Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Lions & Tigers & Bears!"


A woman in my building at my work, who was one of the rare McCain-Palin supporters, said today that she was afraid and doesn't feel as secure now that Barack Obama will be president. Mind you, she said this in front of me and not my bi-racial friend, "Jimmy". She said that his race had nothing to do with it and she was certain that he is a fine man who will govern as best he can. So, I asked her what was she afraid of? She said that his "youth and inexperience" is what worried her about with him.

She said that was the only deciding factor in whether she cast her vote his way or McCain's way. I assured her that she had nothing to worry about. I said to her... "He's 47 years old, not 27 years old." I reminded her that John F. Kennedy was 45 years old when he entered the White House and he did just fine. Bill Clinton was also 47 years old when he entered the White House and, despite the sex scandals, he left the country in pretty good shape. I don't know if that made her feel a little bit better or not.

She is scared... NOW she's scared! Well, I was scared too. Do you want to know when I was scared? I'm glad you asked. I was scared in 2000, around this time, when they pulled off that farce that they called an election and allowed this man, George W. Bush, to become president by a Supreme Court vote. I was scared after believing that we got bamboozled and the election process was really flawed... that the fix was in from now on and maybe I was wasting my time voting in the first place, if this was going to be the way things were done. I was scared knowing this man was now president and rumored not to be the brightest bulb on the tree in the first place.

I was terrified when he appointed an attorney general who was judged by the people of his own state to be so abhorrent that they would rather vote for a recently deceased man, rather than him. I got scared when The Mosad (the Israeli version of the Secret Service) and German Intelligence (not to mention our own FBI) told his administration all during the summer of 2001 that there were certain individuals in Florida that needed watching because they were taking flying lessons but, not learning how to land. I was horrified to learn that he and his administration chose to do nothing and then on September 11, 2001, all hell broke loose! And, guess what? The same individuals that we were warned about turned out to be the 911 terrorists... their pictures were in the newspapers the very next morning. Somebody knew who they were, right?

Furthermore, I got real scared when they came out with the Patriot Act and started shredding the constitution at will. I got scared when we opened up Guantanamo Bay and started holding suspected terrorists in custody without due process of law for months on end. I was scared when instead of directing all of our energy towards getting Osama Bin Laden and the folks that made all of this happen, this president started beating the drums for a war in Iraq... a country we had already beaten 12 years before and had surrounded by our ships and posed no danger to us. We were told that they had weapons of mass destruction and they posed a danger to the world. We've been over there since 2003 and nobody has yet to find a weapon of mass destruction of any kind.

Then, there was Katrina and how I saw people standing on roofs, wading through flooded streets, and the government agency that was supposed to help them, (which was headed by one of our president's college buddies who couldn't find a birthday cake in a bakery) was no where to be found. Now, we have the bank failures, the near financial collapse of the U.S. economy, and the possible bailout of three big automobile makers. If this hasn't frightened everybody then, I don't know what can. If this is an example of mature and experienced leadership then, I'm really afraid!

After all of that... this woman is afraid NOW??? She was willing to vote for four more years of THAT??? Please!!! I would have rathered she said that she didn't vote for Barack because he's black... at least, that I could understand. I'm not scared of lions and tigers and bears but, I've been scared during the Bush Administration!!!

25 comments:

Pocahontaz said...

you should of jumped at her and said BOO..LMAO

Some people can be so freakin ignorant..Im serious!

Shorty said...

Point taken. You've once again stated a very important message quite elegantly!

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

I feel you Keith. Man I went to see W this weekend and the thing is. W isn't a bad man just pretty much horrible at everything he has ever done.

I also watched the documentary Crawford on Hulu good stuff. Yes it is amazing how the tables turn when you are not on the winning end.

I hope Obama has killed the era of Rovian politics where the extras get one and office and not the substance.

I LOVED this blog! It was great.

Raven said...

Preach brother!!!! I'm like you, NOW she is scared??? Get outta here with that. I love how people try to justify things...why is it so hard for Repubs to admit what a mess W made? Like OG said, W is not a bad person...just a bad president.

Oh...we will never find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq because the Bush family sold them to Bin Laden...I'm just saying...

SLC said...

Well stated Keith. I don't think she can explain her fears of Obama this well. Funny, but age and experience has landed us in this mess(es) you commented on.
She should have simply said, "You people took golf from us with Tiger, and tennis with the Williams' sisters. Let us at least keep the White House!"
SLC

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Agree with you Keith.

I haven't seen W yet but I always thought he wasn't a bad man but a bad president.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

just telk her dem or GOP they all the same - no real change - still in pocket of k street

James Perkins said...

Preach Brother-lolololol.

Simon Bastion said...

Once Again, well said..well said.

SunFlower said...

Speak the truth Keith, I am standing and applauding.

Tate2 said...

Such an imaginative way you have with making your point...I dug the Wizard of Oz and Jazmine Sullivan
references.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

You on it bruh..you dead on it!

Toni said...

Hi Keith...Great Post...
LMAO @ pocahontaz- yeah you should
have jumped and said boo...lololol

Angie B. said...

I'm with you Keith-NOW she scared?
lolololol...I loved the Wizard of Oz..

Lisa said...

Standing and applauding too..What is it with some people? I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Here we go...more Obama stuff...why don't you change the name of this blog to "Obama's Space"? He's been elected already..
Talk about something else..I noticed that you in fact were discussing other things in your recent posts, but here you are again talking about Obama..Give it a rest.

Keith said...

@Anonymous- Hi Hater...Last time I checked..This was my blog..so if my subject matter offends you, you can always go to the next blog or better yet, start your own blog and discuss or not discuss anything you please.

the bloginator said...

I suspect that "anonymous" was a closet McCain supporter and is just one more example of how "they" can't handle the fact that they just lost this one. The world isn't going to come to an end just because you didn't get what you wanted this time around "anonymous". Go to a corner somewhere, lick your wounds, and get over it already. This is America... "love it or leave it!" And, while you're at it, when I don't like the contents of a blog, I just move on to one that I do like. Maybe it's time for you to consider moving on!

anonymous 2 said...

Yeah! I'm with Keith and the bloginator. Go somewhere anonymous! Apparently, you never learned one of life's most important lessons: You can't change what other people do but, you can change what YOU do. How dare you tell someone what to blog about. Just change your own course and move on!

Strongblkwmn said...

Most of us have been scared since we were old enough to understand America. This woman is only getting a glimpse of what we've been dealing with since our ancestors were brought here.

Moanerplicity said...

Wax on, my political, Brotha! Wax on! Methinks along w/ some bigotry, some prejudice & some other *stuff,* this woman is afraid of the unknown. But instead of being inspired by the chance for change, she chooses to be fearful of it.

Without a doubt, Bush will go down in history as one of the most unpopular, inefficient, embarrassing, wasteful,Presidents this Country's ever produced. So what do people like this woman find to cling to about an administration that produced two undeclared wars, hundreds of young lives lost, a horrific hurricane that rendered a slow and tragic response, and an economic disaster the likes of which hasn't been seen since 1929?

Yeah, she has a right to be fearful. Ignorant people usually are. Someone new will be in the White House making decisions for the better, and some people would rather live in Blessed ignorance.

One.

Dwane T. said...

"I would have rathered she said that she didn't vote for Barack because he's black..."

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Now that, my brother, is reality!

Everything that scared you scared me. But nothing is more frightening than a person who will find the most rediculous reasons in the world not to allow a Black man to be in control simply because that can't accept the fact they have a problem with his color. Self-deceptive racists terrify me.

CurvyGurl said...

Lawdy! She ought to be afraid of the economic state of this friggin' country. Gimme a break. Narrow-minded people irritate me.

Perceptions, perceptions - Give O a chance, if he effs it up she can say I told you so.

What floor does she work on? I'd like to drop by...

Kin'shar said...

hahahaha@ Keith, dang...didnt know we had Obama haters here in blogsville.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Yes tell it like it is!!!

Preach onnnnnnnnn!




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