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Monday, 10 September 2012 18:49


By Jesse Jose

A Cup O' Kapeng Barako


I am writing this as the Democrats were having their national convention in Charlotte, N.C.  Michelle Obama spoke Tuesday and Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday, and President Obama had his turn on Thursday. I only wanted to listen to these three speakers.  The others are just BHO bugaws, I think.  


What did Michelle Obama say, anyway?  I wasn't really paying attention.  I don't listen to lies and BS.


I think her well-known line among her speeches was when she said: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country...."  To translate those words in unique Filipino English: "Now that my husband, Barack Hussien Obama, has been nominated to run as President of the United States of America, I can now say that I can be proud of this country."


I'll always remember those lines of Mrs. Obama.  The date was Feb. 18, 2008.  And I'll always remember, too, my thoughts on her speech that day: "Say what?  After what America had done for you and your husband?  Send you both to expensive Ivy League schools, courtesy of American taxpayers.  How ingrate can you get?  You made Jane Fonda looked like a patriot, and Marie Antoinette as Mother Theresa."


MY COMING TO AMERICA: I said that, Dear Readers, because you see, I've been proud and have loved this country since Day One of my arrival here in America in 1960 as a U.S. Navy recruit bound for San Diego, California for my "boot camp" training.


Coming to America and pursuing the American Dream ... had been my dream while growing up in the Philippines.  And if in pursuing this dream I have to risk my life by joining the US military, I was willing to do it.  The war in Vietnam then was escalating.  But I was young, fearless and invincible.  I wanted to experience battles in war.  I wanted adventure.  I wanted to see the world.  


Several years later, when I became a U.S. citizen, and recited aloud my Pledge of Allegiance "to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic, for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," my pride and love for this country had grown ever more.


America took care of me through the years.  It wasn't perfect.  But I've traveled in several other countries and seen "things," and from what I've seen, I got to believe with all my heart, that America is the greatest country in this whole, wide world.


Back to Michelle O.  I heard that she has expensive taste on clothes and she bought them like there's no tomorrow.  She also gave lavish parties and went on lavish, expensive vacations with dozens of alalays and tsimays ... at kasama pa yung nanay niya, paid for by you and me, the so-called middle class taxpayers. 


And, as we all know, ONLY 50% of the people here in America pay taxes.  The other 50% are the PALAMUNINS and the PARASITES and the WELFARE QUEENS and KINGS of America ... and the "disabled" kuno who know how to manipulate and suck the system of welfare monies and benefits.  Guess who pays for all that?  Us, the middle class!  But enough of that, because that only makes me mad and resentful.


I am not talking about America's disabled veterans.  These veterans laid their lives on the line in defending the democratic ideals of this country.  Some gave parts of their limbs and some gave it all.  Whatever they are receiving now in benefits for their disabilities, they rightly deserve them.


ON PRESIDENT OBAMA: Y'all don't get me wrong.  Just because I said these things about Michelle O, it doesn't mean that I also don't like President Obama.  In my previous column, and I think it bears repeating, I said I like him.  I said that he's done a lot of good things for America, despite all the bad press about him and the economy.  He tried hard.  I like his OBAMACARE.  Affordable Health Care for all Americans is just and fair, and it's truly magnificent of Obama to offer that to all. 


ON GAY MARRIAGE: I said I also like Mr. Obama's stand on SAME SEX MARRIAGE because it shows his depth of character.  I am Catholic and I don't care what my fellow Catholics -- the zealots, that is – say about same sex marriage. 


These zealots said, "Marriage, according to the Bible, is only between a man and a woman."  I say: Hogwash!  The verses in the Bible shouldn't be read literally.  Reading the Bible that way is the Fundamentalist way!  The KKK's, with their Burning Crosses, read it that way. 


Also, the Founding Fathers like President George Washington, said: "The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy."  Thomas Jefferson said: "Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions." 


And in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."  It also implied clearly the separation of the church and state.  To me, same sex marriage is EQUALITY for all!  And, Lord Jesus loves us all ... all the different people on this earth.


THE DREAM ACT: Another thing, when President Obama signed into law the Dream Act, I said, "Okey ngarud, my main man, you're a dawg."  A dawg (dog) in street language is someone who's cool and an a-okay dude.  Because signing that act into law is a show of compassion for young illegals and for our TNT's, giving them the opportunity to pursue the much-coveted American Dream.


BUT THE ECONOMY SUCKS:  I also said, "But then the economy sucks. The unemployment rate has stood still at 8.3%. And the total national debt now stands at $15.9 trillion.  President Obama has got a lot of explaining and convincing to do on this matter."  Indeed, too many working Americans have been disillusioned by his promises and are angry at him.  He failed them.


ON BILL CLINTON'S SPEECH: I like President Clinton.  He's a brilliant man and one of the brilliant minds of the land.  His wife, Hillary, is also one of the brilliant minds of the land.  If only Hillary had won the Democratic nomination for President, she surely would have won the presidency over John McCain ... and we would have had two brilliant minds of the land guiding America to more prosperity and greatness.  But Obama won the nomination and eventually, the presidency.


Mr. Clinton's speech during the Democrats' convention was awesome, I think.  He's a a gifted natural public speaker.  He's a "folksy" speaker.  Though he's delivering a speech to a multitude of listeners, he speaks like he's speaking personally ONLY to you.  So you listen and pay attention.


He delivered a point-by-point rebuttal of the arguments made by president wannabe Mitt Romney and company during the GOP convention the previous week, warning America against the GOPs, declaring: "We can't let it happen."


Over and over, he endorsed the re-election of President Obama, saying there was no question that America now IS in a "better position than it was four years ago."


My reaction to that?  Ain't no way, Bill.  It depends "what is, is IS."  The economy SUCKS now than four years ago.  The economy was flourishing then during your time ... and during the White House internship of, ahem, "Monica."


ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH: He's truly an orator.  He's got magnificent charisma.  He's a handsome black mestizo.  Sharp dresser, too.  He could be a model for GQ magazine.  He's a magnetic speaker, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him and listening to his oration of his party's oracles.


What's my take on his speech?  Two words.  As Erap would say: "same-same."  Cut and paste.  An exact copy of his nomination speech from four years ago.  A couple of words were changed though.  From "HOPE and CHANGE," it has become "FORWARD."  But same-same.  He's now forwarding the hope and change that he promised four years ago.


But in fairness to this very likeable man, this portion of his speech is the one I like very much:


"While I am proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings...." he said.  Then added, "I have never been hopeful about America, not because I think I have all the answers, not because I'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges.  I am hopeful because of you."  Loud, long applause erupted from the multitude of listeners, when he said those words.


Then, with his voice breaking, he said, "if you share that faith with me, if you share that hope with me, I ask you tonight for your vote."  My wife, who was sitting next to me on the family couch, said, "Not my vote, mister."


What about my vote? I dunno. I have a fickle mind, you see. My way of thinking on people and things is an evolving thing....  Okey ngarud, Dear Readers, that's all.  JJ 


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