Obama vs Hockey Mama

Both running with traditional gringos

By Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: September 13, 2008

Obama vs Hockey Mama

Presidential voting for me has been simple all of my adult life. One simply had to pick the least objectionable white Anglo-Saxon male. As a staunch Republicat, party lines never really concerned me. I usually tried to pick the guy who lied the least, or at least I tried to find something that I had in common with whatever convicted liar happened to be running that year.

Traditionally, whomever I would vote for would lose and therefore amended my voting strategy (accidentally helped Bush Jr. get elected last time).

This year there is a major paradigm shift. For me Obama, a hip urban Black man, is running against an evangelical mom.They both have regular white dude running partners who are pretty much politically interchangeable.

In college I was a Chicano activist. We never even dared to dream that a man of color would ever aspire to the highest office in the land during our lifetime. We were convinced that this country is inherently racist. Such a socio-political move was unthinkable, but someone said the future isn't what it used to be.

Welcome to the future, with our Blackberries, iPod's, and voice command GPS. Who knew it would be like this? Back in the day, African American poet and scholar Gil Scott-Herron did a tune entitled "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and he was right. Apparently it will be webcasted.

On the other side of the fence there is Sarah Palin, a youthful evangelical, who comes to the political arena with a certain freshness. I also happen to share her conservative moral posture.

Word to the wise: just because someone is ethnic, rides Harleys, and talks smack, it doesn't mean that they buy the Democratic Party line of tree-hugging, knee-jerk "we are the world" liberalism and gun control. Most working folks I know believe in the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

Ironically, I happen to agree with Malcolm X when he said, "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."

There seems to be a pronounced bias in media when it come to this campaign. Most networks, with the exception of Fox, favor Obama. Saw Charlie Gibson's interview of Palin (it was right after the ALMA Awards) reminded me of a probation officer reaming a recent parolee. Chuck's arrogant demeanor and "first wife" styled knit picking clearly showed he wanted to make Sarah squirm. That is called yellow journalism. His body language, voice tone, and veiled accusations dishonored him as an objective journalist. Maybe Malcolm did get a few things right along the way.

I still have no idea who I'm going to vote for. On one side is an inexperience and an older gringo. On the other side an older gringo and inexperience.

If Obama wins there will be a new culture of hope among younger people. I've been told all my life that someday I could grow up to be president. I always thought it was a cruel joke. Counselors used say "You can make it if you try." If that was true, why were they still underpaid and undervalued counselors?

The real world works on nepotism. Like they say in LA: It is not who you know, it's who knows you. Ethnic people and women have never been able to break into the "Ole Boys Club" and whether you know it or not, real rich folks can, and will, still rule the country. This is because they run the international corporations that are, in the end, the real shot-callers.

If Palin becomes VP I can look my daughters in the eye and say, "All things are indeed possible and you don't need a man to validate you." The glass ceiling will have been shattered by someone who holds true American morality and family values.

This one is going to be too close to call, I plan to continue my research before I make my decision, but the thing I will do for sure is to make everyone in my sphere of influence get out there and vote.

"Judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment". -- Simon Bolivar

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