Thursday, November 06, 2008

No He Can't

This morning here's a commentary from about the election of Sen. Barack Obama as President of the United States:
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.

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.
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.

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.

1 comment:

knowitall said...

I love to hear other citizens say they voted because of the best choice for this country, not because of popularity or skin color. There is nothing cool about having socialist illuminati in power to spread our wealth.

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