Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.Well I'm trying not to predict the future as I didn't predict Obama's election. That's not to say I wasn't surprised that he would win this one. I just didn't anticipate that he'd lock up the nomination, although to be sure I'm glad it was him instead of Hillary Clinton. I really didn't think he'd give McCain a good beating in the Electoral College.
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America. Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them. I would have to be wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
I would have to believe that "fairness" is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
Like I've said this was a tough election for me because most of the candidates in this election weren't people I wanted to vote for. I should have done what this lady did and what a guy said he did in another class and voted for Ron Paul as a write-in. All the same the only thing that I did was observe the overwhelming emotions that befell Morehouse because of Obama's win.
In my mind I can't just vote a black man for President, but I would like to try to vote for a man who I believe will do the best job. Everybody's standards are different on that so if the most qualified man or woman to me actually gets elected then I suppose I've done my job. If not then hey this person has four years to earn my vote assuming no one else comes along.