Sunday, February 10, 2008
A Historical Duo
Forget for a moment the views of the top two Democratic contenders. Set aside for argument's sake any displeasure about what they might have done, what they haven't done, or what they might do. Take a minute and let the bile drain that fills the back of your throat when one or the other opens their trap. No really. Take a moment and do this.
I'll wait ...................................................................................
Okay. Now consider just what these two represent in the historical context of Presidential politics. Both are bonafide contenders, not token gestures and half ass attempts. But real candidates with real machines and real money behind them. One is a woman. One is a Black. That my friends is historic.
These two represent a major swing in American politics. Mainstream America it seems is now ready to deal with one or the other as our Commander in Chief. And rather than be scared witless over the possibility, I am heartened. I am encouraged that our citizens have finally admitted that capable people can come from any group, gender, or corner of our huge country. We prattle on about equality, freedom, and other intangible nonsense. Well these two finally represent some real manifestations of those ideals. Not their views, but their presence.
Each election I have been assured by many opinions over the years that if so and so gets elected, Life as we know it is over. The axe will fall. Daughters taken and sold to slavers, storm trooping socialists forcing us to be nice to each other, or some other fate worse than death.
And then these bozos get elected. And guess what? Life did not end. Our kids were still safe in their beds. And America continued to stumble it's way through another day. Neither one will suddenly toss the country down the crapper. The system won't allow it.
So even if you disagree with these two over what essentially none of us have much control over anyway, be proud to be an American when and if one or the other takes the oath of office in January 2008.