Earl Ofari Hutchinson's take on the politics of the day
In 1972 when then Democratic Party candidate Senator George McGovern ran for the Presidency, he had assembled a small group of supporters. This group consisted of Labor, Students, Women, Minorities, and LGBT. It was small back then, however the seed was planted and did the harvest come in on Election Day 2012.
People saw this core of supporters and agreed it was the group they wanted to be part of. The core expanded and it was this core that elected and re-elected Barack Obama President of the United States. Mitch McConnell, US Senate minority leader had said on Jan 20, 2009, that it was the GOP’s aim to make Barack Obama a one term president.
The people saw this as obstruction of the worst kind. The country suffered and the GOP didn’t give a damn that even their constituents were suffering with foreclosures and layoffs like the rest of America. Harry Truman said in 1948 that the 80th Congress was a “do nothing Congress.”. They blocked his programs and proposals. One of those GOPers was none other than Richard Nixon, a then young congressman from California. It was he who uttered “The only way to get rid of communism is to get rid of Trumanism.”
President Obama had to endure smears about taking the US towards Socialism. That he wasn’t born in the US, but elsewhere. Where it was we were never told. All in all, it was attack after attack many tinged with racism. In the end it failed, and failed miserably. The people aren’t stupid. The tide of the people waking up began with Katrina. When the world saw that white people on the rooftops were being left to fend for themselves, it was a turning point. Poor whites finally got the message. They were thought of in the negative as Black, Brown, Red, and Yellow were.
Conscious whites also said that it was time to as the late Martin Luther King had said to “Judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” This was what people saw when a then junior US Senator addressed the 2004 Democratic Convention. He said:
“People don’t expect -- People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.”
Many who heard that speech knew this was a leader waiting in the wings. They elected him in 2008 and 2012. Perhaps racism is beginning to subside in the US. We will see as time goes on. The Koch Brothers should have spent their money feeding the poor and helping folks who were made homeless due to foreclosures.
They would have made a better investment if they had.