Barack The Vote!

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That’s whats up today.  Get to the polls and make it happen!  Today is the day!  Don’t allow anyone and anything to stop you from casting your vote for this man and for America!   

Also sending some love to the Obama family for the loss of his beloved grandmother Ms. Madelyn Payne Dunham on Monday morning.  I am most thankful that he showed great judgment in taking time away from his campaign to spend some time with her recently.  Of course, she may not be here on earth anymore, but I know that she’s watching!   We won’t let her down!

Let’s do this ya’ll! 

 

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Pro Life! (Across the Board)

As the election draws near I am hearing more and more from my conservative friends regarding the pro-life vs. pro choice argument.  The Catholics and Evangelical Christians are especially vigilant on this issue.  They feel as they did the last 8 years that to vote for someone who is pro-choice is a vote for a pro abortionist or a baby killer.  Some are even saying now that to vote for Senator Obama is to bring eternal damnation upon ones self. 

© Roger Derin - NYI Student

Someone asked my opinion of the abortion issue recently.  And I have debated with my right leaning Christian friends for years.  What gets me most in this debate is the fact that rarely is there any balance in the discussion… especially from my Christian and Catholic friends.

I can say for sure I am totally pro-life.  I don’t believe that abortion is a good thing for anyone – certainly not as a form of birth control as some have practiced.   I believe these people are rare however.  The abortion rate outside of reasons for the health of a mother, or in cases of rape and incest is horrible.  I honestly feel that most people who are pro-choice would agree with me on that.  Most Americans are not pro-abortion.

Where my right wing friends miss it however, is the narrow scope in which they focus on the unborn exclusively.  If one is to be truly pro-life, he has to be pro-life across the board.  In the scriptures Jesus himself said that He came to give life… and to give it more abundantly.  This is to say that the act of living is not the end all.  Quality of life is also important.  So to protect the unborn is great, to help promote and preserve the lives of the living once they make it past the womb is even better.

And yet how ironic is it that most so called pro-lifers are for government stepping in to control the womb, but are against government helping to promote and preserve healthy living standards for poor or lower enconomically developed families.  How ironic is it that when it comes to public education, most of the Christian right do not fight for better schools and better teachers.  How ironic is it that these same Christians and Catholics are against goverment providing or helping with the cost of health-care?  Basically what they are saying is:

“This unborn child is a gift from God and should be allowed to live by any means!  But once the child leaves the womb, the mother and child are on their own and it is not our responsibility to make sure that child has every opportunity to make it.” 

Now pardon me – but that is some dumb backwards ass shit!  

 How to Take Great Baby Pictures.

We need a holistic approach to the situation.  Let’s not look at this thing from the view of the womb alone.  That is putting the proverbial cart before the horse. 

Let’s start with sex education.  Palin and McCain are against sex education in schools.  Palin in particular is in foolish denial for being against sex education, as if that would encourage kids to have sex.  Funny thing is, her daughter certainly found a way to knock boots regularly and came up pregnant.  Sex is a natural desire as well as a natural act.  No sense in denying the obvious as if it’s going to go away.   And yes it should be taught at home first, but too many parents don’t.  So again if the child in the womb should be a governmental concern, so should the educating of the youth so that they can at least help prevent unwanted or premature pregnancies in the first place –  Let alone helping to prevent the spread of STDs or HIV.

How about healthcare?  Millions of children are uninsured and use the emergency room as a heathcare provider.  When they can’t pay, we as citizens and tax payers pay anyway.  So why not have a system where proper healthcare can be obtained.  That five thousand dollar credit McCain is offering, that is he going to turn around and tax anyway, is not nearly as good as Obama’s healthcare plan.  Again this is especially important for the less fortunate children that we wanted to protect in the womb in making sure they were allowed to live in the first place.

Adoption: A good friend of mine adopted two girls a few years ago.  I attended her ceremony when she became certified by the state to adopt.  When I looked in the book that had the list of kids who were on the state rolls for pending foster care in need of adoption, I started crying from the thousands and thousands of young faces I saw.  They each had pictures and portfolios about their virtues.  This one likes bowling, the other loves math.  It was as if they were “selling” themselves to some perspective parents who would “pick” them as if they were picking a puppy dog.  What was most disturbing was the older faces I saw of kids who were 5-17 years of age.  Basically from what I was told at the agency, most of the teen-aged kids can forget it.  Couples tend to want the young cuddly types.  Babies are cool, but teens are a pain with baggage. 

Then you got couples who take their asses clean out of the county to Honduras or some place like that to adopt little foreign kids… like that shit is hot or exotic or something – leaving the American born kids here to rot.  Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t hatin!  I know a couple who adopted a kid from South America.  They are good people and at the time they didn’t think they could have kids naturally.  Later they were successful in having one of their own.

We had lunch before the 2000 election.  They had not adopted yet and were considering their options.  As far as the presidency was concerned, abortion was the key reason they were voting for Bush.  I said to them however, “You care so much about abortion, and rightfully so.  But I guarantee you there are some kids you can adopt right here who need a home.  Or there are some kids in church or in your neighborhood who need a good man and woman in their lives to be a mentor for.”  I told my friend’s wife, “Take some teenager under your wing who doesn’t have a mother and teach her how to be a woman.  Show her how to take care of her body and eat right.  Help her with her education.  Don’t just look out for those kids in the womb, do God’s work as well by tending to the sheep He has here on the earth who are less fortunate or have special needs.”  They both looked at me with blank stares.  Needless to say they didn’t do either.  They adopted abroad, had their own and kept to themselves.  That is a typical picture of the Christian and Catholic communities when it comes to this subject.  

So I say to all you pro-lifers who are passionate about protecting the unborn… Hooray!  But step your game up and stop being a half-assed pro-lifer.  There are many more ways to help prevent abortion.  To work from that angle alone, or to back a canidate in an attempt to reverse Roe V Wade is shortsighted at best.  Believe me, there are many many other issues that concern life.  Each of the important things on the table, education, healthcare, jobs, oppertunities to gain wealth or live in a safe neighborhood are all issues of life.  And hell I didn’t even touch the wickedness and injustices of the death penalty. 

No way you can tell me it’s godly or Christian to put so much energy in protecting unborn children, only to turn a cold heart to those same kids who may not have the resources to live a healthy life.  Don’t forsake the one goal without neglecting the other.  All of the children of this nation of ours are important and we each have a stake in taking some responsibility for their welfare and success.

Why Should African-Americans Vote for John McCain?

Sen. John McCain says he will consider a second economic stimulus package if he is elected president.

I have been trying to figure this out.  Its one thing to be a black republican.  We need representation in all areas of the political arena.   I’ve always believed that.  Certainly the Republican party has not been a friend to blacks in the recent past.  Sure they like to talk about Lincoln but that was way back in the day when the parties stood opposite their current positions.  They merely switched from Dixiecrat’s to Republicans and vice verse. 

Anyway, during the Reagan era the Republicans really embraced their anti-ethnic reputation.   They were able to ride that momentum to get Bush Sr. in office with the help of some pretty racist Willie Horton political ads.   

After Clinton ran the White House for 8 years, the Elephants reached out to minorities including the Latin community in some forms.  Personally I knew it wasn’t legit.  Karl Rove was no dummy though and he devised a strategies and target the black prominent preachers with talk of morality and faith ba$ed initiatives.  They knew that many of these pimps would get their congregations in line and get them to vote for folks who voted against a MLK Holiday.  (Speaking of John McCain)  Some of those chicken grinning preachers have wised up now since Katrina, the war, the economy etc.  But it’s too late now as we’ve had 8 years of incompetency and the nation was ran in the country.  Guess what preachers… if people don’t have jobs they can’t pay tithes or fund new building projects.  Hmmm… and to think I didn’t hear of any homosexuals taking jobs oversees.  Go figure.. but I digress.

What I am trying to figure out is why any self respecting black man or woman would support The Mav.  I mean when has this dude reached out to any of us for anything?  When he and Palin speak of Joe Six Pack or Joe the Plumber, or real Americans they sure as hell ain’t talkin about me?  

Furthermore when they’ve had chances to speak to black audiences they have delinced. 

Tavis Smiley held the first presidential forums for both Democrats and Republicans and John McCain was invited.  Did he show up?  No!  And it’s not like Tavis doesn’t have juice!  Repubs like Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and Sam Brownback among others showed up to speak toward issues that would affect Black America.

Then there is black radio.  Of the four nationally syndicated shows my area, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show and the Ricky Smiley Show, McCain has not visited with either show.  I know for a fact that Joyner, Harvey and Baisden made several request to speak with the McCain campaign and they have yet to get a return phone call. 

What does this say to Black Americans? It tells me he doesn’t give a f*@! about me or the things I care about.  It tells me he is either scared or indifferent when it comes to my people.  It tells me that if he were to dwell in the White House… the policies and procedures will be as white as ever.  Areas such as civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities for jobs and affordable college will not see the light of day. 

So if I were to take the usual house negros i.e. Alan Keyes, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, that fool on the radio in Milwaukee etc. out of the equation, why would any self respecting person of African descent even consider voting for someone who detest him so much?

Lame Apologies & Hypocritical Philosophies

After all of that BS that went down with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his words/associations with Senator Barack Obama, John McCain for the most part has been given all but a free ride with the endorsement of John Hagee.  Hagee, a long time evangelical zealot nutcase gave a few choice words regarding the Catholic church in calling them “the apostate church” or “the great whore.”  McCain glady took his endorsement anyway and claimed to be ignorant of his remarks.  This is because McCain is trying to shore up as much of the republican base as he possibily can.  It is interesting to see him play this game of conservative musical chairs, as on one hand he plays to his past as being an adverary of many of the ways and policies of W, and at the same time embracing many of W’s policies such as the war in Iraq, the disdain of anything Islamic, and making permanent tax cuts for the rich.  Like many politicians he’ll say anything to get elected and because Hillary and Barack have been kicking each other’s asses in the headlines from state to state, he has gotten a free ride. 

In addition, I believe that in addition his ride has been easier because to a degree white people can afford to be more polarizing than people of color.  You’d be hard pressed to convince me that there would be that many Catholics who lean towards conservative politics who wouldn’t vote for McCain regardless of some crackpot preacher comments.  But Obama’s relationship to Wright who didn’t call any religion any names has to be exhausted to the point where we are tired of hearing about it. 

But what is with the generic apologies that people make often in the media?  Rarely do I hear these people take responsibility for what they said – or speaking directly to the core of what was done or said. 

For example, what about a racist comment like Fuzzy Zoeller’s years ago at the Masters:

“That little boy is driving well and he’s putting well. He’s doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it?”

Then Zoeller smiled, snapped his fingers, and walked away. Then he turned and added, “or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”

After the outcry from fans who found those statements racist and stereotypical – Fuzzy’s apology went like this:

“My comments were not intended to be racially derogatory, and I apologize for the fact that they were misconstrued in that fashion.” 

He apologized for our dumb selves misconstruing his comments – Imagine that?

Hagee chose a similar reprive:

In a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, Hagee wrote: “Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.”

Uhhh does that mean he no longer thinks the Catholic church is an apostate or the great whore?  And perhaps others who are not Catholic found those remarks to be offensive.  He continued…

“In my zeal to oppose anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its ugly forms, I have often emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholics and Protestant relations with the Jews,” Hagee wrote. “In the process, I may have contributed to the mistaken impression that the anti-Jewish violence of the Crusades and the Inquisition defines the Catholic Church. It most certainly does not.”

“I may have contributed????”  What is that?  It’s a poor excuse and a lame ass political statement is what it is.  Can you imagine telling your significant other,  “In the midst of arguing in the kitchen last night, I apologize for words I may have used that may have given you the impression that I called you a bitch.”  This would never fly in real life – but in the life of media and politics it seems to be just fine.

When it comes to race or hate politics, whites who are racist tend to effectively dismiss such comments by Hagee as being a part of the process.  They know that McCain probably does not have an opinion on Catholosism one way or the other – other than they vote.  Therefore Hagee’s comments won’t stick to him like a leach sucking his political hopes away.  As long as he holds to their political views when it comes to abortion, gay marriage, the economy, the war and a prevailing dose of subtle white superemacy.

If there was no election at stake and McCain wasn’t pining for every vote there would be no apology.  clearly they got to Hagee.  Meanwhile McCain never disassoiated or rejected Hagee’s endorsement anyway.  And it was cool – unlike Obama who had to run the hell away from fellow Chicago resident and political firestormer The Minister Louis Farrakhan who is still getting raked over called the Jewish faith “a gutter religion” after so many years have passed.  Look at how Obama responded to Tim Russert’s questions about Farrakhan’s support of his candicy:

You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally, with Minister Farrakhan.”

See the difference?  We have a long way to go in this country when it comes to sincerity and acknowledgment of these subtle nuances.  When we are honest with ourselves and our prejudices – then we won’t accept these lame apologies and hypocritical philosophies.