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Nov

09

I am disappointed.

Posted by: mose

Posted in: Rantings

This past election has been an enlightening experience. When Barack Obama was chosen as the democratic nominee, it was a monumental occasion. Even though I’m against the vast majority of his positions and policies, it was a meaningful event. I listened to both what he and McCain said with an open mind before forming any opinions (even though my vote was for neither). I was wary, though, of the ways others would react. My fears were soon proven to be correct. Black people, I have to be honest. I am disappointed. I really had hopes that you would be able to put the black/white issue in the pocket and vote on the issues. I prayed that African Americans wouldn’t vote for Obama just because he was black. Now, of course I’m not saying that every black person that voted for Obama did so just because he is black. That would be preposterous. What I am saying, however, is that far too many did.

Now, before you go and claim I’m making racist presuppositions, I’ll allow individuals to speak for themselves.

God has vindicated the black folk….Too long we’ve been at the bottom of the totem pole, but he has vindicated us, hallelujah,” she cried. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t have nothing to put my head down for, praise God. Because when I look toward Washington, D.C., we got a new family coming in. We got a new family coming in. And you know what? They look like us. Amen, amen. They look like us.”

Do you see anything in there proclaiming how excited she is about his proposed policy initiatives? Health care? Taxes? Foreign policy? The fact that she, as a pastor, voted for a pro-abortion candidate? Why did she vote for him? I can’t say with any comfortable level of certainty that her specific vote was based on race; however, her words (at least the little we get from the article) make that case. You won’t find anyone else in that entire article (nor any other I’ve read in recent days) excited over his qualifications or plans for office.

Is it great that we’ve come to a point in our history that a black man can become a freely elected president? Absolutely! However, let’s not pat ourselves on the backs for our advances just yet. We just witnessed a president get elected for two reasons: 1.) He’s not George Bush. (Thanks, George!) 2. He’s a black man. (further reinforcing point 1.)

I hope I have made it clear that I am not upset that we will soon have a black president. Far from it. Heck, if Alan Keyes would have made it on the republican ticket in 2000, I’d have voted for him in a heartbeat, even if he is a little bit of a nutjob. Rather, I am upset that this act has been cheapened in an ultimate act of irony: that he was elected “by the color of his skin, not by the content of his character.”*

In the end, history will tell us if this was a wise collective decision. I don’t have high hopes, however.

I’ll go out on a limb with my 2012 republican ticket request. Paul/Keyes. Go get ’em, boys!

*Emphasis, changes of pronouns, and addition of the word “not” – me

4 Comments to “I am disappointed.”

  1. Sherri Says:

    OBAMA GOT ELECTED BECAUSE HE WAS QUALIFIED!

    I understand your disappointment, but the idea that Black people voted for Obama due to his color is inaccurate. Yes, I will speculate that that there are some out there who do not know the issues and may have voted for him simply due to his color, but that percentage would mirror the percentage of white Americans who voted against him for the same reason. There are others who voted for him because he was Democrat. Younger Blacks had to convince older Blacks that he would be better for our country than Hillary.

    But above all, we voted for him primarily because he was qualified. You didn’t see this kind of turnout for Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton when they ran. You won’t see this kind of turnout for Alan Keys either because most Blacks are not big fans of his.

    Yes, we are proud that Obama is a man of color, but don’t try to reduce it to just that. You’re upset because your candidate lost. Don’t read into excerpts of what people are saying to determine why they voted for him. Obama was the better candidate. Allow us to have this brief moment of celebration. We can identify ourselves with someone in the public eye that is trying to do right. Because our children can see someone who looks like them living up to their potential. Trust me, if Flavor Flav had been running this would be a different story.

  2. G Says:

    Your thoughts mirror my own with perfect harmony.
    If people cannot see past color, we have no hope for change.
    If we have no hope for change, we have no future.
    Black, white (notice I put the black man before the white man…), or purple polka-dotted, may God have mercy on all of us.

  3. Gini Says:

    No h8in! Har. I rather agree, to a large point. It’s sad to generalize an entire demographic, but let’s be plain here. Why else would so many African Americans go out of their ways to register to vote, volunteer for Obama, and line up in absolute droves at the polls? It certainly isn’t because they suddenly care about politics–this has never happened before with this particular demographic. Not a whole lot of people will admit it, but it’s definitely skin color.

    I like Obama and his policies and am thrilled for a learned, competent, diplomatic, mediation-minded president to run this country. Nobody hate me or slash my tires.

  4. Mose's wife Says:

    It doesn’t matter who won and won lost, or the color of their skin. I was not happy with Obama winning but that’s okay. The beauty of living in America is that everyone has a choice and on November 4, there was greater voter turnout since the election in 1908. The majority of America has spoken, and now is the time for everyone of every color who calls themselves an American to support our President-Elect and wish our current President the best of luck. President Bush is being far more gracious than Clinton was when he left office. PE Obama has refreshed American politics as we have known it for the past 100 years. So, even though my candidate, didn’t win – that doesn’t mean that I won’t support Obama. I will pray for him as he takes on a very big job.

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