INTRODUCING my friend and guest blogger Zaya Kuyena.
One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever ~ Chinese Proverb
As the world tunes into an-(another) historical American Election, I remind myself one of my respected and admired American music artist from the city of Chicago. Lonnie Rashid Lynn better known as his stage name Common; he has a song titled ‘Questions’ (featuring Dante Smith) on his critically acclaimed 2000 album ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ which he recited a variety of questions that illuminate his perspective on life, concerns and self. Regardless of your knowledge of the artist or the lyrics, this jazzy-melodic song has inspired the conceptualization of my first post for Solar Crash.
During this historical and at times, sensationalized US Presidential Elections; my good friend and brother Lon has requested that I post my thoughts on his progressive blog. As I make my contributions for the next three days, I feel the need to assert that I don’t have all the right answers, but I do have intriguing questions that have stirred in my mind. Some recent inquiries and other long lasting ones that I have yet to rest with the seemingly shallow answers I’ve been spurred upon with to quiet my intellectual stimulus. So let two countdowns begin, one for the end of a tireless US Election. And the second, a countdown of what I’ve been wrestling with for the last 20 months and as some of my American friends have recently told me, “yearnings that people of colour have struggled asking for more than 200 years”.
1- Have people become too dependent on political polls to determine the Elections?
2- Will we continue to view the memorable political parody that has immerged from our television sets?
3- Why are some Canadians more betrothed in the U.S. Elections than their own Election?
4- Are we going to witness the first woman vice-president?
5- What will be the expectation after the Presidential inauguration on January 20 2009?
6- Will Sen. McCain regret his vice-president selection?
7- Will people continue to engage in the democratic political process beyond this year’s historical election?
8- Is one’s racial pigmentation a reasonable determinate for political alliance?
9- Will the American Dream be redefined in this new era of American politics?
10- Have Muslim Americans been properly advocated for during this past year’s discriminating discourse over one candidate’s speculated faith?
11- Could Barack Obama be a similar transformational political figure as Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau?
12- Why do the polls in the countries amongst the G20 mostly support Sen. Obama?
13- Will we begin to see more ethnic diversity within the Washington’s political circles such as Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians?
14- Do celebrity involvement in campaigning make any on Election night?
15- Who would win between Stephen Colbert and John Stewart?
16- I heard a Quebec reporter in the last coming days utter the following questions: Is Obama a Moses-type of figure leading the American people out of Egypt?
17- Will young voters truly make an impact in this year’s election??
18- Will either candidate require a two term presidency to bring lasting change through the oval office?
19- Is not-voting in this year’s election an honourable act of civil disobedience against the greater issues at times not being addressed?
20- Why has Sarah Palin’s wardrobe received more attention than the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
21- And finally, what are your questions for this upcoming US Presidential Election?