Dulles NOW activists have worked long and hard to bring women to political leadership posts in the belief that they would advance the status of all women and contribute to humanize and democratize an all-male political world. We have now reached the exciting level when a woman is seriously running for the highest office in the land.
This long-awaited candidate is, regretfully, Hillary Clinton,
a woman with no accomplishments of her own other than appointed to various committees by a powerful spouse and for his benefit. Mrs. Clinton thus believes she can ask American voters to bring her and her husband back to the White House on the basis that she is 'prepared', 'ready', a 'hard worker' and a former First Lady. None of the current presidential hopefuls has, to our knowledge, claimed similar eligibility because he is unprepared, not ready and lazy nor are we aware that being first lady has ever been a qualification to become commander-in-chief. Even worse
is her repeated and unacceptable argument that women ought to vote for her on the basis of gender and gender only.
Mrs. Clinton often cites her time in the White House as an example of what she says she will do if president. It cannot be that Dulles NOW activists are the only American women to remember the appalling aspects of the failed and corrupt Clinton administration of which Mrs. Clinton was part and parcel. A long list of deeds makes a mockery of her claims
as a children, women and human-rights advocate not to mention her role in the Iraq War, the Kosovo debacle, an assortment of scandals, inertia on climate change, the health care farce, contempt for the Constitution and other well-documented fiascoes.
The peculiar trait of having powerful men rush to her rescue when derailed from obviously memorized narrow scripts is another liability. This weakness is regularly displayed, either when Bill Richardson fends off imaginary anti-Hillary 'personal attacks' or when the inimitable Bill Clinton pops up time and again to revive her many stale political rallies.
Americans want change, not the undemocratic and disastrous Bush-Clinton-Bush-and-Clinton-again juggernaut. They want a leader who will redress the terrible global image of America these two families created. They long for someone with personal dignity, charisma, vision, principle and emotional steadfastness, a person committed to what
is best about America, someone who will protect and advance the rights of all.
We believe Senator Obama is this person. Here is a man of remarkable intelligence, a mature thinker unafraid to speak his mind, a skilled legislator and conciliator who showed character and personal courage when he opposed the Iraq War at a time when it was an unfashionable and career-braking stance to take.
We, as a nation, need to come together around the values that made this country great. We need to move away from the Bush-Clinton violent and divisive policies that have led us where we are. We need someone to remind us that in our diversity, we are all, first and foremost, Americans.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are nostalgic about their White House days. It is understandable. But in their ambitious and personal drive for a third term, both want to take America back to a time not as great as they prefer to remember. Barack Obama, on the other hand, wants to move a strong, united and credible nation forward. The choice could not be clearer.
The Dulles NOW Executive Committee has therefore unanimously voted to endorse Senator Barack Obama for Democratic nominee in the 2008 presidential race.