Loren asked a question the other day, wondering if the real reason for the anti-Obama sentiment was race related. i'm starting to think that is the most likely cause. the linked article discusses 2 cases of GTP (formerly GOP) authorities caught forwarding blatantly racist Obama hate emails.
additionally, an Alaska man is suing to keep Obama off of the Presidential ballot because he is black, and he believes that the 14th Ammendment was ratified improperly or illegally. (http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/760-alask...)
besides the color of his skin, what has Obama done that is so hateable? ok, there is the debt issue. of course, it might have happened no matter who was elected President, but i'll give them that one.
what else? not enough drilling? stopping the Canadian pipeline? oil prices in general? taxes?
i can see not liking the current President, no matter who he is, for all sorts of reasons. but the immense hate that you get from the anti-Obama crowd is delerious. they would vote for the Grand Wizard of the KKK before voting for Obama. actually, the Wizard might beat him in a landslide.
You deserve the right to rant. Also can't blame you for wanting milder!
We drove past the store today, thankfully the sign isn't up but a huge jesus sign is now posted out the front right on the road.
I think the whole race thing depends on the individual. I don't think Obama is the greatest president but look at the alternatives. The entire GOP is full of religious nut jobs and corporate whores (Yes, that includes Ron Paul). Unfortunately we don't have much of a choice. There is only bad and worse. Obama is better than the alternative but not by much and race has nothing to do with it. He panders to corporate interests almost as bad as the rest of them. We will never be truly free in the US until we have an efficient system of referendum where laws like NDAA 2012 and The Federal Trespass Bill can be squashed by the people. Very few politicians look out for our best interests on any level anymore. They only care about giving more to those with money and power because they can secure an extremely decadent retirement that way.
email from my Mother:
"Let's see here. I need to shower, shave, eat some oatmeal, put on my new Obama T-shirt, grab
my 9mmand hold up a convenience store."
These are actual Police Photos. Forget the mugshot. Note the tee shirt logo.
Just think about this for a second:
Did you ever see anyone arrested wearing a Bush T-shirt; or for you older guys,
an Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, or even Nixon, or Bob Dole shirt.??
There MUST be a message here, but I can't quite grasp it...
Maybe you can help me out.
And don't forget.....
In November 2012, we can make.........a 'real' change!!
it doesn't look like the pictures showed up. in summary, a bunch of black men wearing Obama t-shirts in their mug shots. yup, not racist at all.
i called her on the racist email and she said "what? how is that racist?" in all fairness, i do not believe my mother to be racist. the fact that she cannot see it is indicitive of the problem.
thanks Joan. yes, that is the photo. in my response to my mother is said "nicely done to include 2 white guys in the mug shots to avoid seeming racist." plus, can you say PHOTOSHOP??!!
Tell me more about your meaning, " can you say PHOTOSHOP??!!"
i question the authenticity of these Obama t-shirt wearing felons. it would be awfully easy to take mug shots and photoshop an Obama t-shirt on them. it could be real, but somehow i doubt it.
Obviously, you are correct, anyone could put heads on garments. But that still leaves the question, do the police make arrests because of evidence of crime or because of race? Do judges give comparable sentences to whites as blacks? Do blacks have education, apprenticeships, employment opportunities as whites?
Let us assume these photos were all "Photoshopped," are we a nation of all blacks being criminals? Are all whites innocent of crime?
i really don't know Joan. poverty more than anything else leads to crime. i doubt sincerely that one's skin color makes them more or less likely to be a criminal, but circumstances tend to dicate these things more than anything.
employment opportunities? well, if you grew up in the ghetto and don't grow out of the ghetto speak, than your employment opportunities are naturally limited. same thing with the trailer park crowd.
as for profiling and unfair sentencing, i'm quite certain that a good amount of that does occur. i doubt we will ever be free from bigots in this country.