The whole Gaza thing is a mess. And this graphic makes a pretty good representation about why it is the way it is. Israel will find no sympathy from me. They are gluttonous, and the US has no place stocking them with weapons with what to use to steal more Palestinian lands.
And here is the unedited feed of Bush and the shoeless Iraqi man. Of course, C-SPAN comes to save the day, while the others sit on their thumbs. At the face of this event is the hilarity, of course. An Iraqi reporter throws his shoes at Bush, who does an amazing job dodging them. His shoes. Without the mess of the war behind it, one could just point and laugh. But in this video, you hear the man's screams. And even if you don't speak Arabic, you can hear the desperate anguish in his voice. And that is nothing to laugh at.
Well after the shoes are thrown and Zaidi is dragged out of the press conference, there is a video on Bush's face, smirking and shrugging. One is left looking deeper there, and wonder if he is trying to cover up the fact that he is bothered being hated that much, or if he just does not give a damn about anything.
Is it possible that this could be the face of America of 2009 and beyond? I almost cannot believe it. But tonight, he managed to secure the nomination from the hands of the well-established and well-known Clinton family, and did so without having to sell his soul to negative campaigning or lobbyists dollars. And let's hope such a trend continues. I gave my first donation for Obama's campaign tonight, partially because I feel kind of weird giving money to one Democrat over another. I figure let the process work itself out. But I feel tonight is the eve and kickstart to the general election. Surely, it will be treated as such (no matter if and when Hillary decides to concede.) Time to take on McCain. There was a time I admired McCain. Iraq War and his lack of fire against torture has been the deal breaker there. He might not be as bad as Bush, but he has shown his lack of character. And character is everything to me. Which is why I've supported Obama and didn't support Hillary.
Incidentally, I am most disappointed by Hillary's campaigning this year. There was almost an entitlement to her candidacy. As if, she thinks she deserves it, as if she is the golden egg that we must all uphold with reverence. Surely, she's an American Democratic Senator and that should amount for a level of respect and admiration. And she's a strong and confident woman, which we women should admire. But that's where the praises end. I think the breaking point for me, was with her comments a couple weeks ago, regarding RFK's assassination and why that somehow should be a reason she stays in the race. Okay, you just don't make mention of that. Ever. I remember during the Clinton impeachment trial when there were reports of gunfire heard near the White House. Surely nobody had the bad taste to ever discuss the "what if one of those shots actually hit somebody." Definitely nobody mentioned it with political ideas in mind. Especially not a former first lady who at the time was going through that very fear. It was just too much for me. Enough was enough. She is no face of feminism. Feminism is to make the playing fields equal, not claim special treatment or action based on gender. The fact that she brings up "sexism" itself makes her "feminism" suspect. Granted, it exists but I can notice that on my own without her feeding it to me like I should feel sympathy for her and vote for her simply because she too has a set of ovaries. Obama has been likely discriminated against far more than she has for his skin color. Oh but exchange the word "black" for "muslim". There you go.
Obama is a class act, a true genuine article as far as I can see. Intelligent, wise, diplomatic, non-radical. End to the war, end (hopefully) to the Patriot Act, end to not signing the Kyoto treaty, end to picking hacks for the Supreme Court. Return to prestige and accountability. It's not even about the man Obama. It's about the movement that follows the man. A movement that I'm glad to be a part of. I can't wait for 2009.
So as one would expect, I've been tearing the hair out of my head having to listen to the spin spewed out by the mainstream media outlets. But I've been watching it devotedly wanting to know who's coming out ahead. And by the looks of things, between Obama and Clinton it seems pretty evenly split. I think Hillary has a slight lead. But with that said, Hillary was expected to do a lot better tonight. So all in all? It was Obama's night. He took majority in possibly 13 of the 22 states. Hillary got the larger states, but I'm sure those at her campaign are sitting slightly uncomfortably in their seats.
And.. well? I can say I like that. I have withheld any of my opinions and preferences up til this point as I can admit I've been holding out for the possibility that my man Al Gore would run. But I'm doubting that is to be this time. So I can say I'm definitely on the Obama side. Yes, it's about the war. And it's also about how much dirty money she accepts from lobbyists. And it's about how ugly former president Bill Clinton is getting trash talking Obama (ok, Bill, shut the f*** up, you're ruining the respect I hold for you.) It's about how much I get inspired by Obama's orations. I felt shivers up and down my body while I heard him speak. And while I know I can be swayed by such things and I'm to not be seduced by words, I feel such an inspiration from him.
But the biggest reason I support Barack Obama is his: Tonight on CNN, Ari Fleischer said that he hopes Hillary gets the nomination because there's a bigger chance for the Republicans to beat Hillary running than to beat Obama. And I will accept any candidate who has the higher chance of throwing the Republicans out of the White House. No President McCain. No President Romney. No President Huckabee. I want no part of that.
Up to this point, I've kept my political heart set aside for dear Mr Gore, in the event he'd decide to run. And until I'm absolutely and positively sure that he's not going to enter the race, I'm not throwing my definite support on anyone. But if Al decided that he was most definitely not going to run? I think I would be focusing in on Obama. Although my memories of the Clinton years are golden, I just don't think Hillary is capable of standing firm against the pressures of the right. She's a woman I'd be thrilled if a woman were in power. I'm just not convinced she'd be the right woman. But if it's between her and Giuliani as the media types say? Well... I'm sure you know how I'd be voting. ;)
Obama's a bit of a wild card. Although he doesn't always stand as firm as I figured he would, he is a hell of an intelligent man and can rhetorically communicate his ideas and dreams in a way that's reminiscent of JFK. He says things even if they're not always popular to say. And damnit, I like that. It's refreshing to get some straight talk instead of the same blah blah blah from all the other candidates. I came across this article and it was written well about the times we are in and the times we might be about to enter...
Obama’s candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one. Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us. So much has happened in America in the past seven years, let alone the past 40, that we can be forgiven for focusing on the present and the immediate future. But it is only when you take several large steps back into the long past that the full logic of an Obama presidency stares directly—and uncomfortably—at you.
At its best, the Obama candidacy is about ending a war—not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a momentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade—but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war—and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama—and Obama alone—offers the possibility of a truce.