Archive for January, 2009

Still a prejudiced nation

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

We are still showing prejudice in a big way. It may be a little better to be prejudiced in favor of a minority than to be against them or to want to harm them, but it is  prejudice nonetheless. Why are so many people talking about this black president? Colin Powell once said we should stop talking about color and then we would truly have conquered prejudice. He was right. If we ever really believe that color does not matter we will no longer mention it. When we  discuss the capabilities of people we never mention if they are well tanned by the sun or pale skinned.  We don’t mention it because it is not relevant. What is the relevance of Obama’s black skin?

Haven’t we had enough women and minorities in powerful government positions to learn that they will abuse their power to harm us just like overweight middle aged white guys? Janet Reno ordered the shootings of innocent children at Waco.  New York’s Mayor Dinkens ran a police force that arrested prostitutes and people who chose to use drugs. Alberto Gonzalez. Condoleeza Rice. The list goes on and on.

We are literally “pre-judging” Obama when we assume he is likely to do a good job because of “what he is”.

It’s time to stop thinking that things will improve just because we have all races and colors represented in government.  It’s time to realize that the question is not what color these people are. The question is not who they are at all. The question is how much power should we give them. Right now, we are giving them far too much.

Obamantion

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This blog is launched just as Obama starts to ruin our nation. The American people are celebrating this Obamanation with glee just because it represents “change”. George Bush is out. Wonderful. Celebrate for 15 minutes and now you will start despising Obama more than you did Bush. Bush screwed up foreign affairs big-time. Wait til we see what it is like to have our domestic affairs screwed up big-time. It’s coming for sure. No one bothers to recall when Newt Gingrich and a swarm of republicans were swept into office with the “Contract for America” and lots of the usual rhetoric and nonsene. There was a reason the democrats were thrown out and the republicans were swept in. The reason, plain and simple, is that the democrats screw things up. Yes, I know, the republicans screw things up too and I am not a republican. The republican’s party platform is repulsive. The question here is whether we should be elated about having Obama in office.

Contrary to what many people like to think, hope will not change anything.  The rules of cause and effect have not been put on hold. Things will either happen or they will not happen and while “hope” may make some people feel good, it does not change things in the tangible world.  Actions change things. A man strapped into a guillotine with the blade on the way down may be hopeful. In fact the way human psychology works, he probably would be hopeful. But unless something happens to stop the blade from coming down, he is going to die. A person can buy a lottery ticket and might be absolutely certain that he will win. Do you think he will? By the same token a person might be completely distraught and believe that a particular situation is destined for great peril, and yet good things might happen. The simple truth is that these thoughts are just signals floating around in our brains and things in the real world do not change, either for good or for bad, because of them. Things change because of cause and effect.

Be hopeful if it makes you feel good, but things will not change because of our hopes. Get real.