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Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Dissenting Voice

(Welcome The Bit Maelstrom readers!)

A reader at Althouse replies to the question, "What's with those 10% of black people who don't support Barack Obama?"

I quote her response, in its entirety:

"As one of the 10%, I'm not an airy-fairy, pie in the sky person. I want to hear policy positions so that I can sift them to determine their feasibility. Hope and Change are meaningless substitutes for genuine policy positions to address difficult issues. I read history, and I know that Hitler offered hope and change; Germany is changed by his change to this day.

Moreover, I'm not interested in ram-goat, rum, and roti politics (that's Caribbean for race politics). Race is not enough to convince me to vote for someone. As long as the ideas, ideology, and policy offerings are acceptable, the candidate could be any race he wants. Suppose I vote for Obama on the basis of race; how does that address our terrorism problem? Am I to believe that because Obama is from a Muslim Kenyan father that that gives him some sort of extra power in addressing terrorism issues? I don't think so. Muslims are killing Muslims daily. What else is Obama offering besides talk?

I want a candidate who knows American history, who understands the Constitution, who understands the importance of American symbols, and who respects those symbols, who can speak with pride of American exceptionalism. Obama is not that man. Nobody spends 20 years listening to anti-American rhetoric, confesses to being fortified by the anti-American rhetoric masquerading as "sermons" and emerges as a great believer in this shining city on a hill. It is impossible to believe, just from listening to Michelle Obama, that Barack Obama is untouched by 20 years of Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. There's an old saying, 'birds of a feather flock together.' If Wright is an anti-American, anti-Semitic racist, then so is Barack Obama.

Furthermore, I know a communist when I hear one. Barack Obama lacks the basic understanding of capitalism and how it informs a market economy; of taxation and how changes to it can either uplift or degrade the lives of the people functioning within an economic system; of the role of government as the Founding Fathers envisioned it—not cradle to grave.

Finally, I'm a Christian, and I KNOW that no man comes to Christ on his own terms. We come to Christ on Christ's terms, which is naked, poor, weak, filthy, sinful, and in need of salvation. No man who sets the terms for his "acceptance" of Christ is a Christian. After all, the vessel cannot tell the potter how it wants to be made. That's what Obama did before he decided to "walk the aisle." Cheap grace, faux conversion.

My thinking has been influenced by the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Bastiat, and Hayek. There is no way on this God's green earth I shall ever vote for Barack Obama."

Our internets with The Google is wonderful, but let's be honest. You have to sift through a lot of dross, before you find that rare diamond.

But when you do, it hits you with a life force so potent, it may just give you hope to keep searching for more.

That's how I felt when I read her reply.

It's not that I agreed with all her conclusions (e.g.: I've been around very genuine, very scary Communists to know the difference between someone merely influenced by Marxism, as would include the majority of politicians in the world today, to a real one). But then I'm not seeking agreement.

I'm just glad to actually hear something of substance in clearly defined terms without knee-capping us with rage.

A black voice amongst the thousands we've heard these many months, fortified by her conviction but not being hardened by it. More importantly, not pointing an accusing finger at people like myself, for her fate.

How I miss this communion of thought, and how I long to speak to people about race and Senator Obama in these terms. But my words and intentions are always misunderstood the moment they see the colour of my skin, let alone when I reveal how I vote.

Dialogue becomes accusation. And I, who usually takes life in her stride, feel depressed beyond recognition.

So before it's too late, I will say this so that it's on the record:

Speak to me like a fellow traveller on life's treacherous roads, not a jackal who feasted on you for ages. If you do that or tolerate that around you, I will tune you out, and run as fast away from you as I possibly can. I know others will too.

Fortunately, we have places to run to.

But what of a black person who doesn't feel the need or desire to vote for Barack Obama? Those 10% of Democrats and even less of Republicans, not in the primaries, but those faced with voting against Barack Obama in the general election, when the choice is more stark -- those who will know few valleys of acceptance and shelter.

I shudder to think how depressed they can get, so courage. Courage, courage.

Remember, people like me are trying to find you down those valleys.

We'll find each other yet.


I May Be Black, Mr. Obama, But...
Black Republican Woman And Voting for Obama
The Black Vote by Akindele Akinyemi

Size of the Soul
"Get With the Programme"

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  • I've been around very genuine, very scary Communists to know the difference between someone merely influenced by Marxism, as would include the majority of politicians in the world today, to a real one

    That was good. I liked it. Some of us on the right throw around the terms and accusations "socialist" and "communist" too easily. We lose some cred when we do.

    By Blogger Swifty Quick, at Thu May 22, 01:56:00 am GMT-4  

  • Zeb, thanks for the comment!

    You featured in my reply. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 04:07:00 am GMT-4  

  • Victoria,

    Just catching up on your recent posts...that's top-shelf writing, and dare I say inspirational, the commenters words AND yours.

    By Blogger Robert, at Mon May 26, 06:34:00 pm GMT-4  

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