Will black people riot if Obama doesn’t win?

October 30, 2008


It’s funny, two different people hear that question and you get two different answers.  Wendi C Thomas in Will White People Riot, on October 20th, on The Root answers the question this way:

Would black people riot if Sen. Barack Obama didn’t win the election?” That was the question a white man in Memphis recently asked a racial reconciliation group with which I am involved.

After five years of being a columnist for the daily paper in Memphis, I wasn’t surprised by the absurdity of his query. Many whites still labor under the illusion that black folk act en masse and that if you ask the right one, you can get the official position of some 40 million people. If a few of us get angry, that logic allows, it must surely result in a riot.

Riot because we didn’t get our way? Please. Black people have more than their share of experience with disappointment and dashed dreams. (See: King, Martin Luther; Evers, Medgar; Chaney, James.) Matter of fact, I’d go so far as to say we’re experts in making the best out of a losing hand.

The reply to the curious white gentleman: “No! There is no reason to believe black people will riot if Obama does not win.”

Of course reading it this way, I cannot escape the inherent racism in the question.  It is patently absurd.  The idea that Ms. Thomas can answer for 40 million people or that all 40 million people would feel and respond the same way is ridiculous.  It ignores the fact that all black people do not support Obama as well as all the white people who do.  It’s utterly preposterous.  But what I thought when I heard the question is, why wouldn’t black people riot?  Why wouldn’t we all?

I thought of the fact that the last two elections have essentially been fixed and we’ve had a president for 8 years who was not elected by the people of this country, but by the Supreme court.  He was put into office by politicians (including his brother the governor of Florida), the CEO of Diebold (manufacturer of electronic balloting machines) who promised to “deliver him the state of Ohio” in 2004, by dangling chads and most of all by the apathy of the American people.  We should have been rioting back then.  Why wouldn’t we riot now?

Obama has been ahead in the polls and in the estimated tally of Electoral College votes he will garner on the fourth for so long that a McCain victory at this point would almost certainly mean our election has been hijacked for the third time in a row.  Will black people riot?  I should hope so, I plan to.  If he doesn’t win I will be in San Francisco rioting for the first time in my life and I’ll be in DC shortly thereafter.  I will riot, and strike, and protest and fight until the wrong has been undone.  Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Greens, Peace & Freedomers and Democrats should take to the streets and take back our government.  Whether you vote for Obama or not, it should scare you that the citizens of this country have not picked the president in the last two elections, and if McCain wins, in a third.

Riot?  I should hope so.


It’s not in the bag for Obama yet…

October 30, 2008


Republicans could hijack this election still, Vote, call, go door-to-door, be involved.  Don’t let November 4th go by leaving you wishing you had done more. 

McCain’s Economic Advisor? – His VP candidate!

October 29, 2008


Wow.  The thing is, all Presidents need advisers.  None can be an expert in every area, or in any area.  I don’t expect John McCain to know everything about everything.  He needs advisers, and if his expertise is not the economy, so be it.  I’d prefer someone other than the president be making money decisions, as a matter of fact.  I do not hold his lack of economic experience against him.  What bother’s me is…

1. By his own admission he needs his VP to help explain economic issues to him?  So, you’d think he would pick a running mate with strong economic experience.  He picked Sarah Palin.  Um, John, Sarah Palin doesn’t even read the Wall Street Journal, how’s she supposed to advise you on economic issues?  She probably thought Fannie and Freddie were Lockhart’s dogs.  Oh wait, that’s right, she doesn’t know who James Lockhart is either.  Great adviser.  Anyway, Sarah is old news, so what also pisses me of about what this ad reveals is…

2.  John McCain knows he doesn’t have economic expertise.  But since the economic meltdown he has been blowing his own trumpet… “if only they’d listened to me in 2005, blah blah blah, we could have avoided the whole ‘collapse of the US economy thing.'” Like he was the economic herald we ignored to our own detriment.  He wasn’t.  And now we have the words out of his own mouth to prove it.  And KNOWING that, he picked Sarah Palin.  Great plan.

Luckily he won’t win.  If he had, we could have sued him for gross malfeasance.

Electoral College – October 27th, 2008

October 27, 2008


It’s a beautiful sight:


Obama 375   McCain 157   Ties 6

Watch it change every day here!

Republican party bailout… what this historical moment is calling for

October 19, 2008


… bail out at the ballot box that is.

There appears to be an unprecedented number of Republican party intellegencia publicly denouncing the McCain campaign.  Despite the visibility and numbers of party-defectors, this is no ‘come to Jesus’ Republican conversion.  I don’t believe these staunch party die-hards are permanently disavowing the GOP or their core belief systems.  I think they’ve come to realize that there is something worse, much worse, than a big-government, elitist liberal at the helm.  What’s worse is clearly a McCain-Palin ticket.  

I have often wondered why this ticket doesn’t scare thinking Republicans?  Apparently, it does.  Colin Powell is just the lastet to announce an 11th hour endoresement of Barack Obama.  Earlier this week, in a dramatic turn worthy of Lost, Christopher Buckley (son of William F Buckley and former columnist for The National Review) announced his support for Barack Obama.

From Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama
Christopher Buckley
thedailybeast.com, October 14, 2008

Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.

As to the particulars, assuming anyone gives a fig, here goes:

I have known John McCain personally since 1982. I wrote a well-received speech for him. Earlier this year, I wrote in The New York Times… a highly favorable Op-Ed about McCain, taking Rush Limbaugh and the others in the Right Wing Sanhedrin to task for going after McCain for being insufficiently conservative. I don’t—still—doubt that McCain’s instincts remain fundamentally conservative. But the problem is otherwise.

… John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?

As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man…

I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets.

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.

Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.

Get a job you scumbag European socialist baby-killing terrorist faggots!

October 17, 2008


McCain – Palin rally attendees accost Obama supporters.  It’s even sicker than the one below:

Although there is a funny part where Barack Obama gets accused of, along with Acorn, engineering the current financial crisis.

If you still don’t know what Acorn is, please get your facts straight.  Look at the post-Debate 3 analysis by the non-partisan group FactCheck.org, scroll down for more in depth coverage of the current allegations against Obama and Acorn.  Or go to Acorn’s site and read up on what it is they do.

McCain – Palin Mob

October 17, 2008


It made me sick to my stomach to watch this.