ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS From George Orwell’s Animal Farm
As I look at the goings on of this year’s Presidential election, I’ve made the following (no brainer) observation that each candidate is seen as the “savior” for those of his color in his particular political party. In President Obama’s case, you see African-Americans (for the most part) standing by their president as if he were Jesus Christ. In the case of Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) you see many White Americans standing by their man as one who will restore America to some former glory (of which I have no idea). You can see that the race for the White House is pretty much demarcated by race.
However, for anyone out there looking to use the race card as a VIP pass for government favors, I have some bad news for you: it ain’t necessarily so. In 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president, I thought for sure we would see some real change in Washington. Not just a non-White in the Oval Office, a non-White who would effect much needed change in the US of A. I can also safely say that many African-Americans, who saw the fulfillment of a generations-long dream, would have a president who would see about their needs.
However, to re-quote Porgy and Bess: “It ain’t necessarily so”. In fact, with all that went on since 2008, African-Americans for the most part did worse. I saw the African-American community suffer through foreclosures, lost pensions, and lost their youth to a continued war in Afghanistan (and Iraq for part of the first term). The only African-Americans that thrived were those in the 1%: politicians; athletes; celebrities; and some of the same financial crooks that fleeced their very own people (and those of other colors). It appears that African-Americans of wealth had nothing to worry over the last four years.
For those on the Romney side of the fence, how about that “47%” comment he made recently:
“will vote for the president no matter what … are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what … These are people who pay no income tax.”(Thanks to Huffington Post).
Now just think of all those Whites looking for Romney to be their political “Jesus Christ” who “Believes in America”. Guess what kids? He was talking about you! You, the veteran, the middle class retirees, the disabled, the framer suffering through the worst drought in decades, the serviceperson still in Afghanistan, the minimum-wage earner, etc. Romney’s not going to help these 47%, nor will he be there for the other 52% who works every day not looking for handouts, etc. No, Romney’s concerned about the 1%-the same Wall Street crowd, multi-zillionaire folk who screwed Whites (and everyone else) from George W. Bush’s time up to now.
Take it for what it’s worth my friends. These men may look like you, but really don’t relate to you. You’re just a vote to get them in the White House. And at the end of the day, when you still go to bed with your problems, be rest assured that you candidate is not thinking of you when he goes to bed. Unless of course you’re a 1-percenter.
Peace, and vote wisely.