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Small Town Ohio; I’m So Ashamed

Posted by on Oct 30, 2008

First a disclaimer. I have tried to basically stay above the political fray this year, especially once Barack Obama became the Democratic presidential candidate. I did it for a couple of reasons.

One, I don’t really believe there is such a thing as “non-committed” voters. This means that I believe every person has a specific point of view on a lot of topics, and I believe they’ve actually already settled on which way they’re going to go, for the most part. The only reason a person might consider themselves non-committed is because they’re not so sure the person who’s supposed to be representing their values is the person they want to vote for. So, at that point, it becomes more of a popularity contest, not anything that’s going to change anyone’s minds, and I’d rather not deal with it all in public. I have my opinion and my position, and that suffices for me.

Two, because, well, I’ll just say it; Barack Obama is black, and so am I. This automatically means that if I say anything to support him, I’m going to be discounted because he’s black, and if I say anything that doesn’t support him, I’m a sellout. It’s pretty much that simple.

No matter what anyone says about this year’s election, it is really all about race. Race is the only reason Obama isn’t ahead by 15 points or more heading into the home stretch. He has won every debate by a large margin. His education is superior, his intellect is superior, and the only thing McCain has over him is over 30 years in the Senate; longevity has its place.

If the backgrounds were reversed, McCain would have clinched this race back in September, or Obama would have never gotten the nomination to begin with. Those are my feelings; don’t argue on it, because, as I said, I’m not out to change anyone’s minds on politics, and no one is going to change my mind as far as American history goes.

It is in this vein, though, that I have to post this particular video (the video’s been deleted; I wonder why…). This is what it all comes down to in this election; this is why the election is so close. And it’s for reasons like this that I, as a black man, know that America, whether it elects Barack Obama or not next week, has a really, really long way to go. This is sad; and yes, that man said “nigra”:

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Thomas Krimi:

You know, I think that the issue of race in this election is a shame. And it’s not even about race, but also religion. It seems like half of the articles that I read about Obama, that come out of the US, have something to do with either his race or his religious views. The same problems exist for Palin. If she wasn’t a woman, she would still be in Alaska.
Being from Germany, I know that the whole world is watching, and we are hoping that the right candidate comes through . . . Obama. Have you taken a look at worldwide polls . . . wow.
Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2008 | 5:33 AM

Thanks for writing, Thomas, and you’re right, it is a shame. When I saw this video last night, it was the first time I’ve actually gotten mad this entire election season. I’m so glad it’s almost over.

October 31st, 2008 | 9:35 AM

What is really crazy is the amount of money that is being wasted on this election, especially considering the dire straights of the American economy. I reckon both parties have a lot to learn. Seems to me that no matter who get’s in, the world is in for a rocky ride.

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October 31st, 2008 | 9:17 AM

You’re right on this one, Sire. The question on election day should be “Did the winner really win?” It’s going to be an uphill battle all the way.

October 31st, 2008 | 9:36 AM

Wouldn’t it be nice if these political parties tried to win on merit alone rather than feed the constituents their version of BS in the hope that it is better than their opponents?

October 31st, 2008 | 6:24 PM

It would be nice indeed, but it’s never going to happen because, unfortunately, it works for them.

October 31st, 2008 | 8:00 PM

I reckon for a lot of people that attend these rallies that it’s more entertainment than anything else. Too bad the fate of a nation depends on how well they have been entertained.

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October 31st, 2008 | 10:15 PM

You’re pretty much correct, Sire. I’ve been to one political rally, back in 1988, and I already knew that if this man earned the nomination I’d vote for him; he didn’t get there. However, there was this energy that came up from hearing him speak, and the entire room was energized,… for awhile. That’s why people go, to get energized and feel good about their position. No one ever changes their mind about someone from going to one of these things. However, most of the time, they don’t come out with irrational hate for the opponent either.

October 31st, 2008 | 10:37 PM

So does Mickey Mouse; Bugs Bunny can’t get any love!

October 31st, 2008 | 12:41 PM