Why I Cannot Conceivably Vote for Barrack Obama

Why I Cannot Conceivably Vote for Barrack Obama

        If it comes down to it, I am more convinced than ever that
Obama cannot even win the black vote. More evidence suggests that Obama doesn’t
identify with African-american culture, almost in the same vein as Condoleezza-lies-a-lot
Rice. Instead of lending his face to a backwards war and generally pretending
that African-american angst doesn’t exist though, Obama takes the quickest and
cheapest shot possible as evidenced by his “personal responsibility” speech in
which he derided African-american males to take care of their illegitimate
children and to stop pointing the finger at social injustices. (June
19, 2007 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061801363.html
)

        He is not the product of slavery, so it is rather easy for
him now to discredit the effects of such a terrible institution. Personal
responsibility is important and essential to the success of the black community
as a whole. Men and women alike are confronted with that daily in their
choices. However, until you can remove the system of oppression that
perpetuated the Social irresponsibility in the first place then you will make
little overall progress no matter what happens at the individual level.

Sure, guys like Obama have succeeded. (Great for you Obama,
after only one generation… but there have been others in this country for
years compounded by generations with hopes on the shelf: getting the full
dosage of a power struggle that Barrack would have at least been partially
insulated from in his white middle class upbringing.) Johnny come lately to the ‘hood sounds like
he needs to spend more time in Chicago barbershops, even though there is seldom
a black man around to tell him that he might want to shift his focus elsewhere.
(I wonder if black people could one day
go to the brink of extinction here in the United
States like the Native American.) I also wonder how much of this type of
castigation is not a result of being behind in the polls?

Speaking of politics, I have a confession to make. I am a Republican of the rarest breed: a
black Republican of more than four generations who has personally never voted
for a Republican presidential candidate.
Oh, sometimes I have good intentions of supporting my “party” but
overall, I look at the health of the nation when presidential elections come
rolling around. (Besides, between the
two-party system and Electoral College it is my assertion that we are not
living in a true democracy in the
first place and all political parties are moot.) My first election was a no-brainer: when Clinton
played the sax on Late Night with Arsenio
Hall
in my senior year of high school, I knew that I would vote for
him. Twice, I was rewarded when he won
in consecutive terms.

After those elections though, I took serious stock of
crossing party lines but in each case saw the Democrat as being the best
candidate for America. In light of this troubling war in Iraq,
I am already looking at the Democratic candidate that is most suited for
getting U.S.
out of this fiasco even though I cannot, by law, participate in the Democratic
Primary process. This is where you come
in. Read my top five reasons (David
Letterman style) why I couldn’t conceivably vote for Barrack Obama should he
win the Democratic Primary, which at this point seems unlikely. Warning: reasons get more expansive… and even
narrower.

5. Barrack
Obama is the contrived and charming choice.

Periodicals like New
Statesman
and Time endorse Obama
as a person that could influence the world, but this sort of “journalism” is
good for speculation and charming audiences only. Barrack Obama is the feel good candidate at a
time when we don’t really need to feel all that good about ourselves. Face it, we screwed up. We ran afoul by going to war against Iraq
and Afghanistan
when we had troubles in New York City. We botched our attempt at being a global
leader in environmental concerns. We bungled
up the Middle East further by backing elections in the
failed Palestinian state when all of the choices were less than palatable. We erred on the side of caution, and
ultimately inaction, when it came to the ambitious nuclear programs of North
Korea and Iran. The high esteem that Americans enjoyed at the
expense of the rest of the world has sunk in opinion polls because our problems
are too many to name right now. This
isn’t the best time to pat ourselves on the back.

4. Barrack
Obama doesn’t have the right people around him.

Do you really need the politically correct answer? Here it goes…
I don’t see any brothers like Vernon
Jordan around
him so I’m assuming he’s going this alone.
I can’t think of too many important figures endorsing him, which leads
me to believe that Barrack is scrounging for whoever is left and wants to come
along on his ride. A book campaign will
only get you on a best-seller list. Not
that the popular vote matters in this country though. Feel free to read between the lines in both
directions.

Part two of the same answer isn’t so politically correct, so
there was your warning. Show me the
political fat cats willing to go on record and say that they will get behind
Barrack Obama 100% right now. Most are
hedging their bets until after the primary when they will jump on or off his
bandwagon depending on whether or not he actually secures the Democratic
nomination. The only problem with this
syndrome is that it is often too late to shape the serious debate and issues
facing America
were it to actually take place. Without
the right people backing him right now, I don’t see him forming any hard line
stance that can elevate him above any and all Republican comers.

Let’s face it: the white people that could be around him are
otherwise enamored with a juicier first.
Besides, I honestly think that white people would change the
Constitution for Arnold Schwarzznegger before they would elect Barrack.

3. Barrack Obama would fail militarily
for lack of experience.

Given the difficulty in Iraq,
I believe that we need a strong military Commander in Chief as our next
president of the United States. Barrack has no prior military experience at
all. Even George W. Bush knew that he at
least had to fake military service in
order to be considered for the job of President of the United
States of America. Where is Obama’s fake or even slick attempt
at fooling people into thinking that becoming a member of the Air National
Guard in Honolulu was akin to
serving our country honorably? For the
record, Barrack was never in the Air National Guard, even in cushy Honolulu.

Granted Obama could have easily joined the Army JAG corps
and guaranteed himself a spot “in the rear guarding the gear” for the first
Gulf War. He could have further put
himself out of harm’s way by signing up for the JAG corps reserve component, but he didn’t.
Our country was at war, and Barrack Obama was of age and he chose not to
serve –as was his right. The only thing
wrong with this is if he had political aspirations at this time and knowingly
missed his opportunity to serve the country.
There was a time not very long ago when even the elite would not have
dared to shirk the ultimate of civic responsibilities while considering a
career in politics.

As it stands right now, I am more qualified to lead this
nation’s armed services than Barrack Obama, and that is sad. I was once only a fireman in the Coast
Guard. Was Barrack Obama even in the
Seabees or Civil Air Patrol? Can someone
with no prior military service get us out of the brand new Vietnam
in the Middle East, bourgeoning Cold War part two with Russia
and the potential showdowns with North Korea
and China? I don’t think so. Sure there is much that should be left to
diplomacy but the reality is that we are already facing a war on three
fronts. If the greatest military minds
ever assembled couldn’t win a war on even two
fronts, what makes people think that Obama can win on three albeit potential fronts?

2. Barrack Obama is a milquetoast
candidate.

His Secret Service protective code nickname is “Renegade”
but he is far from radical. He
thoroughly beat Alan Keyes in the 2004 Illinois Senate election which is proof
of his moderation. (Alan Keyes is the
quintessential black radical Republican, often full of harebrained schemes and
unconventional approaches to long standing problems. The only person that would lose to Keyes in
this scenario is Minister Farrakhan.) I
think that it pretty much goes without saying that there would be no
African-american candidate that isn’t radical.
The popular entertainer Wayne Brady could easily trade in his fame and suddenly
appear far-reaching if he were to run for office. African-americans are committed to changing
the ways of this wicked country through shock therapy, reparations and good old
fashioned socialism. Colin Powell could
announce that he is running for president tomorrow and because of his stance on
Affirmative Action and universal health care, or more aptly the need for the
two, he would be labeled a radical by his fellow Republican peers.

Barrack’s presence in the race suggests unity, compromise
and an unfailing appeal to the center. The
only problem with that stance is that African-americans have never really been
interested in the center, along with the rest of American genres. We are a country of competing special
interests. His lack of fervor to choose
hard stances will eventually serve to cut him off from whatever base he can
cultivate. In a presidential election,
it is critical to mobilize your base with key defining issues. To date, Barrack Obama really doesn’t have
any. His position in the polls already
reflects that a year-and-a-half out.

1. Barrack Obama is barely black.

This is a surface issue, but remarkably important to me, and
I suspect, other real African-americans but Barrack Obama is barely black. And I really mean “real” in the sense that
being an African-american entails taking part or being associated with the
negative black experience of discrimination in the United
States.
Barrack Obama is the product of a foreign exchange Kenyan that was not
even nationalized in the United States
and a white woman. His mother traces her
lineage to the Confederate President Jefferson Davis. By all practical accounts he grew up in a
white middle class family in a state that has very few African-americans living
in it: Hawaii. He spent significant time in Jakarta
during his formative years but the foremost African-american role model is
conspicuously absent in his life. With
this absence come questions as to whether or not he is truly fit to represent
the repair of institutionalized racism and systematic oppression in this
country’s vile history rife with chattel slavery.

Many black journalists feel the same way. In her January 2007 Salon
article asserting that Obama "isn’t black," columnist Debra
Dickerson
writes: "lumping us all together [with Obama] erases the
significance of slavery and continuing racism while giving the appearance of
progress." Indeed, the appearance
is all that some can concentrate on, as Obama does have the visage and typical
phenotype of many black people that have lived in the United
States for many generations. Only one thing though: he isn’t
African-american, nor was he connected in any way to a significant pool of
African-americans during that critical time when he formed his opinion of
issues vital to African-americans.

The closest he came to being African-american was receiving
an honorary Doctor of Law from Xavier of Louisiana, a historically black
college. Somehow, I don’t see Barrack
chilling on the yard down in ‘Nawlins though.
Barrack is even absent the popular marks of the black talented tenth
that have become ever so prevalent after W.E.B. DuBois coined the phrase: he
has no African-american fraternal affiliations, he held no high profile social
action posts, and he wasn’t even in Jack & Jill. He did play
varsity basketball, even though that was in Hawaii
where he should have been an All-American given the demographics. I would present this as primary proof that
Obama is apparently not that good at basketball though, rather than engage in
the stereotyping.

A more poignant and pertinent question to Obama would be
“who brought you into the ranks of African-americans in this country?” He would do well to point out who schooled
him, but I suspect that Columbia
and Harvard University
are all that he could come up with. In
white society, indeed, that is enough.
Black people have always been a different story though… Anyway, call me crazy but if we are about to
have a black-white love-in, and put the horrors of slavery behind U.S., as a
nation, then it should be a product of slavery leading the chorus and not
someone totally unaffected –let alone one affected more by the Confederate
cause, laced with the trappings of aristocratic privilege and academic supremacy
or elitism.

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