Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Out of the vague, uncertain, shadowy limbo, today the Future is huffing, puffing and ready to go
Who are we that care about hope today? We care all over the world. We are here, waiting. Waiting for what's right and waiting for hope. We are here.
We are making no blurred presumptions. We have observed past events. We have seen the disassembled past and ruptured truth. Recounts and recalls won't do. Today we can't be stoic or placid. Even from across the border where we place no tangible vote, we wait in paralysis.
Dearest Democratic Americans, Today is not the day to be lulled, hushed, soundless or untroubled. Today you must be heard. We are waiting to hear your voice.
Obama's motorcade last night coming into the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Virginia.
And while John McCain is busy with his strident hate speeches, THIS is what the crowds were hearing in Manassas, VA last night.
Consider what we are all faced with in the face of racism. What if John McCain and Barrack Obama were "switched"?
What would the collective media point of view be? How would it be different?
Face what has happened - again last night on CNN - the covering up, the rationalizing, the minimizing of the positive and emphasizing the negative.
Try to ponder the following:
What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage,including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?
(as Sarah Palin did after one of the debates)
What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?
What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident?
What if it was Obama who had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?
What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late
1980s and early 1990s.)
What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?
What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?
What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?
What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?
You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?
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United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
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Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a
Specialization in International Relations.
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