Barack Obama is a man of promise.
But it is not his promise that we are emotionally and politically being appealed to to fulfil; it is the promise of all those who stood, sacrificed and suffered before him in the name of racial equality.
It is the promise of the sacrifice of Martin Luthur King Jr, and the promise of Robert Kennedy. It is the promise of the sacrifice of brave individuals like Rosa Parks.
The emotional and political message of Obama’s acceptance speech, from the stage setting of the Lincoln Memorial from which King made his “I have a dream” speech, to the incantation of King and Kennedy in his speech, was that this is the man to fulfil the dream of giants.
It was the subliminal emotional message of Obama’s speech and preceeding speakers and video that it is only through electing Obama to the presidency of the United States that the promise of King, Kennedy and Parks will be realised.
Obama himself is a man of no promise of his own. He says he promises to change the way politics is engaged in, yet day by day adopts more and more of the same old politics that he foreswears.
He is a man who will benefit from the sacrifice of the giants and brave individuals before him, at no cost to himself. He wants us to see in him King and Kennedy, so that we don’t notice that the man he would have us believe is ordained by history and the legacy of others to deliver the promise of equality is an empty shell.
victoria3220 of Geelong
Mon 01 Sep 08 (12:44pm)
Stolen with love from the Andrew Bolt thread “Vote For The Black Guy To Prove You’re Not Racist”.
The overall message that Obama is riding on the coattails of great achievements such as that of Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Mildred Loving and a host of other great Americans is quite true. He’s receiving the benefits of their work and achievement, yet the policies he’s proposing to introduce will reverse all the work these people achieved. His policies are those of reverse-racism, whereas their work was all done to work towards true equality.