Friday, March 21, 2008

Silver tongued seducer

Obama is a smooth talker and he gave an excellent speech saying much about racism in America that was worth hearing from a political candidate. But he exposed a capacity for verbal deviltry when he justified his minister's virulent racism and hatred of America by comparing it with the trepidations of an old woman who probably holds timid fears at every stranger she encounters, But Barack snuggles up to his own passively racist white supporters when he says of Reverend Wright:

"I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Wright's pronouncements from the pulpit, apparently, never made Obama cringe like that because he never was told them to his personal face... He says...Uh huh.

I think if Barack had made this speech earlier in his campaign, without the need to defend himself personally but just as an expression of his hope for an end to racism in America, I might have found him a much more appealing candidate than I did. I now find him very unappealing and seriously suspect in his values and intentions.

He is building a fan base to try to win a nomination and an election, but is he building a coalition of supporters with any plans or expectations beyond that? Do I hear "Change"? Just what kind of change? Nickels and dimes? Barack Obama is small change to me. I would have to see what he can do for Illinois before I jump to the conclusion that he can accomplish anything for America.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Forgotten Title

I watched 31 minutes of a movie on DVD earlier this evening. I can't remember the title but Will Smith was wandering around a weed overgrown Manhattan Island with his best friend, a dull behaving German Shephard. At the 30 minute point the story became a bit nasty with ugly humanoids trying to do dirty to Will and/or his dog. I couldn't figure out exactly what Will was up to, but he did seem more intent on saving his dog than either himself or the remainders of the human race. Well, he saved the dog so I figured the rest of the story could only be anti-climactic, ejected the DVD and took Charlie for a walk.

I felt a certain empathy for Will since I too had saved Charlie from dog pound extermination. I also felt a tad sheepish since I doubt I would have fought off a horde of flesh devouring zombies with such a ferocious taste for terrier.

If you haven't seen this film yet, I hope this hasn't been A spoiler for you.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Why John McCain will win

According to recent polls and interviews, an overwhelming number of Black American men and women support Barack Obama for president. Almost all of these supporters proudly state that they are voting for Barack’s blackness, mildly mixed as it may be, rather than his qualifications or stands on the issues. As to the Black men, I easily understand their favoritism and ethnic team spirit. “He be one of us, bro.”

But I do not as readily understand the partisanship of the Black women. Is it that they consider themselves more black than female? Otherwise, why would they enthusiastically proclaim more allegiance to a (semi)Black male than a White sister? Many of Barack’s supporters are even guilty of a certain type of political blackmail (a coincidental piece of vedrbal curiosity) when they say, “Nominate our man or we won’t go to the polls in November.”

Hey! Where are our media watchdogs who keep finding examples of white racism among Hillary’s supporters but find nothing dangerous, much less outlandish from the Obamamaniacs?

As far as I can tell, neither Barack not Hillary are actively involved in this specific area of divisiveness. But then who are they to say. They are both becoming pawns in their own campaigns. They both are beginning to look and sound like programmed automatons. John McCain is the only candidate left who seems more a person than a personality or icon. And when the dust settles in November, he may well be the last man standing.

The Democratic Party of Al Gore and John Kerry gave us eight years of George W. Bush. Is that same pathetic organization now going to open the White House doors to John McCain for the next four years? If the Democratic Party can’t move forward fresh gender and ethnic leadership, then it better resolve itself to 2nd class political status.

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