Up until this week I was a proud supporter of Fmr. Senator John Edwards.Ã‚Â His commitment to economic justice and organized labor was paramount in that decision.Ã‚Â This week John Edwards concluded his quest for the White House.Ã‚Â I have decided to support one of the remaining candidates on the Democratic side.Ã‚Â The only candidate that represents the same kind of hope in America that I found with Senator Edwards is of course Senator Barack Obama.
Barack Obama is not a Ã¢â‚¬Å“fall backÃ¢â‚¬Â because John Edwards bowed out for me.Ã‚Â Since he started his campaign I have always been very impressed with ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to transcend the standard political discourse.Ã‚Â His charisma and policy ideas were always inline with what I wanted out of a candidate, and his ability to inspire young people made his candidacy very appealing to me.Ã‚Â As many of you know I have been working for the past two-years on one goal.Ã‚Â Harness the power of the millennial generation into a reliable bloc of Democrats in the future.Ã‚Â Barack Obama is the only candidate that can make this goal a reality.Ã‚Â
It is no secret that the millennial generation (those born roughly between 1979 and 1994) are identifying with Democratic ideals.Ã‚Â Things like marriage equality; universal healthcare, global warming, andÃ‚Â the war in IraqÃ‚Â are issues that young people are lock step with Democrats.Ã‚Â It is also a fact that if a person votes for a party three times in a row, they become that partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s supporter for life.Ã‚Â Barack Obama is bringing young people out in droves and they are voting Democratic.Ã‚Â Obama is the only candidate that can solidify a generation of Democrats.
So far 2008 has seen an increase in youth turnout in the primaries.Ã‚Â This increase has been overwhelmingly Democratic.Ã‚Â In fact, 80% of all young voters who caucused in Iowa caucused for Democrats.Ã‚Â In the New Hampshire open primary 61% of all young voters voted for Democrats.Ã‚Â Even in South Carolina (a RED state) young people supported Democrats by a 62%-32% margin.Ã‚Â It is also not a surprise that many of these young people are coming out for Senator Barack Obama.Ã‚Â ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to inspire the millennial generation is not only good for him it is great news for our entire party.Ã‚Â
Barack Obama is a transformational figure in American politics.Ã‚Â He offers a progressive agenda in a package of hope and renewal.Ã‚Â He has the ability to inspire people who otherwise would be sitting this one out.Ã‚Â He has the policy ideas to advance a progressive agenda and the personality to get these policies enacted.Ã‚Â
If we want to create a sold bloc of Democrats for the next generation then we have to make sure Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President.Ã‚Â The only thing at stake is our partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future.