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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Barack Obama: Another Man of Hope

Today, the daddy is answering a request to re-post an article that he wrote that compares Barack Obama to Bobby Kennedy. Okay, anon, Obama volunteer, here you go.

Barack Obama: Another Man of Hope
by Mac Walton, aka, MacDaddy

Yes, a tall, skinny guy with a funny name is running for president of the United States.

Yes, he appeals to loyal blacks, Latinos, idealistic youth, liberals, progressives, committed
unions, and thinking independents. And, yes, when he speaks, those within earshot of him begin to clap hands, stump their feet and chant to the top of their lungs. And, when the tall skinny kid with the funny name begins to weave a tale of patriotism, hard work, hopes and dreams, when his voice rises to a crescendo like a Lucian Pavarotti aria ending in the high C's, young girls in pretty dresses jump out of their seats and begin to dance deliriously, spinning like couples at a Saturday night hoedown in rural Tennessee.

"We can hope once we realize we have more in common than we have apart. We can change once we know that we have the true power: that power comes not from the top but from the ground up. We can take back White House and take back the country once we know that true power comes from us. When you say, "Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!"

But back in the day, another young US senator ran for president of the United States. No, he wasn't especially tall, and he didn't have a funny name. But, like the skinny kid, he had above-average intelligence, a calming effect upon everyone he met, and an absolutely disarming smile. He was the charmer

Like the tall, skinny kid with the funny name, the charmer believed in change-- change in terms of getting out of a war into which we never should have gotten involved in the first place, and change in developing a mindset where we only go to war as a last resort. Whereas the skinny kid wants to get out of Iraq, the charmer wanted to end our invasion and occupation of Vietnam. Like the skinny kid, the charmer wanted to take funding used to purchase planes and guns and to burn down villages and redirect those monies toward rebuilding America: improving education, putting Americans back to work, improving its neglected infrastructure...healing its racial and moral wounds.

The charmer viewed our propensity for war as going far beyond politics or greed. On Face the Nation, November 26, 1967, he clearly framed our illegal occupation in Vietnam as a moral issue:

"Do we have the right here in the United States to say that we’re going to kill tens of thousands, make millions of people, as we have, refugees, kill women and children, as we have? I very seriously question whether we have that right...When we use napalm, when a village is destroyed and civilians are killed, this is a moral obligation and a moral responsibility for us here in the United States." (
The Last Good Campaign, by Thurston Clarke).

Like the tall skinny kid with the funny name, the charmer saw past religion, race, gender and class to a promising and prosperous future for America.

"For the fortunate among us, there is the temptation to follow the easy and familiar paths of personal ambition and financial success so grandly spread before those who enjoy the privilege of education. But that is not the road history has marked for us. The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American society."

In his own way, the charmer was agreeing with the tall, skinny kid with the funny name: "Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

But they say all good things must come to an end. The charmer was assassinated in 1968. Still, if the charmer were around today, he would say to the tall, skinny kid with the funny name the same thing that his brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, said: "Well done, my son. Well done."

6 comments: said...
This comment has been removed by the author. said...

Hey there!

Can you BELIEVE that in just two weeks...the United States of America will be known across the world as the UNITED STATES OF OBAMA??



I hear that there will be a huge, huge, city-wide Victory Party in the nation's capitol so those who can travel to be part of the victory celebration should be there as history is made.

Yes...we will be FREE by any means necessary...brothas and sistas...arm yourselves...with political power and knowledge!


rainywalker said...

There are many in our past history who were assassinated. They take those with vision from us sadly because they do not want us as a people, to move forward and be the best. They want us stupid, poor and uneducated. History around the world has shown educated people tend to overthrow their masters.

MacDaddy said...

Lisa: Hey, Lisa. Very good to hear from you again. Yes, people will be ecstatic all over the world! I'm going to get together with some friends at my house, play great R&B like the Temptations, Four Tops and the Dells and jazz like Billie Holiday and Miles and have a great time. Hugs for everybody...
I'm coming to see you at blackwomenblowthetrumpet.
rainywalker: Yes. Let's not have a leader that brings people from all races, genders and classes together. Let's not have a leader with genuine love "for the least of these." But I'm hoping that Obama will help turn this mentality around. I'm hoping that being a serious student in school will be cool; and having meaningful discourse at the highest intellectual level on mainstream and cable tv will become routine.

Vigilante said...

It's already been pointed out (somewhere) that McCain, who is insensitive to the damage of the Robocalls, and who voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Day, did not have to live through the dark days of the assassination of MLK and RFK. He was a POW when those things went down. I say he is still a prisoner of war.

MacDaddy said...

vigilante: Well said. I'm sure you know more about this mentality than I. But to this non-soldier, he seems to be trapped in the Vietnam era and he either can't get out of that era or doesn't want to. As they used to say on a tv show, that's incredible.