Sunday, October 19, 2008

How Dare WE... (Part 3 of 3)

How dare we call ourselves Americans?

Or, perhaps the real question should be:

How dare we act as though we don't give a damn for three years, only to pretend as though we really care about politics every fourth year?

Listen. This series has not been against blacks, or whites, or republicans or democrats or purple people eaters. It has been a call to action to those who would otherwise not be interested in what goes on in the upper echelons of our government. To those who cry about what our government does, but who don't care enough to actually check out the candidates. Those who'd simply take each candidate at their word, then spend the next four years complaining only to start the cycle all over again.

These men and their running mates are not perfect, nor will any candidate ever be. They are not outsiders, like they would have you believe. They are not going to bring any kind of change or hope or glory to this nation on their own, and that much is certain.
Obama uses wonderful catchphrases, like "change" and "hope." McCain says "country first." Frankly, the only change we'll see is to the history book, no matter how this election turns out. Either we'll have the first black president, or the first woman vice-president. Let's not make this about the history book.

Look at McCain. A skilled leader. Not a skilled orator, but certainly one who speaks his mind. Who refuses to allow anyone else but himself define who he is. A prisoner of war, and a servant to the nation.
Now, look at him again. He speaks out of turn. He has defined himself as two-faced on many occasions. He was certainly a prisoner of war, but he also showed reckless disregard for his post prior to his imprisonment. He has said himself that he has been an imperfect servant.

Look at Obama. A skilled leader. A gifted orator. A soldier in his own kind of war- A war against inequality and discrimination. A man who has remained married to one woman, and who claims moral and ethical standing.
Look at him again. He never seems to speak unless from a script. Two-faced. A certain recklessness towards his constituants and a lack of scruples regarding his allies. A victim of discrimination, certainly, but one who uses his heritage to his political advantage as well.

Through the course of this series, I have recieved countless attacks ranging from race-baiting to a lack of patriotism to racism to full blown communism. It is amazing how quickly people respond personally when one points out their inconsistancy. It is also amazing how folks who react violently to radicalism, in example, often respond in kind. Some folks get extreme when you point out a problem they may have.

Some folks have actually employed conversation in their responses to me. They want to know my views. They want to know my background. Strangely enough, these questions fall into what I was going to be talking about now.
I grew up in an area with a high caucasian population. There were very few blacks in my town, but I was raised to believe that all folks are equal, no matter how they look. It was originally taught because of a disabled vet I insulted at four years old. However, as I grew older, I began to understand that skin color is not a disability, but beauty. Just as we all have hair, our skin color is nothing more than pure external beauty.
I realized that disliking someone based upon skin color is equal to disliking someone because their large intestine has an extra coil. Or because their hearts are slightly larger. Or because their tongue is a bit longer.
Conversely, LIKING someone for any of these reasons makes about as much sense.

I took a liking to politics when I was twelve, and I've kept up with it. I've got countless newspaper articles on various events throughout our country that I've kept and stored and refer back to. I do not refer to these to concentrate on the negative, but to always keep a balanced objective. Politicians would like us to develop amnesia every four years, and far too often they get their way.
Not with me. I cannot be lied to regarding their voting records because I know it. I cannot be lied to regarding their public life, because I've kept up with it. The only thing I may be lied to about is someone's personal life- And there are usually ways to learn the truth about even that if one digs deep enough.

THAT is what this has been about. THAT is why I encourage the American people to DIG. So they cannot be lied to and taken in. My heritage is a mix of Indian and French, and I do have American-Africans in my direct ancestory. I see the things this government has done to my Native people in history. I see the same things regarding other peoples- Not just my own heritage but others as well.
Every major betrayal in the history of this nation has come about because someone or many someones refused to do any research about the person they were dealing with. Why, I wonder, do the people of our present day refuse to research? Answer- They have forgotten their history, and as the saying goes: Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.

To get past racism in this country, there must be an agreement at ignorance; That is, while not forgetting the history of what has occurred, we must make a conscious effort to not associate it with the hurt of that history. This is just as much a necessity for whites as for blacks.
The problem is, as has been stated, there will always be those extreme groups who refuse to get along. We as a nation, apart from these groups, must unite against them- We must NOT allow these small groups to set the tone for the whole of our nation.

When it comes to the upcoming elections, we need to realize that there is more at stake than the presidency. There are local elections, for instance, which affect change at a local level. To be so caught up in the history or charisma of either candidate that one ignores everything else is to perpetuate the wrong kind of ignorance- The kind that got us to this point in the first place.

In my honest opinion, neither of these men DESERVE the presidency. BOTH have shown themselves to have more of their own whims at heart. So who do I personally support? To be honest, no one.

I'll be voting for McCain for president, but not because I support him- I simply disagree with him on issues that concern me less than Obama.
For example, I want someone to go after the medical providers that gouge their prices so the price of health care rises. I do not WANT a government solution that caps the doctors, because there will never be a decent procedure done in this country again.

However, when it comes to local elections, I'll be voting for John Lynch for governor. I agree more with him on issues than his Republican counterpart.

The point is, I vote issues, and I harbor a firm hope that one day most of us will.

I am an American, and I am proud to be so. My pride is only overshadowed by those who are more than happy to be Apathetican.

What are you?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Dare Those... (Part 2 of 3)

How dare those white people!!

How dare they think that just because it's the "White House," only white folks belong there!

Better yet, how dare they NOT get behind the black candidate?

Whites are not, as a whole, Neo-Nazi supremacists with affinities for the letter "K" in triplicate. There are some, just as there are the "Black Power" folks who feel the need to kill or beat any white they come across.

This is the truth of the matter. There will always be the crazy, fringe dwelling groups who deal out death, destruction and mayhem. It is merely going to be. There is no getting around it.

What I want to know is how are these candidates going to do about the supporters who belong to these extreme type groups? Let me see...

Obama has a particular group supporting him that declares him to be virtually a savior- Apparently, according to this small group of people, he will rectify all the injustice done to the black race throughout the history of this nation. Amazing.
He also has a more violent group supporting him. These folks, whom I have had the sad fortune of meeting, are looking forward to him becoming president. They apparently believe that they'll be able to take over properties, confiscate vehicles and livestock... All in the name of "fairness." As previously mentioned, they get violent when it is pointed out that this is not likely to happen at all.

McCain has a particular group following him that declares him to be the return of the war hero era. That's all well and good, except the last war hero we elected turned out to be a bad idea. When this fact is brought to light, these folks immediately deem you a terrorist or "commie scum," and refuse to speak to you.
He also has a following among the various white supremest groups. These folks are sickening, to an extreme sense. They support McCain because he's white- And that is it. They wear shirts such as the one I was treated to seeing a couple days ago. It read, "N**** please- It's a WHITE house." They scream foul, disgraceful and hurtful things at anyone of color, but especially Obama and his supporters.

Gentlemen- Start your engines.

I'd like to see each of these men actually get on with reprimanding these people. Instead, they BOTH spend most of their time lying through their teeth and attacking one another. Want to unite the country, boys? Tell the extremists to STFU.

Listen, blacks need not vote for blacks for the same reasons whites need not vote for whites. It's about the issues of the day, politically, and not something that's based solely upon external appearance. Is race an issue? It most certainly is, and it has been shown to be just as serious, indeed as deadly, now as it was a hundred years ago.

However, please listen to me.

Electing a white man to office is not going to make black people disappear, nor will it make your hatred of them socially acceptable. Likewise, electing a black man to office is not going to make white people disappear, nor will it allow the hatred toward THEM any more a good thing than it is now.
The issue of race and racial relations is only going to be solved through a certain amount of ignorance combined with an agreement and an understanding. It will NOT be solved through one election, but through many elections; Not through simply a president, but through senate, congress, and local level politics.

To believe that the election of a black president or a female vice president is going to change suddenly how the world views us or how we view ourselves is a pleasant lie, but a lie all the same. The only thing this election will change, regardless of the outcome, is the history book.

McCain seems to be a great guy who has a certain standard and moral judgment. That's good. However, if you believe that he cannot lie, I'd remind you that he is still human, and every human lies. He is just as corrupted as every individual in Washington.
His track record certainly DOES speak for itself. He voted for the war in Afghanistan, for the war in Iraq, and does not support an immediate pulling of the troops. He has his hands in two cookie jars often enough to raise eyebrows as to whose side he's truly on. He HAS supported our current president. He argued against a Social Security overhaul, proposing instead a form of investment.

You've seen all the ads for his wonderful deeds. He has a history unlike any other candidate in the primaries or the current match-up. He IS a war hero, certainly. However... Look up his voting record. See who's interests he REALLY has at heart. Discover for yourself what kind of a president he'd be, instead of relying on CNN or Fox to tell you.

News is no longer unbiased. You, on the other hand, have the ability to make up your own mind. I'd suggest you begin to do so. Take ownership of your own brain, form your own thoughts, and then... Take ownership of your vote. Plant the seed, reap the harvest, and do not, DO NOT, cry if you have failed to take your duty seriously.

We need more adults, and fewer whiners. Think about it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How Dare Those... (Part 1 of 3)

How dare those black people!

How dare they think that just because their ancestors spilled sweat and blood into the dirt, they are worthy of such a thing as the White House!


Better yet, how dare they wait so long to stand behind one man?

It's not their history that makes them, as a race, worthy of the White House. It's the fact that they are citizens of this country. Say what you will, think what you will. Blacks deserve the presidency just as much as whites, natives, etc... IF, that is, they are citizens.

Illegals aside for the moment, we who reside in this country have an obligation to step up for the job... Or to vote for it. There really is NO other choice- If you are sitting at home on November 4th, you'd be better off dead. You'd free up some land for others, free up some money for the economy, and you're already making about as much of an impact on our government now as you will then.

Back to black...

I encourage everyone to get their heads out of their hindquarters and vote based upon issues, not skin color. Folks, if you are American-Africans, and you are voting for McCain, that does not make you disloyal to anyone.
If you are Caucasian, and voting for Obama, you are not being disloyal to anyone.

The only way you are being disloyal to someone is if you vote for a guy you'd down a beer with, or if they've got the same skin tone, or if you think they re good looking, etc.

Then, the only person you are being disloyal to is yourself.

A black man in office sounds like a great idea to me. Of course, a woman VP sounds good as well.

The gist I've been getting is that blacks will vote for blacks because they are of the same people. Whites may vote for blacks because they do not want to appear racist. I understand these issues. However, voting emotion over pure, logical decision has always been, and will always be, a bad idea.

Back during the primaries, Hillary called for women to vote for her BECAUSE she was a woman. That is NOT a reason to vote for anyone.

Barak seems to be a great guy who has a firm set of principles. This I am happy to see. However, if you think for a moment that he isn't as dishonest as every other politician in Washington, think again.
His track record speaks, and speaks loudly. Taxes when "the people" weren't looking, minor tax cuts when they were. Socialization of medicine as opposed to nailing the pharm companies and equipment suppliers for price gouging. Pointing fingers when there seems to be a contribution out of place, but remaining quiet on his own shadowy dealings.

You've seen the ads. You know all the good things he's done, or claims to have done. I'd encourage you to go and research the missteps. The problems. The issues. Look in the shadows, and then weigh the pros and cons.

Once done, make your decision, and make it good. You will have four years of regret if you waste it.

Think about it.