Aren't they, though? I mean, isn't that like the ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION for why they aren't all falling over themselves to vote for Barack Obama? (Actually, they may also all be completely irrational. But I have heard that some of them have jobs, so I think that's out as an explanation.)
Seriously, if you stop and think about it, I don't see how there can possibly be any other explanation. The American right wing must be genuinely racist. Because if you take a real look at it - feel free to use a checklist - there's just no other way it all works out. Barack and Michelle Obama are EVERYTHING the right wing, as far as I can tell, claim that they want. They come from humble backgrounds - humble but upstanding, I might add - and have worked their way up over a number of years and with a lot of hard work. They have one really nice house and one really nice car. That's what they have after all those years ... AND they're apparently happy with those things, they genuinely don't seem to feel a need for six more houses and/or condos. >:-) They have put themselves through school to get good educations, which they have used for the good of their community, doing a lot of community-based work (too bad that that's worthless ...) and have also done a lot of work with faith-based initiatives. Michelle quit her job as a highly paid attorney to do exactly that kind of work. They have a long-term, stable, loving marriage, they obviously feel a great deal of affection and respect towards each other. It is the first and only marriage for them both. They have two children - that they waited to have until they were sure they could afford to support a family! - whom they are obviously raising in a loving and supportive way. (Seriously, check out those kids - Malia and Sasha Obama are wonderful little girls; confident, outgoing, sociable and spunky - you can't coach kids to be that way, all you can do is just be really good parents.) They have integrity, they have respect for others ... they are committed to their Christian faith, which makes them kind of dingbats in my eyes, but I'm not talking about my perception of anything here. They are committed to and respectful towards their family.
Seriously - as far as I can tell, in the eyes of the American right wing, there's only one thing that's wrong with these people.
On the other hand, you have John and Cindy McCain, who apparently are the ones the right wing want. Despite the fact that he, who's never really worked for any achievement in his life (if you concede that he has actually managed to achieve anything >:-), married a young and beautiful woman, came back (handicapped himself) from the war to find her disfigured and handicapped in a car accident and then took off to marry a younger and more beautiful woman. And she, who's been rolling in money her entire life, decided to adopt a child without telling her husband until, what, she actually showed up in their house ... one of their houses ... with the kid. 'Look, honey, here's our new daughter' ...
Maybe I'm exaggerating for effect. I don't have the energy (or interest) to do any proper research on this. But I think my point is clear.
Seeing these two couples at last week's debate was really interesting. The Obamas walked in side by side, holding hands. The McCains walked one after the other, she three steps behind. After the debate was over, Barack went to find Michelle, actually actively looked for her, and when he got to where she was he hugged and kissed her. John just stood there and Cindy had to walk up to him ... to be rewarded with one of those little pecks on the cheek that she gets. Actually, seeing those couples on any occasion whatsoever is interesting. When you see the Obamas together, you can never for a moment doubt what they are to each other. These two people are husband and wife. It would take you a split second to see that if you didn't already know it. The McCains, on the other hand - I have a hard time seeing them as a married couple even knowing that they are. If I didn't know, I don't think I'd ever guess. I think I'd assume that they were uncle and niece, or maybe father and daughter who had kind of a strained relationship. These two couples are SO DIFFERENT ... !
If one really believes in family values and hard work above all else, then what the hell does one as a right wing American really have to choose from in this election?? I ask you. I wish some natives could try to answer this.
They're racists. That's the only explanation there is.
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