I shouldn’t be the exception--all rez kids with single parents, like me, should be given access to the same educational opportunities and programs as kids anywhere else in America. It’s about giving all people, rich and poor, an equal shot at life.
Obama gives us the hope. Hope that all of that can happen, and more! A lot of Indian kids relate to a poor, awkward kid with big ears, raised by his single mother and grandparents. The fact that the kid is in a position to win the presidency of the United States of America is a story to which they can all aspire and hope. As much as it has been ridiculed and vilified, “hope of a better life” is precious and priceless to Natives--much more than valuable than politics.
If you think Obama or McCain will implement every program he advocates, you're being silly. Congress has a huge say in the shape and outcome of any proposal. Just as important, Bush's economic disaster will constrain the next president's ability to act.
You should vote for Obama because he promises change while McCain promises more of the same. More wars, more tax cuts, more drilling. More Supreme Court justices in the mold of Robertson and Alito.
Sure, McCain talks about reform and change. But he's part of Bush's culture of corruption and cronyism. The whole premise of his campaign is fatally flawed: "I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004, I voted with him 90% of the time, and I like to hug him. But we need to turn America around 180 degrees and I'm the one to do it."
For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.
Below: John McCain, agent of change?