I don’t know why I keep raging against the machine and charging at windmills. All I know is that I feel an emptiness in America despite Barak and the chance we have in November. However, I cannot help but wonder, what about us? I wonder what about those of us outside the middle-class that is so important in this and all former campaigns in recent memory. Where the po’ people at? Is there a “safety net? Does anyone care?
Although I fully support and believe in Barak Obama’s capacity to lead, inspire, persuade and succeed, I am continually grossly disappointed by the seemingly cavalier dismissal of domestic social policy from the political dialogue (with the exceptions of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich) of the multiple challenges and increasing difficulties facing poor people, homeless people, abused people, people of color or different ethnicity and the mentally ill.
They have not vanished in “the Rapture.” They are here and effectively disenfranchised from the process that is, deliberately or not, organized in ways that keep the dispossessed of our society from having a voice.
I was listening to Marvin Gaye lately. I love Marvin. The thing is everything he said in the seventies and eighties is still true. I am somewhat dispirited by that fact. I feel like James Baldwin Living in Another County” and waiting for “The Fire Next Time.”
I guess I’m just a bleeding heart liberal. But at least I have a heart and a mind and a spirit that tells me that “we have seen the enemy and it is us.”
Will we ever learn?