The title words are of course from the inspirational American Declaration of Independence, they might have inspired the following -
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)
These words are from Guthrie’s immortal song, the real ! American National Anthem, “This Land is Your Land” this great song is more pertinent today than it ever was, do the words apply to all Americans though ?
I find it impossible to believe that Barak Obama did not consider the possibility of danger to himself and his family when he decided to run for the presidency, he must have thought it over with his wife at great length. Coming from South Chicago they will know the dangers, they are clearly very courageous people, I have a large extended family in Chicago in the district of Cicero, a certain Alphonse Capone once lived there and it is still classed as an Irish/Italian neighbourhood.
Other neighbourhoods are classed as black and the racial tension is palpable, huge areas of the city are no go areas for white people, the problems of crime, drugs and violence are worse in the black areas because of the long term scourge of racism.
The red neck goons who have just been arrested for planning to assassinate Obama are unfortunately just the first, incredibly one of them gave himself the surname “ Adolf “ this strangely did not raise many fears, the mind boggles. There is a long disgraceful history of racist crime and violence against blacks in America, the fact that black Americans are no longer prepared to accept this treatment has made the situation more volatile, everyone can get easy access to firearms, the white racists are as consumed with hatred as they ever were, can the security forces protect him ?
The situation will get more tense as the election looms and he will be pilloried as no candidate has been pilloried before. We have seen the race card played here regularly by the Tories, and most people were disgusted by it, including some Tories but, what we are about to witness will make the Tories look like Quakers. Expect the pond life that is the BNP and NF to make their poisonous contribution at every opportunity from this country, they will be a grotesque sideshow, unsavoury and sickening to watch.
The Republicans will play the race card, there is no question of that, they will be much more subtle than before but if Obama shows up as the leader it will deteriorate right into the gutter. They have already attacked his wife and his black pastor as un-American, this will get worse, they have already made great play of his middle name being Hussien and published a picture of a young Obama in a turban.
McCain is a loose cannon and is capable of almost anything, he seems to change his mind like he changes his socks. Remember that this is a party who elected Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jnr. IMO that points to a party who have no moral compass whatsoever, an electorate who will vote for clowns and crooks and who will buy the corporate propaganda fed to them by their rich and powerful pay masters.
America should be and can be great and the chance to elect a black president would represent the greatest leap forward in their history, this is their chance to move their country and the world forward, a chance to let everyone know that America can change for the better, a chance to rid themselves of Bush, Cheney and the rest of the crooks and corporate gangsters who have destroyed their reputation in every corner of the world. Obama is not a worker of miracles but he represents change like no one in living memory can point to.
Can he stay alive long enough to show what he can do ?