I am deviating from my usual posting topic because I have encountered some of the most ridiculous accusations against Michelle and Barak Obama. This is inspired by a conversation on one of my spiritual websites that are supposed to be working toward the light and goodness of the world. They accused Barak of being the anti-Christ with “irrefutable evidence” and are also claiming that Michelle is actually a male-to-female transgendered woman.
To begin with. I am Pagan and do not believe there is or will ever be, an anti-Christ. But this topic still bothers me because people seem to only focus on things he hasn’t done or is doing wrong, and now acknowledging the accomplishments he has made. For example, I voted for him because he promised to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from our military. He did that. It was a milestone for Civil Rights and the LGBTQ community. Whenever I bring this up to Obama bashers, they say, ” Well why should I care? I’m straight. It didn’t effect me at all.” What kind of BS is that?! ANY Civil Rights achievement should be honored and praised.
I know this is an old argument and people are tired of it being brought up, but there still is racism in the United State. I encountered it in undergrad as well as in grad school. I studied it in undergrad, by taking a course called Race and Ethnic Studies. I’ve seen it in small towns and in cities during my travels. I am currently in an interracial relationship with a man who was born in China. I notice the ways some people stare at us while we hold hands in public. Racism continues to be a problem in America. Some say Obama is a Muslim. Why should that matter either? He is free to believe in whatever religion he wants, as a part of our constitution. Being Muslim doesn’t make you evil by default.
Now…this ridiculous claim about Michelle Obama. I agree that she is a masculine woman, but I also still think she is very beautiful. So what if she is transgender (though I disagree), does that make her any less of a person? When I see the Obama family photos, all I notice is how happy they look. I’m not focusing on Michelle’s imperfections. We had a very idealized unrealistic notion as to what beauty is in the US. So she doesn’t fit the standards, so what? There ARE masculine women. That just a part of reality. It doesn’t mean they were once a man. We also have feminine men who get ridiculed as well. And look at Lady GaGa and the belief that she was once a man. She has actually always been a she.
I’m not going to lose sleep over these accusations, but I needed somewhere to vent how ridiculous I think they are and how I expected more from a supposedly spiritual community.
One of them suggested that in the next election, people are going to vote to the Right. I personally dislike the two party system (I know there are other parties, but these two dominate American politics. George Washington warned us against this. And I understand we. As we stand divided between the two sides and fight with each other instead of getting work done. I don’t know how to change it or make it better, but we need change. Look at how the government shut down for a few months. That was ridiculous! We need to stop fighting each other and find compromises where both parties can achieve something.