…is because his ‘adopted’ home county is Illinios, Chicago. That’s John Hughes country- the land of dreams! It could ONLY have been a happy ending.
This is a speech I heard at the end of the film “Bobby” by Emilio Estevez. The film took him 8 years to write and almost bankrupt him. Worth it though because I think it’s a triumph. I think this is a speech that is very very relevant to our times. I hope you enjoy listening to it. In the wake of probably the most important U.S election since Bobby’s time, I hope his simple and just approach is taken up by the new President.
During the day, if I have to sit at my computer (99%), I turn the channel the US FOX News. I’ve been doing it for a good year. It started as a laugh because their coverage of the election is almost laughable. If you have ever complained about paying a licence, watch this channel, you will see what happens when you let things become unbiased in reporting. Anyway…
I started as an Obama supporter of course, but after watching FOX for a year, I actually began to feel as though I want McCain to win. All of this stuff has come out about Barack Obama (yes, through FOX) which makes me think that McCain is a better person.
If it was MY election I would vote for Obama because he believes in social justice above capitalist profit, which is the way it should be. The US have got the capitalism/social benefit balance wrong, but have managed to convince its people that the massive gap between, even the moderately comfortable, and the very poor- is the natural way of things. If your interested in this concept of power, as being made compliant by thinking that something ‘is in your own interest when its not’ then I recommend Steven Lukes. Power: A Radical View, Second Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
If this blog sounds confused then it’s because I’M confused. Fox seems to have brainwashed me but the Socialist inside me is fighting hard and reminding me that the US economic policy towards profit over society needs rebalanced.
I got landed with a shit research topic this semester (Gender and Public Space On A University Campus- any ideas?) I am still mostly doing research on the Eastern European migration and The Impact Of Methadone In Drugs Policy – because they are the most interesting and useful to the area I’m steering my degree. When you look at these topics, it’s hard not to be reminded of the flaws in a society which holds profit above people- although I have to say we are NOT as bad as the US by far.
Anyway. There are some interesting links attached to this blog from other people… from the quick glance I gave them, they sum up better what im talking about. This is pretty rushed while there is a break in Fox news, when it comes back on I’ll be turning into a Zombie again. Cheerio.
I started this blog last night after I posted a comment on Limmy’s Blog. I felt it was fairly urgent to follow up what I was saying there with the point I’m just about to make. As it is, I got distracted and ended up with an unfinished draft.
Whenever the subject of US Politics is brought up, namely the US Presidential Candidates- I simply say, ” I dont, care!”, this is always met with a sentiment of horror and a reply along the lines of, ” Well, you should care because this will affect the rest of the world- especially the UK!”
You see, right though that may be, no amount of you or I caring about who will become the future US President, will change the outcome. It’s barely the decision of the people in America. The degree of private and elite interests in both the selection of the candidate and the influence on elections is unparalleled.
The fact that the Obama/Hilary/McCain debate outstretched itself to almost every facet of UK public media on a daily basis gave me a severe case of political fatigue. Now that Obama is the presidential candidate, the hype surrounding him seems to have grown and grown. I have never really had a problem with Obama because, as I don’t think it will make a huge difference to my own life, he may make the biggest difference in terms of social confidence within the black community. In other words, a black president may give a large section of America a greater chance at increased social mobility. This in turn would decrease the polarity in black and white levels of opportunity, probably not a massive amount at first or even within the next decade, but the psychological impact on black children to aspire and achieve, and the inclination of some sections of white society to supress and homogenise elite institutions would be reduced. This isn’t to say that all black people lack aspiration or that all white people suppress and prejudge, of course that isn’t the case, but where the problem’s exist, hopefully, a light will be shone.
My only issue, and maybe it is one that has been prevalent in the other campagnes, maybe it’s fairly comment, is the fact that Obama seems to have lacked- at certain points, the ability to speak for himself. the incident’s I am referring to are the ones where he seems to have been rehashing speeches from another person. Although, the sad fact is, Deval Patrick seems to have more of an impact in both instances of the ‘speechgate’ incidents. It begs the question, what stopped Deval reaching the heights which Obama scaled? Is he too too black? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. It could simply be a case of merit for all I know. Although I’ll let you judge this next clip yourselves.
I know what you are thinking. If I don’t care so much, why do I have so many opinions right? The short answer is, who could fail to have an opinion in this election? As I said before, it’s being rammed down our necks on a regular basis. This time, there is more at stake than simply a job- it seems as though, in some circles (and by no means am I putting this at the candidates door) that this is a battle of ideology in the fundamental structure of American social psychology.
Moreover, another major issue I have is the fact that WordPress seems to dedicate an inordinate amount of featured blogs on American issue’s, namely this election. It seems to be an exclusively American front page. I think more room needs to be given to other political issue’s outwith America, they do exist you see. So I say let’s forget about the Obama issue for a while and let some other issues and writing get a look in.
First, prominent black actor Morgan Freeman has a mysterious car crash. Afterwards, it is reported that he was in the company of a ‘lady friend’. Soon after this incident, in which he breaks his arm and shoulder, the actor files for divorce from his wife of 24 years Myna Colley-Lee. Now, after keeping his private life out of the public view for so long, Mr Freeman has been dubbed ‘The Darkest Knight’. So far, press reports that Freeman is in a relationship outside of his marriage are unconfirmed but the reaction has not been one of vehement distain usually associated when an actor gets on the wrong side of their wedding vows. Morgan Freeman is such a well loved actor, it might take some really sordid accusations to spoil his public character.
Then we have the untimely deaths of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes. Both very successful, and irreplaceable, black actors. Both Hayes and Mac were outspoken black activists. Isaac Hayes played a big role in raising awareness for black rights and issues in the 60′s, whereas Bernie Mac used his comedy to highlight some of the inequalities faced by black people in contemporary times.
It might be me being paranoid, but is it not strange that three of our most popular and well loved black actors have either almost been taken from us or actually have been?
What is going on? Who is next? With the prospect of a new black president in America, are there sinister powers moving to eliminate some popular support from his campaign? Although Bernie Mac died of what could be classed as natural causes, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
I don’t know… I can’t make up my mind.