For a while, like most Obama supporters, I've been playing Monday Morning Quarterback about how he should respond to the senseless attacks against him. A few months ago, I stopped and took about 3 steps back and tried to see the "forest" instead of the "trees". I think I'm a pretty smart guy (a trait of MOST bloggers) but I must admit that I think that Barack is probably a wee bit smarter than I am. And, when I started to consider this, I stopped trying to think of what he ought to do to win this election, and started thinking of why is he doing what he's doing? I mean, he gotten this far with out calling me once and asking for any advice. So, let's dissect what he IS doing...
- He's not fighting fire with fire. (in practical terms, water tends to work better any way.) When the Repubs accused him of calling Palin a pig...he doused those flames with the issues.
- When the Repubs unleashed more false TV ads and campaign lies, he stuck to the issues.
- When racism rears it's ugly head from around the country, he smacks that head with his positions on the issues.
Hmmm. What a novel concept. We've all heard the parable "never argue with a fool because onlookers may not be able to tell who's the fool." I can't think of a more applicable situation than this one to use it's logic.
Now, I must admit that I do think that Obama is giving the general voting populous more credit than it may deserve. But, maybe not. See, it's hard to stop "second-guessing" him isn't it?
I have a republican friend (a white woman of the middle-class). Last week, I decided to have a political discussion with her. Keep in mind, this if AFTER I began to realize that Obama is smarter than I am. So, I decided to follow his lead and only talk about the issues instead of doing what I would want him to do on the stump. I didn't bring up the names of the candidates at all (unless she brings them up first)...only policy. I've been amazed. She really doesn't know any of either candidates positions on any of the policies. She can only repeat what she's heard from other republicans. So, I've been educating her of what the policies are and where she can find out about them and read up on them for herself. She came to work one day last week and told me that she tried to watch some "politcal tv programs" but couldn't stomach to watch it for long because they didn't talk about the "issues" like me and her had been discussing. She actually WANTS to here about them...and she's a republican!
I did start this conversation off with her by asking her what she thought of Sarah Palin. She began to tell me how she "liked her and how she was against government spending. blah, blah, blah..." I informed her that Sarah hired a lobbyist when she was mayor of Wasilla and had gotten $27 million in "ear-marks". After hearing this she asked me, "where did you hear that?" I told her that I read it on the Internet. I told her that it was public knowledge. She again asked, "but who told you that?" I then told her that, "About 85% of all the black people that are voting for Obama maybe doing it just because he's black....I'm not one of them though. I'm an informed voter."
She's been emailing me about politics and watching TV more closely because she too would like to be an informed voter. The more educated she becomes on the issues the more she doesn't want to be an uninformed voter. The more educated she becomes on the issues, the more she must face the fact that she has NO GOOD REASON NOT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA! She, like so many other Americans, is an uninformed voter. I can see the wheels turning when she talks to me now. I've never been mean. I've never said one negative thing about McCain or Palin (I have, however, cleared up a few lies they've told). I've only educated her on the issues and she's starting to question everything she thought she knew.
Why is Obama doing what he's doing? Because he's smarter than most of us. He told us how to win this election. "We are who we've been waiting on!" Remember hearing that? He's leading by example. He can't talk to every American, but "we" can. Yes we can. We've got to educate ourselves on the issues. Not just on our positions, but McCain/Palin positions too. I subscribe to John McCain's web site. I've read his plan for America. I've probably read more in the last few months than I have my entire life (I know, sad but true)! Each one teach one should be "our" motto. If a republican knows, what the issues are, what each candidate is proposing to do to fix America, and they STILL are voting against their own best interests and judgement, then they are probably not voting for Obama only because he is black. If we can help educate more voters we'll either get more repubs to vote for Obama, or more repubs to realize that they are probably a racist. I call it...The Republican Project.