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Alice Walker: Why We Should Vote for Obama

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 5:46 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I missed yesterday’s Alice Walker endorsement of Obama but fortunately Driver didn’t:

“Read [Alice Walker’s] whole piece, it’s really quite an excellent explanation of Obamania, and of the magical hope he inspires. Among the magic he will perform:

‘I want a grown-up attitude to Cuba, for instance, a country and people I love. I want an end to the war immediately, and I want the soldiers to be encouraged to destroy their weapons and drive themselves out of Iraq. I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the US to cease acting as if they don’t understand what is going on. But most of all I want someone with the confidence to talk to anyone, “enemy” or “friend”, and this Obama has shown he can do.”

Driver also reviews the blogging world’s reaction to this story, including this from Stanley Kurtz at NRO:

“Obama is the appealing, and only slightly more moderate face of Alice Walker-style politics, and that is a serious problem.[…]Walker’s piece may seem silly, but it tells us something real and important about the perspectives and individuals that formed Obama’s thinking, and that will surely shape his long-term agenda.”

There is much more at the link, including a comparatively lengthy (for him) Instapundit response.


11 Responses to “Alice Walker: Why We Should Vote for Obama”

  1. DRJ,

    At Pajamas, Phyllis Chessler responds to her old friend, Alice Walker, from a little different perspective and its well worth the read, including the comments.

    Dana (fba430)

  2. I read that too, Dana, and took particular note of this comment:

    Yours in struggle,

    P.S. Do you really think our imperfect America is as bad as most other imperfect countries? And Cuba? It is a totalitarian prison camp which has persecuted its own, including artists, politicals, homosexuals. Are you so charmed by Castro’s dancing that you have forgotten all this?

    Which led to my update, here, which included this comment from Eldridge Cleaver, once he found out what Cuba was really like:

    Eldridge Cleaver, a prominent figure in the Black Panthers, once tried life abroad in those glorious countries free of racism and oppression — Cuba, Algeria, among others — and returned shaken and depressed. He had seen the future and it seemed to him pretty crummy and not a little bit scary.

    “Pig power in America was infuriating,” Cleaver concluded. “But pig power in the communist framework was awesome and unaccountable.”

    Speaking to Reason in 1986, Cleaver confessed that he had “a great burning desire to help enlarge human freedom and no desire at all to increase human misery or totalitarianism, so I stood up in America to fight against what I saw as the evils of our system. Then to go to a country like Cuba or Algeria or the Soviet Union and see the nature of control that those state apparatuses had over the people — it was shocking to me. I didn’t want to believe it, because it meant that the politics that I was espousing was wrong and was leading toward a very bad situation…”

    driver (faae10)

  3. Driver, that was a sharp takedown of Walker’s piece. Thank you.

    I really wish I could ask her, if this “When I have supported white people, it was because I thought them the best to do the job. is true, why can’t she (and others) accept the opposite: that we who don’t support Obama, don’t because he is not the best to do the job?

    Why must it become racist politics in action?

    Why can’t it remain something as simple (and true) as he just isn’t who we believe is best for the job?

    Dana (fba430)

  4. I’m going to vote for Obama because he will cure my warts, clean my gutters and neuter my cat.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. If John Kerry had won, Christopher Reeve would walk. If Baracky wins, he will rise from the dead. Actually, the only things we know for sure is that he will tax the holy hell out of the “rich” which is now any family making 75K+. And, he promises to surrender in Iraq.

    And Halliburton, but not Blackwater.


    JD (5f0e11)

  6. If he wants to tax the rich, he should lead by example, and file an ammended return that reflects the changes he wishes to be made to the tax code, and write the check that will settle up for he and Michelle their increased tax obligation.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  7. Come on, you guys are always so cynical. Ms. Walker has merely invited us to sail with Shelley on his yacht the Don Juan. Something about just “…a three hour cruise.”

    Pat Patterson (f44efe)

  8. I used to think that people who thought like Walker were few and far between, sadly the cult of Obama disproves this assumption. What the modern left wants to do to our country, is just damaging as anything radical islamists want to do.

    gabriel (6d7447)

  9. Even if Obama becomes president, our country is in such ruin it may be beyond his power to lead us to rehabilitation. If he is elected, however, we must, as citizens of the planet, insist on helping him do the best job that can be done; more, we must insist that he demand this of us.

    Well, as we connect the dots to Sen. Obama’s worldview….we are a mean, slothful, lazy, wasteful, racist, HIV creating, … country …in such ruin that needs citizens of the planet to come to the rescue.

    Another Timeshare American heard from.

    This was the Black Earth Mother version of God Damn America. It had every element, point for point, just using different examples.

    Individual white love for her is not enough, because whiteness matters. The white person can’t govern because the stain of “original sin” on their souls. Only the Maasai Messiah can grant you absolution.

    Israel and the Jews must be dealt with harshly.

    We can now play footsie with every murderous regime, Castro or Khaddafy, Ahmadinajad or Kim Il-Sung, …just as long as that regime espouses socialism in one of its various, nefarious forms…and just as long as they hate America…white America, that is. It helps if they hate Jews, though.

    These One World Socialists don’t want the Maasai Messiah to be “progressive”, they want him to lead the revolution.

    Throw down your weapons or shoot your officers.

    We already know what his wife thinks, we know what his “Uncle” Jeremiah thinks, we now know what his circle of friends think. Are we connecting the dots yet?

    How would you govern from this worldview? What decisions would you make? Who would you promote and who would you abandon? From this worldview, what “corrections” would you make and how would you implement them? The answers to these questions, are your crystal ball into the future.

    Allow me a few hints:

    Granny Dunham has the tire tread marks all over her pretty new dress.

    And you aren’t even related. You didn’t raise him. He arose apparently all by himself, the day he shed every vestige of his whiteness and was reborn… embracing the TUCC/Nation of Islam worldview.

    Che is a hero. Castro is a hero. Khaddafy is a hero. Hamas are all heroes.

    You say you want a revolution? Well, you know…we all want to change the world.

    Every campaign tune we hear being played now, contains “the message”, it’s just on a different radio frequency. Rev. Wright is the militant rap station, Walker is a little Motown, and Sen. Obama is smooth jazz. The Smooth Jazz Socialist is putting people into a relaxed state.

    Born with Original Sin AND a garlic nose, I’m doomed. However, I suppose there is still hope for the rest of you.

    Get ready for some payback.

    cfbleachers (4040c7)

  10. “Born with Original Sin AND a garlic nose, I’m doomed.”

    Not to worry, CF, the Sons of Italy have called upon Rev. Wright to apologize for the proboscis slur.

    Not much the Rev can do about the original sin problem but I heard about this cat who walked on water that might be able to help…

    Dana (c357bf)

  11. On any given day we, collectively, become the goddess of the three directions and can look back into the past, look at ourselves just where we are, and take a glance, as well, into the future. It is a space with which I am familiar.

    That, right there, told me as much about Ms. Walker as I ever need to know. Someone who conflates or confuses herself with a collective triune goddess is not likely to provide me with any useful information. To read her screed any further might imperil precious brain cells.

    Uncle Pinky (5ba4c8)

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