Thursday, June 17, 2010

To Topple Tyrants

What happens when even the alleged "downtrodden" realize that their perceived benefactors have been responsible for their misery all along? While it could get ugly in another place, here in America the consequences are comparatively tame. Here in America, the plaintiffs express their displeasure at the polls.

Reverend Michel Faulkner is counting on just that sort of paper rage as he challenges Charles Rangel for the seat he has held for four decades in the House of Representatives in the 15th District of New York. Faulkner faces an uphill battle on several daunting fronts; Rangel's entrenchment in a predominantly minority district, Faulkner's own neophyte status, and the fact that Faulkner has actually worked to better the lives of those he hopes will become constituents. Oh yeah, there is one more crucial element...Faulkner is a Republican contender in the bluest area of a severely blue state.

The rest may be detriment or benefit, depending on one's point of view, level of engagement in the political community, or degree of disenchantment with the current system, because Faulkner is considered an anomaly, albeit the sort that is becoming the norm rather rapidly these days. He is a black man who has realized that he shares his faith with more white Republicans than black Democrats, and as such, shares the values that both races embrace even as they are pitted against one another in a battle for votes.

Further, being a black reverend, he will face the stereotyping that comes with such territory, and be compared to the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, both staunch Democrats and racial opportunists who pray on their followers through fear and false information.

A simple perusal of Faulkner's official campaign website should allay many of the fears that would be somewhat understandable among the voters he courts since they are accustomed to being fed lies. That being said, there is a wealth of information available on Faulkner from a variety of independent sources that should dispel any reservations they may have.

For an in-depth assessment of Michel Faulkner, I recommend this article in American Thinker by Marc J. Fitzgibbons, which expresses brilliantly the difference between this particular black reverend and those to whom America has become accustomed.

And if, after reading this and the Fitzgibbons piece, you wish to aid this fine candidate, you can go here to do so. If you wanted hope and were crushed by what you got instead, this is real hope waiting to vote.

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