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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Apple Pie and Fried Chicken

I don't know but I think I am allowing myself to get excited.

The thick cloud of cynicism and apathy is starting to dissipate, replaced with a faint mist of hope and optimism.

Barack Obama the much maligned(at least in my corner of the blogosphere) underrated Presidential Candidate is chugging along.
In the past, whenever a black candidacy was announced it was usually accompanied by a laugh track. Everyone in the newsroom knew there was no serious chance of winning a Primary beyond South Carolina.
Most regard these announcements with caution. It always seemed like a fitting way to measure the black consensus, find out where we are at on the issues. Make it a bit easier to spin us and ultimately earn our vote.
Bill Clinton (the unofficial first black president) reminded us all about that
The best part of all this is Obama and the classy way he (or I should say his handlers)has run his campaign.

When Obama first announced his candidacy the national newsmedia and ,many of the pundits had to be issued a confidential press release to pronounce his name correctly. I am assuming this because the widespread and annoying mispronunciation stopped abruptly. I also would have done it myself.

I cringed, listening to NPR "well it seems Barrack has a legitimate chance to make some waves"

Barrack?- Army Barrack

I have a friend named Jamal (Jah-mall) all his teachers used to pronounce his name Jamm-el (Jammle). To this day he still suffers from chronic correction syndrome. Bosses, DMV, know one gets it right.
Simply annoying.That is soo lame. Just like Barrack.

There seemed to be a slight resistance to acknowledge his ethnicity like he could somehow pass as white.
It is soo important to be acceptable, isn't it?

The quick and classy move to correct the pronunciation helped pave the way to legitimacy.

In our heart of hearts we know when we are Anglocizing-at least I would if I was white (at least I hope I would).

Obama's claim to a post racial society is his self fulfilling prophecy. He knows just like most of black America it is, at best, a concept.

He also knows the balance of political power will instantly swing to the right if he wins the candidacy. As political strategist he is brilliant he has already courted the evangelicals and according to many polls could beat McCain


But the post-racial statement fits like a glove with White America; the only segment of society that thinks racism does not exist.Unfortunately it does.


But guess what?


Their is an equal opportunity for misery and poverty-plenty of room at the bottom.

The cleanliness in this race is encouraging, but it is also indicative of our lack of direction. There is no clear agenda for either candidate.

No lynchpin issue that will galvanize America.

The economy? Ready for change?

Oil and Tobbacco have run their course; smart money will invest in The emerging green economy. That is, if you look ahead.

For once, making money will be good for the planet.

Good for our lives.

I hope that is the lynchpin that galvanizes us all.



6 comments:

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Excellent post, Dave. I agree with you far more than I agree with Obama!

[By the way, I left a long and detailed response to your comment on my blog.]

I think that it's excellent that there's an African-American candidate who's a legit presidential prospect. I also think it's excellent that there's a woman who's a legit presidential prospect. I don't love, however, that I can only agree with her on 60% of the issues and with him on 55% of the issues. I suppose it's better than having McCain with whom I agree on 0% of the issues.

You know I have my reasons for supporting HRC, none of which have to do with any inability to spell Senator Obama's name or to fail to write "Dr." King or to not know the correction pronunciation of the name Farrakhan. [That was a DO THE RIGHT THING reference for those of you in the back.]

I agree with you that the economy is the key issue. The ecooomy is the issue that will eventually bring peace to the Middle East if Clinton isn't totally blinded by AIPAC bullshit and secondarily Christian bullshit and Obama isn't totally blinded by Christian bullshit and secondarily AIPAC bullshit.

Sadly, neither are particularly "green" in any sense but the green guys in their pockets. The media, MSM and alternative, have pointed out HRC's corporate connections. Since Obama gets a pass generally, I'll do some heavy lifting here and recommend that the interested student google "obama" and "peabody coal".

Those are my wooden nickels, Dave.

David B. Dancy said...

Thank you Kelso...I'm checkin out Peabody...and The Bilderbizerg Group

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Dave:

My son and folks are here and I really can't do any posting that requires any thought. I just have too much to do. Is there any chance I can persuade you to cross-post at my spot as well as at Jonestown?

I don't like to leave it dormant. And more than that I would consider it an honor. I've been very lucky with my three guest posters so far and this time I don't want to leave anything to chance.

And, yes, feel free to advocate for Obama as you see fit.

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Damned if I can figure out your email...If you want me guest post for me, just drop it in the comment section of the most recent post. I won't be able to do graphics and having your post in 3 spots (yours, JT, and mine) might dilute it, so I leave the decision in your hands.

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Why don't you and your girlfriend and child come down to Panama and hang out for a long weekend or something? I have way more apartment than I need. My building is loaded with children and CdP is very child friendly. But I can scare up all sorts of very responsible child care at a moment's notice.

More or less everything you could possibly be into for recreation is available. And I think it would do you a world of good to see what a real "post-racial" country is like!

fairlane said...

Dave, yo Dave!!

You still out there?