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Jealousy & Fear: Wagging Tongues in Politics

July 11, 2008

Snide remarks, racist comments and off-the-cuff displays of fear and jealousy are some of the most troublesome signs of the political America we live in today. The country has always faced empirical envy within it ranks. Even the likes of Pat Buchanan, a legend in the minds of many conservatives doesn’t fail to show his true stripes when confronted with a man of color in the oval office.

“If Sen. Obama can convince the people he is ‘one of us,’ and not some snooty radical liberal from Chicago’s Hyde Park, who looks down upon white America as a fever swamp of racism and reaction, a la the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the senator will be the next president.”

It is true that you don’t have to be a conservative to want to subdue and smite a man. The plague of racism, elitism and resentment often runs deep. The perpetrators of the worst crimes in politics are often guilty of pointing the finger elsewhere in judgment. Let the accuser beware and take note.

In the case of Pat Buchanan and his attitudinal surrogates, the attitude cast upon America is as if Barack Obama should be cowering, with head in hands on the floor, as the his opposers strike the whip of judicial and moral discipline while Obama grovels in the dirt.

The pain of America doesn’t stop there. Xenophobia doesn’t know the bounds of color or power. Color is jealousy and envy is power as players seek to wrestle their way to the top. What motivates a man (or woman) remains unexplored because of a man’s unwillingness to explore his own personal reality while focusing on the opinions of other people. Any perceived reality of childhood often carries into adulthood rarely questioned.

Political activist Jesse Jackson’s lewd criticism of Barack Obama has touched a nerve in the American political community, showing little except shallowness of character and lack of honesty. Jackson was unaware that his microphone was on when he made disparaging remarks about Barack Obama during a break for a Fox News program last Sunday showing the chasms even among “like-minded partisans” that exist due to jealousy and internal politics.

Mr. Obama seems likely to gain political favor from Jesse Jackson’s vulgar criticism of him for “talking down to black people” in speeches about the responsibilities of absent black fathers. While his political reactions need to closely examined, his personal feelings are easy to identify considering his personal history. What many news outlets fail to realize is that this issue is not simply about political posturing. The issue has galvanized a new emphasis between generations with divergent attitudes. The old useless hatreds must be purged in the eyes of younger politicians. The reality of success is questionable since we have so many political dinosaurs in Congress and on the Washington scene now.

Jackson has been oft accused Barack Obama of “acting like a white man.” Even if this were a truth, we shouldn’t be surprised of any outside influences since he was raised by a white mother and grandmother. This is no shame and helps to make Mr. Obama’s case for absentee fathers whether you personally agree or not. His early life circumstances support his feelings. Mr. Obama’s remarks make sense: clearly an honest admission and a special insight into a particular family and cultural problem that could be bettered.

The likes of Jesse Jackson and Pat Buchanan will bear their own fruit and shame from their incendiary words. Being two-faced and having loose lips proves its’ own character flaws. Whether a proclaimed new age of politicians will provide new solutions while holding true to the original documents of this country remains to be seen. For that to happen, each new political step must be measured against the Constitution instead of simply overwriting legal precedence created by a previous generation of Congress. Otherwise, this country has ceased to be the United States of America.

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