A little ranting will do

10 07 2008

I have to admit that I am like most Americans, I rarely get riled up or offended, and if I am by chance offended, I normally let it slide until comments go overboard.

I ignored the comments that Fox News made about Michelle Obama recently. Calling her “Obama’s Baby’s Mama,” “Mrs. Grievance,” and “A terrorist.” I sat by and watched while they took her “for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” statement out of context, just like they did with Rev. Wright. I even sat idly by and ignored when one of the anchors on Fox News called for the assassination of Barack Obama after he won the primary.

But enough is enough, I have decided to give my two cents about a few things pertaining to politics and religion after reading this article on the Huffington Post. The article talks about how the Christian Defense Coalition compared supporting slavery to supporting abortion rights. Even including a depiction of an old slavery cartoon to make their point, that’s when I said I have had enough.

As a champion of history and theology, I have decided to debunk a few statements that the Republican party makes to get Christians to vote for them. Its quite distressing how these tactics work but I insist on clarifying some things. As one philosopher said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Knowledge is definitely power and most Americans lack the proper knowledge needed to make just, inform decisions.

Falsehood #1 This country was founded on Christianity

Truth: Truth be told the founding fathers were trying to avoid a country ran by religious zealots. The original Puritans left Europe because they were tired of a continent run by “religious” authority to come to the new found land to practice their brand of religion. As a matter of fact one of the key constitutional statements is for our government to abide in a place “that is free of religion.” That there would not be a dominant religious power..period. Even Jesus believed in a separation of church and state, “give unto Caesar that which is Caesar and unto G-d that which is G-d.”

If you want to go a step farther, a nation founded on Christian principles would not have enslaved a people based on their skin color, oppressed women and it definitely would not have killed off 98% of its indigenous population. No indeed, this country was not founded on any religious belief, at all.

Interjecting religion in politics lead to fanaticism. Take for instance, the Crusades, which was supposedly a holy war. Since when did killing people in the name of God, satisfied God? The Jews were commanded to cry over the lives lost in Egypt when they left seeking the promise land. Life is important to G-d. How about fanatic Islamists? Islam a religion of peace that teaches that one must respect all, has succumb to this very idea of using religion for political gain. It is shameless and godless.

Falsehood#2: If you are a Christian, you should support Republicans because they are opposed to abortion and gay rights.

Truth: Wow, really? When did Jesus ever mention these two things in any of his sermons? Ever? The basic tenants of Christianity–most religions in fact– are feed and clothe the poor, heal the sick, and comfort those who mourn. And above all things, love thy neighbor as you love yourself. And love God. In saying this, the Republican party is juxtapose to these ideas. You can call a Democrat a Socialist, but the very person you worship was the first ever socialist. He believed in helping his fellow man when he fell down, go rescue him from the ditch, don’t just past by and then pretend you are so righteous. Republicans want to cut welfare programs (feed/clothe the poor), republicans cut the amount of bereavement time to 3 days (comfort those who mourn), republicans want to nuke and control the world and push their brand of democracy down everyone’s throat(love thy neighbor). To me, it seems the Christians are in the wrong party.

But homosexuality is an abomination, well so is gossip, fornication, ejaculating outside a woman’s womb (many men should be dropping dead, condoms are an abomination), talking back to your parents, and the list goes on and on. Interestingly enough, we like to only use what is convenient, so before you start pointing fingers, look within.

But, we do not want our country destroyed by G-d because we condone homosexuality like in Sodom and Gomorrah. Hmm, now that you bring this up, let’s recall the story. The funny thing that people forget about this story is that it wasn’t the act of homosexuality that caused G-d to rain fire and brimstone on the population of Gomorrah, but the raping of children. But even after that, he told Abraham, if you find me ONE righteous person, I will spare the whole city. So what you are saying to me is that none of you are righteous enough to save this country?

Take it from the Jew, your rationale is flawed. It is bigotry against someone that you do not understand and against a lifestyle for which you are afraid of, therefore you hand-pluck scripture to justify your hatred.

We call Obama unpatriotic because he does not wear a lapel pin and because his wife stated she is proud for the first time in her adult life of her country and not because her husband is doing well but because hope is making a comeback. True patriotism, according to our founding fathers, is the ability to recognize when your government is taking a destructive path and to, if necessary, overthrow it when it is not functioning correctly for the people. Our government was created for the PEOPLE not the other way around. Our government has not catered to us in a very long time. Don’t you think it is time that it does?

I leave you with the words penned by one Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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Obamomentum

23 02 2008

I have been waiting all week to write this post. Of course I was researching the hell out of a lot of things and running myself ragged volunteering for the Obama campaign this week.

There were two amazing things that happened to me this week in conjunction to the Obama campaign. 1) I put a smile on someone’s face and 2) I got to see Obama live not to mention meet Candy Crawley of CNN fame.

On Monday this week, our campus group sponsored a GOTV rally on campus. Of course I was decked out in all my Obama gear. As I was walking home from the bus stop, an African guy stopped and asked me where he could find an Obama shirt like mine because he had been trying to get his hand on one. He being African was a big fan of Obama. I proceeded to tell him that the Obama website was sold out and on back order and decided to give him my hard earned Obama button that took me two months to get. The biggest smile broke across his face when I handed it to him and I think the pure joy in his eyes will be forever etched into my brain. I mean to us it was just a button but to him it was hope.

Secondly, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer for the Obama rally here in Houston. I was given the job of keeping the press off of the floor and behind a steel gate. Of course I pissed a few people off because I am a stickler for decorum and rules. I guarded my area like a secret serviceman guarding a president who’s life had been threatened. I am not saying I did not enjoy myself and let my guard down a few times. I danced to the oldies and made a few secret service personnel smile and one laugh–and believe me these men are scary. They scare me and I am not easily intimidated.

At one point Senator Obama shook hands with supporters. Let me just say this, I am never star-struck. I just can’t be that silly. With that being said I was embarrassed how some of the people reacted after Senator Obama shook their hands or hug them or whatever the case was. One older black woman ran toward me and shouted , “He touched my hand!!” For real lady? How old are you? I thought I was at a cheesy church revival.

All in all the atmosphere was electrifying and Senator Obama is better in person than on television. I now understand his appeal to the world at large.

The next day our campus group hosted another rally, a McCain supporter and Daily Cougar writer came by the table and asked me a few questions about Obama. He asked, “How do you feel when people say that Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance?” I responded, “Well, in all honesty it is a fallacy. Yes he inspires people, but let’s be honest humans are 80% emotion and 20% logic. I feel you need to inspire people and tap into their emotions before bringing out the laundry list of chores you are planning to accomplish as the president and Senator Obama recognizes this.” I went on to explain to him about the $4000 tuition break that Senator Obama wishes to initiate for college students who participates in community service each year they are in college. This gentleman misinformed me–something I found out after much research–that Americorps already does this. Mind you, I have never heard of Americorps let alone seen them in my community. I know they exist but it [Americorps] has not impacted my world. Furthermore, it does not give a $4000 tuition credit to students who participate in community service. Senator Obama wishes to make this idea a national institution. As I student I think it is a fabulous idea. America invests in students and students invest in America–building the nation from the ground up.

After this incident I decided I needed to know even more than what I already knew about Senators Obama and Clinton. I did not have to look very far because this wonderful blogger did the work for me by listing all of Obama and Clinton’s accomplishments while serving in the senate–of course Obama outshines Clinton in bills passed and introduced. I even went to the The Library of Congress–Thomas to read these bills for myself–the man has a record to back up his claims.

After last night’s debate I doubt anyone will be able to say Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance. I am excited for this candidate and I am working my fingers to the bone to make sure he wins Texas.

Stand for change and get to know your candidate so you know what you actually stand for. Get out and vote this week–no excuses..

I am tired but will add more thoughts later about the 9 state, 1 territory, 1 democrats abroad sweep.





Texas Primaries

12 02 2008

For those of you who are Obama supporters and wish to see him win in the Texas Primary and Caucus I have attached some info on what you can do to show your support. Also, if you wish to volunteer, please join groups listed on Barack Obama 4 America site they are organizing in every community in Houston and other cities in the state.

Good luck and I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

Texas Primary Part 2 – Precinct Conventions HARRIS COUNTY (Meeting)
The Texas Primary is a two part process. Part one is the prmary vote. Part two is the precinct conventions. This takes place at 7:15 pm on March 4, 2008. You will meet at the polling place that you went to to vote in the primary. You must vote in the primary to participate. Both parts play a role in delegate allocation!!! The precinct convention is the grassroot level of determining the Texas state delegates who travel to the DNC in Denver.

Please refer to the links below for more information.

Texas Democratic Party Rules
http://www.txdemocrats.org/the_party/article_iv_party_conventions

Harris County Precinct Finder
http://www.hcdp.org/findprecinct.html

Harris County Democratic Party
http://www.hcdp.org/





Houston university students fired up and ready to go!!

8 02 2008

The University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston-Downtown, and Rice University will be FIRED UP together.

Like we have seen online and offline, Barack Obama has the vision and ability to bring diverse coalitions together. You are invited to be part of that coalition.

Tell your college friends that this will be a night to remember. It will be the night when we unite for the future of our country. Yes, we can.

Click the link below to RSVP:
Obama Rally





For the first time

27 01 2008

For the first time in my 31 years, I feel like an American thanks in part to the Obama campaign.

Today, I went to the Houston for Obama HQ to help register voters in 3rd Ward. I have never been a part of a grassroots movement ever until now. Canvassing the community and talking to people about Obama and dispelling doubts was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. I have never felt as if I was a bearer of hope.

To see the light go on in many young Black American men’s eyes, the eyes of men with no hope, no purpose, no direction, was enlightening. I met some old school folks as well who are big supporters of Obama. Those who weathered the storm with King and Kennedy. These old timers–and I use that term with much respect–understand the world and its promises that never come true and for some reason they see that this man is not full of hot air.

At the HQ I met a woman named Yolanda who for some reason fell in love with me on the spot. She told me of her experience of walking with Dr. King in Louisville, Kentucky when she was only 12 years old. Mind you the woman didn’t look a day over 35, I even got up close to see if she had wrinkles–she didn’t.

She said to me and my mom who were apart of the group–that “your daughter has something amazing in her. I can see why she is supporting Obama, they have the same spirit.” She is right, we do. We have both been through the identity struggle–mind you I am as black as they come–but I had different interest then my black counterparts in Houston that ostracized me from the group early on–my being pegged as “too white,” made me feel alienated from own community and my being “too black” alienated me from white people. He and I have traveled all over the world, he and I see the world through different eyes–it isn’t black and white but a beautiful rainbow. Yes, I support Obama because, it is in him that I see myself and the change I wish for this country.

Being in such wonderful company today encouraged me–University of Houston Students united again. Doing things that other candidates do not encourage their supporters to do–like unifying from the ground up, working in the community to endorse a candidate–has made me feel like I am apart of the process and not outside of the process.

I must say that Obama is ingenious in how he has organized his supporters. I believe many of us have walked away feeling more American, and more empowered just because we were able to actually “touch” our candidate and the people around us.

After Obama’s win today–mind you he took the white vote just as much as the black (so much for race baiting)–I am again starting to believe in this process, believe in this nation and believe in its people.

I do believe that change starts from the bottom up, if governments can be tyrannical without meeting opposition from the people then it will, but the fact that Obama is holding the people accountable and in turn the people will hold him accountable to push forth that change is brilliant–but not just brilliant, it demonstrates his leadership skills.
Change has always come in the face of fierce opposition, at a cost and through grassroots movements– Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Right to Vote, Emancipation of Slavery, and the end of Apartheid– all of these movements came about because the people spoke loud and with one voice. Their clear voice was heard throughout their nation and could not be ignored by their governments.

Congrats Obama for the win and here’s hoping for many more wins during Super Tuesday.University of Houston Students for Barack Obama