Be Still, My Heart

Did you watch the 6:30 news? How did it make you feel? In case you slept in a cave last night, here’s a link to the story of the day — John Edwards has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

I’ve been waiting for this since January — like I said then, I think an Obama/Edwards ticket could be fantastic. I have always admired John Edwards for his stance on key political issues, particularly on health care, poverty, and supporting working families. I think his philosophies line up well with Obama’s. I’m excited to see what happens next.

What say you, bellas?

And by the way — if you disagree with me and support a different candidate, please feel free to express your opinion. I never intend to alienate readers who don’t agree with me politically, and I’m well aware that not everyone shares my views. The last thing I’d ever do is censor or moderate opinions that don’t jibe with mine. Just keep it free from foul language when you let me know what you honestly think, and we can all have an intelligent, enlightening, civilized discussion. And that way, we can learn from each other.

Oh, and if your comment doesn’t appear right away, it’s probably stuck in my spam filter. Drop me an e mail to let me know, (bella@afrobella.com) and I’ll fish it out when I get home from work.

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  1. I was estatic to see this endorsement. They would make quite the formidable team in the general election! O-BA-MA!

  2. edessedesigns says:

    You know bella, this election has left a really bad taste in my mouth. Instead of being proud that my country has taken interest in a black presidential candidate, I’m actually disgusted by the resulting actions.

    It seems as if critical thinking and freedom of speech have left the building and if you don’t join the line, then you are out of line. What happened? We’ve turned the reality of racism into a joke–a name which now means something you are if you don’t not agree with Obama. The double standards are mind blowing, the hype is overwhelming, the witch hunt is disturbing, and the bias is blatant. Pretending glaring discrepancies don’t exist is the new reality, brainwashing propaganda is the new vehicle for change, illogical is the new logic.

    I am deeply disturbed.

    I feel as if I am fighting for the ability to think for myself and I need to hold on tight to everything I believe in.

    To be honest with you, I don’t believe in any of the candidates. Every time I see either Clinton, Obama, or McCain on the screen, I am reminded of a story my mom used to read to me before bedtime–The Emperors New Clothes and I look out about our country and realize that we are loosing our ability to decipher between being fully clothed or naked. I’m scared that we now believe that change is something that comes from somewhere other than ourselves.

    Three relatives on my mom’s side of the family committed suicide alongside Jim Jones. My mom used to tell us this when she wanted to lecture us on the importance of not loosing yourself to fallacy. It took a long time for me to understand exactly how someone can loose control over the ability to decide their lives for themselves, but after this election, I see it is not that hard. The kool-aid is all around us–yet this time, it kills you softly and slowly, and it leaves you awake enough to realize that you died along time ago.

  3. Yay for Obama :)

  4. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    You did call it Bella.I think this ticket would take Obama all the way .

  5. I’m excited that Edwards is endorsing Obama.
    However, what I really want to happen, but have given up hope on, is a dialog about the issues. Many things are bothering me.
    Why is it that we are enraged about lead in our Chinese made toys but no one cares about the fact that more than 60% of our prescription drugs are made in China? If they can’t even make toothpaste and toys, what makes you think they can safely make our drugs? And to think, the government said it wasn’t “safe” to buy our drugs in Canada. Puh-leeze!

    Also, what kind of Democracy only has 2 parties? Most of the time it’s like choosing between dumb and and Oh Hell NO!

    I just hope that a dialog can be hashed and people will start to realize that this system is deeply broken and needs a overhaul.
    Until that happens, I’ll vote for Obama. Not because he’s black. No way in hell would I vote for Clarence Thomas or any one else just because they are black, but because I agree with him on the issues.

    Also, those that keep saying that if their candidate isn’t chosen will vote for McCain shouldn’t even be allowed to vote. That type of ignorance is what got us in this situation in the first place.

  6. cosmicsistren says:

    I like obama and Edwards. For extrememely superficial reasons, they are both very attractive men.

    @ edessedesigns:
    I don’t neccesarily agree with your thinking about people who don’t agree with Obama being labeled as racist. I initially didn’t support Obama. However, after going on his websites (and the two other canidates as well) I feel he is the best candidate for the President.
    There are plenty of people who are not on the Obama bandwagon and I believe you know that. I feel you strong opinion is based more on emotion than fact.

    I am not trying to start a cyber arguement (I think they are pointless and downright silly). The last paragraph really moved me about your relatives commiting suicide with Jim Jones. It makes me question my own beliefs. Thank you for sharing that.

  7. I only wish Edwards had come off the fence a bit sooner, because then maybe all of this would be over with the Democrats could focus on how to beat John McCain in November rather than having to still fight amongst each other when the numbers don’t lie.

    Sidenote: Does anyone else wonder if the Clinton camp has something up their sleeve on Obama that they are saving for June? That would be the only excuse I can think of at this stage of the game for her to stay in the race. I know she believes she can win…but like I said…numbers don’t lie and she has four states (5 more primaries including Puerto Rico) to make a HUGE comeback. I just don’t see it…

  8. I honestly want it to be over. I’m tired of hearing about the primaries, I really am.

    I’m so happy Edwards supports Obama but I had a feeling he would, anyway.

    I actually like some of his stands on issues more than Obama’s but he doesn’t have the stage presence.

    Will it be July already so this will be finished.

  9. read the article says:

    edessedesigns’s comment- only bit of critical thinking i’ve ever seen on this blog.

  10. I was actually going to vote for Edwards if he stayed in the race long enough. At that time, I was suspicious of Obama. To be honest, I would’ve felt conflicted voting for Edwards over Obama simply because he’s a brotha and because my suspicions of him were proven wrong. My conscious is clear these days because if you take race and gender out of it and imagine that Clinton and Obama were both White Men, I would still vote for Obama. She may be a woman, but she is the WRONG woman!

  11. I must have been in a cave last night! I was waiting forever for this!!!! I’m so happy, they are finally making a stand and choosing the nominee. This is fantastic news. I think an Obama/Edwards ticket would be good too because they would represent a lot of people and work on poverty. Why watch the news when I can find out things from blogs LOL :)

  12. An Obama/Edwards tix would be ideal for me as well as I most closely aligned with Edwards on the issues before he dropped out. I’m not so sure it will happen though. There were whispers about him taking the AG post at one point.

    I am also tired of this election year and it hasn’t even gotten started yet. *sigh*

  13. I was actually on the floor at the rally on Wednesday (like 5 rows back from the platform). It was so amazing to see Senator Obama and Senator Edwards. They spoke of creating a new America and letting it start with us regular folk. I was inspired to make a change in myself and my community. Even if Obama/Edwards are not the the Prez and VP, I pray that the spirit of change and hope they have put in people keep going. I know I will do my part to make sure that me and my friends are doing our part. How about you Bellas?

  14. @Vivrant

    I cosign you all the way! I too liked Edwards and would love to see him as VP, but I heard the rumors of his AG desires. I have no idea who Obama should pick, but I believe it will be a good one.

    L

  15. alltalk says:

    You read my mind! I supported Edwards until he dropped out and then became an Obama support. I too would LOVE to see them on the same ticket. Edwards would make a great VP.

    I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now, and this is my first comment. I love the mixture of beauty and brains! Keep it coming!

  16. Outraged says:

    Barack Obama = Jim Jones….Really???
    That’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard
    How does a communist drug addicted cult leader compare with a political candidate for democracy?

    Its not brainwashing if you have your own vote!

    viva democracy. Go Obama/Edwards!

  17. The Republican’s are going to come after Obama HARD now, they don’t want to lose control, especially to a black man. Barack has my UNWAVERING support!!! I was in a cab the other day, the driver was from Africa. He told me how PROUD he is of Barack and how people in his country are paying really close attention to this election. People ALL OVER THE WORLD are paying attention, and most are excited about this election. Its time for change in America, and the whole WORLD is watching.

  18. President Camacho says:

    I think it’s kind of hilarious that the ppl who leave negative comments about you on this blog are the ones that don’t agree w your politics. LMBAO @ “read the article”, talking about your “critical thinking. GTFOH. If bella was saying what you wanted her to say you wouldn’t be saying nothing negative

  19. President Camacho says:

    Oh and GOBama!

  20. I too wish Edwards would have endorsed sooner…like before Super Tuesday on Feburary 5th, or even before the OH/TX primaries on March 4th, but better late than never. I’m not keen on Edwards as VP, because the Democrats have already been there and done that. I’m sure there could be a more fitting role for him in Obama’s administration. Personally, my favorite candidates for VP are: Sen. Chuck Hagel, Sen. Jim Webb, Former Senator Sam Nunn and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He needs an experienced white male and all four of those men would add a lot to the ticket.

    @ edessedesigns:

    It’s interesting you mentioned that people seem to think that change will come from another person. Obama always talks about how change happens from the bottom up–it starts at the grassroots level. His campaigng has been a perfect indication of that. Look at the money he has raised from so many donors! Unbelievable! He also says that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” meaning that we shouldn’t be waiting for some magical person to change how goverment works, but if we start paying attention and actively participating then change can occur.

  21. NotUrAvg says:

    I just want to add that it is so easy to become disillusioned…what is harder and infinitely more productive is to look for the good in the situation and make the most out of it. So you don’t like any of the candidates…ideally the people we feel should lead this country are never the people who actually do. But the thing is, we do have 3 candidates who have decided to take on the job and out of all of them you, as a responsible citizen, need to try to remove the stench of disappointment and disgust out of the way by hold your nose looking at the issues and casting a ballot. I love Barack, NOW, but I was orginally a John Edwards girl. I have not jumped on a bandwagon and still have my eyes trained on Obama’s weaknesses, but I cannot deny that the man has the potential to be a great leader. Whether you agree or not, whichever you preference (and I use that word loosely for some) please don’t abstain from making a CONSCIOUS vote in November!

  22. edessedesigns says:

    outraged:

    I’m outraged that you don’t understand the idea of metaphor. I, in no way, am comparing Barack Obama to Jim Jones, rather Jim Jones to the state of america today. My comment highlights your response–Illogical is the new logic.

    I agree with the above posters who say that I am operating more from emotion. Your are right, I am. I can’t help it.

    I also agree with those that believe that obama is the lesser of three evils–he will get my vote because of that, but he won’t get my passion. I can’t give him that just yet.

    Cosmic: I don’t feel that you are starting a cyber argument at all. I appreciate your logical response to my post. We live to agree, we live to disagree, and through it all, we can live in peace. I appreciate that about your response.

    Auragirl: I agree with your post you speak to why I feel Obama is the best of the three, but for me, not by much.

  23. Could be cool, but wonder how Obama will avoid at least asking H. Clinton to be VP after her relative success throughout the campaign. It will be very, very hard for him to go with Edwards without looking sexist (ie, if H. Clinton was in first place and she went with Edwards over an Obama in second, how would that look?).

  24. Suburbanbushbabe says:

    Oh, the teeth! They must be blinding each other. I’m a big fan of Edwards and so glad he came out for Obama.

  25. I would’ve been impressed if Edwards came forward sooner (like Bill Richardson). Mike Bloomberg as VP works for me. Edwards had his chance with Kerry. H. Clinton & Co. ran a crappy campaign and can’t be trusted.

  26. flygyrl72 says:

    Edesse, I think you’ve inherited what your other suicidal relatives had, weak-mindedness, especially when it comes to peeping game from crazy White people. You the one that needs to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Or stop looking at Fox News or whatever the hell it is you’re doing to come on here with these half-assed posts.

    What do you mean if you’re not for Obama, you’re labeled as a racist?! No, silly girl, the only people we’ve called that is the people HRC was so happy to point out wouldn’t vote for a Black man. That is racist!!!! It is what it is. And you got the NERVE to be disgusted? By what?! You oughta be disgusted that folks would rather blindly vote for HRC soley because she’s not Black. If Obama was White, he’d be king of the world right now, but since he’s Black, he’s had to be EXTRA, just to stay on point, & you still got these hillbillies in W. VA & KY saying they won’t vote for him, no matter what, based on race! Be “disgusted” by that. That’s the stuff that oughta be leaving a “bad taste” in your mouth.

    I mean, do you read what you write?! It doesn’t make any sense. How has racism been turned into a joke?! What the hell are you talking about?! Trust, I’m not laughing, I don’t who the hell is. I don’t see anything funny about the insidious race-baiting that has gone on in this campaign.

    And what? You’re fighting to hold on to everything you believe in?! And what is that exactly? You talk about blatant bias, any Black person with eyes & ears should be well familiar with which side most of the bias has fallen on & who has had the highest price to pay based on bias. And it wouldn’t be Hilary. Two words for you..Jeremiah Wright…and you wanna talk about blatant bias?!

    I notice that now, you don’t believe in ANY of the candidates?! What happened?! Before, HRC was your girl, right? Isn’t that what you’ve posted in the past?! LOL…She reminded you of yourself in grad school, remember?. You could “relate” to her. She was a “fighter”. You make me laugh so hard. For real.

    Obama does talk about the change coming from within all of us. We’re the change, Edesse, that’s his main message, so what are you talking about?! Do you listen?! Perhaps you have dyslexia when it comes to processing information…

    The more you talk, I swear, I just think you’re someone trying to stir stuff up. Your whole post was a bunch of nonsense. I dare you explain what the hell you’re talking about. Go ahead, expound on any of it.

    Cause, personally, I ain’t drinking no Kool-Aid, I know when I’m naked, I know when I’m clothed. And I can peep game from a mile away, my “decipering” abilities are intact and this is far from a case of the Emperor & His New Clothes…That’s a ridiculous comparison.

    I don’t even know why I’m bothering writing this, it’s over a week later anyway. But you’ve confirmed what I first thought of you from your post a while back. You’re just not up on it. Please read some, look at the news, Internet, whatever. Valid credible information is just a click away. Then you can arm yourself with some actual facts before you come back on here poppin off with drama about slowly softly dying & not knowing…WTF?!

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