Barack Obama is poised to become the 44th president of the United States. Not only this but also making history by putting together a coalition of states that defies conventional wisdom. Obama’s path is different than past democrats where candidates aimed at the same set of states Al Gore or John Kerry won in their ill fated presidential contests. Barack’s insistence that he’d ruin a 50-state campaign paid off.
This electoral victory will take some time getting used to, talk show sycophants’ on the radio all week parroting predictions of gloom and doom if Obama wins the presidency. As Sean Hannity put it, “Obama’s going to take us to socialism and those radical friends that he pals around with….”
Yet what we’ve seen here in Syracuse and throughout our country is an outpouring of support for Barack Obama and his politics of “Change.”
My young niece had to have an Obama sign in her front yard, she’s eight and knows what a political campaign is. Other people that I’m acquainted with have noticed that their children have become fully engaged and are excited about this presidential campaign. Those who teach in schools are seeing keen interest by middle and high school students as they have mock plebiscites in their own schools.
At water coolers and in lunchrooms across this country we’ve had frank discussions on race. These weren’t moderated by Oprah, nor were the major networks invited. What’s going on in America is nothing short of revolutionary given how long we’ve been governed by Republican conservative rule.
Change regarding race will come only when we can have frank discussions with each other without getting nasty or reactionary.
Some ask, “Why do you listen to talk radio since you hate it so much.”
My response is simple, I want to know them when they’re coming. I want to be prepared when one of Rush Limbaugh’s “ditto heads” says something too my face. And when they do I’m ready.
This reminds me of a poem by Gil Scott Heron:
The Revolution Will Not Be televised
The revolution will not be right back after a message
’bout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.
The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.