What an interesting world we live in.
I remember that when I was in high school, race relations were still tense. Even here in Columbia, MD, there was a tension between the races despite our more open attitudes. I remember when Neo Nazis were running around and being bold about it. I remember the race riots of LA on TV. I remember seeing Do The Right Thing in the movie theaters as well as the conversations that followed. And even within the past several years, I have seen its more subtle forms when people mock gangsta rap and hip-hop culture in general for not conforming to proper society (read: the way white people do things).
How refreshing it is to see Barack Obama win the nomination of the Democratic party.
I'll admit it, I have a bit of a man crush on the guy. He speaks the way I would like to speak. He's articulate and is able to take a stupid little panic attack and transform it into a real issue that needs to be talked about. it happened during the Rev. Wright controversy. It happened with William Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. It happened when McCain tried to say that Obama doesn't support the troops, and Obama quickly pointed out about McCain's lack of the ones who come home as well as misstatements over Iraq.
This isn't meant to demean HRC or her campaign, but she and some of her supporters, but it's interesting to see the reactions made when it become evident that Obama was going to be the nominee. I feel saddened by this reaction. I've certainly had similar reactions if HRC would have been the nominee, but for me, it's a reaction to her as a canidate. Not because she's a woman, but because she seems like she feels entitled to the nomination. I'm not a fan because her behavior and policy stances are keeping alive the sense of fear, fake patriotism and fake machismo. HRC represents the establishment that hasn't gotten us quality health care for all. HRC represents the establishment whose foreign policy has exacerbated the Islamic Fundamentalist crisis that we face today. She represents idealism over process. She represents meaningless platitudes over substance.
Obama represents a new way of viewing the world. Healthier and more hopeful.
Chicken Run where the chickens simultaneously panic. While I know it's a little out of context, it's been my primary analogy of the establishment's reaction to terrorism, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, anthrax, SARS, bird flu, liberals, liquids on airplanes, shoes on airplanes, etc. "Iraq poses a serious and mounting threat to our country. His regime has the design for a nuclear weapon, was working on several different methods of enriching uranium, and recently was discovered seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 1/29/03. "Probable Democrat presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from Wichita, Kansas."
I'm tired of that crap. It's time to move onto something else. It's not HRC. It's not McCain. It's Obama.
I talk to Republican friends of mine who really like Obama. To them, he represents a sane, rational approach to the world. Some Evangelical Christians love his dedication to community and social work. I think we can live without Harriet Christian and her ilk. The golden days are always in the future as long as we work for them with caring, compassion and being inclusive to those not already in our ideology circle.
Let's get moving to really make things better. Obama will make that possible.
By the way, when I checking my sources today, I came across this article today. Certainly a post that I enjoyed reading.