Friday, April 25, 2008
Will Indiana Decide the Democratic President-Elect?
The Land of Hoosiers (laborers who do shoddy-work)--This is very possible. The GOP and Hillary Clinton's campaign (the GOP) are very concerned about how traditionally conservative voters (farmers) are flocking to candidate Barack Obama. They should be, and they should change their platforms radically towards what the public wants and needs: fundamental change. Frankly, Obama has yet to do this on several points.
In the 2006 midterms, voting-patterns shifted in a way that hadn't occurred since 1968, the year I was born. This was especially true in Indiana--so much so that the English press took-note of it. That's a change from forty years of reaction. Again, some of this shift is from the attrition-rate of the WWII generation, but a losing war and economic woes have fueled the fires of discontent in Indiana and throughout the nation.
My hopes are that Obama will clinch it here in a very big way, and from my own observations, he has more than a fighting chance. Do I think he's going to be some Black messiah who saves this country from itself? No: only a unified nation is capable of this, not one man, or one person.
The end of the cult of personality is badly-needed, as well as more political parties. Yes, you read that one correctly. Barack Obama isn't the solution to everything. The time for viable Third Parties has come. When Obama fails us on nearly all of the fundamental issues (thanks to your inaction), the action in this direction will come.
Yes, as crazy as it appears in-print, even the rednecks are considering voting for a Black American for the the first time in their storied lives. Indiana is showing that peculiar ability...to change. I salute them if they do, and call on a new day in America in-the-aftermath of such momentous change. They will have earned a lot of praise, a lot of back-slapping. There is such a thing as a "good-old-boy," you know, and they're beginning to understand how money runs things in our political system.
Even if Obama doesn't sweep Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut and Eugene Debs might rest a little easier in their graves. If Ralph Nader somehow won, it would be assured. Amen. Change is only possible when we, the people, get active and participate in the political process. But it cannot stop there: you have to watch and hold-accountable these politicians you elect, and you have to dog them until they've left office.
We have to remove money from politics, which is going to be one of the biggest challenges we will ever face as a nation. You have to force politicians to do your bidding. You, the voter--a citizen--are that missing-ingredient in American democracy.