Classic Kennedy

My President has Soul

Sit at the table

“The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

-Warren Buffett-

Sadly Mr. Buffett, The “conservatives”, and the huge section of America on the right still thinks that trickle down economics works. Personally, I dont want the crumbs that fall from the super rich’s table. I’ll take a double order of empowerment and a side of respect. Thank you very much

Science and Religion

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values.

The two are not rivals. They are complementary.

– MLK Jr-

NPR

I love listening to NPR. I listen to them more than I listen to regular radio. Last week, in the midst of the Obama-Pastor Wright drama, there was a great discussion on with a journalist, a historian, a reverend and my favorite politico out there, Donna Brazile. They talked about the pastors comments, they talked about the “race speech”, racial differences in America and just had a very good discussion.

Even tonite, on my way home from school, there was a discussion on the media and how John McCain is portrayed. They had journalists and callers who had great opinions from various perspectives. All poignant and thought provoking.

The main thing about NPR that i like so much, is the fact that they have no agendas, everything is non partisan. They talk about world issues, local issues, culture, art, music, the environment. I guess I’m just over CNN and all these media outlets trying to tell people what and how to think. There is so much more happening in the world and the country that is just ignored. Well, we just started pulmonology so i gotta get to bed.

peace&love
Julian

Pointing out the sun

Geraldine Ferraro… Shes not saying anything new. She’s talking from a privileged upper class white elitist point of view. Mrs. Ferraro said some questionable things about Senator Obama and his race. I’m not perturbed as much that she would say it, I’m more upset that in doing so she tried to devalue and denigrate senator Obama’s character, personality and merit and reduce him to just a lucky person who is riding on some fad.

With Mrs. Ferraro fails to realize that absolutely NO ONE in this world would be in the position they are if it weren’t for their sex and/or race, shes basically pointing out the sun. What she has done is commit a classic miss step that privileged people have done for years. They try to talk candidly about race, they try to act as if they can level with people and talk about “real things”. What Mrs. Ferraro and others who’ve made similar comments fail to realize is that race/gender/nationality are things that we have no control over. We cant pick and choose who we are, what gender we are, or where we are born; but all of these things are integral parts of who we are. They fail to realize that many people of other races and socio-economic groups face facts and realities of life that they only read about or see on the 6 o’clock news.

In her derisive comments and her attempt to abate senator obama; she cheapened her own accomplishments, she reduced Senator Clintons merit and she outed herself as a closeted bigot. She acts as if his being a black man is a political plus. When in all actuality, if senator obama was white the only focus and media attention would be on his issues and campaigning. Every other primary wouldn’t focus so strongly on his command of the “black vote” and people wouldn’t talk about how clean he looks or how well he speaks. No one would be in the same position they are in politically, socially or financially if they were anything or anyone other than themselves. And for her to say that people are only attacking her because she’s white is such a half truth. We are attacking her because shes foolish, indignant and WHITE.

The things that makes white privilege a privilege is that those with it don’t even know they have it. Its just an unspoken fact of life for them. Its in their subconscious. She can sit around an spew all her ignorance and claim that people are being racists to her; This lady couldn’t even BEGIN to realize what racism in America is [ I’m actually offended that she’s pulling the race card]. The fact of the matter is that she will NEVER know how it feels to be a black man [or any minority for that matter] she will never know anything else besides her lily white upper class elitist way of life, to say that his race is the only thing that got Senator Obama this far utterly absurd. The fact that he made it this far,as a black man, speaks even more as testament of his abilities, persistence and character.

But hey who am I to judge? If this is what she wants to be remembered for than by all means lady, go ahead.