|4 more years of sanity|
I voted for Obama enthusiastically in 2008, and while I believe that in many ways he did not live up to the outrageous expectations that his supports put upon him, I believe that he easily deserved a second term. My logic is simple: Bush REALLY messed things up over the course of 8 years. It might take another 8 or MORE to fix Bush's mess. Reversing course now would be a disaster. Thank goodness Obama won.
I have never understood folks who voted for Obama in 2008 and now say because Obama didn't "fix the economy" fast enough, they voted for Romney. Romney is the exact opposite of Obama in terms of economic policy; the little that we knew about Romney's tax proposals featured(what a surprise!) tax cuts for the rich and not much else! (Supply side economic policy has already wreaked enough havoc on our country. This even dates back to the Reagan years. The trickle down philosophy is extremely tired. And it's been proven that it doesn't benefit the middle class.)
|Obama, or Romney?|
Now I want to make it clear that I don't hate conservatives. I am disgusted with many politicians and corporate swine who put the general welfare far below obscene profits. But if you are middle class and you tend to vote Republican, I don't hate you. I have more sympathy for you than anything. We can debate as long as we speak about actual FACTS and that you don't resort to name calling. (I don't like how progressives have been widely accused of "hating America" and "blaming America first" and all of this nonsense. That's the name calling.) In terms of facts, the problem I have with what passes for much of the conservative thought in this country is that it not about differences of opinion. The problem is that much of the so-called argument is pure fantasy: global warming doesn't exist, evolution is a myth, this is a Christian nation, Saddam Hussein is linked to 9-11, deregulation and the free market is the best way to make our nation great, we don't want single payer healthcare, Bush was a great President, Obama failed, Obama is a muslim-nazi-socialist-antichrist-atheist-gay-coke dealing-racist-apologizing for America-African.....so on, etc.....This is like trying to argue about whether dogs can speak English. (OK, pal..... you think your German Shepherd can speak English? Fine, I'm going to walk over to THIS side of the room, where the air is a little less INSANE......)
What does the blue tilt mean for jazz? Well, for starters, the more people who are voting for a black president makes me think that the country is becoming more diverse and less racist. And that means that jazz, which is at heart Black Music, can find more acceptance. Obviously, there is a long way to go, especially amongst White America. Yes, there are no longer separate drinking fountains and lynchings; however, the appearance of a black president brought a lot of dormant racism to the surface. When white people say they "want their country back", I don't ASSUME, but I can't help but wonder if it implies wanting to "take it back" for white folks. (If anybody should want their country back, it's the Native Americans, but hey, that's another long dicussion....) And if you want to get inside the mind of the typical "Romney voter", watch this video if you can stand it.....
|mmmmmm, I'm voting for Romney.....|
However, on Tuesday night, as I watched the swing states turning blue and breathed a sigh of relief, I thought that this might be a glimmer of hope for a more obscure reason then dodging the Romney bullet. I thought all along that the right wing media was going to fix it for the GOP; that the propaganda of Fox, CNN, and all the drive time conservative radio was going to turn everyone against Obama. And it didn't. At least, it didn't turn everyone against him. I wonder if maybe it's because, thanks to the rise of laptops, wifi, and tablets, most people don't just turn on Fox News and get all their info from one source. Maybe they surf around and actually try to get their information from alternative sources. Say what you want about computers, but there's no denying that the internet is an interactive medium. Television doesn't come close, even if you have 500 channels.
My theory is this: if minds are being opened in terms of politics, they can be opened in terms of music. Perhaps the next generation won't just follow the crowd; they'll find their own way by exposure to many multitudes of ideas, and form their own opinions and taste based in fact and truth, not on hype and marketing. Maybe they'll eventually make our system more than a two party political system. Maybe young Americans will become curious about music other than Taylor Swift. After Tuesday, I'm more optimistic than ever.
I think the mainstream media, especially Fox, thought that it would have a bigger impact on this election. Maybe this is proof that revolution truly WILL NOT BE TELEVISED.......