Wednesday, January 21, 2009

V-B Day

Our grandparents had V-E Day and V-J day. We'll never have V-I day or V-A day. NEVER!
But we do have a V-B day. Victory over Bush. We survived his rule. HE said his main concern was over protecting Americans (from Muslims with box cutters) but more kids died from handgun wounds in Los Angeles than at the Pentagon on 9-11. So his excuses don't fly with me. If terrorists had destroyed New Orleans then are we to assume he would have actually rebuilt the levees? He's a liar and a thief and while some people did not survive his presidency, we can declare V-B Day here and gone.

Listening to the inauguration I heard someone say that America is the best this and that and look, a black guy became president near a coffee shop where he couldn't eat in 1960. "It's never happened anywhere else." they said.
I thought, never? Like a Jew has never visited the pyramids? Or Berlin? Mandela didn't become president of South Africa? Then I thought, yeah, those things have happened, and they were big deals...when the first Jew visited the pyramids and wasn't there to push rock. That was big deal. And remember when Mandela became president of South Africa? That was a huge deal. And think about how long it took for Mandela to go from possible slave to president. The Dutch were stealing people in the 13th century. Who knows how long after the pyramids were built was a Jewish person allowed to visit them. I mean, a thousand years? Two thousand years? But America is brand new comparatively. Right? And slavery was just abolished in 1865. Like 150 years ago, not even 100 years after the Revolution. Two generations ago. So the swing in public opinion has been substantially the same as Egypt enslaving Jews to build pyramids and then taking their tourist dollars to visit those same pyramids, or Mandela becoming an leader of South Africa after the Dutch basically treated blacks like exportable cattle for 600 years...but the difference is that it only took The united states (It was a colony before 1776) 230 years to reach some kind of political, ideological, philosophic equality...even if the practical situation isn't much different than 1692. Now a black person can gain access to the elite, ruling class. And it didn't take as long as Egypt. And really, those pyramids still keep the tombs of the slave masters. If the analogy was accurate, a Jewish person would be buried in one of those pyramids. Or maybe a bunch of Egyptians would build a new pyramid for a Jewish person. That would be equality...because Obama isn't just visiting the White House. No. He's living there and he's calling the shots and white people have to obey or they get the whip. Now that's some crazy swing...and maybe they're hasn't happened anywhere else.
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