Affirmative Action, begun by President Richard M Nixon (R) gives a “boost” to people of color who have not (cannot, did not, could not, were not allowed to….) been able to demonstrate that they otherwise were objectively qualified to be admitted to, get the contract, join the fraternity, etc. “[A]ffirmative action involves giving preferential treatment to these underrepresented groups” (Hopwood v. Texas)
In the Obama campaign, very much the meeting of the two, we have Obama, a person of color, (“… and did I say he’s black?”) rising quickly in the heirarchy that is the dreary, under-paid, over-corrupted, media-bias-driven American political scene.
Very close to becoming the President of the United States Obama has never accomplished anything, regardless of whether as a Community Organizer who, “on issues, we made very little progress, nothing that would change poverty on the South Side of Chicago,” to his short stint (working fewer than 2 days a week) as a State Senator voting “present” 130 times, to his 143-day-US Senate role has never demonstrated competence on anything other than advancing his own interests.
Does Obama not realize that the Senate is a place in which he could have demonstrated competence, if not in an executive position, at least in a position?
Does Obama just not realize that the Senate is a job for which he is being paid to show up and demonstrate competence – and not just a stepping-stone role to run for another office? Does he not realize that he is supposed to be working for his salary rather than playing hooky in order to run for his next office rather than working hard on legislation in this office?
How can his rise be explained as other than Affirmative Action meets the Peter Principle?
Given that he has no record of important legislation to his credit in either legislative position he has held, and that he has never been an executive at any level from gas station to Fortune 500 company to a squad in the military to a combat division or squadron, it is past fantasy to think he will be a competent President.
Something to think about before you vote.