11.08.2012

Being the 21st Century

Mahatma Gandhi once advised us to be the change we sought in the world.

The man was seriously onto to something.

Now before we continue, allow me to clarify that I am not an Obamamaniac.  I do not drink the Kool-Aid and I do not chant "Yes We Can."  I do not believe change happens overnight or in 4-8 years or even in a lifetime.  This is precisely why I've adopted a maternal approach to blogging, moderating, and writing.  I see things through their infancy because I don't believe I'll still be around when they finally mature.

So to me, what happened Tuesday night wasn't about fluffy idealism or liberals taking over the so-called free world.  That's not what happened.

The 21st Century happened.  Finally.

After 12 years of already being in the 21st Century, America decided to actually arrive.  For our kinfolk living outside these disunited states, understand that the racial, sexual, and economic divide here is very stark and most definitely real.  We are not imagining things.  This is not a drill.  So whenever one of an American politician hops in front of a camera in a $3000 suit and starts talking about how united we are, don't believe the hype.  When they talk about how progressive and enlightened we are as a nation, and how it's our rightful place to run the world, rewind back to all these politicians who genuinely believed that abortion and gay marriage were serious political platforms to run on in the 21st Century.

I don't expect drastic change anytime soon.  When my first year's up here at my current occupation, I don't expect some massive raise.  I don't expect gas prices to fall within the next few weeks.  I don't expect Hollywhite to get it together, and I don't expect the lying, hatemongering sociopathic talking heads on TV and radio to get fired anytime soon.

Business will continue in America...it just won't be as usual.

The Republican party didn't think it needed the gay vote.  It didn't think it needed the POC vote.  And with all the remarks about pregnancy and rape, it clearly didn't think it needed the female vote.  And though students and poor people in general have had a historic tendency of starting revolutions all across our globe, the Republicans didn't think they needed their votes either.

Obviously, they were wrong.

The realization of just how wrong they were is going to make the next several years of American politics very interesting.  For their next election cycle, the Republicans are probably going to run a candidate of color and a woman, but because they're so out of touch with reality, they're going to fail miserably and still have no clue where they went wrong.

Or...they're going to continue to run rich white men and folksy white women, but then they'll just try to lure in the White Hispanics and Asians (preferably of Northeast descent, of course).  But because those two groups still have the rotten aftertaste of "Mittens" in their mouths, that's very likely to fail as well.

They could always run Bobby Jindal.  *cue side-splitting laughter*

There's talk of a civil war brewing within the Republican party; I maintain that stupid Lincoln movie was their idea and is a harbinger of that war, as well as more of their nonsense to come (trust people like Governor Chris Christie to be on the slightly saner, more practical side of the fighting, by the way).

Quite frankly, the Grand Old Party needs to give into its glaringly obvious old age and just die.  It doesn't need to do any "soul-searching".  There's no point to a civil war within the party.  The Green Party needs to move into the spotlight and show the Democrats how it's really done, while the Republicans appropriately begin to wither away and die, and take their fantasies of a "traditional America" with with them.

And for we the people living in America, the people of color, the homosexuals, the transgendered, the non-Christians, the women, the young, and the poor...we need to be 21st Century.  We can't just talk about it and whine about how our government is so backward.  We have to be proactive, pay attention, and not tolerate anymore wars, deficits, or discrimination.  Because when we put up a fight, marvelous things happen.

9 comments:

  1. I love it. LOVE it. *cue thunderous applause*

    I am not an Obamamaniac. I do not drink the Kool-Aid and I do not chant "Yes We Can." I do not believe change happens overnight or in 4-8 years or even in a lifetime.

    Very much this. Same here. When it comes down to be ignored or noticed, I choose noticed each time.

    And for we the people living in America, the people of color, the homosexuals, the transgendered, the non-Christians, the women, the young, and the poor...we need to be 21st Century. We can't just talk about it and whine about how our government is so backward. We have to be proactive, pay attention, and not tolerate anymore wars, deficits, or discrimination. Because when we put up a fight, marvelous things happen.

    Should be on T-shirts, bumper stickers, billboards...

    Execellent post!!!

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  2. Below is the first of what will be many such articles about the shrinking white population being in danger.

    Notice how one section the author quotes Pat Buchanan saying, "He insisted there are increasingly ‘two Americas’: white and northern Asian-Americans from China, Japan and South Korea, who have higher incomes and far better educational qualifications than the other half of the divided nation — the Hispanic and African-Americans."


    Talk about divide and conquer!


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2230215/Death-white-America-How-US-adapt-millions-black-Hispanic-voters-Obama-power.html

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    1. I,too,isn't an Obamamaniac as some may think. I was always taught to choose the best man/woman for the job.I just find it annoying when people insinuate that. If Black folk always voted for their own,then we should have instantly voted for people like Herman Cain which god knows Iwasn't going to do. As I mentioned before, if I voted with the GOP it would be Colin Powell. Has nothing to do with his race.He one of the rare breed of them that remains classy,who is unbossed and have a lot of sense when it comes to reality.Notice how he had supported Obama for the last 2 terms of his presidency.Have the GOP ever thought about why he did?

      I feel for Gov.Christie right now: the hurricane and now he is dealing with flack from his own party.Gee,I didn't know that having compassion for people and being grateful to others was for liberals. If Mitt was president today all of those would be dead or seriously injured because he wanted to cut funds from FEMA. Even Michael Brown remarked that Obama came" too early"to help those people. I cant believe that some people can be that thoughtless..then some of those same people..as we already know..neglected HurricaneKatrina victims and made fun of them.

      Im just hearing about the Green Party a couple of years back when Cynthia McKinney became a member of it and Rosanne Barr being one also. By the sounds of the party,it seems inviting,but I want to learn more about them. Im still an Independent at heart,but for the time being will side with the Dems. If the Green Party ideas and values that matches mine,Ill consider them.One party that you'll never find me supporting is the GOP for sure.As long as they are running business like they have,it will be a cold day in h--l before ill vote for them.

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    2. As an queer Asian person, I must say, I'm not an Obamamaniac, either. And while I agree with some views of the Green Party, I think it's us Libertarians who should replace the GOP. Actually, scratch that. Either Libertarian or Green would do better than that Old party. However, until the Libertarians replace the GOP, I will vote with the Democrats because the LGBT cannot afford to be divided. How can anybody come "too early" to help disaster victims? I find it sickening that 26% of Asians voted for Mittens. We're non-Christian people of color. Some of us are queer in the broad sense of the word. We have no reason to vote for the GOP.

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    4. I've been thinking the exact same thing, Lor.

      My bet is that Republicans are going to go into overdrive with respect to creating and exploiting wedges between minorities. I worry that we’ll be seeing more of those numbers123.org commercials, except in reverse.

      Over the past two weeks, Republicans seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that they’ll need a sizable portion of the Latino vote if they hope to remain electorally viable. I can’t, however, imagine that they’ll go about courting Latinos and Asian-Americans in some high-minded, policy focused manner. Also notice that they’ve said nothing about making inroads with black folks, which makes me believe that we’ll be the primary foils--that quote from Buchanan hinted at as much.

      Meanwhile, we know that Romney’s immigration rhetoric was largely responsible for his poor showing among Latinos, but what about the Asian-American electorate? The conventional wisdom is that they lean Republican, so what happened this time around? Were they simply turned off by Mitt (meaning if a more tolerable candidate had run in his place they could have easily voted Republican), or were they voting FOR Obama?

      I’m just unsure about what effects all of this will have on the way that POC relate to one another. Being divisive and mining racialized resentment is the Republican’s stock and trade.

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  3. Hey! I know this is totally unrelated to this post but this has gotten on my nerve b/c it deals with Kpop fans and their glaring ignorance. I'm sure you've already hear of Azealia Banks-the black female, avant garde rap genius? She the same artist called out and boycotted dolce and gabbana for their racist line? The same artist that was thrown under the bus b/c T.I. decided to support the racist Iggy whatever her name, etc? Well, Teayang of Big Bang recommended his fans to check her video luxury and lo! and behold! when they did, apparently, the comment section was filled racist remarks and how Azealia should thank Teyang that she got so many views, never mind that her song 212 grossed about 37 million on its own before teayang's shout out! Keep in mind that Azealia is unabashedly all about supporting and loving black female beauty. So given the fact Azealia, a very drak black attractive woman who's got a fierce sense of fashion that can rival G-Dragon's, it's obvious that they would despise her, but the ignorance!!!--they (read: fans)really don't understand how it works here. They way talked, you'd think Teayang started hip hop and that Azealia is an imitator. So, I always wanted ask this one question, while kpop fan's ignorance continues to come in to the light, who's expected to teach them the history of black music? Will it be us, the current stars, or will, ironically, be the kpop idols themselves? * this is white ppl all over again, fo' real. ^.^ I mean, these fans do have access to google right?

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  4. "The Green Party needs to move into the spotlight and show the Democrats how it's really done, while the Republicans appropriately begin to wither away and die, and take their fantasies of a "traditional America" with with them."

    I definitely agree with this! I became a Green sometime ago and this year has definitely been good for us, especially with the third party presidential debates put together by IVN. But some people are still stuck on whether they really want to try and take on the Democrats or stick with the "safe state" strategy, which I think is ridiculous. I tend to follow Pete Camejo's view that the Greens need to be firm and fight for the right be heard. The Religious Right didn't happen overnight. It will be the same with the Greens, if they can stay united.

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