And this entry is a response to this blog. If you read that blog and disagree, please (again) let’s continue to be civil.
That’s like catnip to me. If this were a trap in the wild I would be snared because I can’t resist writing my thoughts in response.
This sentence in particular: “[Christian Conservatives] just want a candidate we can relate to.”
I think that’s a fair statement. And it definitely does not make one racist if that leads you to vote for someone other than Obama. For sure. Like, Gov. Palin seems like a simple, straightforward, family woman with conservatives values that resonate with a lot of people.
By the same token, even if black people voted for Obama because he’s black … well, keep in mind that it’s the same kind of thing. He was raised by a single mother, worked hard to pursue his education, worked in the community as an organizer, is a family man. So it’s not just a black thing or a white thing, it’s a cultural, socio-economic, political… whatever.
You know what I’m saying.
However, that’s not the reason that many black or other people are voting for Sen. Obama. They’re voting for him because they support his views and his approach. A common sense muscular (for lack of a better word) compassionate approach.
And some people are voting for him because they disagree with the Republican Party or are unhappy with the results of the past eight years of a Republican Administration.
C’mon. There were a lot of … not good.
And one more thought before I eat bacon.
A lot of churchgoing black folk are socially conservative, although the focus is a little different. But I’d like to posit that there is more to being conservative than the issues of abortion and homosexuality. Well, “conservative” is totally the wrong word here. Compassionate. Even Biblical.
I’m no Bible scholar but I do know that Jesus taught compassion for the poor, prisoners, children, women, the old and infirmed, the crippled and untouchables, prostitutes, publicans and sinners in general.
So not only does the post-modern Christian have to contend with abortion and gay marriage, they also are concerned about our country’s policies regarding immigrants, poverty, crime, drug abuse, disparate education, disease, health, environmental issues, homelessness, broken families, divorce rates.
Many black communities are suffering from these ills. All kind of communities, in fact. I firmly believe that it’s more class-based these days than race-based.
Point being, all of these issues are critical as well. So perhaps these black Democrat church going citizens are taking more into account than the Big Two.
And given these other issues, even socially/culturally conservative blacks are often economically or politically liberal. And given the nature of our communities, we tend to be affected by all of these things or know people who are or have relatives who are affected by these things.
I mean, a life in the womb is precious. And so is the child who thinks that their only avenue to success is dealing drugs and is skipping school because he/she doesn’t think it’s relevant to their life. And the elderly person who needs assistance. And the homeless men and women sleeping on benches a few blocks from the White House. Wounded and disfigured veterans.
I could go on but my brain hurts. It’s been a long day.
Time to eat
Okay. Ooooone more thought. I think that repealing the tax cuts Pres. Bush gave to the wealthiest among us is social justice. If I’m paying between 26% and 33% of my salary to gov. taxes, why do they get away with 11%. Or less, because I’m sure they have ways of sheltering their money from taxation.
Y’know? Flat tax! Rascal Flats Tax.
And now I’m officially off the rails.