Post Election Analysis, Yes, A Month Later

December 23, 2008 at 1:35 am (conservative bitchslapping, GLBT issues, My personal opinion, Politics, Racism, Republicans being stupid, women) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s been a while since my last post, I know.  Mostl I’ve been hard at work on and  Here is my post election article.  It’s long, so you may want to kick back a little bit and grab something to drink.

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It’s been over a month and a half since the election. I’ve held off writing this for a while because number one, I wanted to observe the political climate, and number 2, I was way to busy and between my two jobs, setting up my websites, doing some Thanksgiving reconnecting with my brother, starting on my games, and working out, I haven’t had the time to write something as big as this. For those of you who have been living under a rock, this election has set a historical president by electing a black president. That’s right, we didn’t get the 40 acres and a mule we were promised, so we just took all 52 states! What makes this victory even sweeter, is that for the first time since 1996, Americans went to sleep by the end of election night knowing who the next president was going to be as opposed to 2000 and 2004’s debacles. This was even more important for the young, people with low incomes, and minorities, the three groups least likely to vote yet the most likely to vote Democrat when they do. Now that they see that their votes count, they’ll no doubt realize how important it is that they make their voice heard in our political process. Hopefully this will lead to our government realizing that we are too important to ignore simply because we’re not rich corporate executives.

Sadly, proposition 8 in California has passed, proving that as hard as us blacks still have it, gays still have ways to go in order to have their piece of the pie. Yeah, I know there was a huge margin for the gay marriage ban, but a majority were were also against ending slavery and giving women and minorities voting rights. I defy anyone to explain how gay people marrying affect other’s marriage, or how gays marrying can do more harm to the sacred institution any more than high spousal abuse rates, a high divorce rate, reality TV marriages, Las Vegas drive-thru weddings, and music, movies, and TV shows that glorify infidelity. If marriage is a sacred religious institution, then how can they be okay with atheists, pagans, and religious groups that have no rules for marriage marry and not gays (even though many gays are Christians). All gays want are the same benefits married heterosexual couples have, including being able to list their domestic partner as their dependent and visiting them in the hospital, so why not at least let them have civil unions? I don’t want to make this whole thing about gays or gay marriage (as I covered this before in the past), so I’ll leave you with this, if being gay is a choice, then when did you choose to be straight, where did you make your decision, why did you choose to be straight, and what were you doing when you decided to become straight?

Back to the topic at hand, now it’s time to see if Obama will come through on his promises. He may be stepping in the right direction by opening the doors of his cabinet to both Democrats and Republicans (even offering McCain a chance to step in) alike and closing them to political lobbyists. If this country is to get back on track, than it will be with Democrats, Republicans, and everyone else working side by side with each other rather than tear each other down. Hopefully though, he won’t simply pick his cabinet members for the sake of having would-be and past political opponents on his team, but because they are the right people for the job. One thing I deficiently won’t envy is him having to clean up the messes created the last 8 years. Granted, while Bush wasn’t responsible for everything bad that happened during his years in charge, but he didn’t do us much of a favor either. Is anyone better off now than they were 8 years ago? If you’re a corporate CEO in the oil and defense industry then yes. Everyone else, not so much.

Of course not everyone is happy about this. Mainly, the hardcore racists who can’t stand to see the black man win. I’m sure you heard the news reports about blacks and people wearing Obama shirts being attacked by angry racists….er, patriots. And of course several white supremacist groups have stepped up their recruiting efforts due to Obama’s win. The redneck white trash version of Al Queida is on the move, and they are doing it bigger than ever. However, this country is progressing towards change and positivity, and them and their negativity will not last much longer. The racists think that they are being badass and rebelling against the system, but all they are really doing is showing everyone how desperate and hopeless they are now that their America is slipping farther and farther away from them. The irony in this is that in a little over 40 years, whites will make up less than 50% of the population and they will have no choice but to integrate or die out all together. I only hope I’m still alive to see today. Sadly, the fact that this primitive way of thinking still persists in 2008, as well as proposition 8, show that despite how far we’ve come, our society still has a long way to ge.

Then there are the, hardcore [republican] feminists who declare us sexist for not bringing in what would have been our first female VP. Despite the fact that Palin stood against everything real feminists stand for (woman’s right to choose, quality sex education discussing contraceptives and abstinence), there were women who would sing praises of John McCain just for picking a female as his running mate. Forget the fact that she was knowing for using her position as Alaska’s to help out her friends, spending taxpayer and campaign money on herself and her family, and basically being a walking, talking supermarket tabloid throughout the campaign, Sarah Palin and her family were persecuted by critics, unfairly treated by the media, and subjected to vicious smears and attacks simply for being a woman. Men have screwed this country up enough, so we should elect a woman, as she would do much better, regardless of how qualified that this person actually is of doing the job (keep in mind that many women who were bitter over Hillary Clinton not gaining the presidential nomination ran on the same train of thought). If you would have them (along with ‘fair-and-balanced’ Fox News) tell it, the reason McCain didn’t win was because of the sexist men who are afraid of there being a strong woman in the White House.

The problem with this train of thought is threefold. One, if sexism was the reason that McCain won, then by the same standards, if Obama hadn’t won, would racism be the culprit? One can just as easily make the claim that Obama didn’t win because of the racist whites who are afraid of there being a strong black man in the White House. Using this logic, that would mean that we could nominate any woman/black person for the VP seat and America would have the obligation to vote her to show that it wasn’t sexist. If McCain had chose Lorena Bobit (the woman who cut off her husband’s canon), Tanya Harding (the evil figure skater who had beef with Nancy Kerrigan), or Susan Smith (the woman who drowned her two kids and blamed it on a black man) as the VP candidate, would women have gone as gaga over him as they did with Palin? On the flip side, had the Democrats picked Clarence Thomas, Suge Knight, or John Lee Malvo as the Democratic nominee, the black community certainly would not have elected him. Two, as for the negativity and personal attacks while they did exist, they mostly came from independent sources and hecklers no one would listen to. Even if any of them were from a mainstream media source they weren’t as vicious as the Palin supporters would have you believe, and they weren’t nearly as hateful as some of the attacks Obama was subjected to. Remember the “Obama was the secret Muslim Antichrist who didn’t cover his hand during the national anthem” bulletin that mysteriously made its way to Myspace around the time of the primaries? How about how his wife was denounced as unpatriotic for missing a 9/11 memorial ceremony to take her kids to school? Who can forget the GOP trying to link Obama to the Weathermen, a Vietman protest group whose activities were conducted when he was a child. While Fox News’ political analysts (among others) demanded that Bristol Palin’s pregnancy (which was out of wedlock and the Obama campaign didn’t even mention by the way) should be treated with dignity and respect, those same people will mock black, Hispanic, and even lower class white single mothers as being welfare queens, irresponsible, government leeches, and any other awful remark they can come up with. If [unwed pregnant] teen Bristol Palin deserves the nation’s dignity and respect (I’m not saying she doesn’t) then they don’t other single mothers (whose mothers are not politicians) deserve the same dignity and respect? While it no doubt would be a refresher to see a woman in the oval office, Palin is not fit to be that woman, and it’s questionable if Clinton should be.

Speaking of Fox, their ‘fair and balanced’ post-election coverage can be divided into two groups: the sour grapes lashing out at the U.S. for not voting Republican (including Americans being denounced as sexist for not making Sarah Palin America’s first female V.P.), and the hardcore interviewing and campaigning of sorts, almost as if the election were still going on. In particular, Bill O’Rielly had an interview with Barack Obama where he, in his usual style, constantly yelled at and interrupted Obama every chance he could get. The funny part was when he had associates such as Dennis Miller rate his interview. This is akin to making a movie, giving an advance screening to your friends, then having them review it.

In the end, it wasn’t sexism, the evil niggers, or the ‘liberal media’ that cost the Republicans the election. It was the fact that for all their boasting, all McCain had to offer America was more of the same. The same policies, the same politics, the same campaign tactics, and the same issues. Fact is, we gave the republicans 8 years (a majority of which also had a republican congress) in the White House, and where are we at? Dangerously close to a recession, record high gas prices and unemployment rates, schools and colleges being screwed out of their funding and/or being closed down thanks in no small part to ‘No Child Left Behind’, ‘culture wars’ that have tarnished the image of Christianity and left this country more divided than it has ever been at a time where we need to be more united than ever. Oh yeah, and that war we were promised was going to be quick and easy? It ended up lasting over 5 years and counting, costing the lives of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops, and is sucking up thousands of dollars a day. Don’t even get me started on the GOP’s piss-poor handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Funny though, during the Bush years, I remember such harsh criticism and ridicule of the president was considered Anti-American. Will the same hold up when Obama is president, or does patriotism=unconditional support of the president only apply when the guy in the oval office is the guy you voted for?

Now you bitter republicans do have a point though. It’s naive to think that Obama will solve all of America’s problems overnight, and the truth is, no one truly knows how good of a president Obama will be. While he could take America into a new golden age, its just as possible that Obama will bomb worse than Bush ever did.

After all, wouldn’t it be horrible if Obama were to attack a country that posed no threat to us, did so on false….er ‘misleading’ evidence, funneled billions of dollars into the war and away from our infrastructure, which need it even more, and had no clear escape plan?

Wouldn’t it be awful if Obama were to authorize torturing and people being indefinitely imprisoned without trial simply because they have been accused of being enemy combatants?

Wouldn’t you be outraged if Obama were to authorize secret wiretapping, having FBI agents secretly listening in on your private phone conversations?

Wouldn’t it make you angry if Obama were to hand out tax cuts to companies who frequently outsource high-paying jobs overseas?

Wouldn’t you be embarrassed if Obama fuged up the English language with phrases such as ‘It’s hard to put food on your family’ and ‘nuklear’?

Wouldn’t it piss you off if a disaster hit your city, and you and thousands of others were huddled together in a distant location while dying of disease and starvation while Obama sat on his ass for nearly a week straight before sending any assistance down?

Wouldn’t you be disgusted if Obama then suggested that anyone who didn’t blindly support his policies was unpatriotic?

(But of course you were okay with all of the above when it was Bush at the helm).

If the GOP wants a remote chance of getting back in the game, they need to rebuild its own image. Am I saying they need to become liberal? No (as a matter of fact, bring back the small spending and little government conservatives), but number one, they need to increase their efforts to reach out to all types of voters. The vast majority of us do not own or work at fortune 500 companies, nor are we born into money. Remember when I said that while minorities, youth, and people with low incomes are the least likely to vote, they are the most likely to vote democrat? This is because Republicans have a hard time connecting with them. Remember 2004? Although Bush won, Kerry was very close. He could have won very easily. Most people didn’t vote because they saw no difference between Bush and Kerry, just the election being a case of rich old white guy A vs rich old white guy B. Am I saying that being rich in and of itself is a bad thing? No, but usually what is a concern for the rich is much different from what poorer people are concerned about, and republicans (along with many democrats) fail to realize this. The poor are scared of Al Queida, but they are even more scared of not being able to provide for their family. They aren’t worried about the stock market, they are worried about eventually losing their job. They don’t care about women having abortions, they worry about the possibility of spending the years after retirement working dead end jobs just to keep money in their pockets. I myself can tell you this. I hold a degree in computer science which I got last year, but I have been stuck working the same two dead end jobs that I held since before graduation, simply because I keep getting turned down for entry-level and internship work in the Information Technology industry. I have to live with my mother just so I can have enough money to keep my bills paid It was said best during the campaign; “McCain doesn’t have to worry about putting food on his table. His problem is to decide what table to sit at”. In this election, you had a man who was raised by a single mother who worked his way up versus what for all intents and purposes was just another rich old white guy. In short republicans, don’t ignore us. We’re the ones paying your social security, fighting your wars, bagging your groceries, and preparing your mail.

Secondly, please distance yourself from the racists, religious fanatics, the homophobes, and the bigots in your party. In fact, get rid of them altogether. One of the reasons minorities don’t identify with you as well as you’d want us too is because of the preconceived notion that republicans are racist and homophobic Christian zealots who dislike people who aren’t them. I know you’re not this way, but things like your presidential candidate courting support from a pastor who blames hurricane Katrina on gays, officials crossdressing in blackface, Ann Coulter saying to bomb Muslims and convert their leaders to Christianity, and people like Michele Malkin touting the virtues of police brutality and racial profiling really don’t help your case. Yeah, they got first amendment rights, but we also got the right to denounce their small minded behavior. You in your right mind would not condone things like this (or at least I hope not), 1st amendment or not, so why make excuses for it? You may not agree with things like homosexuality, but it’s not your place to judge them, and you certainly have no right to alienate and persecute them. I’m not saying convert to Islam, support gay marriage, or affirmative action, but the Arabs, the blacks, the gays, the atheists, and everyone else are as much of an American citizen as you. The ‘all men’ part of the phrase ‘all men are created equal’ apply to ALL men (and women), not just all heterosexual Christian males. You call yourselves Christians, so you need to remediable that Jesus hung out with prostitutes, thieves, the homeless, and criminals, not just the rich and powerful. You claim this is ‘your’ country, but America is supposed to be a melting pot. After all, there are other people who were here before you arrived, so this is as much everyone’s country as it is yours.

Thirdly, quit with the campaign attacks. Hate to say it, but another part of why Bush won in 2004 was all of the Bush-bashing. People were burnt out about all the negative attacks on the president. The same thing happened with the 2006 republicans that were running in Ohio. You had republican candidates running attack ads left and right against their opponents. Blackwell was doing the same thing, running ads attacking democrats, liberals, gays, and even singer Harry Belafonte. Surprisingly, beside the senate and governor campaigns, most of the time the candidates didn’t even mention their political party in their ads. The negativity ended up backfiring on them, as a formerly red-state Ohio, being burnt out by Bush running the nation into the ground, were even more put off by the negative campaigning. No one learned from this, as two years later, those same burnt out Ohioans, now undergoing a financial crisis, were even more put off by McCain’s negative attacks. Instead of where he stood on the issues, we got ‘Obama has no experience’, ‘lipstick on a pic’, ‘the weathermen’, ‘joe the plumber’, and every other buzz term and smear campaign they could come up with. Besides criticizing McCain’s policies, the only truly negative thing Obama said about McCain is his connection to the Keating 5. While Obama could have mentioned that Joe the plumber wasn’t licensed and behind on taxes and child support, or McCain’s leaks to watergate criminal Gordon Liddy, or that Sarah Palin’s husband was, until 6 years ago a member of a group that wanted Alaska to succeed from the union, he didn’t. For once I would like to see a political campaign, be it republican or democrat, being run without relying on running an attack on a political opponent.

Next election, if Obama is doing a good job in office, and he ends up running against the same republican party that we have now, then all republicans will ever have to look forward to is subsequent repeats of what is going on right now. Who knows what direction this country will go, and with the current financial crisis, things will only get worse before they get better. But at least for now, for the first time in a long while, I can once again be proud to call myself an American.


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