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Published:June 20th, 2015 10:48 EST

The Focus of Hillary Clinton's Campaign is the 'Woman Card'

By Robert Paul Reyes

I remember the flush of pride I felt when I cast my ballot for Barack Hussein Obama on Election Day 2008. As an Hispanic I perceived Obama`s victory as a giant step forward not just for African Americans, but for all minorities, and as a fulfillment of Martin Luther King`s dream:


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Unfortunately, Obama failed miserably to exploit his special place in history as the first black president, to heal our nation`s racial wounds. Due to Obama`s ineptitude, and penchant for playing racial politics his dream of a post-racial America has degenerated into a racial dystopia.

We won`t be doing ourselves any favors if we make the same mistake three times in a row and elect a candidate who is more interested in being a symbol than in humbly serving the country.

President Obama peaked on Election Day 2008: He promised hope and change, he delivered distrust and despair.

Nobody can ever take away Obama`s historic status as the first black president, but instead of becoming a black Abraham Lincoln, he succeeded only in becoming a black Jimmy Carter. Obama`s administration has been characterized by ineptitude, corruption, cronyism and malaise.

When Hillary Clinton ran against Obama in 2008, she didn`t unduly stress her gender. Sadly, she learned the wrong lesson from her defeat, and now she`s making gender the central focus of her campaign. In a recent interview with the Des Moines Register she said: I expect to be judged on my merits, and the historic nature of my candidacy is one of the merits that I hope people will take into account.

Hillary isn`t running on a strategic or ideological vision for America, she`s hoping that playing the female card will carry her all the way to the White House.

Those who don`t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The last thing we need to do is elect a woman who is the embodiment of corruption, class, privilege and elitism.

At this critical juncture in our history, we need to elect a well-qualified president who places the needs of the country ahead of his/her personal ambitions.

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