Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Not all Anti-Obamist are "hard working, white Americans"

Andrew Sullivan paints a portrait of the uphill battle that Barack Obama faces in the nations hinterlands as the Democratic Nominee. Sullivan suggests town hall style meetings. Hmm... perhaps that'll work, but usually people tend to be fairly obstinate in their prejudices (such as the prejudice I just made against prejudice people).

Some may open their minds to the reason - prejudice after all is usually based in irrationality, but many people would rather stay in their irrational comfort zones. This isn't to say that Mr. Obama is beholden to win over these people. No one is.

But before we go down the road of saying it's only "hard working, white Americans" that Mr. Obama will have to educate lets not forget that irrational fear is perhaps the most non-prejudicial prejudice in that it can be found anywhere - even on the lower east side and amongst that age group that Mr. Obama has attracted the most, and the most voiceful of supporters - the hipsters.

From the Gothamist we meet Apollo Braun, who describes himself as "a true anti-Obama New York Jew." His t-shirt is garnering looks from all quarters including from his coreligionists. And while the etsy-esque shirts may cost you $250 a pop, his prejudices towards Mr. Obama are free.

The majority of the Jews – at least the ones that are proud of their religion and practice it – like me, don't want to see Obama – a man who's middle name is Hussein, and his family from his Kenyan father's side is Muslim, as the leader of this great country.
I find it doubtful that Mr. Obama will be able to sway every person using sweet reason against the irrational notions surrounding his faith and skin color. After all, as Mr. Lincoln is attributed to saying "You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time." But I do find it appropriate to note that these people who are being given the bully pulpit from whence to spread their messages of fear represent what appears to be every day a smaller and smaller share of the general population, outside of Mississippi.

They're given this pulpit because at this point in time with the Media Elites declaring Mr. Obama the nominee because the Pundit class has nothing more to do than focus on parsing those last gasping words of the other dying campaign to USAToday.

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