March 25, 2008

Si Se Puede, But Can He?

A sign for Barack Obama proclaims "Si Se Puede" — or "Yes We Can" — at a campaign event at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Thursday. The Obama campaign is using the rallying cry of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union.
I thought this article, from last February, was rather thought provoking. You can read the whole thing by going here:

Here are statements by a couple of his supporters:

"I'm very enthusiastic, the way he has embraced our rallying cry of 'si se puede,' " says Obama volunteer Francisco Sola, a computer programmer. "He called [it] a timeless creed."
Alfredo Figueroa, assistant dean of students at the University of California-Riverside, is another Obama volunteer.
"When we first heard it, we automatically tied it into Cesar Chavez. … [Obama] is telling us, 'All of what you guys went through made it possible for me to be here today,' " Figueroa says.

But despite Obama's use of its well-known slogan, the United Farm Workers union has endorsed Clinton.

In case you're wondering why I consider it thought provoking, it's because of statements like this:

"Since being sworn in as Venezuela's president in 1999, Chavez has championed the cause of the poor, making them the protagonists of his policies. He calls his crusade the Bolivarian Revolution, after Simón Bolívar who helped liberate Venezuela from Spain in the 1800s. His supporters say he is the only one who has ever cared about them. Critics call his peasant-class evangelism posturing – a man with too much oil money using politics as a personal sandbox."
Leftwing activists flock to Venezuela to soak up the socialist 'revolution'

It makes me wonder if we are going to have an Obamaian Revolution in this country, since his supporters seem to think that he is the only one who has ever cared for them, and the only one who can fulfill all of their dreams.

Hmm..maybe they should adopt a new theme song, like Candy Man, and use these lyrics:

Oh, who can take tomorrow
Dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man
Oh, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can
'Cause he mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good

Can't you just hear it? Instead of "Yes We Can!" it will be "THE CANDY MAN CAN!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The thing that concerns me, is that in providing largess to his mob of layabouts and professional victims, those of us that work may be stripped of our last farthing to pay for it.