That said, America has a long history of quota voting. For 220 years, every US president was a white male. Every last one. Does anybody seriously believe the most qualified person to lead this nation for 220 years was always a white male? Always? I doubt it.
America waited too long in breaking that trend, and while I disagree with fighting old quota voting with new quota voting, I can hardly blame those who want anything but a white man today. It's just too soon, you know? And yet, here I am, proudly supporting Mitt Romney.
I feel neither guilt nor regret, but great sadness-sadness for the awful thing I must do. I must tell millions of long-suffering people how, after waiting centuries for this chance, they made a terrible decision. I must tell them how America is hurtling down a path to ruin; hastened by an election they hailed as historic. Worst of all, I must do this to those I deeply, deeply enjoy. I love these people, and now I must play the villain. I will speak, and many will hate me. It's inevitable.
Tell me, fellow white men, what if you had never seen a white man in office until now? And what if, having finally broken through, you saw Americans turning on this man, ready to resume the old ways? Might you
question their motives in voting against "your guy?" Might you suspect bigotry on their part? Might you defend "your guy" to the hilt-even overlooking his ethical shortcomings?
Maybe. Maybe not.
But President Obama received 95% of the Black vote in 2008, with huge majorities among Hispanics and
young people as well. They all made history, while we stood against it-and we'll do so again.
Are we right? Of course. Mitt Romney can't help that he was born a white male, and he's eminently qualified to lead. Besides, real unemployment is over 11%, and the rate for Black and Hispanic communities is . . . well, horrifying. Oh, and we've added nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in a microscopic four years. So, what is President Obama's response to his failures? He blames job creators and his predecessor. After having a supermajority Congress pass everything he wanted for two years, he still points fingers. Truly, he has failed all Americans, regardless of race. He must go.
But Barack Obama isn't "their guy," and his creation isn't "their" fault. He's "ours". Folks, when we spend 220 years ignoring all the qualified people of color for a position, eventually, a very un-qualified person of color may be thrust upon us. We deserved this president; every ounce of him.
And here's the really bad news: the only way to uproot this disaster is to become the villains. We will be hated; not because of this year, but because of 220 years. They will fight to the last breath, and there will be no fairytale ending with joy in the kingdom. We don't deserve that. This is going to be ugly, and when I think of all the beautiful, precious people who will curse my name, I feel no anger or offense. Only sadness.
My one hope is that, should we be successful in defeating this President, we will have learned a valuable
lesson. Never again must we accommodate one kind of quota voting while attacking another. I should hope we see many people of color commanding from the White House, and how about someone who isn't a man for once?
Just a thought.