Sunday, August 3, 2008

Render Unto Caesar

Unfortunately, it seems that attacks by Barack Obama's rivals have a tendency of drawing even Barack Obama's detractors to his aid. This is what happened when John McCain says that Obama is 'playing the race card' based on a speech Obama gave describing how Republican engineers of fear would contrast his visage from those notable Americans who today have the honor of being commerated on the U.S. currency.

John McCain feels that Senator Obama is portraying him as racist through these comments. Yet his portrayal of Barrack Obama being the equivalent of white women, somehow inferior and certainly not a man is to be tolerated. It is to be tolerated why? In the add run by the McCain campaign the juxtaposition of Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton claiming that the Senator has more celebrity than substantial leadership qualities may seem to some that he denies Barack Obama has any depth, any intrinsic personal dialogue, that he is devoid of thought and subsequently devoid of a soul. In effect an inference can be drawn saying that Barack like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are vapid, psychologically underdeveloped girls, whose judgement is questionable. If the implication from McCain's campagin advertisement is to suggest that these celebrities are simply ingenue to be dismissed and treated with disrespect where did that notion come from, is it inherent in the girls or the misogynistic men who groom them? When one sees the pictures of these girls one has to keep in mind that pornography is not only legal but promoted by major American corporations. What is troubling about McCain's advertisement was frankly how positive it was "Barack Obama is the greatest celebrity in the world, but is he ready to lead?" One has to construe celebrity to be incompatible with leadership which in itself takes some convincing. What's more, McCain's attacks Barack's allegeded vacuousness by hurling his own vain and incomplete charges against him. "Barack is famous, how can he be President at the same time?" Again there is this sense that celeberties are inherently insubstantial, Dr. Phil (Dr. Phillip C. McGraw. PH.D) cofounder and president of a litigation consulting firm and host of his popular television show can relate to people who are not rich, white and famous. Danica McKellar co-star of the hit television sitcom "The Wonder Years" is also a gifted mathematican and author of the book "Math Dosen't Suck" which encourages middle aged girls to maintain an affection for the subject. There doesn't have to be this William Caufield condemnation about all celebrites.
People like Spears, Lohan and Hilton may be better known for their exploits than their respective professions but there also seems to be hidden animosity coming from men like McCain and Jesse Jackson who would prefer to perceive Barack Obama as a homosexual minstrel by equating his success with the celebrity of these white women rather than acknowledging that he is running a successful campaign. It is quite possible that there is some psychosexual attraction they have towards Obama which I was here to fore not willing to concede as the fount of Reverand Jacksons off air condemnation of Senator Obama. Barack Obama needs to get votes to win an election, how can his popularity impede that goal? It is like claiming that Barack Obama's success is not success. It is somewhat interesting to note that Senator Barack Obama is leaps and bounds ahead of Senator McCain in campaign contribution thwarting the significance of McCain's best known political accomplishment, campaign finance reform.
What is it that these 'celebrities' are providing that we as fans are not pining after? Lindsy Lohan, the Spears sisters, Vanessa Williams and virtual every American female beauty winner that we have today can not claim to be the chaste girl next door type nor does it seem likely at this point that they would stand a chance of winning any of those contest if they could, but chastity as recognized by the Catholic faith is a communal chore, are we as men playing our part? There is a dangerous portrayal of how women are to be perceived and in particular, young, white, blond females. Senator McCain, known for his off colored jokes sends the message to American males that young blond women are thrift to be exploited. It states that it is okay to kill, hurt and maimed these kind of women because they are silly and not 'real', suitable only for sexual gratification and trophy wives or trivial retail posts.

John McCain dismisses Britney's reality even though we as a nation watched her suffer a nervous break down on national television, even though she is the mother of two children and living a lifestyle very similar to millions of struggling mom's. If Britney Spears were a poor Black women struggling with two kids as a single mom he would not have said those things, we as a society would have empathized with her plight and difficulties, instead because she is a young white blond female and successful artist she is treated as the scum of the earth by men like McCain and LA police commissioner Bill Braxton who trot them out for ridicule and disdain rather than showing them any compassion or giving them any manly comfort and support.

Paris Hilton has held her own as a young woman with a successful reality show which critics hailed as one of the most entertaining yet it is said of women like Paris that they have become famous for nothing. A claim asserted against Anna Nicole Smith for whom this could not be the case nor was she famous for being famous but was in fact one of the most popular nude centerfolds for Playboy magazine not a feat accessible to many women although they would feign to have no interest to be posted in the publication. Anna Nicole Smith was also a model for Guess jeans and spokes person for Trimspa diet products. She subsequently, used her attractiveness to fetch a rich husband, billionaire Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, and inherited hundreds of millions of dollars at his death, a sexual coup many woman would deem a success. She was not famous for nothing, she was famous because she was sweet, seductive and sexually alluring. Anna Nicole Smith was the desire of many men and in fact quite successfully used her charm and attractiveness to navigate her way to what would have been a blissful plateau many would envy and perhaps did because most could not stop speaking evil about her even after she died. Even though she had a real life with very real public joys and sufferings like the birth of one child and at the same time the lost of another people kept talking about her as if she were insubstantial as if she were not really living. Although many thought they knew all about her the fact of the matter is that most probably did not even know her real name, Vicke Lynn Marshall. Anna Nicole Smith like Norma Jean's Marylin Monroe pseudonym, was only her stage name. All she did was smile and look beautiful and people hated her.

Why is it okay to say that certain people are insubstantial, that they are less real than others? What makes Senator McCain more fit to 'lead' than Barrack Obama, would it be the time that he spent as a prisoner by the Vietnamese? There is a hidden sentiment that I have and I am not sure that others share that when we speak of heroes we are speaking of one or two things, those who go for a goal and against all odds win like Elie Manning of the New York Giants, who despite the terrible things said about him persevered and won the Super Bowl and those who like the mythical pagan priestess Hero, in a bout of hysteria do not prevail in the contest with themselves or others and lose or forfeit their life. John McCain does not fall into either category. He got his arms broke and they were not set for five years and so he cannot comb his own hair as a consequence but who did he save, what war did he win, what bunker did he charge? If everybody who fought in Vietnam got shot down the way he did America would have never won the Vietnam war... oh, wait.

When General Wesley Clarke brought to the attention of the American people that Senator McCain's record does not entitle him to inherit the United States Presidency he spoke the truth, many of the American service personal that later went on to be President were like President Grant and Eisenhower, Generals. President Kennedy who was a lieutenant actually saved some one's life and Senator Kerry also made real contributions to the fight but neither men rested on their laurels over their war experience, neither really touted themselves as 'war heroes'. As far as actors are concerned they fared pretty well in politics themselves with Ronald Regan and Arnold Schwarzenegger ascending to the highest office in the country and the their state respectively . Why doesn't McCain use images of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ronald Regan with the monkey in his campaign? It is in this respect that when the rap artist Ludicrous says that McCain ought to be paralyzed before he sits in a chair (presumably in the White house) I take it to mean he might as well further extend his credentials as war veteran which in part he exploits for his own presidential ambitions. The exaggerated piety that men like Senator McCain pay to the American military service only obfuscate the reality of both the missions that the soldiers are sent on and the suffering of the wounded who return. They try to render their service and activities as beyond critic and examination, when in fact we know now that there are quiet a bit of domestic disturbances and other disturbances in the armed forces as exist in any community of people.

It is not that it is not honorable to serve ones country, by all accounts it is, yet when one holds the suffering of military personal to be more exalted than that of other people, like Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith, it reveals an artificial perception about life, one that people like Senator McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton had which is why she lapsed into a fictional account of the real world in her Bosnia landing story that she perhaps imagines one needs to be a part of in order to be eligible for the presidency. Somehow she felt her real life experiences too inadequate to satisfy the role of President of the United States. It is an eligibility she subconsciously signals to the American people that she does not possess and in fact very few people do, except presidents like Eisenhower and Grant. Senator McCain in his own way lives in this fictional account of what it takes by dismissing Senator's Obama credentials, accomplishments and successes, which admittedly the press fails to enumerate. Men like Eisenhower and Grant were not 'hard talkers' like McCain and Clinton, they were genuinely compassionate and affectionate men who understood that having a big heart is more important when leading people than a big mouth. Hard talkers talk hard because they do not fully understand people, they do not really like people and they do not know people.

Senator McCain does not know Britney Spears or Paris Hilton, he like millions of other people assume their television persona, two dimensional as images are constitute all that they are, he is wrong and he is wrong about Barrack Obamas statement about the U.S. currency because he in a racist arrogance, racist because he feels the need to submerge Barack into the role of a servant 'boy' who like a Roman soldier conquering the Greek countryside and it's inhabitants he can sodomize and exploit at his whim and leisure, considers him a mere boy with no capacity for depth. Barrack Obama unlike any other person in the United States probably does look at the United States currency in a way that none of us in this country can. When Barrack Obama looks at U.S. currency today he alone can genuinely contemplate his face on a specific denomination as something more than a pipe dream. The fact of the matter is that his election alone would be a pivotal turning point in American history. He has the opportunity to be a pivotal American figure like Washington(War of Independence), Lincoln (Civil War), Grant(Civil War) and Benjamin Franklin (Founding Father) if Barrack Obama's becomes president and has a successful term he unlike millions of other people in this country has the opportunity to have not only his visage on the currency but his face added to Mount Rushmore. No, it is not likely but right now for Barrack Obama, it is possible. Perhaps no one else in America at this time can say that, not McCain because his election in itself would not be pivotal and not Senator Clinton because she is no longer in the race.

The theory of life that states when someone is real, as Wade county was told they had no claim in adopting in the Roe.V.Wade landmark Supreme Court decision resulted in the legalization of abortion, the Justices did not confirm who is alive and when they are to be deemed so but rather avoided the situation all together by having the State refrain from making the conscience of millions a public matter. That is why Roe.V.Wade is a contention of privacy not murder. People matter when they are matter, naturally their thoughts their feelings their souls have no matter so can not matter but to which they can make a liberal appeal which leads to murder. This is the Terry Schivo question, when are we no longer alive? When is it that we can be deemed dead? The dead we are free to kill and the living have a claim to their conscience which is immaterial. Meaning and value,the substance of thought, the substance of things hoped for have a jumbled role and play in the United States. A theory of life should not be adopted by the State, although ' The State' is not matter. A theory of life should not be adopted by the living at all, for that would be a vanity, a hypothesis of being which is impossible. When do people count? Why are some to be dismissed as 'punks' as worthless, who has given people like Senator McCain the right to judge? Is it because he has been in a war, because he has provided this service to United States?That is barter that is not respect, love and dignity, of course he will be given his say. That is more than the aborted fetuses have been given but because he is pro-life does not give him the liberty to slander those of us who are living, everyday, day to day. His own life was held in the balance by his captives, was that because he had some value to them at the time or was it out of an intrinsic respect for life held by the Vietcong?

I personally have no intention of voting for Senator Obama, however, I do believe in rendering onto Caesar's that which is Caesars and Barack Obama is fully justified in expressing the portent of change a successful presidency with him in the White House would mean for this country. He does not look like the other faces on the dollar and we cannot play the race card retrospectively, because in the era of the other 'dead presidents' a President Obama was fiction. We can not keep up the same tired gambits of soundbite such as 'race card', Senator Obama had a thought about his presidency in relations to the United States currency which was profound, but Senator McCain chose the low road or could not interpret it's significance, that does not bode well for the future if McCain wins the election.

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