Why is the current election so dramatic? Why is the election so polarizing? It seems that most everyone has an opinion about our two main choices: McCain and Obama. There do not appear to be many people who are undecided. Everyone has there reasons. Often, these reasons come through "sound-bytes" from television advertisements. Unquestionably, each candidate can spin a story that makes his adversary out to be something just shy of a three-headed monster. Why? We have had a bad economy before. We are at war more years than we are at peace, or so it seems. Yet, this doesn't seem to excite the country... or polarize it... as the current election.
I wonder about racism. Is that underlying thread in this election that is polarizing so many people? The strangeness i that no one would ever admit to such a thing. It is so unpopular to say that one is racist. However, I am not sure about the frequency of latent racism in our country, and would it be such an odd thing? There are countless examples in the world of groups of people hating people with whom they live as neighbors: Jews versus Muslims, Sunnis versus Shiites, African tribal warfare, to name a few situations. Racism doesn't die because it is socially or politically incorrect.
Our past is very complicated, and it comes back to power. We (whites) have always had all the power. We have even been slow to give power in the form of management/ownership positions to African Americans in sports, where they have excelled for generations. How could it be easy for us to give an African American the most powerful position in the world by electing him president? If racism can't die, it would be wonderful if we could at least confront its reality (and our fears about it) and vote for who we believe is the most qualified to get the job done. That would be an easier decision, in my opinion.