Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is America Willing To Elect A Black Man To Be President Of The United States?!?

That's the big elephant in the room, isn't it?

I mean, this is THE question!!!

Is the United States of America prepared to be saying, "Sir!" to a black man?

And don't give me that crap about saying, "Sir!" to officers in the military. I was IN the military! In the military, you're forced to say, "Sir!" to all officers!

In the civilian world, you're not forced to say, "Sir!" to anyone!

But out of respect to/for the office, you do say, "Sir!" to the President of the United States.

Some Americans have never said, "Sir!" to a black man in this country. Never! And couldn't imagine doing it! In fact, I can think of a couple of nationally known talk show hosts who we could imagine wearing hoods and robes, but we couldn't imagine them saying, "Sir!" to a black man!

Barring chicanery even I can't imagine, Barack Obama will be the Democrats' nominee to be our next President of the United States. His opponent will be John McCain, a guy who used to be known as a "straight talker". For political reasons, a fork seems to have been carved into what used to be known as "The Straight Talk Express".

Do we want to stay in Iraq for a long time? Do we want to (maybe) "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran"? Do we want a president who admits he knows nothing about the economy? John McCain is definitely the guy for you.

And then there's Barack Obama. What do we know about him? I mean, we know about his former preacher. We know about a couple of things his wife has said. But what do we really know about Barack Obama except that he's black?

And we read polls suggesting that a lot of folks won't vote for Obama because he is black, something that continues to be subtly brought up again and again by Hillary Clinton and her hired assassins.

HERE'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN!!!

Let's have some debates, sooner rather later between Obama and McCain. Debates that don't include "distraction" type topics like who their preachers are, what they're wives have said or done, flags on their lapels or how old one of the candidates is.

For the record, neither one of these candidates could have picked worse preachers if they were drunk or stoned when they picked 'em. And what I mean by "worse" is, both preachers say things that are easy to take out of context and when you're running for the highest office in the land, out of context stuff becomes "headline" material.

Same deal with their wives. Mrs. Obama has said things that makes folks say, "Whaaaat?" and Mrs. McCain won't make her tax returns public which makes other folks say, "Whaaaat?"

ENOUGH!!!

No more preacher talk, no more wife talk, no more Muslim talk (he's a Christian) and no more age talk.

IN CASE YOU HADN'T NOTICED, OUR COUNTRY HAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH!!!

What we need to know from both of these candidates is what sorts of plans they have regarding all this money we continue to borrow from other countries (especially China) and what would these candidates do as president if (for example) China decided they wanted to be paid? Not mumbo jumbo answers. Specifics!!!

What do both of these candidates plan to do about the skyrocketing costs of health care? Not mumbo jumbo answers. Specifics!!!

What do both of these candidates plan do about the skyrocketing costs of fuel, especially gasoline? Not mumbo jumbo answers. Specifics!!!

What do both of these candidates plan to do about this lousy economy? We're in a recession and if we're not careful, we're going to be in a de-pression!!! Not mumbo jumbo answers. Specifics!!!

What do both of these candidates plan to do about Iraq? Not mumbo jumbo answers. Specifics!!!

And speaking of Iraq...What do both of these candidates think the reason we're in Iraq is? Not a mumbo jumbo answer. I mean, the real reason or real reas-ons!!!

Does either candidate think we can go into another country with our military and force that country to change their ways of doing things politically if the people in that country don't really have the will to do that? No mumbo jumbo allowed. Answer or answers with specifics!!!

SEE WHAT I MEAN?!?

That just some of the questions these candidates should be asked. And when we get the answers to these and other important questions?

Then (if we're honest) we can decide who has the best ideas on how to make a better America for all of us as opposed to just some of us! And if that candidate happens to be the BLACK candidate?

Well, in that case, the way we vote will tell us all we need to know about ourselves.

THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I write back to everyone.

TWO FILMS WORTH WATCHING!!!

I want to mention two films that starred Ellen Page.

Showtime is showing a first-run film that was a big winner at Sundance but it couldn't get a distributorship deal because of the film's content. "An American Crime" is based on the true story of what happened to a child in the 60's. A child that was left to be cared for with a whack job by the child's parents who were going to another city to work for awhile. The whack job is played by Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener and the child is played by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page. What the Page character goes through is rougher than rough and the pain she suffers is at the hands of many who are led on by the Keener character. I predict Emmy nominations for both actors.

The second film is "Smart People" a film that is still playing in theaters across the country. It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid, Thomas Hayden Church and Ellen Page.

"Smart People" was to me, a "smart film". It's not for everyone, but I liked it. A lot! I think that Thomas Hayden Church "stole" the film with his performance, but Ellen Page continued a pattern of being terrific in everything she does. I think that Ellen Page is the finest young actor on the planet. Sarah Jessica Parker and Dennis Quaid were also very good in "Smart People".

GOODBYE TO THREE GOOD TELEVISION SHOWS!!!

News about cancellations and additions to the new television schedule have been announced and three personal favorites of mine won't be coming back. "October Road", "Shark" and "Women's Murder Club".

AND SPEAKING OF TELEVISION SHOWS...

Did you see the season finale of "Brothers & Sisters" this past Sunday night? I have seen every episode of "Brothers & Sisters". If you haven't seen it, this is a show about the most relatable (in it's own special way) and sometimes dysfunctional family in the world. It has an all-star cast that's headlined by multiple Oscar winner Sally Field. This past Sunday's episode left us fans with more than one cliffhanger to contemplate.

I said (wrote) it after last season's cliffhanger was shown and I'll say (write) it again; "Brothers & Sisters" is the BEST show on TELEVISION!!!

THE FINAL THREE ON AMERICAN IDOL!!!

We're this close to having a new American Idol! After tonight, only two contestants will remain. Last night, all three contestants sang three songs. A song the judges picked, a song the producers picked and a song that the contestants picked. It turns out that the worst choices might have been by the contestants themselves. A classic case of (perhaps) being too close to themselves to know what's best for themselves. The best choices appeared to have been made by the judges, especially Simon's choice of having Older David sing, "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", a song made famous by Roberta Flack.

To me, that was the hands down best performance of the night.

No doubt about it. Syesha is a hot babe who can sing. A hot babe who appears to have gotten hotter in recent weeks and a better singer in recent weeks. Her rendition of "Fever" last night gave Syesha a chance to display her hot and sexy charms, but the song itself didn't serve Syesha well singing wise.

I thought the two songs that Young David didn't pick (or his controlling dad didn't pick) were pretty good and that means I think we'll probably be saying goodbye to Syesha tonight. Buuuut...We've had a lot of surprises this season, so if Syesha isn't eliminated, it would be goodbye to Young or Old DAVID?!?

THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I write back to everyone.

THE NEXT BLOG?

Unless something unforseen comes up, a week from today. And you know that at least one of the subjects will be something that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

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