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September 10, 2011
Hating Barack, the President
By Kevin Tully
To understand where we are now, I would suggest reading Joseph Campbell and seeing the movie "The Help"
Would the Pope be a "Shepherd" without the respect and trust of millions of believers? Would Jerry Garcia have been a spiritual musical force without the Deadheads? Would Rudolph Giuliani have been "America's Mayor" without bi-partisan sentiments after the attacks on 9/11?
To understand where we are now, I would suggest reading Joseph Campbell and seeing the movie "The Help".
I spend my evenings as a bartender and my days building and repairing furniture. Last evening I had a customer belly up to the bar and rant about President Obama's speech. Pretty Quickly there was a chorus of ranters at the bar. I like all these folks-they are good tippers and my neighbors. However, something profoundly ugly permeated the place and it wasn't the odor of stale beer. It was what was unspoken, yet mutually acknowledged and implied: the President is a Socialist Ni**er.
I saw the movie "The Help" this past weekend. It's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It's a story I've always wanted to tell. It's the story of us Southern white children that were raised by beautiful, soulful, strong black women. It's a story told from our point of view. It's a story about the trauma we suffered as a result of horrible, all pervasive racism. These women fed us, cleaned us, taught us and nurtured us against all reason: many of us would grow up to be rabid racists. How and Why? Because something profoundly shameful and unforgivable was done to us: our parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts told us in word and deed that these amazing women, that we loved, lacked our white humanity and were ni**ers. They broke our hearts and demanded that we make a terrible choice.
Is the country making a terrible choice now? Are we choosing to abandon our President because of the present political and economic conditions that, in my opinion, are a result, in large part, to veiled racism which fuels much present reactionary politics?
Do I agree with everything President Obama has done, no. I am very disappointed with him not standing up for the environment last week. Do I like him not treating the criminals on Wall Street as criminals, no. Do I like that he has chosen to play softball with the Republican opposition, no. However to abandon him now would be an acknowledgement on my part that I am powerless.
I am embarrassed by all the Democrats, Leftists and Progressives that are buying into the "terrible choice" promulgated by the Right and embraced by those on the left that are willing to feign powerlessness.
If I remember correctly, Joseph Campbell in telling the story of the hero's journey, tells us about the stage when the hero, after his call to action, loses momentum, needs guidance and is consequently empowered to finish his quest with the help of a mentor or supernatural forcewe are this force. We can be what we want to be and President Obama can be what we want him to be by walking with the hero on his journey.
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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."