A paradox is a self-contradictory and false proposition. This is not more evident than the recent statements of those seeking political office in this upcoming midterm election. Many of you are probably asking what I mean by this and because of that I would like to draw your attention to a portion of an article which may explain it better. “Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told Orthodox Jewish leaders on Sunday that there’s “nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.” “Paladino, who has received tea party support, made the comments at a synagogue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section while trying to strike a contrast between himself and his Democratic rival, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.” “That’s not how God created us,” Paladino said of being gay, “and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children.” “A Cuomo campaign spokesman, Josh Vlasto, said Paladino’s comments demonstrate “a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality.” “These comments along with other views he has espoused make it clear that he is way out of the mainstream and is unfit to represent New York,” Vlasto said.” (Unknown Author, 10/10/2010, Associated Press, NY GOP gov hopeful Paladino makes anti-gay remarks, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
However, in case my point is still not clear, please allow me to pontificate. When many politicians run for office, they tend to propose that they would equally represent all inhabitants or citizens with the same vim and vigor, but if a politician is so morally and ideologically opposed to one lifestyle or another, one religion or another, one race or another, the question should be how those proposals would be fulfilled. History should dictate that those who harbor such strong resentment for another were never able to honestly represent those with whom they carry those resentments for. So how would Paladino be able to represent the multitude of gay and lesbians Americans living in the city of New York? This same question could be asked to all politicians who proposition voters that he or she will be our best choice during an election year. If the politicians who oppose abortion and think of the women who chooses an abortion as a criminal, how would they properly represent these women and protect their constitutional rights? The need to know about those for whom we may vote is paramount but more than that we need to know that they are going to represent all of us as one nation, one people.