facing our demons

Kudos to Barack Obama for facing his demons in the Pastor Wright episode. I have been away for 10 days and thus have not been able to blog. But it was a good thing for me to let the events percolate and then be able to digest all that has happened in the last 2 weeks.

In a nutshell, Pastor Wright’s recent thoughts on race and America are so antithetical to all that Barack Obama is, has spoken about and what he sees our future is. He has had to disenfranchise himself from Wright the pastor. However, Obama has had a decades-long personal relationship with Wright and that relationship will take longer to assess and possibly denounce. Pure honesty on Obama’s part. How do you criticize a man like Obama who speaks so forthrightly? He puts all the facts openly on the table and explains his decisions in detail. What other politician in recent memory has done that? I am constantly hearing people say about Obama, “He doesn’t have enough experience”. In reality, Obama has had more years in elective office that Hillary. So what are these people really saying? For those who will not even listen to what Obama has to say, I fear they have a deeper and uglier reason for dismissing Obama.

During the last 2 weeks, I have met outright fear and blatant racism in conversations about an Obama presidency. These people were adamant that, should Obama get to be prez, there would be a violent uprising by African Americans against the white people. A veritable slaughter. I was so shocked, I was speechless. The question therefore follows that, in the general election, once a voter is in a private voting booth, will that voter actually pull the lever for Obama? I think some will not; however, this is not a good reason to abandon Obama due to electability issues. We have to fight for him, fight for his intellect, his honesty, his incredible perceptive abilities, and his desire to truly reconcile opposing factions for the greater good of our people. I do not agree with those who say that they just want to vote for the Democrat who can win against McCain. To me, that is an empty vote. I will never understand why Americans are so devisive and destructive until…..there is a tragedy and then for a week we are all love and hugs. We are humans—we have the gift of history behind us and forethought in front of us. Let’s face our demons now, without tragedy, and use the reason and logic we were given.

My earlier blogs have always said that Hillary will do anything to get herself to be prez. I wrote about this months ago and verbalized it years ago. So her large donors, who put the squeeze on Nancy Pelosi this week because she said that the superdelegates should vote in accordance with the votes of the people, really thought they could coerce Pelosi with the threat of financial backing withdrawal. Pelosi hasn’t budged. Hillary also will not give up placing herself above the rules; she continues to fight for Florida and Michigan to count their delegates in those primaries that were judged null and void months before they ever happened. This afternoon, Hillary told the Washington Post that she will see this campaign through to the convention. And she has every right to do so. That is the whole point of this process and of democracy. I have said in an earlier blog that democracy is messy and constantly evolving. So kudos to her for her stamina. However, I would like to see her fighting more against McCain, instead of engaging in destructive behavior against Obama. That is the essence of her selfishness and ambition. Even though it was written months ago, please read the following:

www.theatlantic.com/doc/200712/obama

My son Chuck called this “prescient”. It is a long piece but beautifully written. Please take the time to read it.

So I promise: if I ever meet up again with a person who is so ignorant to hold and voice their racist opinions, I will step up to the plate and absolutely confront them. As Elie Wiesel said in his book “Night”:

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.

Whether it is just dirty politics, or corruption in business, or blind ambition, or out-and-out racism, the time has come to just stop it.

Obama will deliver. He continues to face his demons and we must do the same.

Yes we can.

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