Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Wliding out in Chicago

Okay, it’s about 3:30am Chicago time… Welcome to the 2000 remix. Tell me something, ya’ll: Who didn’t see this one coming? Indecision 2004—Jon Stewart ain’t neva lied. (And I don’t even like his show.)

I just turned my TV off for the night… I’m checking emails—getting notes from folks and connects all over the map. People are heated once again. Not too many lawsuits expected, but you’ve gotten a mob of unhappy folks, both democrat and republican. The happy ones are the Republicratic Hustlers—Farai knows who I’m talking about. Speaking of which:

I just want to take this chance to publicly thank Farai Chideya and Jean Chen for inviting me to blog and share with everyone. I’ve swapped a few notes with Farai over the lack of diversity in politics—not just in terms of ethnicity but also in terms of ideas. Minus the occasional BET-er, Ed Bradley and Carlos-what’s-his-name-from-CNN sighting, it’s been wall-to-wall blondes, brunettes and redheads spewing the same moderate spin coast-to-coast. I think PopandPolitics.com can go a long way towards changing this.

What’s slowly sinking in with me is if you’re Black, Latino, Asian, Native American you can’t depend on mainstream folks to speak for you. Because they’ve proven time and time again, that they won’t unless you threaten to put a bullet or a ballot to their head… Or threaten to take away their money. All these media conglomerates, pundits and political parties care about is getting rich and appeasing white moderates, NASCAR Dads, Soccermoms and such. (It’s no wonder states like OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN, Georgia, etc. were so important to them. Not much diversity out there)


Anyway…

At last check Bush has about a 3.7 million stretch in the popular vote and about a 40 electoral vote gap in the Electoral College, according to MTV and CBS. I’d be impressed by both figures except for two things: it’s looking like only about 120 Million people actually voted—that’s only a few more than 2000. God help me, I don’t understand why over 100 million eligible voters decided to stay away once again… We can’t blame the “evil republicans” this time… We just got too many trifling folks taking too much for granted.

My grandmother being a black woman didn’t have the right to vote secured for the first 40-something years of her life. My great grandfather was a southern minister who was murdered by some “concerned citizens” because he had the crazy notion back in the 1920s and 30s that black people should be voting. They came into his church and killed him after a Sunday service and told my grandmother and great grandmother that if they didn’t keep quiet, they’d be next.

So for the last few weeks, including today, I’ve flipped thru channels peeping the Citizen Change farce and the pimps and hoes who run MTV talking about vote or die, when they can’t appreciate or understand what either one means. I’ve been listening to all these so-called “disaffected youth”—mostly white, well-off, “too-cool-for-the ‘burbs” types whining over the prospect of standing in line for an extra 20 minutes to cast a ballot… it’s turning my stomach, man. It’s truly breaking my heart. “Choose or Loose” my foot!

My guess is sometime on Wednesday, GWB will be declared the victor… Kerry’s chances of winning are slimmer than Anne Coulter waist divided by her respect for anyone’s opinion other than her own. And I doubt that Kerry’ll file suits or wait on the absentee/provisional ballots and such to be counted. He’ll fall back and resign like a good little politico and pledge his allegiance with the same fake, stiff smile he’s been using the last 14 months. Now Teresa’s another story. She might snap and clock Laura Bush during the concession speech and go home and count her ketchup money.

Can I just say what an embarrassment the democrats are. I mean, here you are a guy— Kerry—running against a guy–Bush— that half the country can’t stand… All JFK (John Friggin’ Kerry) had to do was give people something to vote for and he couldn’t do it. He had a bogus war, a foul economy, terrorism and all sorts of drama on his side and he still couldn’t give people something to vote for. Sure Bush sucked, but we knew that going in. We’ve seen Bush sucking for 4 years now. All people needed from Kerry was something to run towards, a clear confident real alternative. And again, just like Al Gore before him, Kerry couldn’t do it. God I hate politics!

Hey I wonder who Usama voted for? I wonder who Usama’s parent’s voted for—ya’ll do realize that half his family lived in Boston for years and got flown out of the country by Ashcroft and Cheney on 9/13/01. Don’t be shocked if they do an absentee ballot or something. (Sounds nuts, but anything’s possible these days.)

You can tell my punch-drunk tired after that last tirade. I’m hittin’ the sheets. I’ll get at ya’ll in the am…

Vote or Die… So when’s the funeral?



Hadji Williams is author of “KNOCK THE HUSTLE: How to Save Your Job and Your Life from Corporate America.” Get excerpts, etc. at: www.knockthehustle.com. Email him: author@knockthehustle.com

4 Comments:

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to post ya a link about those 9/13/01 flights you mentioned.

http://www.hillnews.com/news/052604/Clarke.aspx

Ashcroft and Cheney didn't make the decision, that's just an urban myth. There are tons of conspiracy theories out there, but generally they don't pan out to be more than just theories.

Here's a quote from the 9/11 commission report...

"We found no evidence that anyone at theWhite House above the level of Richard Clarke participated in a decision on the departure of Saudi nationals. The issue came up in one of the many video teleconferences of the interagency group Clarke chaired,and Clarke said he approved of how the FBI was dealing with the matter when it came up for interagency discussion at his level. Clarke told us,"I asked the FBI, Dale Watson . . . to handle that, to check to see if that was all right with them, to see if they wanted access to any of these people, and to get back to me.And if they had no objections, it would be fine with me." Clarke added,"I have no recollection of clearing it with anybody at the White House."


Was flying em out wrong? I dunno.. not my call. Was it some right wing conspiracy? Doubt it.

-TK

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Hajpaj said...

JK,

'Preciate the correction there... I'm not much for Conspiracy theories of any sort, to be honest. It's just that everything i read from every major source--except yours obviously--said they were flown out for their protection. I'm not even saying that it's a bad thing, etiher. How ever had a hand in it, it was more of a common sense thing to be honest. Whenever somebody commit a crime and it becomes public knowledge, family members usually catch hell even if they had nothing to do with it.

thanks for the update, tho.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Hajpaj said...

JK,

'Preciate the correction there... I'm not much for Conspiracy theories of any sort, to be honest. It's just that everything i read from every major source--except yours obviously--said they were flown out for their protection. I'm not even saying that it's a bad thing, etiher. How ever had a hand in it, it was more of a common sense thing to be honest. Whenever somebody commit a crime and it becomes public knowledge, family members usually catch hell even if they had nothing to do with it.

thanks for the update, tho.

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE EVIL RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY HAS BEEN DISCOVERED!!!!

http://erwc.blogspot.com

 

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