I'm all for "hope" and "change." Who isn't? Unfortunately, these words are vapid; they hold no viable meaning and when used incessantly they corrupt the electoral process by creating and perpetuating baseless promises. Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama used both words fervently, leading many Americans to eagerly jump on board without truly grasping his procedural plans and policy proposals.
Now, don't get me wrong -- after 28 years of Bush and Clinton family members serving in Washington, it is surely time for electoral "change." While I was opposed to an Obama presidency, there is a refreshing notion when considering that someone without the aforementioned surnames is occupying the executive offices. Unfortunately, Obama has chosen to usher in the entire Clinton administration, creating what one might characterize as a third term for the former president (and impeachee).
For New Yorkers, "more of the same" may be on the horizon. According to sources, Caroline Kennedy -- the daughter of one of America's most lauded presidents -- has an interest in filling Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat. Yes, another Kennedy. Ted clearly wasn't enough.
Plainly stated: Caroline Kennedy is not qualified to be a United States senator. Why is it that New Yorkers are uninterested in new and fresh ideas from qualified candidates who are not in prominent positions due to the individuals they have married, family connections and other irrelevant leads? On Friday, The New York Times reported that Kennedy may have interest in the position. And, not so ironically, because of her name she may have an advantage. According to the Times,
Any interest from Ms. Kennedy could instantly overshadow others whose names have been mentioned as possible successors to Mrs. Clinton, including the state attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, and several members of the New York congressional delegation.
There is no doubt that Kennedy has done a lot for New York City schools, as she has successfully fund raised and worked toward making the educational system more effective. But, there are surely more seasoned politicians who have worked hard, have experience and deserve a shot. New Yorkers need to stop electing liberal Democrats who are in powerful positions predominantly for reasons that lay outside of their own abilities.
Feminists seem to agree with me. In fact, two groups have endorsed a seasoned New York City politician, instead of pushing another Clinton or Kennedy:
On Thursday, the group Feminist Majority, joined by the National Organization for Women, endorsed Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan and Queens, citing her many years in elected office and proven experience in advancing women's issues.
While I do not necessarily agree with these groups that the fate of the modern world relies on the appointment of a female to fill Clinton's seat, the fact that a Bush, Clinton or Kennedy wasn't automatically endorsed shows some progress. True progress would be the nomination of a conservative Republican from New York City to fill Clinton's seat, which will probably happen when Hell opens as a family-friendly ice rink. Only time will tell who will receive the appointment. Hang on to your seats and "hope" for true "change!"
This piece was written for Billy Hallowell’s Red County blog located at http://www.redcounty.com/nyc