The character of the man matters. This is why today we endorse Senator Barack Obama of Illinois to be the next President of the United States of America. As a New Yorker, while my first inclination would normally be to support a native son or daughter, in the present case I am unable to do so for three reasons: (i) the superior character, integrity and qualifications of Senator Barack Obama, (ii) the questionable character of Hillary Clinton and the nature of the campaign being waged by the Clintons and their operatives against Senator Barack Obama, and (iii) the most credible and legitimate New York candidates, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mayor Mike Bloomberg have not yet engaged the electorate in a meaningful way. Should either of them do so in the future and if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee of the Democratic Party, we will consider a further endorsement at that time.

At this time, ManhattanSociety.com chooses hope over fear. We choose honor, integrity, and sincerity over the shape shifting politics of division. We live in cynical world, one in which it is often difficult to trust and believe in the politicians who seek our support each election cycle. Far too many of our fellow citizens feel that their vote does not matter, that the candidate we choose will not make a difference. The legacy, rhetoric and promise of the candidate often do not match the reality of governance. We believe that Senator Barack Obama presents a historic opportunity for the people of America that we must not allow to pass. To bypass such an opportunity to nominate and elect a divisive partisan machine politician in the form of Hillary Clinton would be a tremendous loss for this country.

As the media and financial capital of the world, New York has served as an ideal platform for Hillary Clinton to pursue her Presidential ambitions. Hillary Clinton’s time in New York has been marked not by serving and connecting with New Yorkers and issues central to New Yorkers but rather in angling and fundraising for a Presidential run. During this time Clinton has taken the time to hone relationships with the mainstream media and had unparalleled access to capital in the corridors of wealth, power and prestige of Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Central Park South, Central Park West, the Hamptons and beyond, raising money from the same folks who supported W BUSH in 2000. Senator Barack Obama’s appeal transcends party, personal politics, socioeconomic background and gender. That it took a Black Senator from the South Side of Chicago to campaign in Washington Square Park, while our local Senator has largely remained guarded behind closed doors, unavailable and inaccessible except to the elite in New York City in itself says a lot about the respective character of the individuals.

President Clinton has spent the last 7 years partying without her and fundraising. Patrick Healy wrote in the New York Times over a year ago:

Mr. Clinton is rarely without company in public, yet the company he keeps rarely includes his wife. Nights out find him zipping around Los Angeles with his bachelor buddy, Ronald W. Burkle, or hitting parties and fund-raisers in Manhattan.

The Philanthropic vehicle that President Clinton set up in his final days in office, the
Clinton Global Initiative has utilized its donor base to support Hillary’s run. See: “In Charity and Politics, Clinton Donors Overlap.”

In 1992, while living in Boston, I volunteered on the Clinton/Gore Campaign. Going door to door in New Hampshire I learned about the retail side of politics. While it seemed like the right thing to do at the time, upon reflection, over the course of the two Clinton administrations I came to realize that like many Americans, I drank the Clinton Kool-Aid. I discounted a great deal of factual information that was in the public domain about the Clintons. The rubric that the Clintons used to discount many inconvenient truths was that they were victims of a “right wing conspiracy” and that those who stepped forward with personal accounts were all about marketing “trash for cash.” When the truth became overwhelming I chose to believe the fallback position that it was the character of the policy that mattered more than the character of the man. It mattered not that the lying was so pervasive. As David Geffen, the left-wing media mogul and former Clinton confidante, told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that “Everybody in politics lies, but [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” I overlooked the well accepted rumor that the Clinton marriage is a sham, a political power sharing arrangement designed to contravene the 22nd Amendment. The Clinton machine currently controls the Democratic Party apparatus making it an instrumentality which inures mostly to the benefit of the Clinton’s ambitions. A complete rejection and defeat of the Clinton’s will be necessary to cleanse the party of its dinosaurs.

Today a random Google Search (recommended search terms: Clinton Cocaine| Smuggling|Mena Arkansas |Webster Hubbell |Vince Foster| Murder Suicide |Bimbo Eruptions |Bush Connection or more recently Peter Paul |Stan Lee) will lead anyone interested in learning the truth about the Clinton legacy and their rise to power to draw their own conclusions.

At this time in America there is something happening that transcends the politics of old. The desire to turn the page on the Clinton Bush years, while a consideration, is not the primary reason for our endorsement of OBAMA. Furthermore, while we believe that electing a woman or black man President do in and of themselves provide historic opportunities, our support of Senator Barack Obama has to do with the character of the man and not the color of his skin. For these reasons and many others we call upon our friends and fellow Americans to support Senator Barack Obama. We call upon those of wealth, power and influence, in the private and public sector, whom may be waiting for a more perfect or appropriate time to provide an endorsement, the value of doing so is now. Never underestimate the “Urgency of Now.” OBAMA 2008.

Christopher London
Editor & Founder, ManhattanSociety.com

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