The 2008 presidential campaign has been one of the more interesting in recent years. The early primary season has seen a surge in voter participation and the candidates vying for office have done their share of empowering and informing the electorate. The country seems to be on track for choosing change and by participating in the electoral process ensuring the country will transform for the better.
Change and a fresh approach on issues is the primary reason why the ANCA this week endorsed Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for the White House in the primaries. This Tuesday–Super Tuesday–22 states will have primaries and caucuses, which will determine the presidential campaign leading up to the November 4 elections.
Throughout the years, the Armenian-American electorate has become one of the strongest voices and one of the most sophisticated entities in the United States and candidates for local to federal offices have recognized the power of the Armenian-America vote.
Tuesday will be the test to prove that the Armenian-American vote does count and matter in shaping the future of our country. With the ANCA’s leadership and with the activism initiated by Armenia’s for Obama, the Armenian-American community does have a unique opportunity to cast its vote for change, for respect for human right and human dignity and, most importantly, justice, for Barack Obama has embodied all those elemen’s and more throughout his more than one-year campaign for president.
This edition of Asbarez contains quite a few reports and articles on Obama and his accomplishmen’s and, more specifically, his outreach and advocacy on behalf of the Armenian-American community.
His strong statement pledging to commemorate the Armenian Genocide as president, coupled with his strong stance in the past on the Armenian Genocide and genocides in general, make him the ideal candidate for the White House. His approach to socio-political issues dominating the American agenda also brings hope of change and prosperity for the future.
In casting our ballots on Tuesday and beyond, we as Armenian-Americans, must look at a candidate’s record on issues that matter to us as Americans, as well as a candidate’s posturing on issues and aspirations of the Armenian people.
Barack Obama has signaled that he would be the candidate to institute change progressively in healthcare, the economy and the war in Iraq. More importantly, however, his position on Armenian-American concerns, such as Genocide recognition, also echo a more decisive stance and tone–a position not seen for a while by the Armenian-American electorate.
Vote on Tuesday, February 5 and cast your ballot for change. Vote for Barack Obama.