I saw this the other day and refrained from commenting on it, but it’s been eating at me. Chuck Berry has endorsed Barack Obama for president. Now, it isn’t surprising that someone in the entertainment industry is endorsing a Democrat for political office. But, look at the story. Read it. What issues convinced Berry to support Obama? There isn’t a single freaking issue mentioned. Berry supports Obama because of his skin color. Woohoo! Let’s elect a black man just so we can have a black president and show how far we’ve come.
It would have been the same if Hillary Clinton was the
Communist Democratic candidate. Oh, let’s elect the first vagina president.
Vote for Obama if you want, but dammit, do it because you believe in what he believes in, not just because he’s a black man. We’re talking about the most powerful position in the world. It’s too important a job to fill it with someone unqualified just because he’s the first of something.
The more I look around, the more I think Ray Bradbury had it all right in Fahrenheit 451. We’ve got our big screen TVs, reality programming with audience participation, seashells for music, and people are freakin’ shallow enough that they’d pick their leader according to how he looks. I suppose I should find a place to hide my books.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’ll be voting for McCain, since he’s the less liberal major candidate in the race. I wanted Giuliani to be the GOP nominee. We can’t vote Libertarian in Oklahoma … and I learned my lesson about third party candidates with Ross Perot, anyway.
Race is going to be a huge issue in this election. Yeah, there’ll be people who vote against Obama just because he’s black, but it’s going to be his long association with the Trinity United Church of Christ that is going to cost him this election. Well, that and the fact that most Americans are still politically conservative.
For those who are interested, I am a Republican. I would have no problem voting for a black person or a woman if that person was the most qualified candidate. I do not always vote down party lines; in the last gubernatorial election I was very glad to vote for Democrat Brad Henry’s re-election (I would have done it even if we hadn’t had such a bad GOP candidate). I also voted Democrat for lieutenant governor.