As promised in the Colin Powell endorsement of Obama thread I am for the first time giving my official position on Obama....
I want to preface my statements by saying that the significance and historic nature of Obama's candidacy is not lost upon me. I realize how important it is to my people in general... older generations still around to see it in particular. One particular story that comes to mind is the 106 year old lady Ann Nixon Cooper down in Georgia who beamed with pride as she cast her vote for Obama remembering a time when she was barred from voting because of her race. No matter what your politics are it's hard not to be moved by such stories and there are many other stories out there of Blacks beaming with pride as we approach this historic election day next week. If in fact Senator Obama wins this election Blacks from sea to shining sea will burst in a collective out pouring of euphoria as if releasing the burden of nearly 400 years of oppression....In many of our peoples minds we would have come full circle from the OUT HOUSE to the WHITE HOUSE....we've finally got a piece of the pie finally Black people in the white house and they are not just the help.
However, once the euphoria has subsided and the victory parties quietly fade it will be time to allow reality to set into our collective psyche. The reality being that in conjuction with the historic nature of Obama's candidacy comes historic troubles. For instance even before this current financial crisis the U.S. economy was tanking into a long recession. The reasons for this far exceed the abilities of Obama or any other President to effect any real "change" that will reverse this trend. I'm not trying to be dramatic and exaggerate in order to just make a point... I'm looking at the FACTS.
The U.S. economy is more fragile than most people realize... this country has gone from being the worlds largest industrial and exporting economy to the worlds largest DEBTOR nation surviving only on daily injections of bank credit and consumer spending. These two pillars of the current U.S. economy just so happen to be whats crumbling now and THAT is the problem. The only thing left to do is go into more DEBT which is why no matter who gets elected Obama or McCain the national debt will increase by the Trillions just to support their respective plans (something that neither one wants to discuss). This is the reason neither could give a straight answer with regard to what spending they would cut from their plans due to the $850 billion dollar sellout of wallstreet. If going into this type of debt wasn't bad enough you must consider WHO owns all this U.S. debt...none other than nations who don't have this country's best interest at heart. Countries like Saudi Arabia, The united Arab emirates, OPEC, and China. Like I said before America's creditors specifically China at some point will dry up the well for loaning America money and they out of necessity or spite may start dumping their U.S. holdings... this country could not withstand the impact of that.
I say that to say this Obama is not being elected because whites all of a sudden are feeling color blind he is being elected because a lot of whites are hurting and he's offering them hope. The down side to all this is that if Obama does not effectively and almost immediately after he's sworn in start to change this country in a positive way watch how fast even his most loyal white supporters turn on him. I'm not pointing this out because I wish him any ill will I actually like Obama personally which is why in many ways I feel bad for him.
As I pointed out given the magnitude of the situation no president could change this thing around and even if they attempted to do the REAL things necessary it would be so painful to the American public that it would be political suicide...so all he's left with is the band-aid of going into more debt.
On the national security front Obama's hands are equally tied and Lawd forbid if Iran gets a nuke or if there is another attack here on Obama's watch....The conspiracy theories would run amuck and the conservative air attacks from the likes of Rush "Hermann Göring" Limbaugh and propagandist Sean "Joseph Goebbels" Hannity would convince even larger numbers of whites (who already don't trust him) that Obama allowed it. The cumulative effect of an economy that's not improving (or even worsening) and national security threats will create a backlash that will start to divide people along racial lines...whites will become ever more vocal in their opposition to Obama and Blacks will take ALL criticism of their "First Black President" personal and as a racial attack.
This will cause whites to become ever more conservative (something they tend to do when scared) and soon thereafter Blacks will realize that the only circumstances in which we should be seeking Black leadership is in a nation that we have SOLE control of without having to acquiesce to the will of a white majority.
This all could be the beginning of a true separatist movement of Blacks in this country for the first time. So when I think about it if Obama wins from the stand point of a Black separatist it's a win/win situation... if his presidency is a success which improves the lives of Blacks in this country...great. If not then Blacks will finally have to come to terms with the fact that the old saying "God bless the child that's got his own" apply's not just to an individual but also to a GROUP and we need to work towards achieving nothing less than our own in every sense of the word.
So the bottom line having said all that.... Barack Obama gets my endorsement....