What will you do Team Obama

29 07 2008

Although everyone is complaining that the media is obsessed with Obama–which is true–no one is mentioning the fact that because of this fascination the media is giving Sen. McCain a free pass and are not scrutinizing him–except for Keith Olbermann–as they should.

People say that Affirmative Action is not needed but I say that it is. To be honest AA has benefited white women more than it has benefited anyone else. Yes white women still only makes $0.76 to every white man’s dollar, black men makes $0.72 to every white man’s dollar and black women makes $0.67 to every white man’s dollar. How about this, 5 years ago I was paid $2 less than a blonde haired, blue eyed Mexican girl–I had to give you her physical characteristics because they thought she was white– who had 3 years less experience than I did in the same job. I had more world experience because I was just recently discharged from the military 3 years before. I say, even though Affirmative Action is flawed and need to be redone–i.e. removing quotas, I feel it is still necessary, so let’s make a case for it or introduce a better policy.

Now, let’s look at why Affirmative Action is needed based on a national event. Running for the highest office of the land is a Black American man who graduated the top of his law class, was the first black American president of the Harvard law review, serve 8 years in his state senate and currently 3 years in the U.S. Senate. Was a community organizer for 4 years, ran his own Civil Rights Law Firm and has sponsored or co-sponsored over 1085 bills since he has been in the U.S. Senate. Has lived in a foreign country and has traveled all over the world. He supports women’s rights, veterans and anti-discrimination laws and restrictive power of law enforcement and also support green efforts.

On the other hand we have the other guy who is a white male, graduated five from the bottom of his Naval School class, served in the Navy because his father was a high ranking Admiral, was a POW, serves a 17 year senate run in his home state, voted against all women rights policies, equal pay policies, extension of the veteran’s G.I. Bill, the Martin Luther King Holiday; voted for the end of Affirmative Action in his state. He has only sponsored or co-sponsored 18 bills since he has been in the Senate. He does not know geography –thought Iraq borders Pakistan– and does not know the difference between Sunni and Shia.

Now here is the question, under normal circumstances, which candidate would you pick to be in your company? I would choose number 1 because he is well rounded and has a diverse resume but in this country candidate number one is dubbed inexperienced and candidate number two is supposedly the candidate of experience. Experience in what, I ask because honestly, there is not experience difference in the two.

So here’s what Team Obama University of Houston, I have recently found out that Obama is only behind 5% in Texas which means that it is possible to turn this state Blue. So, I ask, what will you do to make it happen?

Check out this website–

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/map/polling/





The Silly Season

25 02 2008

I will write a complete blog later, for now, watch this video..





The road less traveled

21 01 2008

I can remember the first day that I got bitten by the political bug. It was in 1993 and I was a junior at Elsik High School in Houston, TX.

Of course at the time I was not yet old enough to vote so the only way I can make my voice known was by talking and debating the issues with other students.

At that time I was a member of the student organization HOSA and was trying to decide if I would become a doctor or a lawyer. Fortunately or unfortunately I was smitten by both fields but made a decision to pursue medicine because of my family doctor who decided to mentor me as well as find me black American doctors to mentor me as well–he was white.

I joined HOSA and participated in the HOSA parliamentary procedure debate and other activities. Unfortunately, my mom was a struggling single parent barely making ends-meat and therefore made it impossible for me to participate in extra-curricular activities. I believe that if I were able to do so my path would have gone a totally different direction.

Instead, I joined the military in 1994 after I graduated from high school; more out of a thirst to travel then to serve my country–which I found out was most enlisted personnel’s reason for joining as well. I was afforded the opportunity to travel around the world the three years that I was in the Navy. These experiences solidified the international bug that I had already been bitten by when I was younger.

I was the little black kid who listened to classical music and Enya. I sang in the choir in my school and played bells in the bell choir. I also played the clarinet. Somehow deep inside I knew that my life would be different then what it was at the time.

You are probably wondering why I am telling you this? I wish to explain my background so that you may better understand why I am supporting Barack Obama for president.

Many would say it is because he is black but to be honest that was a strike against him, for me, in the beginning. You see the black community has not had a viable leader since Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. In fact our community has regress in many ways and has accepted the modern pop culture’s definition of what it means to be a black American–grills, sagging pants, bling, etc. That is until Senator Obama stepped onto the scene. He is eloquent, intelligent, firm, and doesn’t play around. I was not prepared for this candidate. I forgot about his keynote address at the 2004 Democrat Convention. In fact it was the furthest thing from my mind. Being a struggling college student at the moment leaves no room to have fund memories.

It wasn’t until I saw him for the second time on Oprah that I took notice. Who was this funny guy with the funny name, big ears and dark lips? And what was he talking about? I was voting for Hilary anyway. But something about what he said spoke to me. In a country that forces you to define yourself by race, culture, socio-economic, level of education, religion, etc; rarely do I meet others who do not allow our society to put them in a box and who proudly announces that they are undefinable. I rarely meet others who possess an international, multi-cultural spirit. But Barack’s spirit spoke to mine. Here was a multi-racial American man who refused to be put in a box and he was running for president.

At first, I didn’t think he could do it but when I heard about all of the people turning up at his rallies and all the money he’d raised without using lobbyist and PAC’s; and the fact that he wished to unite America, which is a very important issue to me, I knew that he was my guy and I have been campaigning for him since.

My mom use to always say to me, “a divided house cannot stand.” What a true statement this is–united we stand, divided we fall– these clich├ęs have proven true as far as the American people are concerned. We have allowed fear and manipulation to completely divide us. A divided army cannot fight a common enemy and a divided people cannot save their country.

I believe in this campaign and over the next few months I will be blogging about it. I hope that America will see through the haze to the truth and we will again be a united people once again. We aren’t called the United States for nothing.

-T