Taking Sides is Wrong

The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions, and that is a debate I look forward to. It is a debate the American people deserve. But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon – that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.

Barack Obama – June 3rd 2008

As we all know by now, Barack Obama has finally won the Democratic Nomination. His speech two nights ago was about an inch away from amazing and brought tears to many peoples’ eyes. He thanks the world and goes on to open up a can of worms that people could hardly hold back from destroying, and it’s really quite sad. Yesterday, when Whitfield came on to let me know that he had won and that he had an extremely powerful speech that had to be listened to the first thing I did was jump on google and try to track it down. Boy was I furious when the first links I found were not praise, congratulatory or even mildly accepting… instead what I saw was ignorance and rage being channeled into his statements.

So it has begun. As I saw yesterday and will, doubtlessly, be repeated throughout the next few months as we get closer to the actual fucking election, people are discrediting Obama for reasons that are ignorant and unacceptable. One douche said, “Obama is not ideal,” when I began passing the word around one website I follow. Another person took to picking apart his speech in a very spiteful way.

As someone to favors thought and argument over faith I find it increasingly difficult to be involved in the political realm. The choices that people make along party lines are not right; the choices people make along color lines are not right; the choices people make without forethought or discourse are not right. But they have the freedom, in this country, to be ignorant. There are many who take that freedom to the extent that they are free to be racist and believe that voting a black man into any political office is comparable to the blasphemy of using the lords name in vain. It is a sad fucking day in hell when these people are more willing to stand beside our current president in spite all of the bad things he has done, smoothly taking the award of Worst President Ever from his father, Nixon, Coolidge, or however far back you would like to go in history.

Compartmentalization is not the route any of us need to take in politics or anywhere else in life. If religion is no longer sacred and untouchable it follows that politics is not. It’s time we bring ourselves together on this and start trying to orient our views, not towards party lines… but toward right or wrong, beneficial to all or not. It’s just very sad that it has taken us so long to get this far, when all of us well know that we should have been doing it the entire time.