Posted to a Blog that died on January 16, 2007 <–note the year.
Now, let us marinate on what this truly means.
Here we have a
black man man with a white mother and a Kenyan father, born in Hawaii, with a somewhat checkered past who rose through Columbia College and Harvard University Law School and the Illinois State Assembly to the United States Senate and now stands on the brink of history.
Blah blah blah. but what does it MEAN, REALLY?
Well it means this:
For the first time in history, A man of color is positioned as a front runner for the office of president of the United States. And he has formed a committee to explore that possibility.
More Blah Blah Blah…You aint sayin nothing to me….Give me something. You go through all these changes to “Free” yourself and now you give me spin…..CTB….What does this MEAN?
This means everyone out of the pool…the shark is coming. I am sure you have heard the following:
“we don’t know anything about him”
“He doesn’t have the experience”
“He can’t win because he is Black”
“He Can’t Beat Hillary”
“His middle name is Hussein”
“They won’t let him win”
Let me address these in turn.
We don’t know anything about him – If you don’t know about Barack Obama, you don’t WANNA know about him. He has TWO books that have been NY Times best sellers. One is a fairly in-depth memoir that covers his background. One is a wonkish sort that alludes to building a better America. The man has a microphone constantly stuck in his face and is pretty much the go-to man for thoughtful progressive (liberal, for those of you who get off on such terms). Trust and believe, if the man wasn’t the real deal, he wouldn’t be getting this kind of push. Today, Chris Matthews said that, as a writer, he believes that if you cannot express your thoughts on paper, you cannot think. He went on to say that Barack Obama is one of the most formidable writers of this political generation. What Senator Obama says, comes from HIS pen. That speaks volumes, to me.
“He doesn’t have the experience” – Experience is overrated. Nor does Experience get you elected. This isn’t carpentry. This is government. To be honest, the more you govern, the more inept you become.
Government tends to be a vacuum. The longer you are in government, the more detached from reality you become. You lose your edge. You lose touch with reality. You end up doing less leading and representing of people and more…governing. You have hearings, you hold press conferences, you go on TV, you compromise, you cease to be a representative and go to playing one on TV.
Barack Obama has been in the US Senate for 3 years. Before that he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. That is long enough to get a decent grasp on the practice of Government to go along with the formidable academic understanding of Government he already has.
“He can’t win because he is Black” – People will say that until it happens. They said that about Mayor of Chicago, and Mayor of Philadelphia, and Mayor of New York, and Governor of Massachusetts. That isn’t really an explanation. It just hasn’t happened, YET.
“He Can’t Beat Hillary” – This is a more useful argument than he cannot win because he is Black. Hillary is the front runner because she is viewed as inevitable and unbeatable. She is neither. Hillary is polarizing in ways that confound the imagination, even in her OWN party. Additionally there is a certain sense of fear that Hillary, because of her polarizing nature, can’t win the general election on her own terms anyway. In terms of qualifications, even with the additional 3 years in the Senate and 8 years as first lady, I view them as equally qualified, exchanging the whole real life thing for the 20+ years of government life that she has been living.
His middle name is Hussein – Stop. Just Stop. If you really think that is an issue, all the rest of this is pretty much irrelevant
“They won’t let him win” – who is this THEY? If the PEOPLE want him, they will have him. Will the fight from the GOP be any different than if Hillary wins? Any different than last time with Kerry? I didn’t think so.
One thing nags at me. If Senator Obama is truly about change, the Secret Service better get on it’s game.
And that is NOT a joke.