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Obama's Aunt Can Only Discuss Nephew After Election

I would like answers to questions today before I vote not after.

Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Ms Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the “Auntie Zeituni” in Mr. Obama’s memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election. “I can’t talk about it, I just pray for him, that’s all,” she said, adding: *“After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.” *

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/usandamericas/us_elections/article5042571.ece

I have made a commitment to my children to look independently at each candidate I vote for, from school board to president, and make an informed decision that will be in the best interest of our family, school, community and country. It is my responsibility to teach my children self reliance, independence, accountability along with the morals I feel are important to my core values.I often ask friends why you are voting for Mr. Obama, then they quote Mr. Obama’s hope and change message. Then I ask, what are you hoping will change when you vote for him? They typically respond with any of the following: end the war; get rid of Bush; change the economy. I got the first one for a long until the recent drop in the stock market and bailout and now I get the economy more and more. I ask how bad they’ve been economically under Bush. Have you bought a house, paid your bills, bought a big screen TV, new car? Have a little extra cash in the bank, a few credit card bills? Yeah, they say, so how bad is it under Bush for you if you’ve accumulated so much in the last 8 years? They normally get a bit flush and say not so bad. So what is it then you want to change I continue inquire, share the fruits of your hard work with someone else, because it’s only fair? Life isn’t fair, those who work hard succeed, those who don’t typically won’t.

I tell them that we can’t change the world; we only have the power to change our family and choose the leaders we feel represent our interest and hold them accountable for all their actions. Our constitution allows us the option to remove this form of government if it is not working for us and start new. Opponents ask me what will we fill that void with, we could be worse off if we do that, and I correct them, we vote for their replacement. The power of the people is there, it never left, we did. We’ve become complacent and lazy; we’ve allowed this government to distort the very values it was founded on and take no responsibility for it ourselves.

The fundamentals of the foundation of this country are strong; I don’t want to change these fundamentals as Mr. Obama has proposed. Yes we need change.We did not become this dis-enfranchised nation overnight, nor will we be able to restore it in a few short years under an Obama nation, it is going to take a commitment from me to my children to know what I’m voting for. Now how is that possible if Mr. Obama can not and will not be honest with the American people until after the election? As I teach my children what a responsible American should do and what I believe our responsible government should do I tell them we can not re-write our past, but we have an opportunity to reshape our future.

Mr. Obama’s family who are not permitted to discuss who he is until after the election is cause for alarm. I assume no matter how hard he tries, he can not re-write his own past. So tell me Mr. Obama, should I vote for you, who am I really voting for? What will I find out November 5th?

Change is needed at home; change comes from inside and not an empty suit.