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Why Obama?

Post by Guysanto » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:14 pm

It took me a long time to get on board the Obama campaign. At first, I had simply resolved to defend Obama's right to be in the race for the White House, as a fully-accredited U.S. citizen, irrespective of race. To me, that was the fulfillment of Martin Luther King's dream of a nation where the content of a man or a woman's character should be determining of his or her opportunities, including that of becoming the President of the United States. That Obama is an African-American, that he is of "mixed race" or whatever they wish to consider him is indeed a significant factor in the modern-day civil rights movement in the United States, but I would entirely agree that this in itself does not qualify him to become the President of the United States. It would take much more than that.

My resolve to support Obama fully started to take shape when he delivered his major speech on racial relations in this country. Why, you might say? Well, that was the point when I realized that Barack Obama was truly interjecting in the race a new tone, strikingly different from the prevailing one of intimidation and fear of mushroom clouds; oft-repeated lies and deception; evasion and stonewalling; complete submission to Washington's supposed benevolent dictatorship (read as follow: “we know terror; we know best how to use terror to combat terror, as we have the supreme ability to match terror tactics with deadlier shock-and-awe tactics of our own; we may also violate your civil liberties at will because we only seek to protect you; furthermore, any resistance on your part will only land you on a list of terror suspects”); and finally, willful isolation ("God is on our side, and we don't give a damn as long as we survive").

I saw high school kids, college kids, recent immigrants and other ordinary folks being swept by the new dynamics of this political season like no other. I realized that this election is not truly about Obama but about the Obama generation. This election is not truly about Obama but about us. This could be a generational sweep. This could be an affirmation of who we want to be as a nation and a telling rejection of who we no longer want to be: a nation polarized by racism, cultural intolerance, and crude worship of power (financial and military). I saw Obama, imperfect as he may be, as the embodiment of their aspirations. And I had to ask myself: Why not?

Once again, this is way bigger than Obama. This is our historical rendezvous and we would be remiss not to be present when it really mattered. Sure, it might have been more satisfying to me to vote for Dennis Kucinich because he represents my positions better on the ideological scale. But what is the point really? This is a moment in time when I and others like me can be (or as close as we might otherwise ever be) in a position of power: the power to transform our political environment; not absolute power, not even dominant power, but the power of being in a position where we can create changes and where our voices will no longer be repressed or simply ignored.

So, as Obama traverses the political minefield that lesser-skilled politicians would not survive, I have to remind myself of all the reactionary forces that are arrayed against him and how he must also play their game in order to remain electable. Surely, he has disappointed me in a number of areas, such as: a) his obligatory tough line on Castro in lieu of pledging unequivocally to lift all travel restrictions, and the stupid (dictatorship-boosting) economic embargo that never worked as intended in the first place, because the rest of the world does not follow it, for good reason; b) his obligatory surrender to the supremacist interests of the pro-Israeli lobby, because... he would otherwise torpedo his chances; c) his obligatory signal to the military complex that he is “a man with testicular fortitude”, as in his reference to "the good war" in Afghanistan, an oxymoron if I ever heard one; d) his perhaps not so obligatory vote on the FISA bill granting retroactive immunity from civil prosecution to the Telecom companies for their illegal wiretapping of ordinary Americans, simply because Bush and Cheney demanded it.

At this point though, we have to be pragmatic and count our blessings: Obama offers greater hope on a sensible and comprehensive immigration policy (that used to be McCain's greatest selling point, but he betrayed it for aligning himself with the forces of fear and intolerance). Obama projects himself as someone who is really interested to know other viewpoints before doing the macho thing about being the greatest military superpower ever with license to kill and obliterate others as pleases him or as benefits corporate structures in a shortsighted kind of way.

Obama, not for Obama, but Obama for you and me, for our children and grand-children so they have a better chance of sorting out this mess we have created or let others create by our inaction. Obama, not for Obama, but Obama for living without the yoke of oppression imposed by the Bush-Cheney cabal in Washington D.C. and the designated inheritor of their policies, Senator John McCain.

Ask yourself, whom would you trust to choose the next person(s) to be on the Supreme Court of the United States: Barack Obama or John McCain? To me, the answer is a shut eye slam dunk. What about you?

Will Obama solve all or most of our problems? Not automatically, not by a long shot! ONLY WE CAN. But I assure you that with Obama as President of the United States, we will have a better footing from which to address our problems than if we continue to be governed by the SAME "neoconservative" pro-imperialist policies that have absolutely ravaged the standards of living and reasonable expectations of not only U.S. citizens but those of World citizens everywhere.

For those trusting Obama to do all the right things at every turn, they will surely be disappointed. First of all, the man will have to be the President of all Americans and manage all of their expectations. That is a job that I do not envy.

For those of us however, who realize that this may represent a historic change for a more enlightened leadership in the U.S. with the opportunity for us to wash our dirty linen, not all at once since our washing machine (the government) does not offer us that option or simply does not have that gigantic capacity, but with enough small change (we have to put it in) to produce loads and loads of clean laundry to make the world willing to accompany us on the way to saving this planet from utter destruction, there is simply no other choice. The brand is Obama. The agents of change are you and me.

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Post by Leoneljb » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:18 pm

Actually Guy, I am more than skeptical about the whole thing. Although, I will not vote for anyone else than Obama. But, it shows once more the state of mind of Some People in America...
For instance, how in the World someone like Mc Cain who has similar than GW. Supported by the latter, is still in the Race.
Obama is only leading by single digit. It is a disgrace! There is absolutely no comparison between those TWO.
The other day, I watched a couple of People who supported Hillary who had almost the same programs than Obama. As a matter of fact, they are from the Democratic Party. But yet, they said they will support Mc Cain. They think that Mc Cain is closer to their values than Obama (interesting). What Values?
There are some People who refer to Mc Cain's experience overseas. I don't know if being captive by the Vietnamese qualify as a Foreign experience? By the way, I don't think GW had enough experience either...
Man, I can go on and on. But, as predicted, this is the reason why I thought that won't be easy for Obama to break prejudices and Racism in America.
What can I say? Le jeu continue...
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Post by Guysanto » Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:31 pm

Yes indeed, "le jeu continue". These elections will be very revealing about America's soul. They've always said that Americans usually vote on pocketbook issues, that is the economy. Well, besides the messed-up foreign adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, besides the multiple frontal assaults on American Civil Liberties, besides the government's bungled response to Katrina that nearly wiped out New Orleans, besides the fact that this may have been the most incompetent and corrupt administration in the History of the United States, guess what? The economy is in shambles, too. First you have the mortgage and credit market crises. The job market is extraordinarily tough. Salaries have not kept up with the cost of living. The average American worker is making comparatively less today than he did or would have 30 years ago, when adjusted for inflation. It is true that some people have made a lot of money over the last eight years, mostly Bush's family friends, but they represent a tiny minority.

As they usually say, "it's the economy, stupid". Is this going to be changed to "it's the color, stupid"? I hope not, but as you say, why is the race so close at this point?

One factor I have read about lately is those evangelical people who feel that Obama may be "the Antichrist" (aside from being Muslim). Well, by and large, those evangelicals vote Republican anyhow. So can Obama win against both the Reptilian Instinct (racism) and the so-called "God vote" ? I DARE to DREAM that the American people will finally see that "enough is enough", and not vote for George Bush III (John McCain) over a serious challenger, on account of Race.

That is my hope. I do admit that my hope has been crushed many times before.

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I smell a rat

Post by Leoneljb » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:59 pm

Russia and Georgia fighting will benefit John Mccain...
I bet that OBL will come out with a tape right before November's election. This is Politics at its best.
I can smell that RAT miles away.
Now, People would vote for someone with so-called experiences.
These people would try to show Obama's lack of experience by any means necessary!!!
Se pa jwEt.
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Here we go

Post by Leoneljb » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:34 pm

Mc Cain leads Obama by 9 points???? No surprise to me, the true color of Americans! For a hyper-developped country, there are a lot of Morons... To choose McCain over Obama? A suivre...

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Post by Serge » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:23 pm

Leonel,

I am not too surprised, because I have never undestimated the Republican machine. You will remember when we first started discussing Obama, I always said that the ultimate test would be whether, on Election Day, the white voter would have the guts to vote for Obama when he is by himself in the booth. As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out. Very rarely do you hear that being openly discussed in the press or in other fora, but the issue is there, underneath, like a hot potato no one wants to touch.

And now, you can see a definite shift in the press propping up McCain. And what about the polls? Just think, according to the Reuters poll, Obama is losing 10 to 12% of the liberal votes. Are you going to tell me that a liberal is going to vote for McCain? Or that he is going to stay at home rather than vote for Obama, therefore, increasing the chance for McCain to win? Liberals may have problems with Obama on some issues, but when you look at the big picture, which liberals would be crazy enough to vote for McCain or stay at home for the benefit of McCain, when they would have more chances with Obama to advance their causes.

If they do, as you say , Leonel, they would be real morons...


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Post by Leoneljb » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:17 am

Serge, they are not Crazy but Racist. They would not vote for a Black Man as President.-
This is the truth!
Now, I would like to ask you, do you think by Obama choosing Joe Biden as VP it is a good one?
A man who recently said that this is not on-the-job training while he was campaigning for the Primaries.
This is the scary Math, you know that the Country is about fifty-fifty split. Now, when you hear about twenty percent of Hillary's voters are going towards McCain; you understand where this is going.
I don't wanna say "I told you so". But, I won't be surprised. My dream will be crushed, but, it was a Beautiful Dream...
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Post by Guysanto » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:53 am

Leonel, do you think there is any chance at all Obama could win the elections?

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Post by Guysanto » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:57 pm

John McCain Wins on November 4 ?!?!?
As far as I see, such a depressing result could only be the result of two possible factors: Racism and/or Massive cheating.

At this point, I do not care at all about the racist vote, anymore than I would care about changing an ass to a beautiful bride.

Enough "Never Considered Voting For A Democrat Before" Republicans have been scared straight into switching sides, if only temporarily so, to neutralize the die-hard racist vote.

A racist is a racist is a racist is a racist...

We will be witnessing an unprecedented number of white people vote for a biracial man and anoint him the Savior of the Nation. For now, I'll take that! Obama needs to win on a massive scale in order to win at all. If the election results show that he's won only by a squeaker, my feeling is that the Republican machine got so overwhelmed that it could not steal enough votes in enough counties in enough states to deliver the electoral votes to their nominee as they clearly did in Florida in 2000 and in Ohio in 2004. Currently, it looks like they are facing a Tsunami.

That tsunami is the result of more than four thousand lives lost in a stupid war; billions of dollars wasted in the pursuit of a loonie they did their incompetent best not to catch (though, technically, they still have one week to do it); and to Mother Nature who has not been kind to their crumbling infrastructure. Led by Bush and Cheney, they partied like there was no tomorrow. Well, now, tomorrow has come and brought with it the worst of hangovers. This translates, by sheer luck, to the best of times for the Democratic Party. They did not do much to deserve such a victory (in fact, they didn't do jack!) but heck, we needed to run at least one set of idiots out of town.

The savor of Victory will be ephemeral, but a defeat at this point would be traumatizing. People all over the world have realized this a long time ago, but U.S. Americans are just beginning to face up to the reality that no f%#%#%#% empire lasts forever, especially when it's led by an Emperor with no clothes. Ask Jean-Claude Duvalier's Haiti.

Goodbye, George W. Goodbye, Cheney... and good riddance! You certainly paved the way for this historical crossroads. The choice is now between rebuilding with Obama or committing social hara-kiri through repeated dishonesty in mis-counting the ballots.

America, the choice is clear.

Vote for Change on November 4, 2008.

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