I just want to make this clear before you start reading this blog post and you are from the Romney, Paul, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, Huntsman, Campaigns: I am black american, I am male, I am Muslim. Just giving you all this informaiton up front just in case any of those tags brings up any red flags.
The Republican presidential race is nearing an early climax. In just a few days Republican voters in Iowa will cast their votes for who they think is the best person to beat President Barack Obama in the general election. They are pretty much all lame and inspire little confidence.
Here’s my situation. I am deeply disappointed in the performance of Obama. I say so with the perspective of someone that works in perhaps the best managed executive office in the country. Managing institutions at this scale is incredibly difficult. To do it well happens very rarely.
So, you could say that I am someone that looked at the Republican primary season with some general interest. What if there could be a candidate that spoke to me in a way that addressed some of my primary concerns?
I define myself as a “nuts and bolts” guy. I am not interested in social issues, so that takes 99% of the Republican and Democratic candidates off the block for me. In fact, when I vote I look for what a candidates track record is on water, waste, energy, food. Along those lines I have stated how I think all of those systems need to be best managed in my book Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and I firmly think that both government and private sectors need to reform - but also play a very important role. Both are part of the problem and both need to be part of the solution.
Basically, I am looking for the candidate that will invest in water, cleaner energy, and will work to make sure that people eat good food that provides nourishment. I would also like a candidate that is not constantly obsessed with telling the world that my religion is plotting to take over the country. I want a candidate that will not have a not-so-secret- racist past or present, and a candidate that will actually make the choice to keep us out of a war, instead of constantly looking for one.
Where is this candidate?
It seems that so many of these folks running for office want to tell you what kind of person they are, how they grew up, etc. I am actually less interested in that. I want to know what you think about protecting and cleaning up water supplies, incentivizing clean energy technology and development, and in cleaning the air around us. I want to hear about how you plan on saving lives instead of how you will put more in harms way. I am less inerested in how much you do or do not support Israel or Pakistan and more interested in what you are going to do to make sure that students in Appalachia are able to get an education and not have to worry about coal slurry destroying their ancestral lands.
Where are the serious public servants?
Serious public servants maintain a template of services that it makes sense, for the general welfare, for the government to manage. All the companies that claim to want zero regulation would not exist had it not been for the roads and bridges and water and trash removal, etc, all offered by a good government. Claiming government is the problem or that capitalism and corporations are the problem is a cop-out. People make bad decisions everyday. Systemically, groups of people feel no social pressure to do otherwise and so keep making bad decisions that they are unaware of. So where, again, are the real servants who will set up the structure of our main systems so that we can then make our own decisions?
Right now Obama is still the best choice based on his attention to environmental issues, his funding of the building of roads and bridges, etc. I would love it if one of these Republicans stepped in and really challenged him on protection of the basic, bottom-line, systems that make living feasible.
I would love it if a Republican candidate started talking “nuts and bolts” instead of dancing in a make-believe world that makes sense to none but the ones running and the idiot news media that follows them.
I dare you Republicans make a platform that a Black American, descendant of enslaved Africans and later Homesteaders, highly educated, Muslim by birth, married with a child, with savings and disposable income, values and a deep understanding of American history, politics, and culture... tell me why I should vote for any of you and not President Barack Obama --- Seriously, I am listening.
PS: President Obama please refresh my memory on why I voted for you. Thanks.