Thursday, October 9, 2008

Response to a Thread

The post below is the last response I wrote to a thread on the Facebook over campaign donations for Senator Barack Obama. It was written a few days after the Palin-Couric interview and the First Presidential Debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. I decided to post this last response after watching the second debate which was broadcast a few day ago. The sentiments from the first did not change much during the second, hence my decision. This version having been moderately edited differs from the first.

Ever hear of the term "wanting to bitch slap someone?" Well that's perhaps how McCain must have felt post Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric. If I ever did see a more unaware and inexperienced candidate vie for the White House, it has got to be Sarah Palin. Like Jack Cafferty said, "If McCain wins the election, Sarah Palin will be one 72 year old's heartbeat away from the Presidency (paraphrasing)."

Now, over to McCain. I unfortunately missed the debate but I heard McCain avoided eye contact with Obama. At a loss for what to call his behavior, Chris Matthews said it might be contempt, inferiority complex, guilt... Nonetheless, it was just plain disgusting. Even Matthews was dumbfounded!

But if McCain needs to be reminded, Obama had as much right to be on that stage as he. Obama was not awarded the nomination. He won it, and so by a significant margin. I was wrong when in an earlier post I mentioned that McCain would see a black man on the podium first before he saw a politician in Obama. He didn't see anything, black man or politician. He probably only heard the voice of a n****r. Remember, John McCain was of age during the era of Jim Crow. He perhaps couldn't believe that the stage did not read "White's Only." He was in Mississippi, the site of so many lynchings. Obama's place he assumed was on a tree outside. Forget that nonsense about him been a prisoner of war during the Civil Rights Movement. He was a prisoner but bore in his bones the sentiments of that generation. Sentiments he has still not parted with.

I wonder what he thinks of Michelle Obama? She is probably to him just another minstrel in a show. He does not see a Harvard educated attorney. He probably sees a video girl. Sad right? Bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos.

A Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a Raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

~Langston Hughes (1902-1967)