(PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY AND ALL VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE OR SOLELY MY THOUGHTS, BELIEFS, AND IDEAS. YOU CAN DISAGREE AND THAT IS FINE WITH ME. I ACTUALLY LIKE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS. AND WHILE YOU MAY FEEL ONLY YOURS IS VALID, I STAND FIRMLY ON MINE AS WELL. I AM NOT TRYING TO PUT ANY ONE PERSON DOWN OR IGNORE THE HISTORICAL MOMENT THAT WE ARE PRESENTLY IN. YOU CAN CONTINUE WITH THIS POST BUT IF YOU FEEL AS IF MY OWN TBI’S WILL PISS YOU OFF, EXIT LEFT PLEASE. BUT COME BACK TOMORROW AND SEE IF I’M TALKING MORE ON THE LINES OF YOUR STEEZE)
A little over three years ago we found ourselves in the midst of desperate times. Cost of living was going up while wages remained low. The car industry was on the fast track to tanking and once what was considered a great job (i.e. Chrysler here in Fenton) people were being laid off at an alarming rate. The banks were on the brink of filing bankruptcy (now just how in the hell can anyone get credit for anything if the banks don’t have money). Gas prices were so high that people wanted to take public transportation (but even they went up on their prices) and they also cancelled a lot of stops, furthering the unemployment rate since people couldn’t get to work. The threat of another great depression was real. At the time I didn’t really give much thought to a great depression, it was something that I considered only rich people were worried about (hell I had been “greatly depressed” my whole damn life).
The Bush Administration had completely shattered any trust that American people had with politicians. We were duped into believing that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and we had to go and find the oil, I mean the weapons. Never mind the fact that we were already in war with Afghanistan. They played on the American people’s fear of another terrorist attack like what happened at the World Trade Center. The poor handling of Hurricane Katrina and how our own people (born and raised here on U.S. soil) were deemed refugees! Are you kidding me? Maybe they didn’t know the term refugee means “a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution”. These Americans weren’t fleeing to another country. Kanye put the truth out there in a single statement, “GEORGE BUSH DOES NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE” (enter gasp here). He should have also screamed “AND POOR PEOPLE EITHER”. The FEMA debacle was another travesty that back-handed American citizens. Oh we needed something new and we needed it fast. Change, change, change was on everyone’s brain. Who could deliver this change?
Hillary was ready to step up to the plate. Why not? Her husband ran the country for 8 years. She saw a lot and was involved in a lot. She knew that 2008 was her time; she had all her ducks in the row and was prepared for change. What she didn’t count on was a man who had Hope and the mighty O (Oprah to you regular people)! Hopeful that he could make a difference in the American people. Hopeful that he could bring about the “change” people wanted. Hopeful that he would win the Presidential spot and people wouldn’t worry about the color of his skin. I signed up quickly for this hope. I admired and was totally inspired by his Audacity of Hope. I cried as I voted, cried when he won, and cried during the inauguration. It was as if Sam Cooke’s Change Gone Come had finally arrived.
Everyone wasn’t as happy as I/he/she was. He had stepped in the middle of Bush’s mess and it wasn’t going to be easy to clean up. For the past 18 months he has tried, and they have knocked him for that. He has wanted to, but they have blocked him from that. He took it all in stride, never said a mumbling word. I can’t help but think of Christ as he was nailed to that cross; yeah he could have spoken up and gotten down. But his purpose was to save the world from ourselves. President Obama is not Christ, nor can he save the world; it would be delusional for people to think he could. But as the country possibly sits on the brink of a racial separation that could set us back years in time, I need for him to reach down inside of himself and bring that HOPE back out.
He can not let O’Reilly, Hannity, or Fox News discourage or bully him. I need for him to stop with the passive running of this country and stand up for himself and the American people! Everyone will not like him or what he has to say, but they have to respect him. Call these blatant racist out on their racism, point his finger at them and shake his head at how they are purposely trying to divide this country. Look them in the eye and let them now that he shall not be moved, swayed, or affected by this childish play they spew out. As long as he remains silent they will continue on with their witch hunt. From Acorn, his father in Kenya, the fist bump he had with his wife, the fact that Bo wasn’t a rescued dog, Shirley Sherrod, oil spill, helping Haiti, sneezing during church, wearing all black suits, and any other story they can twist and turn.
It kills them that there really isn’t a story for them to discredit him so they are attacking his legacy of HOPE! As I stand back with the crowd and watch as his HOPE is being hung up and out to dry I feel a surge of anger. Not new Black Panther angry and they should not feel new Tea Party angry. Angrier that people put so much weight on what color you are. I don’t want to make it a black/white thing, the man is half both so who are they to say which side of himself he loves the most. The issues that this country face is not just for a certain race. Somehow and someway we all need to remove HOPE off their burning cross and instill it back within ourselves. We don’t have to weep at the feet of HOPE like the Marys did Christ. It was out of their hands to save him, however we can save HOPE. Its still within reach we just have to want to rescue it.