As I write these words, big fat cathartic tears are rolling down my cheeks, and goosebumps are covering me.

Something's changed. I can feel it.

Even though I voted for Cynthia McKinney, I am absolutely delighted that Barack Hussein Obama has been elected.

Not because he's a Democrat -- I happen to think that the Dems as a party are just as corrupt as the GOP, bought and paid for by big corporations and the Military-Industrial Complex. And certainly not because I agree with many of his political positions, because I emphatically do not.

What strikes me this morning is that, for the first time in over a decade, I'm actually feeling hopeful about the country I was born in.

My gods, we as a people CAN change!

Our conception of what "American" is has changed. When this country was founded, a person like Obama would have been a slave, counted as only 3/5 of a person.

Now, a man of African descent has been elected President. Wow. I never thought I would actually live to see the day.

The problems of race in this country are not over. Not by a long shot.

But our country, founded on slavery, racism, and genocide, has finally reached a place where it can see that we are not a "white" nation. We still have to come to a place where we recognize that we are not a male, Christian, heterosexual nation. We still have tremendous issues of class, poverty, justice, and violence to overcome.

But last night, progress was made.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..." reads the first line of our Constitution.

We've just become a little more perfect. Progress towards that perfection CAN be made. There is room for hope.

Thank you, America, for restoring a little bit of my faith in you. Thank you for growing up.
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( Nov. 4th, 2008 08:32 pm)
They're celebrating in the streets here in Bellingham, dancing and screaming and shooting off fireworks.

Well done, U.S.A., well done. You've restored some of my faith in you.

A black man as president. I didn't know if I'd live to see it happen, but it did.
Expect lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth down in the South. Certainly a lot of shock.

Berkeley Breathed was wrong... the first black president of the U.S. WON'T be a Republican!
The BBC has a very interesting piece about a group of Shamans in Peru who are using their unique skills to make sure "the right candidate" gets elected in the United States.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/us_elections_2008/7699066.stm

You can't make stuff like this up!

(I do worry, though, when the one Shaman says they want the U.S. to get the president it deserves. That's actually a scary thought...)
Even though I voted for McKinney, I really dislike this nasty habit some Republicans have of calling Obama by his middle name -- as if Hussein was somehow a 'bad' name. Or a scary name. Or something like that. It's really, really distasteful, and shows just how petty, small-minded and ignorant many Republicans are.

Hussein, in Arabic, means "good," or "handsome." [source: Wikipedia] Doesn't sound that scary to me.

So, from now until the election, my name is Kevyn Hussein Jacobs.

Grow up, Americans.

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tianas_knife for pointing this movement out to me on Facebook!)
I am getting so sick of this Iraq/Iran confusion. It really burns me up how many Americans are idiots on this issue. Especially Americans who SHOULD know better. Did everyone in this country flunk grade 4 geography?

For example, take all this Bullshit "John McCain is best qualified to lead us in foreign affairs" rhetoric.

No, he's NOT, and just being shot down and interned in a Vietnamese prison camp for years DOES NOT qualify you to be President of the United States... And it certainly doesn't make you qualified to handle International Diplomacy!

McCain's latest demonstration that he has no concept of Middle Eastern geography and politics came this morning on ABC, when he stated that the Iraq-Pakistan border is a very dangerous place:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/07/21/foreign-policy-expert-mccain-iraq-pakistan-border-extremely-dangerous/

Problem is, Iraq and Pakistan don't share a border!

I know, I know, he "misspoke." Problem is, SENILE OLD McCain does this all the time. Like when his AIPAC handler, Joe Lieberman, had to publicly correct him on his statement that Iran was training Al Qaida. ARRRRGH! The man has NO CLUE! NONE!

And lest I be accused of being partisan here, I'm really NOT impressed with Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente for exactly the same reason. On an interview on Democracy Now this morning, she said:

"And, of course, an immediate withdrawal from Iran. And we must not be duped that a troop withdrawal in Iran could also mean a troop transfer in Afghanistan and more young people, particularly white working-class youth, being used as cannon fodder."
( http://www.democracynow.org/2008/7/21/first_all_women_of_color_presidential )

AAAAAAAAAAAGH!

This is my first exposure to Ms. Clemente. I have been seriously considering voting Green Party this year (voting against BOTH right-wing conservatives Barack Obama and John McCain), just as I have done in every Presidential election since 1996. But if this is the quality of candidate the Greens are running, not even the fact that they are the first party to run TWO women of color on their presidential ticket might be enough to get me to vote for her. I'll give her a pass for this first flub, but she is not inspiring me with confidence.

Sheesh, get me out of this country full of STUPID PEOPLE!
Now she's playing the race card?

Lady, you're asking for a whole lot of trouble. We need someone to unite us as a people, not divide us.


I'll give Clinton props for this: She's tenacious.

Maybe what she says it is true, that she's polling better among certain European-American groups, but she's veering dangerously close to "Obama can't win because he's black" territory.

Give it up Hillary. You lost. More Democrats want Obama than you.

Sheesh.
Well well well... Look who has just decided to throw his hat into the ring:

Ralph Nader Declares as Independent Presidential Candidate

I was wondering if he was going to try again this year. It appears he's forgoing the Green Party this time (which is fine, because I like Cynthia McKinney as the Green nominee).

Expect the Democrats to start screaming "spoiler" now, accusing Nader of being an "egomaniac" who only really cares about his own personal aggrandizement, and not the good of the progressive movement, or the country. It's the same old tired arguments they trotted out in 2000 an 2004.

Nader's joining the race is a good thing, IMNSHO, for two main reasons: His political stance always forces the Democrats to work for the progressive left votes, which the Democrats tend to take for granted. This can pull the Democrats leftward, and away from the centrist "Republican Light" position they tend to want to hold.

And, an independent bid for the presidency widens the field, and forces the U.S. elections out of the Democrat/Republican duopoly. (The same holds true for the Greens).

This means we'll likely have THREE socially progressive candidates running: Obama (if he wins the nomination, and assuming he truly is a progressive), Nader, and McKinney. And two of those are African-American!

Which tells me the country WANTS to move in a more progressive direction, even though the power structure is built against it.

I love having a choice, though I doubt Nader can win against the Obama juggernaut. The mythic quality of the Obama bid is resonating strongly with the common people.

And I'm going to have to do some serious thinking about who to support. I'm still leaning Obama -- unless Clinton gets the nomination, in which case it's between Nader and McKinney.

This is looking to be one hell of an interesting year!
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