“Is America ready for a black president” and other stupid questions

I’m not here to endorse one politician or another, but these types of questions really run the risk of disproving our status at the top of the food chain. What’s really astounding is the fact that people who ask these types of questions invariably find it impossible to understand why we’re “just 10 hairs away from being baboons” as Lewis Black would say.

Is John McCain too old to become president?

If you were born in the 1800’s when health was so fickle that people rarely lived into their 80’s, then I can forgive you for asking this question. But here in the year 2008 where health care (at least for the wealthy) is unparalleled, and where hundreds of the president’s men are at his guard, this type of question is inexcusable. 

Are we talking about his health really? Or is this some contrived way to give undue attention to his age?

Let’s not forget Regan was 69 when he took office and McCain is 71 now. Aside from the jokes thrown about by comedians, both men were more than capable, mentally, to do the job.

Also John F. Kennedy was wearing a back brace when he was assassinated and Roosevelt spent quite some time in a wheelchair due to Guillain-Barré syndrome. These men were only carefully choreographed to appear perfectly healthy in the public eye. All the more proof that isn’t physical ability that makes a leader in a country like the U.S.

Is America ready for a black president?

Let’s use an analogy shall we?
For new readers to this blog… I’m not white. I’m an Asian of Sri Lankan descent.

Let’s say I went to school with a white kid. We lived in the same neighbourhood, shared the same white picket fence, shared many of the same classes and teachers. We grew up among the same community leaders, shared the same political and socio-economic background and shared many of the same ideals.

Is this really diversity?

If you answered “No”, then congratulations. You understand that “diversity” doesn’t come from different physical appearances. If you answered “Yes”, based purely on the fact that I am of a different race, you’re an idiot.

Aside from a few years in the early part of his life (6 – 10), Obama spent the majority of his youth in Hawaii. And was surrounded by individuals who were anything but what we consider to be part of the “black community”. It wasn’t until 1985 that he was ever a part of this community when he took up the job as director of the DCP (Developing Communities Project). He worked at this post for 3 years.

Though he may have been inspired, influenced by, and for a short time influenced the black community, he wasn’t there long enough. In this regard he’s no different than many of the white leaders of the community. I.E. Bill Clinton who was also inspired, influenced by and to an extent influenced the black community. In fact, he might have influenced the black community far more than Obama. 

But, if you’re looking for any major dispositions on his social stance, Barack Obama, even with his funny middle name, is about as “black” as Brook Sheilds.

Is America ready for a female president?

While the question may be moot for this election, it boggles the mind that the so called Greatest Country on Earth™ and the Land of the Free™ is actually behind India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Britain and even Germany when it comes to female leaders of state.

And I’ve already expressed before, my feelings on what it really means to be called an “American”, hence whether it really deserves the title Greatest etc… etc…

Why in the world wouldn’t it be ready? In a nation where women are already in congress, serve in senate and as supreme court justices, what the devil of a difference does gender still have to do with the ability to command a nation?

If you compare the behaviour of many of the past candidates for presidency and, indeed, many of the members in the senate, Clinton’s behaviour is anything but unique. Yet, for some reason, there seemed to be an almost irrational and, in some cases, incredible, hatred of her. I didn’t get it and I still don’t.

How is she any different than any other politician who has run for office? What has she done to provoke the ire of so many commentators?

Did we forget that electing a president is always an excercise in choosing the lesser of two evils?

Is [candidate-x] electable?

This isn’t really a question. This is another way of saying that you must be a popular candidate (I.E. have a lot of connections or are owed a lot of favours) from the two major parties in the U.S. to be elected. Why don’t you stop pussy-footing around and actually come out and say it?

America is not a nation of many parties when it comes to the presidency. There are only two parties as far as the title is concerned and it will remain that way until the Democrats self destruct into a dozen different trbes and/or the Republicans split up into Neo-cons, Christian Conservatives, and Fiscal Conservatives. And yes, the three are most definitely distinct, though there are some cross overs. And generally do hate each other’s guts.

Will the Flip-Flopping™ of [candidate-x] lead to defeat?

Here’s a clue for you people who think heading steadfast on the same course in the face of failure is a good thing…
If you don’t swerve to avoid hitting an oncoming car on the highway, you could die.

If you don’t change tactics or change policy or change your shirt between press appearances the same could happen to your campaign (or if you win, the whole country). Which is why every president in the history of this here land since Washington himself has flip-flopped on something or another.

It’s not cowardice or indecisiveness. It’s called being a better leader by being adaptible to changing situations and information. We don’t want pre-programmed robots running for president (at least not yet). We want fluid, flexible and competent people to apply.

Now dubious reasons for said flip-flopping and the specific topic for which the flip-flopping took place, is another matter entirely. Both of which seem to be ignored by both sides of the spectrum when it comes to political debate. The question isn’t “did [candidate-x] flip-flop”, it’s “why did [candidate-x] flip-flop” and “for which issue(s)”.

Any questions directed at the candidates should reflect this.


Of course there are many more stupid questions thrown about on “America’s Election Headquarters™” (whichever channel is claiming the title this hour), but one blog post isn’t nearly enough to plow through all of them.


5 thoughts on ““Is America ready for a black president” and other stupid questions

  1. Thanks, Will.
    On closer inspection it does look like spam.

    I won’t say who to vote for, but let me put it this way.
    There’s the way things have been done, and there’s the way things “ought” to be. We all have one opinion or another on the “ought” part, but few people actually walk the walk when it comes to their opinions.

    There’s one candidate in this election who seems to follow the same way things have been done albeit with slightly different terms. And obviously it hasn’t worked.

    The other’s way is completely different and I can’t predict if it may or may not work. But people should know that different doesn’t necessarily mean unsound and sometimes it takes a whole new approach to fix entrenched debacles. ;)

  2. So now, when, as Obama thinks, he doesn’t need more delegates to be a nominee, he says that the MI & FL delegations should be seated in full and with full voting rights. So he acknowledges that the popular vote is clearly on Hillary’s side – better later than never.

    It’s easy to tell now why is this rush – the polls show clearly that Florida is leaning towards McCain more and more, and Michigan is again a on a table. And in this heat I believe Clinton should use the situation without much hesitation and urge for a roll call during the convention. Let’s see who will get more delegates at the finish.

  3. Whenever someone who advocates slogans and sales of merchandise with a far bias toward one side mentions the word “clearly”, I take it with a grain of salt.

    If Obama is the duplicitous weasle you seem to suggest, why use the same tactics to make money?

    How credible are your beliefs if you stand to make money from your position?

    I’m letting your comment stay up for now, but I see you’ve posted the same message on your blog. So this is not just a comment. Please don’t spam your stale produce here in the future.

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