I’m Over It

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     I sorry to say I’m over it. While I was moved by the first reports of people celebrating in the streets, and can still understand the feeling that many people (many of my neighbors) have, the plethora of bad analysis and false claims has left me not wanting to hear any more.

     For example:

Obama’s Historic Victory by Howard Zinn

“But, as the first African American in the White House, elected by an enthusiastic citizenry which expects a decisive move towards peace and social justice, he presents a possibility for important change.
Obama becomes president in a situation which cries out for such change. The nation has been engaged in two futile and immoral wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the American people have turned decisively against those wars.”

     No and no. What people did was vote against Bush. They didn’t like him anymore, and took it out on McCain. The McCain tactic of claiming to have years of inside experience backfired when the economic went south and the voters blamed those in power for the collapse. And they couldn’t tell or didn’t care that Obama was no different than McCain on the economy.

     And the economy was the issue. Obama was a likely loser before it came along.

     Not the wars. Not social justice.

     I spoke at or attended several candidate nights with surrogates for the presidential candidates. I spoke for Cynthia McKinney, which included speaking against the Afghanistan war. The head of the Long Island campaign for Obama was so amazed that anyone could be against the Afghanistan war that at first he could barely talk, and then mentioned it incredulously several times throughout the night. All the good liberals, I expect knowing Obama’s position on expanding the conflict, went right along with him.

      So no “the American people have turned decisively against those wars” line is false, like many other claims we have seen. “The American people” have shot down the civil right to marry in all three states it was on the ballot. So no, “an enthusiastic citizenry which expects a decisive move towards peace and social justice” is not the crowd that voted for Obama.

      It goes on and on. Trying to pull meaning were none is. Missing the meaning that is there. Many don’t seem to get the real positive of this election, that it is a step forward that an African-American was elected to the White House, not that _this_ African-American was elected to the White House.

–Roger Snyder

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