Country First, by Michael Davis
Martin Luther King was never a prisoner of war like John McCain. Nelson Mandela never flew a combat mission over Viet Nam like John McCain. Gandhi was never a commanding officer like John McCain.
According to right wing rhetoric, none of these people would be able to lead in America for they would be attacked for their lack of experience. What all of these people share with Barack Obama is the ability to inspire other people.
I am not suggesting that Obama is in any way in the league of those above, but there is something to be said for inspiring people.
Some people like the Republicans don’t see that. This from The party of Lincoln, as they like to say. The “party of Lincoln.” Wow, that is saying something. They always bring that up when they want to make a point.
Lincoln was President in 1861. It’s now 2008. That party is over.
How over? Lincoln is known for one thing and one thing only to the masses: he freed the slaves. He gave black people their freedom in this country. Did you see the sea of faces at the Republican convention? There were thousands of people there, and I’m not kidding when I say this: it looked like you could count the black people on two hands. How is it possible that the Republican Party frees black people from bondage and black people stay away from the Republican Party like Stevie Wonder stays away from driving the Indy 500?
I watched the “Country first” video that the RNC produced and showed at the convention. When images of Ronald Regan, Barbara Bush and McCain were on the screen the crowd went wild. When images of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks were seen… nothing.
No applause. No reaction. Nothing.
Don’t take my word for it. Find that video on You Tube and see for yourself. What does that mean? It means that a great American hero like Martin Luther King gets no love from the convention attendees. Does that mean that the Republican Party as a whole has no respect or love for black people?
No, it does not mean that but when the world is watching and you clap for Reagan and not for King it may not answer the question why most black people don’t vote Republican, but it sure does looks bad.
On the videos produced for the convention, there were a LOT of black people. In fact, there were more black people on those videos than live in Harlem. Are we to believe from those videos that black people are a major part of the GOP?
Hey, I rent videos from Blockbuster and I have yet to believe Ghost Busters.
To be fair I did see some black people in the hall. They looked a bit tied down. In fact, I wonder if they were tied down? I could not see their feet. Thatwould explain why they were there. Hey the GOP is the “party of Lincoln” maybe during the closing ceremonies they will free them from their chairs to great fan fare!
I kid. I joke. I know that those people were not tied down. They wanted to be there… the Republicans serve chicken.
I want to take a deeper look at the whole “inspire” thing. Let’s see now, what good has come from the ability to inspire?
How about The United States of America? Were we not inspired to rise up to declare our independence? Did Gandhi not inspire a nation and, in fact, the world? Did Martin Luther King not change the world with his inspiration?
There was a time when our example inspired the world. Inspiration used to be a good thing in this country.
I like John McCain, I really do. I can tell you truthfully that what he went though in that POW camp would have most likely broken me in five minutes. He is a real hero, I mean a no joke bona fide hero.
I’m not a hero but every so often I do something stupid which is viewed as heroic. A few years ago I was walking to my car after leaving a party. In the parking lot there was a young women being harassed by two guys. I asked if everything was all right and she just looked at me with tears in her eyes and fear on her face. The two guys turned to me and told me to mind my “f-ing business.” I looked again at the woman and she silently mouthed the word “please.” I walked over to the woman and told her I would walk her to her car. The two guys started yelling at me and following us while we walked. When she got to her car she was shaking too much to open the door. I took the keys from her hand and as I did I was hit in the back of my head. When I turned around, I was hit in the face.
I tried to kick the guy that was hitting me and for my troubles I was stabbed in my thigh. The two guys ran away because the woman started screaming like crazy. When the EMTs got there I was told I was a hero. Hero my ass, I was just trying to help a woman who looked like she needed a friend. This was one of a few times when I stepped into this kind of foolishness. Every time I assumed that the outcome would be non-life threatening. So clearly I did not know the extent of my stupidity.
John McCain knew what he was getting into when he joined the Navy. He knew there would be trouble when he got into his plane to fly combat missions. In fact, he went looking for that very trouble. In that parking lot that night, I went looking for my car.
Would I have stepped up if I knew I would be hurt? I like to think so but can’t say for sure. As I said I’m not a hero but the woman saw me as such, the EMTs saw me as such and my girlfriend at the time saw me as such (I told her there were 12 guys and they all had guns. I’m not a hero but I’m far from stupid. THAT was a good night.)
John McCain is a hero. I’m not. However, if McCain should be elected on just that fact then I should be made Los Angeles Chief of Police. During the convention Fred Thompson made the case that McCain’s time, as a POW is important because it shows his character. Again I’m too chicken shit to even imagine being in a POW camp and character is important but is it more important than inspiration? Bill Bennett, a GOP mainstay, said on CNN that America does not care as much about the issues as they do character. Bennett says that in the end people vote for character.
I find that funny. Bill Clinton had a zillion women come out and say they slept with him when he first ran for President. America did not care. He won. Then when he was President the Republicans tried their best to impeach him because of his cigar moment with Monica in the White House. America did not care. The country rose up and said “Hell no!” You know why? Because things were good.
When things are good you can get away with just about anything when you are in the White House. Ask Bill Clinton.
Why are the Republicans so big on character? Because they have f**ked up the country for the last 8 years and they got nothing else to talk about. I think the ability to inspire people shows great character. But you won’t hear that from the right.
So that character argument is just bullshit.
The GOP talks about “family values” and will crush anyone who they see has a lack of moral judgment. BUT they defend Sarah Palin’s seventeen-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. These from the people who HATE teenage pregnancy and cast a “failure” tag on parents whose kids that get into this type of trouble.
Sarah Palin has taken a position on no sex education in school and abstinence as Governor and is bitching (yep, I said bitching) about the questions surrounding her on this issue. It’s a fair question. This woman condemns the type of behavior and now expects a pass when she is called on it because it’s in her family. Well she sure missed the boat on that one. Maybe she should have thought twice about the sex education idea because clearly her kid needed to hear about the birds and the bees from someone.
Now they applaud the decision to “have the baby” and welcome the pending marriage of the expecting couple. These kids are eighteen and seventeen, that’s a great age to be married right?
Good thing she belongs to the NRA. Can you say “Shotgun Wedding?’
By the way, isn’t seventeen underage? Why has the father not been arrested like Genarlow Wilson was?
Most likely because Genarlow Wilson was not in the “club.” It’s hard to get into that club; the Republican Party is not one for inclusion unless you agree with every single thing they are about. Remember George Bush talking about the war on terror? He said proudly to the WORLD “If you are not with us you are against us.” Recently John Rich of the group Big & Rich wrote a song and sung it loudly at the convention called Raisin’ McCain. I loved his line that says…you can get on the train or get out of the way.
At the GOP convention Rudy Giuliani said that Barack Obama is the most inexperienced candidate in the last 100 years. That’s debatable, but let’s say he’s right. He also said that Obama has never run anything. He also made light of Obama’s inner city work as a community organizer.
That’s another reason why black people don’t vote Republican. (There are some who do, but there are also some people who like fruit cake… weird; I know) in the black community a community organizer is on the front line trying to help in the inner cites. You can just as easily be shot working in some communities as in Iraq. The different is that community organizers go to the front line to help people without benefit of back up, bulletproof vests or weapons.
I know these attacks are to point out that Obama has no inexperience and should not be Commander and Chief. That’s fair. I mean his inexperience may lead him to ignore his military advisers, listen to false reports and start a war against a country that did not attack us. He will probably be so inexperienced that he will say he started a war because there are weapons of mass destruction there! If we don’t find any he won’t care he will just still keep pouring money and more importantly American lives into the war. MAN! You are so right; we don’t want somebody that inexperienced or stupid as president!! No we don’t!
I see your point! We need to get somebody as president who voted 90% of the time with our current president because the above scenario would never happen.
Well Mr. Giuliani and the rest of the right, for the sake of argument let’s say that Obama is the worst candidate in the history of the presidency. Let’s say that’s true. Let’s say that the “community organizer” is simply the most unqualified human being to ever run for President.
According to the polls, he is leading McCain. So what does it say that a black man with no experience who has never run anything is beating McCain?
It says that people need to be inspired. They are not falling for your fear tactics. They want change and will take their chances with the community organizer.
Wait, don’t be scared, Mr. Right. This is your chance to put Country first. When Obama wins (and he will) you can join him and make the country great again!
Can we? Yes we can!
No? Then you can get on the train or get out of the way.
USA! USA! USA!
Michael Davis graces the e-pages of ComicMix with a new column each Friday.