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Wednesday, 5 November, 2008 3:14 AM

Voters Have a Wide Range of Opinions at Detroit's Lodge Elementary School

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Voters are lined up outside the Detroit Elections Office on W. Grand Blvd on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- Barack Obama (Democratic), Sarah Palin and John McCain (Republican) have been spoofed on NBC's Saturday Night Live, which has been gaining more momentum in its 34th season -- even the latters made an apperance on the sketch comedy. Thanks to the start of Tina Fey's impersonation of Palin as well as the success of their primetime specials on the debates, the show continues to hit season-high ratings for the first time in a decade. But don't expect the "Not So Ready for Primetime Players" influence the public's decision to choose their favorite candidate -- for it is good humor and fun. The United States, said one woman, is the only country ever to make fun of politicians due to freedom of speech.

The majority of voters at the John C. Lodge Elementary School in Detroit (on Lenore at Bennett) are for Obama, whom most states that he represents change because he fights for the underdog. McCain, on the other hand, is nothing more than a "Bush clone" -- for he and Palin, according to them, are "getting rid of the middle class" because they're in the same club as George W. Bush.

The main issue that made these voters decide to vote is not just their choice of candidacy and platforms, but the founding factor is the economy that is going into the Great Recession, which may be now the Great Depression. The money, a group discuss, should be to help the economy, create jobs, education, and so forth -- not for the war. 9/11 was set up to start a war for no reason. Too many lives has been lost already: young men going over there, losing their lives, and not seeing their children growing up. "My mother told me Republicans love war," one responds.

Several unnamed sources revealed that in the early beginning of the war in Iraq, newly fresh $600 million (in $100 dollar bills) of American money was discovered by the U.S. Army at a crate found during the military manuevers in Iraq. Only two questions remain: where's the money and where's Bin Laden? 9/11 was set up to start a war for no reason, said one, whose mother said to her that "Republicans love war". "George W. Bush is evil," answers another. "That's a war his father started."

Another issue behind the people's exercising their right to vote is the erosion of the middle class, which "costs more to buy less". Our buying power, our wages, our jobs -- they're not there because we don't have the money, for the money is being wasted on the war, one remarks.

Politics, according to several young men (including students of Wayne State University) don't want Obama to win because he's black, and they don't want a black man to win. People who live in cities or towns like Canton and Farmington Hills are the upper class with money, and people who live in cities or towns like Detroit and Dearborn are the middle class who don't have money. "You ask why people go to jail for selling stuff?" one of them asks. "Because there's nothing else to do [out here] -- not jobs. Ain't nothing out here to find."

Whether Democratic Barack Obama could end up as the first ever African-American President or Republican Sarah Palin as the first ever female Vice President, only one thing is certain for the 2008 Election: history will definitely be made -- for better or for worse.

 

 

 

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