A Sad Day in American Politics…

Truth be told, if I was Obama, I would have stopped at Debate #19, but honestly, what was so special at Debate #20?  No, seriously, in real life what was so special about it?  Frankly, based on the fallout stories afterward and the parts that I saw, neither one of these candidates have flip-flopped on any of these issues.  This did nothing more than to solidify the myopic.  Well, what do you mean by myopic?  I’m glad you asked.  Simply stated, those who were going to vote for Hill’ry are probably going to still vote for Hill’ry, and the same for Obama.  This was a nice debate, and again, we heard Obama speak about substantive things, as he’s always done in the debates.  Realistically, he wouldn’t have survived 20 debates if Obama wasn’t speaking about substantive issues, rather than the rhetoric that goes over so well in the stump speeches.

What made this such a sad day in American politics was that we have celebrated this last week of edging up on negative politicking with this meaningless debate.  I mean seriously, this was just a desperate ploy by the Clinton campaign, she’s more or less out of money, in a sense, and this was the only way to get her name back out on the map again.  Even if the pundits say Clinton won, it was a meaningless win; she’s slipping in the polls day by day (although the UNN is very leery of polls since the Iowa caucus and the New Hampsh– primaries) and she has come off as quite the schizophrenic since their last debate.

Ultimately, the personal attack question concerning Obama’s pastor (who’s since retired after a 36 year long ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ) and his endorsement by Min. Louis Farrakhan.  I believe Obama handled it about as well as possible, however, what kind of world is this where Farrakhan is the barometer for African American politics.  I’m convinced that Farrakhan’s rhetoric is the same kind of rhetoric that we heard from our own president concerning one Osama Bin Laden about “smoke ’em out” and all other belligerent types of rhetoric that is evident of those who feel they are being attacked and is warranted when one’s character comes under attack.  I would have thought that we had gotten passed this of Farrakhan’s words from the past being taken out of context, but, clearly the audience’s applause after his clear rejection and denunciation of Farrakhan stated that we hadn’t.  But maybe we had gotten passed it just like we had gotten passed a black man actually playing a black presidential candidate on SNL ::rolls eyes:: but that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax.

This is a short blog, have fun with it, just wanted to record my thoughts.

Keep it uppity, JLL

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