Saturday, September 6, 2008



By Jerry Okungu
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The stakes are so high in the American elections that men and women who care about mother earth must take a stand. Men and women of good will who care for the future of the planet, peace and good will among mankind must stand up and be counted.

The United States of America is the most powerful country on earth. Its war chest is awesome. Its resources and the ability to exploit other nations’ resources are without parallel. That is why the whole world cows to America except for suicidal Afghanistans, Iraqis and Somalis. These are the only ragtag armies around the world that don’t seem to give a damn about Uncle Sam’s might.

The reason Obama is right now good for America and the rest of mankind is because he comes from a minority race in the United States. He is an outsider when you consider dangerous interest groups in America. He doesn’t own oil wells and has no stake in corporate America. He is not a weapons manufacturer and neither does he have shares in companies manufacturing deadly warplanes and guided missiles. He is an ordinary Black American just wanting to do good for ordinary Americans of all races, religions, creed and class.

Right now Americans are fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and are about to start another in Iran. They are supporting Israelis against the Arab Alliance for Palestinian lands while instigating unrest in neighboring Cuba and unfriendly South American countries. They are in Europe encouraging Serbian separatists and inciting Georgia against Russia!

Americans claim to be fighting terrorists after the September 11, 2001 bombing of the Twin Towers in New York. For this George Bush invaded Iraq; a country that had neither attacked nor harbored weapons of mass destruction. Since the war erupted in Iraq, Americans, according to reliable international sources, have killed at least 1.2 million Iraqis on their own soil!

Americans have a chance in this year’s elections to change all this. The only party that can reverse George Bush’s failed policies is the Democratic Party through Barack Obama because Obama values life and is not trigger happy like McCain and Palin.

Barack Obama interprets the American Ownership Society not to mean ability to own wealth and property but for poor Americans to be on their own! In demanding that Americans take back their country from Republicans, this ownership creed must force Republicans to own their failure for having failed to deliver credible and productive leadership to fellow Americans.

In offering his leadership to the American people, Obama promises to be his brother and sister’s keeper, a call he is making to all Americans of good will to do the same.

Like George Bush, he plans to give tax rewards to corporate America but only if they create jobs for Americans at home. Like George Bush, he will cut taxes but not to the already wealthy Americans but rather to 95% of working class American families.

High cost of fuel and other energy prices are very on Obama’s agenda. He understands the dangers of Americans and the rest of the world being held hostage by oil producing countries. He would like to end this dependency on oil from the Middle East by developing natural gas for domestic consumption. Coupled with this, Americans should be able to produce affordable fuel efficiency cars during his eight years in the White House.

On welfare, Obama plans to create at least five million jobs for Americans every year with every American child given a world class education in order to be competitive in the 21st Century. To achieve this, teachers will have to be paid better to provide world class education.

All young Americans committed to serve their communities or country in any capacity will be assured of college education as reward. He promises good healthcare for all Americans and is determined to eradicate healthcare discrimination on the basis of class.

He promises to enact laws outlawing discrimination on the basis of sex when it comes to individual pay and will change bankruptcy laws to protect ordinary Americans from losing their life’s savings to corporate America.

On the other hand Bush and Palin promise Americans their country first even if they are starving. They promise to retain gun laws to fight imaginary enemies. They are more concerned with instilling fear in Americans than with providing solutions to American problems. They don’t find it necessary open dialogue with America’s perceived enemies like Iran and Cuba.

Listening to John McCain deliver his acceptance speech, I got the feeling that the grandfather was stuck in the past; his past. He personalized the speech so much that he forgot that the Americans were hurting at home. He displayed the Republican hypocrisy of vilifying Washington yet dying to get there!