By Patricia Wilson-Smith
Okay. I consider myself an intelligent woman, and I am NOTHING, if I am not forthcoming. So I’m going to admit it to everyone. Right here, right now, on BlackWomenforObama.org. I had NO IDEA that superdelegates existed before, oh, say a month ago. Got THAT off my chest. Whew! I feel a lot better!
What I want to know is, am I all alone? This election season has been historic in that it has drawn more people into the political process, and not just in a passive way, but in a way that has gotten people like me truly engaged, and getting engaged means becoming aware of some inconvenient truths. If you’re like me, you know that the REALLY scary part is, the more we learn about our electoral system, the more broken it seems. And that’s not good.
In a nation that prides itself on barn-storming communist or socialist or dictatorial nation states and cramming democracy down their throats, I’m a little baffled over how the Democratic and Republican parties could have thought that the superdelegate system was a good idea or even remotely in line with what our fore fathers had in mind when they gave every man the right to vote (unless you were black – that’s another subject entirely). I mean, seriously – do YOU think the signers of the Declaration of Indepence really meant for us to vote, march, rally, demonstrate, make our will known, all so that 800 seemingly randomly chosen people could pat us all on our collective heads and do whatever the hell they want? I don’t!
And yes – I’m using expletives liberally today. It is no friggin’ wonder that the political establishment is scared to death of Senator Obama – he’s dragged most of us kicking and screaming into the Matrix! He gave us all pleasant-tasting blue pills to suck down, and we thought we wanted them, and now we find out that the Matrix is running our political lives, and that we have much less control over who we elect as leader of the free world than we thought! Amazing!!!!
Think of it – what will we look like to the rest of the free world, let alone evil dictatorships, third-world countries and the like if we elect Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee by popular vote, and 800 of the ‘chosen ones’ in this country end up going, “Nah, we don’t think so. He’s a hope-monger. Hillary – do your thang”. I submit that our status as the most free nation in the world will be called into question, and our credibility will be shot. Again.
So what can we do about it? At this point, just pray. Pray that Hillary Clinton will want to avoid an ugly showdown at the convention. Pray that someone wins by a large enough margin that no showdown is necessary. Pray that Howard Dean can pull a rabbit out of his hat if things start to go awry. Pray, pray, pray.
As someone who is newly addicted to all things political, I have to say that though I’m disillusioned, there is an upside. Now I want to know what ELSE I’ve been bamboozled, run amuck, and led astray about. I mean, what’s next? A hidden tax? Independence Day is really December 25th and Christmas is really July 4th?!?! I mean, sheesh, is anything what it seems?
Only time will tell. Thanks to Senator Obama in large part, the eyes of millions of Americans have been opened to the possibilities of what one person on a mission can do, when they band together with the like-minded. My hope is that the leaders of the Democratic party, and the candidates themselves will endeavor to do the right thing when the time comes. But if they don’t? There’s always revolution. And yes, it will be televised. Take THAT Fox News!