I Feel Bad for Dude
(On the iPhone as I write: Young Jeezy – The Recession. THE WHOLE DAMN CD IS HOTTTT!!!)
As I sat and watched McCain and Obama last night on the CNN split screen it dawned on me how significantly mobility issues affect the personalities and lifestyles of the individuals who suffer from them. McCain is quite obviously afflicted with mobility issues. He can’t raise his hand above his waist. He appears to not be able to turn his head effectively either. He looks to me like his face hurts when he smiles. His smile tends to look more like a grimace.
I’m a very empathetic person (See Octavia Butler on extreme telepathic empathy… gotta love sci-fi!). I avoid being around people who are in pain because I physically begin to hurt when I’m around them. It’s like I take on their pain. And when I watched McCain on the split screen last night I could feel it. I wonder if he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. I wonder if he’s had any joint replacement surgeries.
I’m an avid supporter of alternative therapies. I’m an avid proponent of preventive health maintenance. McCain should holla at my accupuncturist. (Shouts out to Dr. Lee!) I believe that if you’re unable to move efficiently (like our economy) then you begin to stagnate and will eventually die. It is clear to me that McCain is in the declination cycle of his life. He is withering. He looks to be dying before our very eyes on television. He reminds me of trees in autumn as they lose their leaves and their moisture and become dry and brittle. Maybe he should get better makeup people. He should talk to Oprah’s folks. She’s got the best team in the business, but they’re probably not cheap.
I hurt when I watch him try to turn or when he makes that fake smile or extends that lame arm in feigned appreciation for Obama’s presence. He reminds me of the poor sap that worked for 40 years at the steel mill and then retired. Then 2 months into his retirement he doesn’t wake up on Thursday morning. I get the sneaky suspicion that this campaign has done a number on John. He looks haggard. He looks beaten, and I’m hoping that 2 months after November 4th his trophy wife doesn’t find herself widowed.
I saw it in his eyes last night. Empathically I felt his fear. And then another epiphany. John McCain’s fear is the same fear that many white Americans have: It’s the fear of extinction. The numbers are out. By 2050 brown people will be the majority here. I think that’s a lie though. I think brown people already ARE the majority. I’ve never been comfortable with census numbers cuz niggas don’t answer their doors when white people knock. Can you blame ‘em? See, Obama represents the browning of our blessed white ass America. He is what happens when race mixing is allowed to go un-checked in this country. I can hear the race haters now…
Barack Obama represents the REAL New American Century. And I don’t think we’re gonna have to wait ’til 2050 to see it. Holla at a playa.