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Friday, May 30, 2008

Are We Sending a Message to the World, Or Are We Electing a President?

"...the fact that he is a candidate for the presidency makes me extremely proud to be an American. When I travel abroad, no one can criticize the US for being racist, as in any other country, no such candidacy would be possible."

Recent Radarsite comment

We do not elect a President of the United States to send a message, or to make a point, or to prove to the world that we are not racists. We elect a president to preside. To steer this great vulnerable country through these perilous waters.

There are many among us who have unwittingly bought into the false premise that all of the existential threats we face in this turbulent world are of our own making. These problems are not evidence of our real enemies evil intentions, but rather the results of our own inherent racism and prejudice. And they will proudly cast their vote for Barack Hussein Obama merely to prove to themselves and to the world that they are not racists.

Does it matter that Barack Hussein Obama is at least partially black? Yes, tremendously. Not to us, but to Barack Hussein Obama. It is the very essence of his being, the banner of his Crusade. Without the 'race issue', Barack Obama would be just another politician. It is his focus and his justification. And, if we are not careful it will become ours.

The above excerpt is from an earlier Radarsite article; but somehow I fear this message is still not getting through. I fear that many among us will still go to the polls this November more concerned for the world's approval than for our own survival; using their precious ballots to make a statement on behalf of universal understanding and tolerance.

My friends, we do not owe this world any explanations or apologies for our treatment of our citizens. Half the world would sell their bodies and their souls to come here. We have to build great walls and fences to try to keep them out.

The United States of America is the closest thing this world has ever known to a true meritocracy. In America, more than in any other country on this planet, merit trumps race and gender and social background. I should think that the two major Democratic presidential contestants have more than adequately proven this point.

The only thing America owes this world is to continue being America; to continue being the symbol of hope and justice which she most surely is. - rg

Cross posted from Radarsite