The War on Terror, the U.S. recession, health care and theories of global warming are just some of the issues that will play a factor in who becomes the 44th U.S. president. But, as the campaign plays out, will decisions be made on how the candidates treat or see each other?
Abdul Kargo, who is an American of Russian/Sierra Leonean descent, writes in his blog Tâ€™ings â€˜n Times about McCainâ€™s ad showcasing Obama as a â€œcelebrity candidate.â€ He states that the ad is hypocritical of McCain, who had a cameo in Wedding Crashers, and that being a â€œcelebrityâ€ isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing. He further addresses how the Republican candidate compared Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears:
Why compare the presumptive Democratic nominee to a pair of celebutantes? Itâ€™s really quite simple. First off, we can be sure that education or educatednessâ€”or whatever other qualities might prepare someone to lead a countryâ€”do not rank very high on the list of qualities people love in Paris or Britney. This is not to imply that Britney and Paris are unintelligent or uneducated. The point is only that these women are beloved not for their being qualified to lead the country. The Obama comparison thus implies that Obama, like Britney and Paris, is popularâ€”because of his looks or some other qualityâ€”but not for his ability to lead. Ergo: Barack Obama is very popular but heâ€™s not ready to lead.
Therefore, if Obama is a celebrity â€“ he falls more in line with the entertainment industry. Kargo then analyzes this subject of Black people in the entertainment industry:
Black athletes, actors, and musicians have attained tremendous fame and secured professions for themselves by entertaining the American public. In my view, these accomplishments should be seen as a testament to the resilience of Black people in this country. Alas! No good deed goes unpunished so the Black community is repaid with binary stereotypes that place intelligence and athleticism/artistry/musical talent at opposite ends of a spectrum. â€œSure,â€ the argument goes, â€œBlack people are good entertainers but theyâ€™re not so smart. This is why there are so few Black directors, quarterbacks, or music executives.â€ In other words, talent and intelligence become mutually exclusive categories.
Kargoâ€™s idea of mutually exclusive categories brings upon another issue: did McCain and Obama (or even Hilary Clinton, a few months ago) become potential candidates because of certain traits they possess â€“ say another type of â€œmutually exclusive categoriesâ€?
Aung Kyaw, a Burmese-American college student, writes in her blog, a brain workout, that only those that qualify for the Christian â€œcategoryâ€ will ever have a chance for presidency.
Americans care oh-so-much about the religious preferences of McCain and Obama. For me, religion doesnâ€™t matter. I think religion has little to do with how well someone performs as president. Itâ€™s irrelevant. In fact, it makes people do crazy things, like cut federal spending on stem cell research, especially when the stem cells are just thrown away instead of being put to scientific use.
In the last paragraph of her post, Kyaw writes:
Presidential campaigns are about being as narrow-minded as possible.