BLAME THE BLACK GUY!
"I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents’ dreams live on in my two precious daughters I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible."
Barack Obama speech to the Democratic Convention
27 July 2004
On Election Night 2008, America was faced with a simple, eight year challenge, and the whole freaking world was watching:
How would this nation, built as it was on the lacerated backs of black people, deal with the elevation of the first African American to the presidency?
Most disturbing has been the reaction of the Tea party crowd - particularly in the South. Something like this was never supposed to happen. A damn darkie livin' in the same house that the sainted Ronald Reagan once called "home"??? Pass me mah smellin' salts, Esther! They had taken it for granted that Pennsylvania Avenue was an exclusive, all-white neighborhood. Barack Obama is viewed by them as the block-buster from hell.
(1) The person is lying, or....
(2) he/she has absolutely no understanding of the history of the country they profess to love so much.
Haven't these knuckleheads ever heard the name "Franklin Delano Roosevelt"? FDR was not merely a "liberal" - he was a radical! In a time that was in desperate need of radical change, Roosevelt was made to order. It is that type of administration that is desperately needed again, too. That is what I was praying for when Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009. A lot of us lefties have been bitterly disillusioned.
The president has been taken to task, by the left and by the right, for not "reaching out to" and "working closer with" congress. Are they kidding? What good would that do? It is unrealistic to expect a sane, rational human being to try to deal with a cabal of people who have lost their freaking marbles. HELLO???
All that one can possibly hope for at this late date is that, by the November midterms, the voters of this country wake up and understand the the damage that the GOP is collectively doing to their once-great nation. That's the only chance Barack has to go down in history as a good, even great, president. If his administration is judged by future historians as being a failure, most of the blame will not be his. Look at all of the grief and obstruction the man has had to put up with. Hats off to the guy for being able to accomplish anything!
As the months transpire between now and November, their lunacy only promises to get even loonier. I cannot emphasize this enough: These are really interesting times.
Barack Obama's keynote address to the Democratic Convention, July 27 2004, ten years ago this week:
"There is not a black America, and a white America, and Latino America, and Asian America. There's the United States of America."
Barack Obama, 7/27/04
She was the personification of a shooting star. It appears upon the horizon, rapidly making its way across the night sky; illuminating the heavens in a brilliant and beautiful light. Then, in an instant, it's gone.
You'll Never Walk Alone
by Frank Sinatra
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone.
That is poetry.