In reality, politics are without question a very personal matter but, partly due to the media’s focus on the horserace aspect of elections and partly due to the candidates often allowing themselves to be defined by labels (or at the least, trying to marginalize their opponents with them), most political debate occurs from a safe, impersonal distance. … Continue reading When politics gets personal for Latinos
Barack Obama is half black, half white and was raised mostly in Hawaii and Indonesia, but is considered by most to be the “black” candidate. I’m half Puerto Rican and, depending on who’s telling the story, probably a quarter black and a quarter white, and was raised in and around New York City. If I ran for President, … Continue reading Random Thought on Race
In my most optimistic guesses about tonight’s result, I wasn’t expecting anything close to the 2-1 thumping Obama gave Clinton tonight. The Clintons are already trying to characterize it as a black thing (Bill goes so far as to invoke Jesse Jackson) but it is so very clearly much more than that. To put it in … Continue reading Processing South Carolina
From Ill Doctrine (with a hat tip to Maria Jackson via Facebook). Side note: The fact that so many people in major corporations have to work today, a NATIONAL HOLIDAY, says a whole lot about how ready for change we may or may not be. Interestingly, South Carolina was the last state to recognize it as a holiday, … Continue reading Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said
This started out as a reply to a friend’s email who asked the question, and despite my wanting needing to come up for air from the political waters for a day or two to avoid an early repeat of 2004 where my frustrations got the better of me and my cynicism hit new lows, it evolved … Continue reading Is Barack Obama Electable?