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I Refuse To Believe What The Polls Say

I caught a little of the Democratic National Convention in Denver and even less of the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul.  I saw the Democratic nominee for the presidency, Senator Barack Obama, give his acceptance speech in a standing room only stadium of eighty five thousand plus seats.  I saw the Republican nominee for the presidency, Senator John McCain, give his acceptance speech in a stadium of about fifteen thousand seats.  The crowd at the Democratic National Convention was a racially diverse bunch with something like thirty some odd percent of the delegates of African American heritage.  On the other hand, the Republican National Convention looked like a 1950’s Happy Days meets Lavern & Shirley reunion with a black people participation running along the lines of one point five percent.  Thirty six black delegates out of more than twenty three hundred.

Now with just about one sixth the attendance at its national convention and only one race of people represented with audience participation about ninety eight percent white, I wake up this morning to hear that John McCain has a slight lead over Barack Obama.  If that’s not enough, John McCain has a record of voting with his Republican Party and President George Bush ninety percent of the time.  People say they want to change this political environment that has our economy, military, education system, our reputation, our housing market, and just about everything else you can think of on a national level in the toilet and getting shit on constantly.  But now I’m supposed to believe that more than half the people polled these days think that our best bet for changing course is Mr. McCain.

After two terms with George Bush I can’t believe the American public would be so stuck on stupid.  To make the same mistake again for a third time, and to expect different results, is truly madness.  People at the high end of the income spectrum don’t need another tax cut.  They have all the funds they need to fill up their Bentleys and their super class luxury yachts.  What in the world they need another tax cut for?  Exxon-Mobile made tens of billions of dollars last year.  Why do they need another tax cut?  Warren Buffet and Donald Trump did well.  Bill Gates did well.  Cindy McCain made out like a bandit.  Why do they need another capital gains tax cut?  Is it to help her go buy another house or two because nine just isn’t enough?

Mr. McCain promises to open up our coastlines to more petroleum drilling.  He’ll open the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to more petroleum drilling.  He’ll open your backyard to more petroleum drilling if that’s what the oil companies wanted.  But drilling for more oil and keeping the price of gasoline cheap doesn’t do anything to give people an incentive to develop new energy alternatives or to conserve energy or curb wasteful energy expenditures.  After eight years of having two former oil men in the White House, who allowed oil executives to develop America’s energy policy, I’m supposed to believe that over half of America is ready to reward the oil companies for their service to the American public by giving them access to even more potential inventory?  I refuse to believe that our national collective short term memory is that short.

After eight years of having a President of the United States who was a strong, mediocre student with his average grades, over half of America is ready to now ready to vote for Mr. McCain, a man who wasn’t exactly a Rhodes Scholar when he graduated from the Navy academy.  In fact, Mr. McCain wasn’t even a mediocre student.  Out of eight hundred ninety nine students who graduated in his class, Mr. McCain came in sixth from the bottom.  Mr. McCain graduated with a rank of eight hundred ninety four.  Mr. McCain actually managed to avoid graduating in the upper ninety nine percentile.  The man didn’t have enough moxie to graduate above the bottom one percent of his class.  Am I supposed to believe that the majority of America wants another half-ass in the presidency?

I don’t have a problem believing that there are a lot of people out there who are hoping with all their heart that John McCain gets into the White House.  These are the same people who’d be willing to vote George Bush back into the White House for a third term if they could.  These are the same people who would be willing to give the Captain Edward J. Smith, the arrogant and complacent captain of the tragically doomed RMS Titanic, one of the United States Navy’s new high technology Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided missile cruisers.  These are the same people that would let Michael “Brownie” Brown stay the chief of FEMA while black bodies are floated through the streets of New Orleans.  These people have a lot to gain with a third Bush term even while the rest of the country is heading to hell in a rocket powered hand basket.

But I’m supposed to believe that the people of America are ready to put Mr. McCain, Mr. Bush junior, into the White House to change the political course of this country after eight years of Republican executive leadership, with six of those eight years with a complacent Republican legislature.  In order to change the track of the current Republican leadership, America wants to put another Republican in the White House.  I’m supposed to believe the news when they tell me that John McCain has not only tied Barack Obama but has taken the lead because of the bounce of his selection of Sarah Palin as his presidential running mate?

I refuse to believe that the people in America would be so foolish.  This race isn’t even hardly this close.  The majority of the American public are not that narrow minded.  I believe that the news agencies and networks are trying to make a horse race of this political routing to sell some kind of political melodrama to keep people tuning in.  At best, maybe one sixth of the public would vote for the McCain and Palin combo over the Obama and Biden duo.  I would hope that the American public isn’t so gullible to think that Mr. McCain is going to change this country.  Mr. McCain is another train wreck waiting to join the pile up that’s already happened.  He promises more tax cuts that benefit the rich more than they benefit anyone else, more war with more of our soldiers dying, more disparity, and more of all the things that have us in the mess we’re in now.  I seriously hope that the vast majority of America is smarter than the polls say we are.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - Posted by | ABC News, Barack Obama, CNN, Democrats, Fox News, Joe Biden, John McCain, Life, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Thoughts


  1. Thanks for the feedback jonolan,

    Maybe you’re right. Maybe I will take it back. Maybe Americans are more dense than I give us credit for. Maybe the majority of America is racist enough to cut off their collective face to spite a black man. I simply refuse to believe it is so until it actually happens.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. jonolan,

    I’m well aware that not everyone believes that Mr. Obama can get the job done right. I have my own doubts. But I have far less faith in Mr. McCain and his pit bull in lipstick. Supporters of Mr. McCain like to say that Mr. Obama doesn’t have any executive experience, but it turns out he has just as much executive experience as his Republican rival. For some reason, it sticks with Mr. Obama but no one questions Mr. McCain’s lack of executive experience. People say that they just don’t know Mr. Obama’s policies. People hold true to this claim even after well more than a year of Mr. Obama being on the presidential campaign trail. But five minutes after an obscure governor of one of the smallest states for all of twenty months has been announced people are ready to follow her like lemmings off a cliff.

    But hey, you can believe what you want. And you can deny what’s pretty obvious in the process.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. here’s a great article that helps make your point Brother,

    Comment by angelic1 | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback angelic1,


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. People are beginning to wake and realize they don’t want what Obama is really promising.

    Comment by jonolan | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  6. Please understand that it isn’t that anyone believes that Obama doesn’t see the problems; it’s just that they’re becoming less enchanted with his proposed solutions. It’s becoming clear that it’s not change we can believe in.

    It’s not about race for the most part – despite his supporters crying out to the heavens that it is. It’s about a growing lack of belief that Obama can get the right job done.

    But hey, believe what you want.

    Comment by jonolan | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  7. jonolan,

    The real bias is with a political party that only has one point five percent African American participation. The real bias is in a political system where something like ninety eight percent of the people who benefit from their philosophy are white.

    It’s largely about values. Palin comes across very strong on many values that a lot of Americans espouse…

    Ms. Palin does reflect many of the values of people in America. She reflects the values of the dominant culture that pretends to be racially generic or indifferent but overwhelmingly supports the interest of so many white people. The job of the president isn’t about enforcing somebody’s values on to someone else. The president is supposed to assure that the policies of America are fair for all Americans and not just the ninety eight percent that shares his or her values. That’s where the bias is.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  8. First, well thought piece even if we have to agree to disagree on some of it.

    Second, Polls are biased and or agenda based. Anyone can make a poll reveal whatever result they would like so I would not put faith in any poll you see. The sampling on these polls is very small, usually about 1000-1500 people which does not make up a good cross section of americans.

    Finally, Obama supporters should be looking where their votes are going. Although the polls are not the end all, there has been a big swing. I don’t think this means people are finally deciding but people in some cases are moving.

    Personally, I like Obama and am leaning that way but his message is getting boring. He needs to start talking policy not sound bites. He also needs to separate himself from Pelosi who irritates that Independants.

    Comment by Joseph | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  9. I wholeheartedly agree that Palin is – experience wise – a completely unsupported “rainmaker.” I believe her success is a direct result of being a charismatic counterpoint to Obama.

    Again, it’s not about race; it’s not even that much about policies. It’s largely about values. Palin comes across very strong on many of the values that a lot of Americans espouse – and some even have and practice.

    Strangely, we don’t have conservative, values-oriented Black politicians. If we did, they’d do very, very well in their careers. Instead we have Black Christians who en mass it seems vote for pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage democrats out of some sort of temporal loyalty based on their skin color.

    So where is the racial bias?

    Comment by jonolan | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thanks for the feedback Joseph,

    I don’t have a problem with disagreements. It helps to make for a healthy debate. I know that the polls are manipulative. Chances are this poll was conducted outside the stadium that hosted the Republican National Convention five minutes after their shindig ended. But I seriously hate the way the news networks spread this misinformation.

    As far as Mr. Obama’s message being boring goes, I really don’t think that’s a problem. I used to think my parents were boring when they listened to news/talk radio and I wanted to listen to the latest music. In contrast, since Ms. Palin been the VP nominee, she’s been giving the same speech word for word on the campaign. How exciting can that be?

    No matter who Mr. Obama associates with, Mr. McCain is clearly in the association of George Bush. That alone should make the vast majority of American run like they’re on fire to any opponent of Mr. McCain.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  11. Jonolon,

    I don’t understand what you mean she embodies most people’s values. I don’t think she represents the MAJORITY of American’s values. If she did then we would have most certainly killed all the gays and turned over Roe V Wade a long time ago. But we haven’t, because the majority of people don’t agree with Palin.

    The only thing she talks about is “small town values” which basically has been used time and time again to represent WHITE values. What about the others in America, they don’t matter? It only matters that she speaks to the white people of America?

    You wouldn’t take issue if Obama decided to start speaking ONLY to black Americans. And somehow that would be all inclusive and not biased. But, the reverse is somehow OK. The problem is, that when people hear a person speaking to all white people. Speaking in white loaded code words and they believe that it represents ALL people.

    Because it IS in the minds of a lot of white people that anything targeting whites represents EVERYONE. Because somehow minorities don’t have their own values and beliefs. We are bound by whatever white people see as correct beliefs and values.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  12. The obvious is hard for some people. For the past decade the house and the senate have been under republican majority rule. And for less than two years the dems have. Yet all the troubles we now have are for some miraculous reason the democrats fault.

    I’ll never know how that is. And if the house, the senate and Obama become the leaders, the right will further the charade that even the war was started by the democrats.

    But the worst part of it is, and the part where you are absolutely right, is that Americans are indeed stupid enough to fall for it.

    Comment by -=topper=- | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  13. Thanks for the feedback -=topper=-,

    You reminded me of people’s attitude when George Bush junior became president. Although it became painfully obvious that things were getting worse everybody blamed former President Bill Clinton’s policies for the train wreck that came and kept coming for the past seven years. But after just two years of a barely a majority Democratic legislature we can blame the Democrats for everything. Go figure…


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  14. Also, it is not the president NOR the vice presidents job is to enforce values. It is their jobs to ensure the safety and prosperity of America. We need to get out of this stupid mindset of voting for people who are “JUST” like us. If that were the case then blacks shouldn’t be voting at all. We never have a presidential candidate that mimics anything we hold as values or beliefs.

    Thanks again.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  15. Yeah, it’s like the Bush presidency hasn’t even existed. It’s like the last 2 republican presidencies hasn’t exploded the national debt.
    It all comes down to education. Keep the people stupid and they vote republican. That is why they don’t fund education properly. Shit, for that matter that is why you don’t hear them make a fuk’n peep about education!! This is why people are like this.
    I agree, the president has a fuk’n job to do… He’s not here to have a damn beer with us. He’s there to handle the fuck’n business!!!! Fuck his values… can he/she get the damn job done!! Can they negotiate with hostile entities and bring about a positive result for america(n’s).
    It’s amazing how this woman can duck and doge interviews and no one ain’t said shit… It’s like isn’t she interviewing for a job. You don’t tell the interviewer what questions to ask. You show up take the test and hope you did well. These actions don’t strike concern, I think they do. I think the polls are bullshit… but it’s the bigger picture that you alluded to, Brotherpeacemaker. That is, that they are even doing it. The media, sensationalizing the fuck’n vote. This is our government here folks. This is why we vote… this is serious business… but i turn on the television and see people laughing and back slapping… Like everything is awww white… I mean alright.
    Turn on the news and they’re saying how Rodeo Drive isn’t having a recession… actually the $2500 pumps are a big sale right now, if you have it. check it! Hey, but they need more tax cuts… I hear this seasons Lagerfeld collection is to die for. Ask Cindy McCain!,0,2125829.column

    Hell in a hand basket, while they shop!!

    Comment by Damien | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  16. Thanks for the feedback Damien,

    I saw a video some time ago about some people up in the Appalachien mountains. They were all going to vote Republican because the Democrats just weren’t getting the job done. The interviewer asked them did they know that a Republican was the president. They had no idea.

    That’s the hardworking American values that keeps America stuck in a rut. People are constantly voting against their interest to vote with their values. People are trying to buy four dollar gasoline and Cindy McCain shows up at the RNC in a three hundred thousand dollar outfit. And yet, John McCain knows what it’s like to be out here. Please!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  17. jonolan,

    “I’m convinced that your views are biggest impediment to ending racism within America.”

    The RNC has a convention where better than ninety eight percent of the people touting family values are white but I’m the one that keeps an honest debate about racial issues from happening. You gotta be kidding me! Come on now! Don’t be stuck on pretending that the Republican Party is inclusive! Kick that brain of yours into gear.

    “There’s no point in a frank discussion on race and racism because we can’t even agree to definition of the word, much less agree on what constitutes it.”

    So having better than ninety eight percent white participation is racial diversity? White people think it isn’t racist at all to have such a high white participation and only one point five percent black representation. That’s the real problem with trying to have a discussion about racism. White people want to pretend this is okay when it’s not.

    I cannot agree with your decision to leave this thread more. It isn’t about race at all. It is about people who want to pretend race isn’t a factor in their choice to continue the Republican status quo.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  18. Ciao Jonolan,

    I pretty much knew you would say these things as I have seen you on other blogs. Basically what you should have said is that if we are not going to agree on what racism is to YOU then there is no need to continue.

    In fact there is only one thing that in this instance constitutes racism and that is that the Republican party excludes blacks and other minorities with their so called “values” and views. It isn’t an accident that this convention was primarily white.

    Why is it that when something ends up being ALL white it is by accident. But as soon as Obama has the majority of black votes it is on purpose and somehow racist in its entirety. That is the hypocrisy in all this. If somehow the roles were reversed I am sure you would see racism or at least some sort of problem.

    I have long understood that I don’t have to agree with one thing that these people or others say to have a frank and productive discussion on things. It is only when someone feels that others have to give their argument more weight or that others need to convert to their thinking that the conversation becomes non frank and non productive.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  19. One – I said and I reiterate to repudiate the mistranslation, “Palin comes across very strong on many of the values that a lot of Americans espouse – and some even have and practice.”

    Two – sad to say there’s no further point in my involvement in this thread. You are convinced that this is about race and some sort of White conspiracy. I’m convinced that your views are biggest impediment to ending racism within America.

    There’s no point in a frank discussion on race and racism because we can’t even agree to definition of the word, much less agree on what constitutes it.

    Good luck I guess.

    Comment by jonolan | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  20. Same ole bullshit!!!
    People want to ask a nurse what it’s like to prosecute a case.
    A nurse don’t know that ain’t her experience. You ask a lawyer (prosecutor) what it’s like to prosecute a case.
    Let me get this straight… It’s only racism if whites say it’s racism, but those that experience racism aren’t credible.

    Get the fuck outta here!!!

    sorry, brotherpeacemaker for the vulgarity, I usually try to keep it clean but this shit is just re-fuck’n-diculous!

    I’m starting to realize that if you say up is down and right is left then you can have a conversation with them.

    Comment by Damien | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  21. Damien,

    Welcome to my world! Welcome to the outside of the racist matrix!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  22. Brother,you give the american public to much credit.they are all dumb consumers.nascar & so called reality shows are #1 americans are dumber than a box a rocks.bush got elected twice in this so called land of the free.We are dealing with people who think slavery was ok,& believe in talking snake stories from the bible.with that kind of ignorance,barrak is doomed.The only thing a white man with a penny hates more,is a black man with a nickel.john mccain will win & die in office,& dumb ass palin will lead us on to armegedon.

    Comment by trudat | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  23. Thanks for the feedback trudat,

    I understand the cynicism. But I have to believe that the majority of the American people are ready to stop this train wreck called the Republican Party. I’m hoping that the majority of America will not sit back and let John McCain and his VP pick Gidget lead us further over the edge and the global community to ruin. Then again, I could be wrong. I didn’t think the American public would allow Bush to get a first term let alone a second. My faith in the American public has been wrong before.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  24. Trudat,

    Hopefully this scenario you mention doesn’t follow through. But just in case shouldn’t we all be getting a plot of land in Alaska? Because according to Palin and her church when Armageddon hits Alaska will be one of those last refuge places to ward off Armageddon.

    But, I have to hope that a lot of people are waking up and seeing what dumb distractions get us after voting while drunk. I am just waiting for her to start being bombarded by REAL questions and sticking her foot in the biggest hole that is available, which is her mouth.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  25. Hey BrotherP,

    It is funny but all over the web today I have been finding pictures of MaryAnn next to Palin with people asking about the similarities. Not only in looks but in brain power.

    Funny you mentioned this a few days ago.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  26. Fret not Iyah Bredrin! I agree with your standpoint. Obama is the obvious step in the right direction. Millions of other people do too. But as spirit and culture keepers, much of our focus is healing and guiding InI people who are ready to move. The president doesn’t dictate our progress or demise. I actually think if McCain/Palin were elected it would be just as great an awakening of what the U.S. is all about. Shift the sense of identity back to nationalism or what I call neo-antiquity, and back to strengthening our culture as descendant of Africans. Knowledge of self! Determination!

    Comment by Rio | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

  27. Oh yea! Trudat killed it! Obama gave me hope because he reflected a higher consciousness. I’m still gonna vote for him but my belief in the Ameristocratic Kingdumb died the moment I was old enough to see and vote, Bless king!

    P.S. You should come out to my show next Saturday on South Grand. Nothin but Live Vibes brotha!

    Comment by Rio | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Reply

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