Friday, September 30, 2005

I Heart Barack Obama

With all the handwringing and over-the-top dogma that has gone on lately on blogs, the words of the Junior Senator from Illinois posted on DailyKOS today are a breath of rhetorical Febreze.

So I'm just going to link to them here - there is simply too much common sense in it for me to try and "interpret" anything:

Tone, Truth and The Democratic Party


At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that dogs doesn't bit. Obama is quickly becoming a tool of the Clintons. They brought him out to say that race was not an issue in Katrina AND IT WAS AND STILL IS in Rita.

I particular do not like your inference that Black Senators can not be questioned. The Black Commentator just slaped down the chair of the CBC for stike a silimar chord:

It seems the CBC Monitor hit a nerve. A deep one. The point that Mel Watt appears to be trying to make is that Black folks shouldn’t criticize Black leadership. Otherwise, we are helping white folks. This is ridiculous, and denies us our right to democratic action. We became citizens, finally, in the Sixties. No Black man is going to extinguish that.

Splits are difficult. They should not be taken lightly. But what Mel Watt spoke lays down the line – that there should be no criticism of Black politicians by Black people. That is unacceptable. We will no longer worship Black elected officials who do not represent.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is the link:

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Shanikka said...

Thanks for the input, Anonymous.

Unfortunately, I don't agree with your premise; to wit, that Barack Obama is anything other than what Barack Obama always was. If you review the things that he said both in his personal memoir and, more importantly, on the various campaign trails during his career, there is nothing in the DailyKOS diary that is any different.

Calling him a "tool of the Clintons" also assumes that he is ignorant - and that really *is* a dog that won't *hunt* (Never heard the phrase "dog won't bite before your post.)

I will ask the same question that I asked on another blog, BoomanTribune: What on earth does a Black Commentator article which talks about Mel Watt (a tool if there ever was one) lecturing a Black staffer about criticizing Black people and advising, rightfully, that Black people will hold Black politicians accountable no matter what based on their records CBC or no CBC, have to do with Barack Obama addressing to an overwhelmingly white audience what has been described thousands of times on various blogs with much emotional angst as a "lecture"?

If there is a rational link, I've yet to see it. So it would be good if you clarify what *you* see as the link.

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Shanikka said...

Oh, and a P.S. - just as I had to call someone out on Booman for talking about what I supposedly "inferred" I'm doing it here, too.

Forget inference. If I want to say something, I'll say it. So you show me how what I *said* leads to the inference that "Black senators cannot be questioned."

Of course since there is only one Black Senator at the present time, you might have a lack of meaningful data, so feel free to supplement your data with any of the Black representatives.

But spell it out. This "you are inferring" crap is the worst type of projection. If folks who read me are worried I might be implying something, then come correct with respect and *ask*. Believe me, if you're right, I'll be the first to say.


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