I’d Rather Be Poor and White than Rich and Black: McCain and the White Vote

Obama is a Hooligan, Terrorist and a Socialist?

Greg Sargent at Talking Points Memo
has an interesting piece
up on how McCain is fanning the flames of anger and rage on
the campaign trail. He writes,

Look, it’s easy to dismiss the guy at this rally as a crank. But the larger context here is important. The McCain campaign — with public statements and ads suggesting Obama is linked to terrorists and many other tactics — is very deliberately trying to whip up mass fear and loathing about the prospect of an Obama presidency.

When they stood up and started I was lightweight reminded of a
lynchmob. Before you dismiss me consider this.
Black men were
lynched under the auspices
of protecting the sexual well being
of the southern bell, however
there was an more stealth agenda
operating as well. Black men were also lynched as an act of voter
suppression and as an act of economic oppression. According to

There were often three motives for lynchings in the United States. The first was the social aspect: punishing some social wrong or perceived social wrong (such as a violation of Jim Crow) to restore social order.

Another motive was the economic aspect. For example, upon successful lynching of an African American farmer or immigrant merchant, the land would be available and the market opened for white Americans. In much of the Deep South lynchings peaked in the late 19th century, as whites turned to terrorism to dissuade blacks from voting and to enforce Jim Crow laws. In the Mississippi Delta lynchings of blacks increased in the early 20th century as white planters tried to enforce control of labor when more blacks became sharecroppers and laborers.

Lynchings occurred in frontier areas where legal recourse was distant. In the West cattle barons took the law into their own hands by hanging those they perceived as cattle thieves.

Journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells wrote in the 1890s that black lynching victims were accused of rape or attempted rape only about one-third of the time. The most prevalent accusation was murder or attempted murder, followed by a list of infractions that included verbal and physical aggression, spirited business competition and independence of mind. White lynch mobs formed to restore the perceived social order.[3]

How can working class whites identify with affluent whites over
other working
class Black folks, Latino folks and Asian folks?

It goes back to our history. Irish indentured servants chose
to identify with the affluent white owner class, rather than the Black
folks they were working alongside. Many white folks choose to
identify with
whiteness over class then, and many are choosing
over class now. It is important to note that many or not,
which gives us Obama’s multiracial, multiclass coalition.

This choice is why some working class whites can blame the
loss of their factory jobs on Affirmative Action, not on the fact
that Clinton’s NAFTA gave companies an incentive to move
their jobs to China, Mexico and India.
With the union jobs that have historically created the American middle
class are in China, we are a nation full of service workers (employed
at restaurants and retail jobs as opposed to factories that make
things) earning low wages, and little to no health insurance and
very little job security. Blame Affirmative Action?

Simply, whiteness is a currency. The fact that some white folks choose
race over class is indicative of this. Remember when Chris Rock said,

I love Black people, but I can’t stand N-ggas”. There is something
very similar
operating here. Didn’t Chris stop performing
that joke because white folks were laughing too hard?

Truth hurts.

Do You Want A Symbol or an Ally? Sarah Palin and the Feminist Vote

Birkhold often says that “We can’t expect unhealthy people, to make
healthy politicians decisions”.

Trust me. Many of us are unhealthy. 50% of our kids are
dropping out of high school. We treat drug addicts like criminals
and wonder why they never get clean. We think that we can
consume our way to happiness. Furthermore, our children
don’t understand that life is made up of tedious min numbing
task’s and chores that have to get done whether they like it or not.

I thought of this unhealthiness, when I saw that McCain
picked Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his candidate for
Vice President.

When I saw that she was chosen, I wanted to know who she was.

So I googled the words feminism and Palin and clicked on Tenessee
Guerrilla Women
and read in the comments,

HELLO?we?re feminists right? Why would Hillary supporters run to McCain who picked one of the MOST CONSERVATIVE women in politics who doesn?t believe in a woman?s right to choose, the rights of gay people, and is a hard core member of the NRA? If we are true feminist, we should go with someone who believes in feminist ideals such as a woman?s right to choose?simply being a woman doesn?t make one a feminist and quite frankly, a vote for Palin seems to be a vote AGAINST all of what women have been fighting for nearly 100 years.

McCain thinks women are sick and tired of politics being a man thing. Sick and tired of being passed over and left out. McCain is exactly right. Barack should have picked Hillary. So issues don’t matter, just gender. It doesn’t matter that she is a radically anti-choice rightwing Republican; so long as she is a she, its all good. We’ll see how it turns out, but I think most people can see the transparency of this pick. Its an entirely defensive pick designed to be his last best hope of keeping the White House in GOP hands for 4 more years.

I know logic and reason left this group a LONG time ago, but to say Sarah Palin is “more experienced” than Obama, is a fantasy. She went from being Mayor of a town of less than 9K, to Governor of a state with the population of Fort Worth, TX; and she’s only been there for a year and a half. So to move your allegiances from a pro-choice center-left pol like Hillary Clinton, whom all of you said was the most experienced, to a radical conservative anti-choice woman with less than 1.5 years Governing the 47th smallest state in terms of population, really defies logic.

This told me what I needed to know.

If you are a woman, why would you would vote for someone
simply because she is a woman, not because she stands
for policies that you believe in?

You would do so if you made choices based on what you saw, instead of what is healthiest for you and your family.

My mother has a saying, “People will give you hell and charge
you rent”.

When I see white women jump on the McCain ticket because
he has a woman running part of me thinks that if they are short
cited enough to vote for McCain out of spite then they deserve t
he leadership and the consequences of such leadership that
they will receive. This thinking, however, is reactionary.

What must be kept in mind is that we all have voice and that we
are ALL affected by who is elected president and vice president.

Our future, like our past, is bound together.