Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Fear for Obama

For two days running, France 24, the all day news service I get on my television, has shown interviews with Americans who are not voting for Obama. These interviews are shocking.

The day before yesterday a man in Oklahoma City said he wouldn’t vote for any ‘nigger’ for president. The guys around the table in the restaurant where he was sitting smiled and patted him on the back. All they needed were a few burning crosses, a black man swinging from a tree in the distance, and a handful of white sheets and I’d have been positive that they were showing footage from a Ku Klux Klan meeting; alive and active thriving in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They were so proud of themselves. I felt like vomiting.

This morning they were interviewing a barber in Philadelphia who said he couldn’t vote for ‘no Muslim’. When the interviewer said that she thought Obama was a Christian, the man said he’s never heard Obama come out and say it clearly, and besides he knew Obama wanted to make America into a socialist country. Not sure what planet the barber has been vacationing on, but Bushbaby has been doing his share of socialising things only from a Reaganistic point of view- from the top down. Trickle down socialism- who could have imagined it? But it’s all good for this barber.

I’m not sure how many of these lightly educated sorts are out there, but I have a feeling America is rife with them. Americans have a strange tendency to worship stupidity. This is why they love the Republican Robot and this strange neo-celebrity ‘Joe the Plumber’. Even Obama is not immune. In his speeches you find ‘gonnas’ and ‘folks’, I think I even heard him throw in a few ‘ain’ts’. He was the first black person to head the Harvard Law Review, I doubt very much in his day to day conversations he uses gonna and ain’t. He is dumbing down to get votes. In a country that worships ignorance and stupidity, what else can he do?

It’s so bizarre. The allegedly ‘most powerful country in the world’ and yet they’re frightened to have an intelligent black man as their leader. So frightened they will lie, and might even kill to ensure it won’t happen. I’m holding my breath and hoping the dream is not shot down with one well aimed bullet from a gun constitutionally held by a proud, dumb American.


groovyoldlady said...

Well, I'm not going to vote for Obama. But my reasons are based on the fact that his views on pretty much everything from abortion to education to taxes are polar opposite to mine.

However, that's NOT to say I'm excited about the alternative.

It's a good thing my faith is in God and NOT in men (or women) or political parties!

Lauri said...

Groovy- I completely respect your decision. You are a proactive player in your own life. In many ways, at least before the election, John McCain was someone everyone could respect. Politics force people to do things they find reprehensible otherwise.

No matter what- after the elections things will change for the better, and that is a good thing for all of us. The economic meltdown, if it has shown us nothing else, has shown us that the world is a highly connected place and we all need to keep our eyes up and our minds open if we are to get through.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm just glad that Obama will be a one term president when 2012 comes, thanks to his clear and intellectual look on how to run a country to the ground.

His chant from his former voters will be " No you won't" come 2012.

Obama has proven to the world that he is just a man that pretened to be president and he didn't even do a good job of that. This is Obama's American Idol moment.