In the “money driven” world of national politics where in November a “winner will take all”, the choice of who to support is both a practical and pragmatic issue. Nobody wants to bet on the wrong horse.
Betting is a matter of risk assessment, of course. But if ever there was a time to “take the plunge” and risk your vote, or your tax deductible contribution, now is that time. The sooner the better, so long as you can sustain (the donations) through November.
Barack Obama, indeed, national healing needs your support.
Of course, “national healing” refers to the black-white dichotomy, the open debate between dominant and dominated cultures, to borrow language from Reverend Wright’s April 28th National Press Club address (for a full transcript see the Atlantic Monthly transcript page).
National healing however, is also about re-cycling urban wastelands and the people relegated by exclusion to live their lives in such environments.
“National healing” is not about handouts or about subsidizing indigent populations. It is about dealing with problems of urban “governance” and social marginalization. It is about the need to mobilize national support for the integration of urban populations and the cities that provide minimum public services into the American mainstream.
The black-white dichotomy and the problems of deficient metropolitan governance were exacerbated in New Orleans where legacy patterns of behavior constituted de facto social and racial preferences. The process of social marginalization works the same in other cities as increasing concentrations of poverty produce a long term trend toward mediocrity.
America’s wealth is the product of an abundance of natural resources skillfully transformed by a motivated, youthful populations striving for the “American Dream”. Not everybody achieves that dream however, and in material terms, most do not.
The Obama campaign is, at least to this observer, about conceiving the American Dream in terms other than “material wealth”. It is about preserving and promoting our urban centers as efficient producers of the national wealth and about integrating urban populations into the American mainstream.
Our great cities must not be allowed to fall to mediocrity.