Dog Whistle 2008: "Generational"
Dog Whistle 2008: "Generational"
Born in1 946, I am among the first baby boomers and I have dutifully checked the "white" or "Caucasian" box in official questionnaires. Due to this background, I know i was not alone in being marginalized and labeled as an obvious racist for my outspoken support of Hillary in 2008. All of my attempts to raise issues with candidate Obama fell on deaf ears to many including, sadly, my sweet and kind hearted daughter.
Until now, the overpowering feeling was one of anger. Yet now I am coming to see the pitiful plight of those who believed the worst of people like me. I see that the full force of this false narrative that was heaped upon young Americans to secure the continuity of the imperial presidency was too much for millions to resist:
CBS News 2007:
"Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what's needed to be done. Today we are called once more -- and it is time for our generation to answer that call," declared Barack Obama, uttering the word "generation" no fewer than thirteen times in his speech announcing his intention to run for president. There is no mistaking his campaign theme: it's time for the old to move over and make way for the new.
Obama's book The Audacity of Hope makes it clear just whom he's calling old: "In the back-and-forth between Clinton and Gingrich, and in the elections of 2000 and 2004, I sometimes felt as if I were watching the psychodrama of the baby boom generation -- a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago -- played out on the national stage," writes Obama. It's a theme he's returned to with increasing frequency lately. "There's no doubt that we represent the kind of change Senator Clinton can't deliver on. And part of it's generational," Obama told Fox News in early November. "Senator Clinton and others have been fighting some of the same fights since the '60s. It makes it very difficult for them to bring the country together to get things done."
Paul Harris: Portrait of Our President:
Among Martin Luther King’s most famous words are his hopes that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”.
That dream of King’s was what many believed Obama would one day fulfill. Perhaps he has, just not in the way anyone thought. In 2013 – amid drones, assassinations, mass spying, secret courts and tapping journalists’ phones – it seems that Obama’s race matters less and less, while his inner character is shining through for judgment. It is sorely wanting."
…If you voted in one of the Democratic primaries or caucuses, your age probably determined your vote: The older you are, the more likely you were to vote for Clinton, and the younger you are, the more likely you were to vote for Obama.
Part of this divide is easily explained, since Obama is younger, 46, and Clinton is 60. But, Obama has a particular appeal to young people such as Zahir Rahman, a sophomore at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Identifying with Obama
"He's hip to our culture and seems to know where younger people are coming from," Rahman says. Then he explains Obama's appeal as "someone who's new, offers this idea of hope, of change, which really isn't attributed to either party or any of the other candidates who are running."
But that's not the only reason young people vote for Obama, says Cliff Zukin, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. Unlike their baby boomer parents, voters under 30 are incredibly tolerant.
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore levied a heavy charge at older Americans who didn’t vote for President Barack Obama in 2008: They’re racist.
Moore made his comments Thursday during a forum hosted by PBS host Tavis Smiley and Princeton University Professor Cornel West.
“…and that’s younger people — because they’re not as racist as the previous generations,” Moore said to applause and laughter…