The Vice Presidential debate is over, the build up, the hype, the analysis and post analysis, it is all done. In a few days, the Presidential town hall debate will take place. I expect there will be the usual polls, with pundits claiming they know exactly what happened; who was right, who was wrong. I feel- and it is just my feeling- that many have already decided. So, as I await all the madness, I thought of something my funny and brilliant blogging mate Monica Medina of http://monicastangledweb.com/the-race-2012-blogging-project/ shared with us recently. It was a piece from Race 2012: A Conversation About Race & Politics in America. It made me think of freedom and what it means to me. As I write-up this post, I thought I would post the question to you, as well…
These days, we are all agog over what is politically correct – a comment, an endorsement, a choice or a direct reference to a politician. From the actress who has publicly endorsed Mitt Romney, to our vice President who was called a buffoon and to our President who is almost always too detached, too cool, too evasive. We use freedom of speech willy nilly, come what may. I know many came out and called the actress shameless, disloyal to her race in fact, she is still (sadly) the subject of many death threats. In this beautiful country where freedom of speech, freedom of choice( er, well,not so great on that issue) and freedom of religion, reigns strong, where is the poor girl’s freedom to say she wants to vote for Mitt Romney? I’m not unhappy with the last four years, you may not be unhappy with the last four years, or you may be miserable about the last four years. if you feel you understand the President’s way of thinking, his vision for slow and steady progress – not instant results, not this business like attitude of we the rich, you the poor – you probably don’t get why anyone would think they need a change. But they do. That is part of freedom. Lest we forget, people out there remind us everyday that, um, the President said he was the candidate for change 4 years ago. Yes, he did. The thing is, you can’t implement change in four years. It is not possible. It takes time to get things done. In this age of instant gratification( it’s like children) the expectation that change should be imminent is appalling. I see change differently, but it is only my opinion. If we think it is okay to call the Vice President a buffoon on live television,well, um, that is also a matter of opinion. We have the freedom to do that. Pardon me however, I disagree. He is not a buffoon, he is a politician with over 30 years of experience. He has dealt with Democrats and Republicans, he says it like it is, albeit with a little too much enthusiasm, but then again, I like his rebelliousness. I’m not going to re-hash the debate here, I watched, I learned, I laughed and I really enjoyed it. Um, I was wondering if the real reason he was called a buffoon by a viewer on CNN, and the subsequent comments that followed about laughing gas, interruptions and eye-rolling etc.was because he was accurate in most of what he said? which then, I suppose, makes it fair game to criticize his behavior. I mean it’s either not enough engaging, or too much engaging, which is it? I don’t know if the awareness exists that we have a freedom many others around the world don’t have, and the likelihood of ever having such freedom is next to impossible. So, does freedom mean you can name call without embarrassment, you can criticize, without fear, talk about race without being attacked, talk about religion without prejudice? What does freedom mean to you?
As you think about this, please be sure to catch the PBS special on Race 2012: A Conversation About Race & Politics in America. This program will air on October 16th 2012 from 8-9 pm ET and will re-air on October 19th from 9-10 pm ET. Please always check local listings.
Here are some Race 2012 blogs you might want to check out, they are incredible writers