Thursday, March 03, 2011

Racing to 2012

Yeah, I know John Edwards has a lot of baggage. Whether it was his vapid screeds as Democrat VP candidate in 2004, his pathetic efforts to prove he was a "regular guy" when announcing his 2008 Presidential bid or his cheating on cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth, there's no doubt he has issues.

Regardless, I don't think I would have kicked up much of a fuss had Edwards somehow been elected President in 2008 and proceeded to advocate the nationalization of our health care system, hike taxes through the roof, destroy our economy and pass on trillions in debt to my grandchildren.

Really?!?! You're an unabashed conservative, yet you're saying you'd sit idly by while this country went down the proverbial crapper?!?!

No, not really.

Yet if you believe Barack Obama, such destructive policies might be more tolerable if our President were a white guy.

In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent "Tea Party" movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn't helping them nearly enough, he said.

A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to "take back" their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn't dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a "subterranean agenda" in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.


Sure, Obama's lap dogs in the media tried to conjure up sounds and images of racism amongst the Tea Party movement. I guess it's easier than trying to defend horrific domestic policies.

To be fair, the President made these remarks 5-6 months prior to the midterm elections. For him to continue the racial narrative after the shellacking he took on election night would be at worst utterly foolish and at best incredibly naive. Lest we forget, some of the more prominent tea party candidates were Marco Rubio (Hispanic; FL Senator), Allen West (African American; FL Congressman) and Nikki Haley (Indian-American; SC Governor).

If the President is not careful to listen to the will of the American people, he may face an even harsher rebuke come November 2012. And once again, his race will be the least of the concerns amongst the American electorate.

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1 comment:

joetote said...

I for one have had it up to here with this racist administration and the chickenhearted buzzards who refuse to call them out on this despicable stance! From holder to his association over the years with radical hating racists, the President always manages in the end to show his true colors. Slam his Leftist policies, you’re a racist! Disagree with his complete incompetency in foreign policy, you’re a racist. Point out the open faced lies about cutting the deficit in his budget, you’re a racist! In other words, try to have a civil discourse with any radical leftist in this country today using facts and figures, you are a racist!

Debate and civil discourse. It’s where ideas come from! It’s a forum to, if not fix a problem, at least address it and come up with some consensus to at least try! As such, debate or discussion can hurt one’s feelings and/or illicit some rather harsh reactions. My point is until we as a people can discuss stuff without hate, until we can cast aside our own ideologies, our biases, etc. and approach a subject with open minds, there cannot be fixes. As a society we must work together. Listening is a fine art. Learning and changing one’s mind due to constructive criticism, and I want to emphasize that, constructive criticism is a sign of maturity and leadership. Can you even remotely understand this view Mr. President, or is your head stuck so far up your elitist ass that you as most politicians are too far above us mortals to bother worrying about it? From my little part of the world, it sure appears that way! One thing for sure in my view. You and your administration have done more to set back racial relations in this country than any other administration in my lifetime!

Debate is imperative for this country to survive. Criticism is good, provided it is true! As I said, debate must be accompanied by open minds. This must be conducted by using the Truth and Facts! This must be done by educating yourselves! Keep an open mind, but dig up everything you can from both sides. Then make an informed decision. As we go forward, we will be called fear mongers and worse! WEAR IT AS A BADGE OF HONOR. Radicals of any persuasion FEAR the truth and facts, so shout it out as loudly as possible. This is our country. Love for country and the ideals it was founded on IS NOT HATE as the hard left keeps saying. Opposing bad policy IS NOT RACISM as we are charged with! Fight the BIG LIE with the TRUTH! Our country depends on this!