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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:41 PM

MUST READ: By David Simon, Creator of The Wire and Treme. "Inevitabilities. And Barack Obama."

http://davidsimon.com/inevitabilities-and-barack-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-3674

In case you don't know who he is, he only created the greatest TV series of all time in The Wire along with the critically acclaimed Treme on HBO.

But the country is changing. And this may be the last election in which anyone but a fool tries to play ó on a national level, at least ó the cards of racial exclusion, of immigrant fear, of the patronization of women and hegemony over their bodies, of self-righteous discrimination against homosexuals. Some in the Republican party and among the teabagged fringe will continue to play such losing hands for some time to come; this shit worked well in its day and distracted many from addressing any of our essential national issues. But again, if they play that weak-ass game past this point, they are fools.


America is different now, moreso with every election cycle. Ronald Reagan won his mandate in an America in which 89 percent of the voters were white. That number is down to 72 percent and falling. Fifty thousand new Latino citizens achieve the voting age every month. America will soon belong to the men and women ó white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight ó who can comfortably walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions. The America in which it was otherwise is dying, thank god, and those that relied on entitlement and division to command power will either be obliged to accept the changes, or retreat to whichever gated community from which they wish to wax nostalgic and brood on political irrelevance.

Hard times are still to come for all of us. Rear guard actions will be fought at every political crossroad. But make no mistake: Change is a motherfucker when you run from it. And right now, the conservative movement in America is fleeing from change that is certain and immutable. A man of color is president for the second time, and this happened despite a struggling economic climate and a national spirit of general discontent. He has been returned to office over the specific objections of the mass of white men. He has instead been re-elected by women, by people of color, by homosexuals, by people of varying religions or no religion whatsoever. Behold the New Jerusalem. Not that thereís anything wrong with being a white man, of course. Thereís nothing wrong with being anything. Thatís the point.


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Reply MUST READ: By David Simon, Creator of The Wire and Treme. "Inevitabilities. And Barack Obama." (Original post)
smorkingapple Nov 2012 OP
SleeplessinSoCal Nov 2012 #1
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #2
brer cat Nov 2012 #3
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #4
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #5
CANDO Nov 2012 #6

Response to smorkingapple (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:50 PM

1. We really are different now. And it happened fast!

When you think back to Rove's methodology in 2004 by getting Evangelicals all worked up over gays and abortions, and now the country is siding with gays, while women are saying "stop it already!".

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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:55 PM

2. Great read ...

the only alteration/edit I would make would be the bolded section:

He has been returned to office over the specific objections of the mass of white men. He has instead been re-elected by women, by people of color, by homosexuals, by people of varying religions or no religion whatsoever. And those white men, not threatened by women, by people of color, by homosexuals, by people of varying religions or no religion whatsoever.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:32 PM

3. Good catch. nt

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Response to smorkingapple (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:38 PM

4. Thanks for posting.

Good read.

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Response to smorkingapple (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:52 AM

5. The Wire. Yes! One of the best ever. And I love Treme as well. I respect this man. Thanks

for posting.

The ex-Baltmore police officer who's among those on the front lines for Marijuana legalization and regulation these days, Neill Franklin, was on Rachel Maddow last night. I wondered immediately if he had been connected to the Wire in any way.

Looks like no, but I found an interview with him in which he the Wire is discussed:

Dean Becker: Well, weíve all seen that HBO program, The Wire. Would you say thatís pretty close? Near the mark?

Mr. Neill Franklin: It is right on the mark except for one piece and that is the small community they created in the Western district called Amsterdam, where they allowed the drug trade to take place as long as it was within these boundaries. Everything else, as far as the battles, the bodies, the disregard for human life and the characters, is all true to life.

Now the time frames may be a little different as far as when these accounts actually took place 10 years ago or 5 years ago but, itís all real. Thatís exactly what itís like.

http://www.drugtruth.net/cms/node/2177

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Response to smorkingapple (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:15 AM

6. President Obama

Was elected and re-elected with the votes of this white man.

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