"Oprah says women should feel free to vote for Obama over Clinton."
Well, Oprah, this woman feels free to vote for Substance over Style, Independence over the U.N., Honor over Ego, Vigilance over Pacifism, Clear Thinking over Political Correctness, Fiscal Reality over Ruinous Government Intervention, and Intelligence over Pseudo-science.
This woman feels free, and it's not because of some Amazing Self Affirmation! learned on a diet of daytime ditziness or undreamed-of riches.
Dear Oprah, upon such a time, if you should unfortunately get seriously hurt, and see the deep red life spilling out of you, embrace the urgency and alarm you feel at that moment, get stitched up, and consider what the loss could have meant. And consider that others thought you worthy of their own life's blood, so that you could fawn and fuss over your image, your empire, and your very real, and very wealthy freedoms. Even your freedom to feel charitable toward the less fortunate, is a gift that was given to you. Maybe you know this.
You, Ms. Winfrey, know that you did not "arrive" on sheer will power. There are women around the world far braver than you, and more determined in their circumstances--realities that your personal experience has never been called on to face--who deserve as much, but lack the freedom and opportunity afforded you in the life-blood of vigilant men.
As far as I know, everything that made your life possible is still in good working order. You want to change that? Tell me where America has failed you, and I'll call you a disingenuous lying political, maniacal power broker. And I'll lament as to how you failed yourself and your own dignity by stooping to politics.
Dear Mr. Obama, you too, stand on others' accomplishments and sacrifice. Until either you, or Ms. Winfrey can begin to call on others to embrace and be thankful for, and to be vigilant to guard that precious sense of, Freedom of Opportunity, then you are and ever will be, self-satisfied political hacks.
And while I'm at it, the only REAL CHANGE that needs to be promoted is the idea that, Hey! This Freedom stuff really works! The opportunities, dignity, and goodwill here in the United States are better than anywhere on earth, and are open to anyone who will embrace them.
America. Let's not change this. Let's feel free to do this.