I’m not extremely political. I don’t follow politics with intensity but I get the basics and try to vote using sound intelligent facts. I don’t blindly believe political ads or campaign speeches, nor do I believe everything that is posted online; online postings may follow inaccurate trends and rumors. So what’s a person to do? Who do you believe?
To the best of my ability, calculating in my own time constraints, I take in as much information as possible, deciding on issues that are the most important to the country and me personally. Then I research all sides of an issues (there may be more than 2 sides) to determine how I feel, where I feel the delegates stand., and why.
One thing always rings clear with me, a candidate that appears to be grossly misrepresenting him or herself is a red flag that may be serious flaws the way they represent issues.
One of these red flags, for me, is Barack Obama. He’s nice looking, charismatic and says what people want to hear which gets him far. This, in itself, is not a red flag. But I don’t trust him. I want to trust my President. After all he is, arguably, the most powerful man in the world; at least the free world.
My red flag began to wave when I first paid attention to Obama 5+ years ago. He claimed to be African-American. Documentation of his actual ethnic background demonstrates Mr. Obama is not an “African-American” as defined in United States law. This research was initiated by a request from a daily news publication of international reputation in New York City. I am NOT calling him a lair based on technical legalities. My problem is that he stood beside his obviously-white grandmother, claiming to be African-American. It just didn’t add up. So I did my research.
Documenting his father’s genealogy, the study from the news publication referred to above, indicates Sen. Obama is actually Arab-American. The significance of this is that “the soul and substance of Mr. Obama’s claim to fame” rest entirely on his being “the first” African-American to reach certain achievements. If Mr. Obama is not legally an African-American, then his claims collapse. While there may still be historic firsts, for example, being the first Arab-American to be the president of the Harvard Law Review, those claims are not the star-appeal of his entire political life, and the basis of his current celebrity star status.
Every ancestor on his father’s side has an Arabic name, because his father was officially classified as “Arab African” by the Kenyan government. 100% African tribal members of western Kenya where his father was born have Christian names, not Arabic. His father’s decision to name him with an Arabic name is a matter of his father establishing his ethnic identity in Africa – it is done deliberately to ethnically separate from the African tribes. Researching his roots reveal that on his father’s side, he is descended from Arab slave traders. They operated under an extended grant from Queen Victoria, who gave them the right to continue the slave trade in exchange for helping the British defeat the Madhi Army in southern Sudan and the Upper Nile region. Funny how circular is history; now the British again face the Madhi Army, albeit this time Shiite, not Sunni, as in nineteenth century Sudan.
This does not make him an Arab. Barack Obama may or may not be of Arabic decent, it made sense to review a few generations of family members. Caucasian mother and maternal grandmother; Black Father. The government can legally classify him any way they want to but Barack Obama is of mixed race – period.
Frankly I really don’t care if he’s African-American, or Arab-American, or a little green man. It just irritates me that he’s claiming something he’s not. I wish he would embrace his mixture. I feel it’s much more significant that the United States, the melting pot of the world, can look past the stereotypes of mixed-race couples and embrace this man as a leader of our great country. To me this says far more positive things about the American people than having a ‘black’ president.
I would not vote for or against anyone based on race, looks, gender, or even charisma. I happen to disagree with Obama’s political views and vision for our country. But I could be proud of our country for seeing past someone’s looks and electing the first mixed-race President IF he would embrace it.
I wonder sometimes if mixed-race couples, or their children feel that Barack Obama has denied them recognition of their identity. Perhaps they should.