Thursday, October 23, 2008

Vote Fact '08 and an Interesting Email

There’s a new post below, but first is the vote fact for today along with an email I received called, “What If?”

First the Vote Fact: (share this with friends, family, etc.)

YOU CAN’T BE PREVENTED FROM VOTING BECAUSE YOU OWE OUTSTANDING PARKING TICKETS! So, if you see a flier on your car or posted on a light pole or taped to your door stating that you have to pay parking tickets before you are eligible to vote or that you will be asked to pay your parking tickets at the voting place, DON’T BELIEVE IT!! This tactic was successfully used in places like Florida in the 2000 and 2004 elections. Let’s not fall for it this time. OUTSTANDING PARKING TICKETS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE. GO TO THE POLLS!!

Now the email:

The questions in this email show the power of racism and how just changing the color of someone’s skin can impact how you interpret a situation or can change how you perceive a person (positively vs. negatively). Here it is:

Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin:

What if things were switched around?

Think about it.

Would the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit?

Ponder the following:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once and Obama was divorced?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain had graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?

What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Educational Background:

Barack Obama:

Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

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