Sorry to post so quickly on the heels of my last entry, but I have the news on, and this is the big political news: Ralph Nader's remarks about Barack Obama. I am PISSED.
"He wants to show that he is not a threatening...another politically threatening African-American politician," Nader said. "He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he's coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up." Earlier in the interview, he asks why Obama isn't pressing certain issues, saying, "Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn't want to appear like Jesse Jackson?"
Okay, I have JUST ABOUT HAD IT, and Nader, you prick, you need to toddle off to the retirement home and live out your remaining years in shame and ignominy. This is not only insulting to Obama and to his campaign, it is insulting to whites. "Whites just eat it up"??? Are you kidding me?!
I give Nader credit for having raised awareness about safety concerns in virtually every aspect of our lives, but he is well beyond any usefulness in American politics and far into the "I'm nuttier than a fruitcake" realm. His chief claim to fame is no longer as the patron saint of safety for the American consumer, it is as a spoiler of presidential elections, muddier-of-the-waters, and certified crackpot.
And you know what? This is also insulting to every single American who wants to get past everything that so many people seem to think divides us. It is insulting to each of us who wants to move on and focus on what we can and should be as a country and realize our great potential. It is insulting to those of us who believe that we are greater as a whole than as divided factions. It is insulting to The Declaration of Independence and its author, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the immortal words, "All men are created equal." I submit to you that it is insulting to the United States of America and to everything that we hold near and dear and sacred!
I'm okay, I'm okay.
All I have to say is screw you, Ralph Nader, and the Ford Pinto you rode in on.