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.
Shout out to Dottie Peoples…even though this is one of my 5 LEAST favorite gospel songs of all time, I spent a day with Ms. Peoples and she is the real deal.
If you could draw a script up for the ideal time to announce a John Edwards endorsement, 6:30 pm the day after West Virginia would be exactly the moment.
As irrelevant as West Virginia was in the grand scheme of things, it was truly a blessing for the babbling media hordes to have a different bone to chew on.
I disagree with those who felt that Edwards was late. While it would have been nice to have him going into Pennsylvania, I certainly can see him wanting to lay low through Ohio and Pennsylvania so as not to be seen as piling on Senator Clinton.
I think the math has become so academic that it is time for EVERYONE to go ahead and ante up.
*Casts a glance at Mr. Gore, who IS flirting dangerously close to CP Time*
(sidebar: have you noticed that EVEN in West Virginia, there is ALWAYS at least ONE Brotha behind Hillary?)
Back when Glenn Loury was a conservative…I disagreed with him, but I engaged him.
So, about that experience.
Umpteen million repeats of Pastor Wright…and we can’t get a LITTLE of this?
I try to be an easy going pragmatic brother, but dammit if I am not going to have to start the revolution all by myself.
If you have a white friend, kindly explain to them that white is not the default setting.
I am left handed, and I live in a right handed world. I accept that things are going to be uncomfortable (screwing things in, writing on a chalk board or using magic markers). Ultimately, I adjust to it.
I am a Black man, and I live in a nation in which many white folk operate as though white (White, Protestant, Heterosexual, English-speaking and Patriarchal, for those keeping full track) is the default setting and everyone else must adjust.
Not gonna be able to swallow that.
Geraldine Ferraro, (and the Clinton Campaign by extension) is clinging to the default setting, a setting she admits was waved temporarily in order to provide a certain noteworthy stature to a futile campaign being waged against a popular incumbent.
The MSM has
allowed perpetrated a deeply flawed meme regarding 35 years of Clinton experience versus the a speech given by Barack Obama in 2002.
There should be a laugh track everytime she says 35 years of experience.
On its face, Senator Clinton has a unique resume that represents an intelligent and accomplished professional woman with one foot in corporate law and one foot in public policy.
Meanwhile people sniff at Obama’s career as a community activist and Illinois State Senator.
But THIS, boys and girls, is what Black folk deal with. THIS is why we are so “hostile” and “sensitive”.
See, now I am too irritated to even finish.
I don’t like the look of this spot at all.
What is it about sleeping babies @ 3AM and a ringing phone in the White House that makes the two at all relevant.
I mean, really now, it was 8:45 am when the first plane hit the towers.
And let us not even discuss what Bill Clinton was doing during a few of HIS White House Phone calls (withdrawn, he said snarkily).
I am missing out on what it is that makes us think that somehow the world is only going to go to hell in the middle of the night.
Which means…There is something else going on.
Allow me to translate, as it revealed itself to me at first blush.
“Do you trust that Black man with the funny name to protect your precious babies at 3AM? Because you know that’s when Black men like to come and rob your house.”
Heck, why stop there, Go ahead and get Uncle Ruckus involved:
Yeah, NSFW (its a BOONDOCKS clip, c’mon now)
UPDATE: Oh….THIS didn’t take Long.
and neither did this:
So, in the midst of the Biggest Presidential Primary season ever and the most compelling Presidential Candidate since Robert Kennedy…NBC offers THIS as a parody?
So, a Black man is on the verge of history, and THIS is the best you can do???
I mean, the AP is dropping stories about Obama’s Patriotism? the ASSOCIATED PRESS??? Yeah….talk about a free pass.
I reckon that I should let y’all slide for being on strike and stuff. But this was just plain lazy. Time is running out, Folks, Pretty soon it will be Summer, and you will be back in reruns.
Perhaps now is a good time to play Rent a negro or something. Obama ain’t going nowhere, Fred Armisen ain’t gonna get it done. Not.Even.Close.
Yanno, Tina, you’re cute in a plain white girl with a neat sense of humor kind of way.
But Bitch is not the new black. Bitch isn’t even the new pink. Bitch is the once and future Female dog.
Once upon a time, you couldn’t say Bitch in public.
I still don’t.
Suddenly now you think you can rehabilitate and positive up Bitch, like Black folk (some) did the word Nigger.
Um, sorry, Tina.
Black Women Tried that. Then they realized that just because YOU make it a positive word, Men will still use it as a pejorative and beat you upside the metaphorical head with it.
One day, Black men will realize the same thing about the word Nigger(-a,-az,-uh) but that is another subject for another time.
Anyhoo…good luck with that tacit endorsement. Too bad you’re about two weeks late.