of Boston residents, it does help promote understanding issues even if it does not allow for much time to decide who is a better candidate.

Newspapers printing information on political candidates, especially college campuses, are wasting time and ink.  As important as it is for voters to be informed, the information needs to be timely.  On a college campus where students need to mail in their absentee ballots a week prior to election day, an article outlining candidates stances needs to be earlier enough that students can read it before casting their ballot, not after.