I’ll preface this by saying that I’m far from a political pundit. I am a registered voter (Democrat) and I exercise that right. I’m fully aware of what’s happening in the political arena but hardly do I ever indulge in political discussions…Until now.
I like Barack Obama as a person and for my President, not just because he’s Black but because he’s Black and has a plan in place that many in America are buying into.
When I look at Obama and hear him speak, I see and hear someone that wants to change the face of the political structure in this country (literally) and how the U.S. is looked upon on a worldwide scale. This is the time in our lives that many before us hoped to see.
Even as change looms; I’m also fearful.
Up until a few months ago I would’ve said the same for Hillary Clinton but her recent comments and actions reek of desperation. At the time of his death Bobby Kennedy was the only candidate (Democrat or Republican) that had any interest in ending the Viet Nam War, he had the support of Dr. Martin Luther King up until his death on April 4, 1968. Kennedy feuded at length with Lyndon Johnson over the conflict in Viet Nam.
In regards to the war in Iraq today, Obama and Clinton would like to end the war while Republican candidate John McCain would like to continue the war effort. Clinton’s Kennedy comments were not only poorly timed but in poor taste as the grim diagnosis and prognosis of Bobby’s brother Ted’s brain tumor was announced last week. For her revist Bobby Kennedy’s assassination three times since March almost sounds like she’s trying to subliminally incite the fanatics willing to do anything to keep the White House white.
I knew it wouldn’t be long before race would be an issue in this campaign season – the elephant in the room can be avoided but for so long. However, the level of ignorance and misinformation displayed by even those in public offices is alarming and something that I’ve never witnessed. I don’t think that this country is for a Black Man or a White Woman and when it comes down to it that’s the question I see many people asking themselves which might give McCain a boost.
Racial tension is the highest that I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime. During the Michael Vick incident Mizzo and I talked about something happening that would really set off a racial fiasco. From the t-shirts to harassment of Obama supporters to comments such as, “I can’t vote for him because he’s a Muslim.” Lets me know that this country has eons to go before racial harmony and equality is even discussed without it being taboo. But for now it is what it is… And we’re nowhere near November.
2008 is looking eerily familiar to 1968. Our country is neck-deep in a war that becomes more senseless each day, while we lose a generation in the process. There is political tension surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games where the host country is in political turmoil. Finally, we’re in an election year where a change is needed and for the most part will be welcomed, but still the question remains…
Will change be given a chance?