I’m having some difficulties uploading an Mp3 of an interview with Pia … so in the interim, here’s a good article by Tim Wise (posted on Alternet) about the special privileges that white candidates for President and Vice President seem to possess.
Unfortunately, the technology challenges that I was experiencing last night seem to have overlapped into the morning. Frustrating! I’ll wrestle with it all some more this evening.
Speaking of frustration and puzzlement, I am finding myself more and more mystified by the divergent worldviews of those who support McCain/Palin, and those who support Obama/Biden. I really, truly, don’t understand the internal world of folks who can decry unwed mothers, on the one hand — and celebrate the family values of the Palins, on the other.
It’s not that I think anyone should be dumping all over a pregnant teen — it’s the hypocrisy and the flip-flopping of the stalwart and self-righteous Republican right that totally pisses me off. Do you hear what you’re saying, folks? Do you listen to yourselves? The capacity for reflection and self examination is apparently entirely absent in the GOP.
That may be a bit extreme — but the good and reasonable folks of the GOP need to stand up to those who have hijacked their party before it’s too late. (I used to think that John McCain was one of those people, but ambition — and maybe age — seem to have stripped him of reason, and unleashed his inner Dubya.)
It’s a very, very odd feeling, though — trying to fathom what world it is that so many Americans are seeing these days. It seems a world filled with stereotypes, fear, lack of reflection, fundamentalist religiosity, family values , naïve patriotism, and lots and lots of repression … oh yeah … and rage.
I know that people holding this worldview are probably equally confounded by me – and feel that their vision of the world is consistent and logical. Best I can make of it is to see their worldview as something I might have been able to latch onto an elementary school. I don’t mean to be demeaning in that — not really. It’s just such a damn simplistic perspective – but definitely one that I would have found appealing and comforting in second grade. Bad Russians, good Americans … yeah, it would’ve made sense to me then. (And I suppose that the more scary the world becomes — and the more politicians play, oh-so-cynically, on the scariness of it all — the more appealing that second-grade worldview might be to people — especially if lots of other people seem to share that view).
So, yeah, I guess the other thing that really bothers me is that I don’t think McCain/Palin actually hold that worldview. In their ambition, they exploit it — and I’m sorry, guys, but that is evil … unforgivable.
Just rambling here, and I’m sure I’ll be offending someone. Your thoughtful comments would be welcome, because I really would like to have a better understanding of what the hell is going on in the US of A.