In the fall of 2008, someone asked me what I would do if Barack Obama was not elected President of the United States of America. I responded that I would “get a rifle and barricade myself in my house” and I meant it! The American economy was on the verge of collapse. Many of us believed that if Barack Obama did not step in and stop the hemorrhaging of the American economy that we were doomed as a country.
Barack Obama stepped in and stabilized the economy. Four years later, convenient amnesia has caused most Americans to forget how Bush and his cronies ravaged the economy. Americans have forgotten how cheap gas and milk were in 2008.
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind — George W. Bush was not invited to the Republican Convention in August but no one seemed to notice. His absence was barely mentioned in the media but everyone knows why he was conspicuously absent; he disgraced the Republican Party, let down those that foolishly voted for him and inexorably damaged the good citizens of the United States of America.
The focus this election year is on the Obama Administration and the revisionist are zealously blaming Democrats for every problem that has occurred since the Great Depression and people are buying it! I’ve been in this skin long enough to understand that when problems arise scapegoating increases. With more Americans on welfare than at any point in modern history, it’s pretty easy to blame Obama.
Americans will not blame their extensive use of credit, bad money management and One Percenter envy as the root causes for their economic woes. It’s much easier to point fingers.
Leveling The Playing Field — Barack Obama has proven that brothas are capable of being good Chief Executive Officers. We as Black Men have understood our capabilities for all time but in America we had been denied opportunities because of fear of what others have known about us for a millennium. Barack Obama was given an opportunity to become CEO only because the whitest men in America managed the country so badly that the nation was on the verge of chaos. Now that the hysteria has died down, Bin Laden is dead and Iraq is no longer a daily news item, Americans can revert to bigotry and nihilistic behavior that we as a nation covet.
I used to accuse my ex-wife of burying her head in the sand and ignoring issues that she was presented with daily. I have come to discover that most Americans deal with life in that manner. When presented with problems or certain truths, most people fall into a trance like state of denial followed by blame. We immediately engage in evasive circle talk or we get angry at the source of problem. The first acknowledged Black President of the United States of America has become an easy target for people struggling in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Like the Republican National Committee, most people have dismissed George W. Bush as simply a bad mistake, a fluke in judgement of the Ninety Nine Percenters that actually believe we elect the U.S. President. That political naiveté will motivate some to forgive the One Percenters of their greed and avarice. Many will trust another very rich man from a Royal American Family to dutifully help the needy proletariats. They foolishly have that hope over and over and fail to come out of the trance that might cause them to realize that capitalist take no prisoners.
On this particular day, my patriotism, my hope for America is that Barack Obama will be given another opportunity to guide American out of the economic dirge that greed thrust upon us. May GOD help and preserve America.