This race will be down to the wire.
I've read enough, heard enough, and lived long enough to know racism will be a factor. This little revelation is really no surprise. Race will be a factor alright, possibly the deciding factor. The key factor that could send us into another 4 years of fiscal, educational, and economic hell so hot the residue will be less than ash, more a creosote. Only the poison will be left behind.
The disaster of McCain is again in focus. With the bright lights of the last couple weeks starting to dim, the collective migraine (which provoked a large national brain fart), has been relieved. It took a disaster(s) of sorts to relieve it, to show how dangerous McCain will really be. At least now people are looking into what he says, and comparing it to what he does, while beginning to question what he knows.
Given the racism factor, and the tight race it will provoke, we have work to do.
You know that individual who says they are not a racist, the guy who really wants to vote for Obama because he sees the McCain story a little clearer all of a sudden? The man who recognizes McCain for what he is, Bush again — maybe worse considering what has been exposed the last few weeks.
Maybe he wonders about McCain's many positions on everything. Little things like his children all going to expensive private schools, and the less than common man fashion show of Cindy at the convention. Maybe he chaffs at McCain's choice of the most unqualified running mate in history, or ponders the fact that AIG and the Carnegie Foundations were major contributors to McCain's Reform Institute. The Carnegie Corporation, somewhere around 1985, was subverted by a trend of privatization of public services. A trend which creates a 'two-tier system of services' one for the rich and a lesser one for the poor. He believes from what he has read that this trend continues to the point where supporting privatization of education has been a recent goal of the foundation.
He knows all that, and much more.
He knows McCain changes his political views with the tide, as is the case with most politicians, but he is looking now at what McCain did, what he said, and who he associated with prior to becoming "the common man". He's looking at the support of privatization of social security, the ever changing deregulation stances regarding the health care industry, and the support without codicil of the war for oil which killed thousand of Americans, a hundred thousand Iraqis and displaced millions, while costing us trillions. This man sees the association with, and support of, those who would continue (unsuccessfully), to promote privatization of public services.
This man knows the privatization game for what it is now, something which works on paper, or in a pristine economic slate (one not already full of corporate corrosion and corporate/government mergers). He sees the government bedding of corporations for what it is — something that has happened increasingly over the last 8 years to the detriment of himself and his future grandchildren. He knows there is a line which was crossed, and he knows now which side of the line McCain was on.
This man sees it all.
The wool over his eyes is gone.
Worse yet he sees a comparison to Sudan. A country where there are those getting educated, sipping latte at the newly minted cafe in Khartoum while discussing their government's tyrannical murdering leader. Discussing it in the detached way only the privileged can, in between their discussion of which pair of Levis they prefer. Then there of those in Darfur, Sudan. Refugees with starving children, women getting murdered and raped as an act of war.
This man knows as the gap widens, and it has done nothing but widen over the last 8 years, we come closer to what we think could never happen here. Closer to a time when our government, those in power, those with the money to educate themselves in our privatized/corporate society, and those who can afford health insurance while managing to save a little money, will sit and discuss in a likewise detached fashion the fate of those who can't.
Yet, despite the knowing, this man will not be able to pull the lever for a black man no matter how well he knows he should.
If you are not registered to vote, do it now. There is no time to waste. Minutes at most. If possible get out there and take part in a voter registration drive, even if you can only give a few hours.
Encourage one friend who has never voted to vote. Discuss the issues with those who you think are clandestinely racist. Don't bother with those who are overtly racist, frankly we just don't have time – we are going to have to save their country without them.
Do it for that man. He will thank you.
'You are old, Father William', the young man said,
'And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?'
'In my youth', Father William replied to his son,
'I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.'
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