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I (still) have a dream…

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky

40 years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Today a black man who doesn’t want to make race an issue is running for president. He is opposed by one man who opposed honoring King with a holiday and by many more people who very much want to make race an issue.


Never forget…

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  2. Compare Dr. King’s work and speeches for the last three years of his life with O-bomb-a’s. The conflation makes me feel like vomiting. Today is also the anniversary of MLK’s 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam”, one of his many antiwar, anti-imperial, anti-capitalist efforts of that period, and it stands in stark contrast to O-bomb-a’s calls for attacking Iran in 2004 (and continued since), unconditional support of a rogue nuclear state’s aggression and apartheid actions in the middle east, calls for expansion of the military, opposition to single-payer healthcare, bankruptcy bill, PATRIOT Act and other police-state legislation, tort “reform”, attacks on Social Security, threats to invade Pakistan, lauding of JFK’s murderous “Alliance for Progress” in Latin America and the foreign policy of JFK, Reagan, and GHWB, etc.

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    I watched the above the other night. Wonderful stuff and demonstrated (to me) how it was his religion more than anything that inspired his love and life’s work. Often remembered as a secular hero…

    It was also interesting to read this interview with his son…


  4. This is such an enormous topic that it’s hard to know where to begin. Obama wants this not to be about race, and for good reason. He and the Republicans are well aware that there are many, many people in this country who cannot, intellectually, draw the distinction between groups and individuals. If a black gunman in New York kills a five-year old white princess the day before the election, it’s to Obama’s advantage to disassociate himself as much as he possibly can from “blackness.”

    And, of course, the phenomenon of black candidates’ garnering many fewer actual votes than the polls suggested they would is a good indicator that many people will still vote race when actually pulling that lever, no matter what they tell the pollsters.

    McCain is not particularly vulnerable on race, I don’t think. Didn’t he adopt a non-white child? He has also said that he was wrong in voting against MLK Day. I think that his campaign front will be to steer clear of race and even chastise those who engage in racial attacks against Obama, while running an underground campaign specificially designed to use Obama’s race against him, or the fact that “Obama” rhymes with “Osama,” or any number of other things to scare swing voters into his camp.

    I think Obama will be the nominee,and I think he will lose. He needs the swing votes in states like Pennsylvania (a state that has been described as “Philadelphia and Pittsburg with Mississippi in between”), Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and a few others that are in play. And I think that enough swing voters will vote race to defeat Obama.

  5. JS – I went to Penn State main campus, right smack in the middle of Pennsylvania, and while it’ not quite as bad as you suggest, there’s definitely some truth to your description of the state.

    And that’s not based only on the fact I went to a college town either, but based on the many people I knew from Pennsylvania villages and towns scattered throughout the state.

  6. JS: It goes without saying that I hope you’re wrong, I guess. A lot can happen between now and then, and I take some heart in the fact that McCain has been touring America making himself look like a jackass. A 100 year-old jackass.

    Isn’t LCD politics fun?

  7. McCain can self destruct. He has a temper that overcomes his weak impulse control, sometimes. The economy can get so bad that people will vote for almost anyone who isn’t a Republican. There are ways Obama can be President.

    But he’d better be ahead by 10 points come November, or he’ll lose.

  8. Yeah, living in NC when Jesse Helms was running against a black challenger taught me about the closet racist vote. It seemed like then and there it was in the 5% range – that is, if 50% of those polled said they’d vote for the negro, you set the over/under at 45%.