1. Repetition is always meaningful. The first time an image appears in a novel, it might be random. But when it appears again, it begs to be examined as a metaphor.
2. When an author chooses a particular detail, it's always valid to ask "why this, and not that?" In other words, every choice is made for some reason.
I find some of this valid to the current political atmosphere, and the conclusions I come to aren't happy ones.
Barrack Obama elicits a fearfulness that has never before been seen in politics, despite all the evidence that the man's nature is as genuinely hopeful as anyone ever seen in the office. When looking at the paranoid shrillness of the far right reaction to Obama's first year in office, the following questions come to mind.
1. Would anybody be worried about political indoctrination of children if John McCain had won the election and wanted to address school children on the first day of class? Did anyone worry about this when George Bush I or George Bush 2 did it? Why Barrack Obama and no one else?
2. Had Hillary Clinton won the democratic nomination, would anyone have worried about her native born status? Would any other candidate in the entire election have elicited this question? Why was this question asked of Obama only?
3. Would any other candidate winning the presidency have cause people to vehemently scream about "wanting their country back."? Why did the conservatives not holler this when Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter were elected?
Alas, there is really only one conclusion to draw, and it's not one I really want to accept, even of right wing nuts.
It's the fact that Obama has African ancestors that is behind every bit of this nonsense. Why does this fellow, and this fellow only, draw this kind of response? you must ask. And, why do these ridiculous concerns keep being repeated, again and again, even in the face of all evidence to the contrary?
What these folks really want——no mistake about it——is to have their white domination back. It's Obama's skin color that seems foreign to them——not his birth certificate.
Obama's birth certificate is indisputable, yet we keep hearing that he is alien. The President's speech to school children has nothing whatsoever political in it, yet even after it aired, the conservative blogs were filled with venom about his attempt to steal their children.
I'd love to hear a genuine argument that all this is based on politics rather than racism. I don't see how it can be done. When I hear Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachmann make their arguments, I'm genuinely embarrassed for their lack of self-awareness.
The KKK, at least, is honest about the nature of their hatred.