Pro-American Americans don’t think it’s over.
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THERE WERE ONLY a scattering of black people in attendance. One, John Massie, owns a commercial arts studio in Tampa and says taxes are his number one issue.
“Anybody who says he’s going to tax me more doesn’t get my vote; I don’t care what color he is,” Massie said. “I’ve listened to Barack. He’s an inspirational speaker. But I just can’t relate to the man.”
Massie says he’s disappointed not to see more minorities at the rally. “We’re still drinking the Kool-Aid,” he said. He expressed the conservative approach to life and government in a clear and economical way. “You (government) take care of the basics; I’ll take care of the rest. If you don’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps, the government will take your shoes.”
This guy should be running for something.
Another 40ish black guy from Tampa said he came just to see Sarah. Asked what attracted him (other than what would attract almost any man to Sarah Palin), he said, “She’s ordinary people. It seems like now everyone in politics has to be a millionaire. I can relate to her.” He threw in that McCain is good at coming from behind, so he’s not at all sure the race is over.
A middle-aged lady from Tampa said that as a small-business owner she was frightened by Obama’s tax policies and heavy leftist tendencies. She said she had never voted for a Republican for president, but would this time. Her companion, also a middle-aged lady, said she is an employee of the City of Tampa but still believes there’s too much government now and doesn’t want to put Obama in charge and make things worse.
There were more, but you get the idea. The themes of Sarah Palin’s normality and the conviction that she understands ordinary people’s lives came up over and over again. As did the suspicion that Obama was some exotic whose world is nothing like the world these folks live in. If candidates and pundits are wary of using the word “socialist,” these folks aren’t. And these thoughts didn’t just come from middle-aged white-breads. Just about every demographic was represented, including college students like 20-something Quinay Felicidario, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines 15 years ago.
“It’s an honor to see Sarah Palin,” she said. “I like her beliefs.”
OK, the poll numbers remain pretty doleful for McCain/Palin. But if you have some ground to make up in a short time, the folks I talked to Sunday are not a bad bunch to have on your side. When I hear people say, “America is the greatest country on earth,” it’s hard not to think of people like these.
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