Yes… it has been a while.
As a concerned citizen of the United States of America, I’ve tried to keep this blog mostly sports related since that is why I started this entire blog. But, the news is slow, and we’re being hit with political jab after jab during this 2008 Presidential Campaign. So, in the spirit of at least having something to post, I would like to address one issue that has been bugging me as of late. I promise to not force political news and views on you everyday. If I say something once, that’s all I’ll have to say about it.
The issues involves Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. As the first black candidate, he is obviously garnering some attention most candidates wouldn’t receive under normal circumstances. Some of it is good, and some of it is bad. It’s going to be somewhat long, so please click the link below to view the rest.
What really bothers me about this whole process of an election is how certain people are reacting to Obama, and I’m not talking about what his policies are.
Take the side of the country that supports Barack Obama. I have no problems with them voting for this man, seeing as America was based on freedom of choice. What I do have a problem with is how some of them seem to be supporting him/letting him slide on certain issues because: A) he talks about “CHANGE” and “HOPE” is fairly vague terms, playing on their dislikes for President Bush, and B) because he is a black man running for an office held only by white men.
A prime example of this is best summed up by Deadspin contributor Drew Magary on why he is voting for Obama:
I’m voting for Barack Obama this fall. Now, I have lots of reasons to do it, all of them blatantly self-serving. Don’t like Obama? Feel like voting for McCain? Fine by me. I’m not interested in starting any sort of political flame war. But the main reason that I’m voting for Obama is because he offers something that McCain does not: an opportunity for me to “be a part” of a historic moment.
It’s an inescapable fact for both candidates that a black man winning the White House would be a far a greater milestone in American History than if another oldass white guy were to keep the streak alive. The reason Obama can talk about change all the time without getting too specific is because he doesn’t have to get specific. He IS the change. The act of him winning, by itself, has a huge impact.
So there’s something immensely appealing to me about the prospect of living through that sort of moment. I was born in 1976. I have lived through exactly one seminal moment in American history, and that was 9/11. I would very much like something to counterbalance it. I’d like to bear witness to history and not feel ashamed for the odd kind of thrill it provides. I’m voting for the moment as much as I’m voting for the man.
Now, this is where my youthful ways may misguide me, but I consider true change to be how people react to, and view, Barack Obama the politician’s political platform, and not how they view him as Obama the Black guy running for the White House. As a child of the late 1980’s and 1990’s, I grew up in schools with Black friends, black neighbors, and black teachers. To a majority of my generation, Black people really aren’t any different from Whites, Asians, Latinos, and the rest (at least I’d like to think so).
Oh sure, I’d say kids in the south are more aware of what relations were like in the south during the 1960’s and 1970’s due to our parents, but we really can’t comprehend what it was like because we weren’t there. We were raised in a different time. I care about knowing what Obama will do as the leader of the free world so much more than whether or not he is the first Black President. While it is an important milestone, how will that affect how he handles the War in Iraq, national debt, and rising gas prices? I’d honestly like to know.
As for the hope and change bit, it really doesn’t sound any different from the usual political mumbo jumbo we get during election years. Everyone running for a new office offers change and reform, with a majority of them changing very little.
The Anti-Obama folks that freak out over his any of his flubs, or act like his middle name is a big deal also bother me. Now I’m not planning on voting for the man, but I don’t care if he is name Hussein or not. As mentioned early, I prefer hearing about what he plans to do, and not what he did 20 years ago as a college freshman. Basically, I want to know what the Obama of today will affect America, not the Obama of yesteryear. Now, if the Obama of yesteryear is the Obama of today on certain issues, then that is ok, as long as we don’t turn into low class trash, such as calling Michelle his “Baby Mama”. Did you know he is going to raise, if not double, both the Capital Gains tax and Dividends tax if elected President? No, but I’m sure you know that he doesn’t wear a lapel pin of the American flag all the time.
Let’s look at Obama the candidate and person, not Obama the king of wonders or Obama the devil with an unfortunate middle name, before we form our opinions him. Please just avoid all of the attacks or blind loyalty in general.
Ok, no more political rants for a long time, I promise you. Take care and God Bless!!