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Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Mama Ain't Speaking to Me

I got in a BIG fight with my mom. Over Barrack. That's right. I got in a fight with my mama over Barrack and she went all Joan Crawford on me.

See, Im voting for Barrack. And, to my surprise (Well, now that I think about it, not really.) Mi Madre is all about Hil. And what set this ball in motion was an email I sent. Clearly she shouldn't have been on the list. Clearly, I forgot who she was.

It all started when she brought up the email I sent concerning Tavis' Smiley's rant about Barrack not coming to his forum in Louisiana.

In a nutshell, my mother's thoughts about the issue and more broadly, Barrack, was this:

He should have gone. He's been avoiding black political social circles--to show he's not black--shoot even Bush went to the NAACP last year. Black folks always drinking the koolaid. The Clinton's have done so much for black folk and now we turn our backs on them-after professing love for so long. The man is short on experience and he voted present more times then he actually voted. He was not doing his job."

She talked over me the whole time--like we was on Jerry Springer. As far as she was concerned, I didn't know what the hell I was (trying) to talk about.

She's my mama. And I love her to death. But, um, that whole argument was flawed to put it nicely. And she ain't about to let you ever suggest that someone else's view might make some sense too.

She actually said I was drinking the koolaid, and one thing I don't do is drink a muuufuuca's koolaid. Im bright enough and savvy enough to do the research to make an educated opinion. I ain't fainting at nobody's rallies. And surely ain't hitching to no bandwagons without feeling comfortable with the driver

So, I'ma go ahead and pick it apart like I did that ign'ant women in the store who looked me in my face yesterday and told me I was voting for Barrack because he's "a brother." And admittedly, partially to make sure I still am who I say I am (and only a mother could make you question that, lol)

Lets start with Tavis. The brother's cool sometimes, but lately he needs to bring it down about 10 notches. You cannot single Barrack out, but not say one word about the fact that the other three candidates you invited said no. Tavis should know just as well as anyone born in black skin that if you want to win a national election in a country where race still very much matters--doing anything that the media can construe as making you "the black candidate", means "Don Pardo, please tell our guests about his consolation prize."

Second, that koolaid shit might fly, if Barrack hadn't achieved broad based support. If folks who never voted, never donated to a campaign, never volunteered hadn't decided to be civically active in this arena. We ain't talking just about bumper stickers and signs here. We are talking about volunteering precious free time. Calling folks who may very well hang up on you. And giving away money that could buy your kid another pair of shoes or put gas in your car so you can get to work. I'd say, in this apathetic ass country, it would take a whole lot a koolaid--the red kind.

Third, (now remember what I said, I love my mama. Lord knows I do, but sometimes her passion throws reason out the window--particularly if you don't agree with her.) er', um, she clearly don't know much about the Hill or the Hil (and might be drinking some koolaid her self--the carpetbagger kind) There are so many issues that get voted on and reviewed that it would be nearly impossible to vote with some knowledge on every nitpicky bill or motion that popped. Senator Clinton had quite a few "present" votes as well. Second, um, the bills that Senator Obama co sponsored--a number across the aisle with other Republican Senators--significantly outnumber Senator Clinton's. So what you saying?

Lastly, what does experience have to do with this? Experience, has put us where we are right now. And if I remember correctly, JFK is somebody my mother admired greatly. He didn't have a whole rack of experience before he ran and successfully captured the presidency. And as Pop said, (He who recently got lambasted by her as well) this country was built by a bunch of men with no governing experience. They kicked Britain's behind and declared themselves an independent nation. Seems to me, drive, vision, and the ability to lead, might be able to get a lot more than a policy wonk with a history of being divisive ever could in the highest national office.

And don't get me started on that "What the Clinton's did for Black folk" bull. That's a whole 'nother post.

Now I'm risking homemade Ziti and sour cream pound cake on the next visit, but so be it...

If wanting to see someone who works to appeal to the common needs of all folks in this country, who believes the only way to effect change is to reach across the aisle to those who we are supposed to hate, who brings a message of Hope to the masses, and has developed one of the biggest bottom up campaigns in the history of this country is drinking the koolaid, then in the immortal words of Senator Clay Davis...

SHEEEEEEEEIIIIITTTTTT, Gimme a Bigger Cup! cause I'ma go ahead and wear the red koolaid stain on my shirt like it belongs there, dammit.


  • At 12:20 AM, Blogger GG...rising like a Phoenix said…

    Girl...only a momma could cuss u out about something like Be glad she ain't pull the "I brought u into this world and I can take you out" speach!!!

    HUGS and I'll pass the bottle of vodka your way!

  • At 12:56 AM, Anonymous BigMik said…

    Thanks God my Mom drank the Kool-aid too!!

  • At 3:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yo mama lost.

    I asked gramma and moms who they were voting for:

    The exact quote:

    I aint voting for Hillary, thats for sure.

  • At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    that's why i never put my cup down. nobody is slippin nothin in my drink!

    Hillary 2008!

    LOL. mIss yoU.

  • At 9:22 AM, Blogger La Maestra said…

    Listen chica, there are plenty of people that support Hillary, that is why some contest have been close and the numbers for the Tuesday primary are close... there are people that do see her strengths and what she CAN bring to the Presidency... your mama is one of them. That said, it sucks to not be politically astute with all the facts, and she is lacking in that... Oh, but JFK had a NUMBER of years in the Senate, more than Clinton's 6 years, she doesn't have that much more experience than Obama, she's just lived longer and married a president... Don't stress yourself, come drink with me! Love ya!

  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger Jonzee said…

    @ Cisco-- Dang, I still can't convert you, huh?

    @ La Maestra-- No stress here, I just figured since Ma Duke wouldn't let me get in a word edgewise, I would do it here--in a rather comical way. HomeMa probably has a better grasp then her emotional outburst displayed. But, alas, thats my Momma so what is there to do :)

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger Christina Springer said…

    Jonzee - I don't know why it took me so long to find you from Ink's blog - but - I'm delighted to have arrived.

    Just want to say, I'm a Mama who understands that sometimes children have to speak their mind. I published a poem a few years ago in a fairly prestigious anthology. It was not flattering to my mother. But, it was the truth as I saw it. Eventually, she understood this. And we found other ways to connect.

    I hope my children won't speak to me one day. I've certainly done unspeakable injustices to them - in their child-like minds. And unlike my mother, I'll smile and say, "what an interesting twisted way you see the world! Can you elaborate?"

    And they will. Then, eat their words later - with hot sauce - just like me.

    This of course has nothing to do with Obama...he is and exception to the rule of parenting. He is not one of those debates which will ever cause children to re-evaluate or retract anything. (Unless they back Hilarious or McCain't.

  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Eb the Celeb said…

    Me and my mom had an argument during the last election... do you know she voted for Bush... all because she's a christian and he doesnt believe in gay marriage... I was so upset with her... but its good that you guys are talking about it... so many dont


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