Sidewalk supervising the lawyer for everybody
By Michael Moriarty
Sen. Barack Obama represents the A-Z of two, very American extremes, from black militancy, both Christian and Muslim, to pro-abortion feminism. In that sense, and because Obama retains his eloquence and self-possession while still remaining loyal to both extremes, he carries the widest range of appeal to the American public, a political magnetism that this nation has rarely seen. It is not so much the campaign slogan of "Change" that Sen. Obama offers Americans, but rather a lynchpin for national unity. Basically he projects the breathtaking ability to be a great lawyer for everybody!
I am not sure that promise can be kept for any extended period of time.
Black rage and the very white, Roe v. Wade license to abort … well, that's a dangerous combination … suicidal actually. Both extremes defy the Golden Rule and without the miraculously moderating effects of the Golden Rule, I believe the human race is doomed.
However, Sen. Barack Obama honors both black rage and the scientifically Progressive and very white decision of the Supreme Court to legalize abortion. His loose and easy grace makes his political opponent, Sen. Clinton - the intensity of her smile and the gravity of her seriousness - look profoundly calculated and unattractively ambitious. He is ahead in both the popular vote and the number of delegates won and, if he keeps Sen. Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania down to single digits, he will be the Democrats' nominee for the presidency … unless, of course, the superdelegates are persuaded otherwise.
Such an about-face at the convention is possible, you know. I mean, what are politics and politicians for, but to defeat a clear and undeniably democratic majority? Politics is not politics otherwise. Not since the Roosevelt family have we ever met a more cunning and calculated political entity than the Clinton Global Initiative and its goal of turning all Americans into the Clintons' own self-image.
James Carville, the Clintons' propaganda minister, might ask, "What the hell's wrong with that!?"
Indeed, the Clintons revealed recently that they have earned $109 million since they left the White House. Who wouldn't want the secret for that kind of success? Of course, no one is expected to outdo the "Master", but "Bill" can certainly teach you how to "go with the flow" … and things will most definitely, if the Clintons return to the White House, be flowing in the direction which the Clintons choose to make them flow in, toward the increased empowerment of the Clintons and the Clinton Global Initiative.
What is there for Obama to really complain about, if the Clintons own the White House again? Bill was dubbed "America's first black President" and no two people are more pro-abortion than the Clintons, so what can Obama bring to America that the Clintons can't?
Since the Clintons are increasingly divisive, Sen. Obama may bring a possible unity to the often disgusting extremes of black rage and the feminists' expediency, abortion. Won't that coalition of radicalism under the guidance and advice of a man who may prove to be one of the world's greatest lawyers, won't such exquisite representation as his quell the backlash of pro-life America and the distrust of those voters who are still afraid of black militancy? Sen. Obama would certainly hope so.
However, won't counting the militant votes of both black rage and the increasing defensiveness of the feminists end with both extremists feeling patronized? Won't the smooth and easy delivery of this exceptional politician eventually be missing the substantive gains for black militants and prove ineffective at defending an increasingly beleaguered legalization of abortion?
What would be my suggestions to the unquestionably gifted Sen. Obama and his desire to be President of the United States?
One, leave the 2008 presidential race and enter the 2012 election year as an independent candidate.
Two, lop off both of the extreme ends of your constituency by no longer trying to remain loyal to both militant blacks and militant feminists.
Three, continue with your vision of change, but concentrate upon your ability to unify the heart of America's multiracial majority.
Four, and finally, the previous three suggestions will gain more votes than you might lose; and with a rock-solid centrist's vote behind you, your freedom as an independent president will assure the "change" which you have so passionately promised.
Oh, that you remind many Americans of John F. Kennedy has a two-edged nostalgia to it. Bill and Hillary Clinton increasingly remind me of Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson. So, wait until 2012 when there will be a bipartisan selection of possible vice-presidents to select from. That option alone would enrich your administration and might very well be the escape route from too ambitious a vice-president.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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