Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Presumptive Democratic Nominee

Where do I begin with the presumptive Democratic Nominee, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama? I wasn't alive during the Civil Rights Movement, but I know all too well what life's like as an African American. I grew up in Texas. Need I saw more? Life wasn't filled with thumbtacks on stairwells or a bed of roses.

Dare to dream in my lifetime that an African American male or female could become President of the United States. I don't think any of my grade schoolteachers ever fathomed the idea of biracial man eclipsing a white woman of questionable tactics and beliefs, as the chosen representative for the Democratic Party. Black History Month will take on a new urgency or appeal WHEN Barack is elected and sworn into office in January 2009.

Why is it such a historical moment in American History, when other industrialized nations have had or have women in top governmental and parliamentary positions? How much does America's tumultuous slave history figure into the discussion on race and politics? Why can't most people look beyond skin color and middle names, and embrace a candidate who wants to implement change for the country and the world?

It's not as if he's uneducated or unqualified for the job. All one has to do is look at the current and previous Republic presidencies for proof that this country needs to change. Affordable or universal healthcare in America should be a non-issue. Michael Moore's documentary is evidence that the American healthcare and pharmaceutical industries have long since been broken. I've personal experience with urban healthcare centers as an uninsured American.

Let's talk about the abysmal housing market for a minute. People have been, and will continue to lose their life savings and homes with a Republican in the White House. Affordable housing is fast-becoming a fantasy in New York and other metropolitan areas. The rich continue to gorge themselves on the middle and lower classes. Gentrification isn't the only answer to modernizing American inner cities at the expense and displacement of minorities that have longstanding roots in a community. At the current rate of new business and residential developments in Manhattan, I fear that we'll soon have a major exodus to rural areas where minorities haven't been welcomed, and probably don't want to live.

A friend is fond of saying hot mess. The political, economic, and social arenas are all a hot mess in this country, and I will be casting my vote for Barack Obama to bring the necessary changes to cool things off and right this country before it becomes an afterthought in the global landscape.

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